Monday, December 19, 2011

{last minute neighbor gifts}

I've come up with a fun, last-minute neighbor gift
that is so versatile, and can be
personalized any way you'd like
and best of all it's {cheap} and {easy}

hoop-art ornament

1. start with your embroidery hoop,
the smallest hoop you'll find is 3 in and that's perfect
for a little personalized ornament.

2.  cut out your background fabric and leave
some extra fabric around the edges for later on.
{i used a linen blend for 2 and a cotton pattern for 1)

3. next i "google imaged" the shapes i wanted to work with
and simply traced those onto paper
(or if you're awesome and can free-hand any drawing, that's easy too)

4. cut out your desired shape and pin to felt
and cut out your felt piece

5. simply glue the center of the shape onto
the fabric in the hoop
(fabric glue works wonderfully)

I chose to do 3 different ornaments
an apple for my son's teacher
a "T" for a family friend
and a star for a neighbor

this is the fun part,
the possibilities are endless
a "1" for a couple's first Christmas
or a baby's first Christmas
a date
an initial
a snowflake
the word "JOY"

6. with cooridinating thread
hand-stitch the outside of the shape

7. lightly glue your leftover threads
out of the way of the edges, like the above picture

8. next, glue around the inside of the hoop
around the back and tuck in your fabric

9. cut out a small felt circle and glue to the back of your hoop
this way the thread's stay in place and it gives it a nice finishing touch

10. that's it.
you have a cute, personalized ornament
to gift to someone

...last, but not least
tie some twine, ribbon, thread or yarn
to the clasp at the top.
that way it can actually hang
like an ornament

I'm attaching my hoop ornaments
to little jolly treat bags
and spreading the joy of Christmas

need some treats to fill it with?
go HERE for a yummy gingerbread cookie recipe!

Happy Holidays,

1 comment:

  1. These are ADORABLE! Thanks for the tutorial! Have a wonderful Christmas!


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