A little play time with my Amy Butler stash, some quality time hand quilting with Anchor pearl cotton and I have a wonderful new pillow to decorate the Behemoth. I paper pieced the center, set it on point and added the borders. After that, it was all about the stitching. I love the added texture of the thread and those big stitches.It’s on to a few boring things for a couple of days. Things that require time in front of the computer rather than the sewing machine. I’m glad I got my fabric and thread fix in ahead of time. This pillow will have me smiling for days.
‘Tis the season for ornaments, stocking stuffers, gift wrapping and tree trimming. With less than five weeks until Christmas, there isn’t a moment to lose. Today, I want to share a project that uses small pieces of wonderfully lush ribbon.I love my ribbon scraps as much as my fabric scraps. Showing them off in an ornament seems like a win-win situation to me, especially a bit of Amy Butler’s 2″ Brocade Renaissance Ribbon.To make it, you need the following items:
- Wood frame (this one purchased from Michael’s)
- Plaid Folk Art Paint (Dove Gray)
- Plaid Extreme Glitter (Hologram)
- Brush for paint and glitter
- Phoomph™ by Coats and Clark
- Ribbon, approximately 2″ x 2 5/8″
- Scrap of solid fabric to coordinate, approximately 2″ x 2 5/8″
- Narrow ribbon, yarn or other material for hanging, if desired
- Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky Glue
Follow these steps to make the ornament:
- Prepare the wooden frame by painting it with several layers of paint, drying between coats. If you want to make a lot of these, I would recommend spray paint to save time. Paint front, back and sides.
- Cut a piece of Phoomph™ 2″ x 2 5/8″.
- Peel off paper backing from one side. Apply ribbon wrong side down. Be sure to center the design element you wish to highlight. Trim the ends.
- Cut solid fabric to 2″ x 2 5/8″.
- Peel off paper backing from other side of Phoomph™. Apply fabric with wrong side down. Trim if necessary.
- Apply Extreme Glitter to front side of frame. I chose to go easy on the glitter. If you like more bling, add multiple coats of glitter.
- Once the glitter is completely dry, flip the ornament over and glue around the center of the frame.
- Carefully place the ribbon/Phoomph™/fabric piece onto the back side of the ornament. Let dry.
- If adding a trim hanger, place a small amount of glue on the back side of the ornament just above the center section. Place both ends of the trim you selected for hanging into the glue. Let dry.
And that’s it. You’re finished!
Renaissance Ribbons has plenty of beautiful ribbons to choose from. Here’s a sample of other options to consider:A beautiful trinket like this one doesn’t have to be for Christmas only. It would also liven up your desk space, cubicle or sewing area. Use it on a special package to add a pop to simple wrapping at birthdays as well as holidays. Or make enough to fill your tree. Hop over to Renaissance Ribbons and start dreaming up your very own ornamentation.
noun \ˈnik-ˌnak\: a small object used for decoration (from Merriam-Webster Dictionary)I wanted to start off the holiday idea posts with something quick, easy and inexpensive. Something you can make and have on hand for last minute gifts, package decorations or even place settings. I was at Michael’s last week and found small resin frames for $2 each. They’re perfect for making knick-knacks. You can easily tailor them to recipients by your choices of color, fabric and embellishments. Let’s get started!
Here’s all you need for the project:
- Fabric Mod Podge and applicator
- Fabric scrap slightly bigger than the framed space
- Small resin frame
- Wax paper, aluminum foil, or butcher paper to protect your work surface
- Embellishments such as embroidered appliques, chip board letters, buttons, bling, etc.
- Craft knife and scissors
To make, follow these simple steps:
- Apply Fabric Mod Podge to the right side of your fabric scrap and let dry completely. Use wax paper, foil or butcher paper under the fabric to protect your work surface.
- While Mod Podge dries, use the craft knife to remove the clear plastic film from the frame.
- When the fabric scrap is dry, trace the frame back onto the back of your Mod Podged fabric. Cut to size.
- Apply fabric to frame back using Mod Podge. Let dry.
- Apply the embellishment of your choice to the fabric. Use Mod Podge to secure.
- That’s it! You’re ready to share, gift or keep for yourself.
I used pieces of fabric from Dena’s Little Azalea collection for these two pieces. It gives them a youthful, playful look. Choose different prints and embellishments for a totally different look. You don’t even have to use fabric. Scrapbooking papers work just as well. Or print out a page of sheet music. Maybe a page out of the dictionary. Whatever style suits your fancy. It’s entirely up to you.
You could also use these slightly larger frames for silhouettes like this one. I particularly like the idea of making silhouettes of the family and hanging them together on a wide ribbon, each frame running vertically down the wall–a great present for grandparents.
I wish I had time to exhaust all the ideas I have for these inexpensive frames. Unfortunately, I do not have that kind of time, nor do I have any minions. Instead, I’ll leave you with a bit of inspiration and some ideas. Now it’s up to you to take it and make it.