Sunday, November 23

Scribble Ornaments Tutorial

I wanted to start the tradition with Lilly of making a different Christmas ornament every year. We came up with scribble ornaments, great for a 21 month old to show her creativity! These took about an hour to make 7 ornaments (plus the scribble time).
Materials: freezer paper, markers, Muslin or other of the like, scrap fabric, ribbon, embroidery floss, fiber fill.

Tools: iron, scissors, sewing machine, embroidery needle

First iron on a piece of fabric (I used muslin here) to freezer paper. This gives the fabric stablility so when your kiddo scribbles the fabric won't bunch up. We used regular old markers.
My kiddo isn't in to markers this week. (She is really into stickers and stamps but she wanted to do that on regular paper.) I would have liked more scribble but oh well this is her ornament too.


Peel off the freezer paper.

Cut fabric into 3 3/4in by 4 3/4 in or whatever size you think.

Choose and cut the fabric for the back of the ornament.

Cut a 10 inch ribbon. Pin the ribbon in between the two layers of fabric, now right sides together.

The loop should be on the inside. Pin all the way around and stitch. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Remember to leave a 1-2 inch opening for flipping and stuffing.

Cut the seam allowance and clip the corners. This allows for pointing corners when flipped to right sides out. I don't cut the seam allowance where the whole is for stuffing. It just seams easier when I blind stitch.

Poke out your corners with a crochet hook, scissors or whatever.

At this point I wanted to mark that Lilly made this ornament in 2008. I used a simple back stitch to embroider an "L" and "08". I didn't put this in a hoop. I am sure it would have been easier to do this before it was sewn but I just wasn't sure where to embroider.

Now stuff!

At this point Lilly came back to help. Great job kid!

Blind stitch the opening close.

You can really get an assembly line going with these and work them up no problem. I think rick rack around the edges would have been cute to sew into the seam but I didn't have any big enough and wanted to use what I had on hand. Maybe would be cute to make scribble sachets?

These babies are ready to attach to presents for our family!

9 comments:

Kristin9204 said...

I might have to snag this idea for this year. I think it would be so fun to do with my daycare kids as a Christmas project and then they could surprise their parents. Where do you buy the freezer paper?

jenni said...

I got freezer paper in good old Wal-Mart! It is next to the foil and ziploc bags.

Angel said...

What a great idea! I still use all the ornaments my daughter made when she was small. I'm going to attempt this with my son. Thanks for the tutorial!

Denise Felton said...

What a wonderful idea! I've scheduled a link to this post to go live on my blog mid-day tomorrow (Central USA time). I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.

Denise
http://needlework.craftgossip.com

Oh2122 said...

This is a really cool idea!

Thank you!

Amber, That's Me! said...

cute idea , I like the part of using the freezer paper to stabalize the material. Thanks!

jenni said...

Thank you! I hope you enjoy making them too!

Kindershop said...

What a fabulous idea! I will have to snatch it. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Kindershop said...

I ended up making these ornaments together with the kids. They turned out great (take look: http://kindershoponline.blogspot.com/2008/12/our-lovely-tree.html). Instead of freezer paper, I simply taped the fabric to our kitchen floor. And instead of embroidering initials and the year I used a fabric marker.
Thank you again for the idea!