peppermint lane - finishing your ornament

July 09, 2020

peppermint lane - finishing your ornament

This ornament is an exclusive design for Crazy Annie's Christmas in July (2020). Check out her Facebook page for more information and to purchase this design.

 

peppermint lane - ornament template tutorial - october house fiber arts journal 

If you haven't finished your own ornament, or don't think you can...I'm here to tell you it's painless and actually pretty easy! 

Download the ornament template here, along with a brief version of the finishing steps.

Once you've finished stitching your Peppermint Lane ornament, give it a good pressing. Trim the edges, leaving 3/4" from the stitching all around.

Trace and cut out the ornament template at the exact size:
-1 from thin cardboard 
-1 from matte board
-2 from thin quilt batting

Trace and cut out your backing fabric, adding 3/4" all around. I used a sweet pink print in a cotton quilting fabric.

peppermint lane tutorial - october house fiber arts journal 

Lay the backing fabric down wrong side up. Add one of the batting shapes and then lay the thin cardboard on top of that. 

Using a needle and strong thread, run a basting stitch all around the edge of the backing fabric, about 1/2" in from the edge. I usually start at the bottom in the center. Pull the threads to gather the fabric around the cardboard. Knot the threads to hold the gathers in place. 

I usually lace the backing fabric just so there aren't any "loosey goosey" areas when you turn it over and look at the right side.

peppermint lane tutorial - october house fiber arts journal

Now, you're just going to repeat that process for the front. The only difference is you want to make sure your design is centered on the ornament. 

peppermint lane tutorial - october house fiber arts journal

Add your hanger to the back side of the front piece, securing it with a few stitches or a drop of glue.

Place the back and front together (wrong sides facing) and whipstitch all the way around. (I usually begin at the bottom of the ornament.) 

I added an edging of pink baker's twine to my ornament, couching it into place the same way you would cording or chenille. 

peppermint lane - ornament template tutorial - october house fiber arts journal

And that's it! A sweet little ornament ready for the tree.

peppermint lane tutorial - october house fiber arts journal

 




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