Quilted Heart Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments
How To Make These Quilted Christmas Tree Ornaments
Every year for Christmas my family and friends have a tradition of making a new Christmas Tree Ornament for decorating or gifting. It's been a wonderful tradition that has filled our lives and our Christmas tree with so many wonderful memories.
I usually aim for a simple project that can be finished quickly and easily and yet is still unique. This quilted heart ornament was my and my husband's project one year. I've no experience with quilting but these little guys are simple enough that anyone can do them. They are cute and festive and bring the feel of earlier and simpler times to your Christmas tree.
Even if you aren't an experienced quilter, these cute little holiday ornaments can be stitched up hand for an even more handmade look. You only need a few simple items which you most likely you already have in your sewing room.
What You'll Need To Complete This Christmas Tree Ornament
Heart or Christmas themed Pattered fabric
gold or red thread for hanging.
All copyrights are retained by the artist, Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery.
The artwork or content in this lens may not be used or reproduced, either in part or in whole, without the express written consent from the artist.
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Selecting A Fabric Pattern For Your Quilt Christmas Tree Ornament
I chose these hearts because I liked it's simplicity as well as all the heart color variations the fabric gave me. But there are all sorts of fabric possibilities depending on what you'd like to be in the center of your Quilt Christmas Tree Ornament.
Explore all the various Christmas fabrics and select something that suits you or whoever your gifting it to.
Select A Simple Patterned Fabric For Your Christmas Ornament's Border - I used a green polka fabric for my Christmas ornament's border.
Select A Fabric For The Backside Of Your Christmas Tree Ornaments - I used a cream colored cotton to match the front of the Christmas ornament.
I chose an off white that matched the off white area surrounding the hearts. Personally I liked the white color. You could just as easily use the border fabric or something completely different. And if you're feeling extra artsy you can always make matching hearts on both sides of the Christmas tree ornaments.
Step 1: Cutting Your Christmas Ornament quilting pieces
Cut the centers, borders and back of your Christmas ornaments.
Using the heart fabric shown above we cut the various heart squares out.
Individual Christmas Ornament Piece Sizes
Heart Squares approx. 2 1/2 inches square
Backing Fabric 4 1/2 Inch square
Border strip (2 per ornament) 1 1/4 wide x 4 1/2 inches long.
Border strip (2 per ornament) 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches long
NOTE: We didn't use any batting materials to add puffiness for these ornaments. They really didn't need it but there's no real reason not to if you want them extra puffy.
I Used The Same Fabric To Create Two Sizes Of Christmas Tree Ornament
For the larger size we simply sewed the border farther away from the heart design and made the border strips 2 inches wide. Doing this means you need to cut you back piece 6 inches.
A Good Rotary Cutter Makes Cutting All Those Quilt Bits Much Easier
For years I cut everything with a really good pair of scissors. While this is still a available way for your ornament sewing, but for the nature of these ornaments a rotary cutter works really well. Particularly for the border strips and back fabric. Pretty much anything requiring a straight line.
Step 2: Begin Sewing Your Christmas Ornament Quilting Pieces Together
* Sew a 1 1/4 x 2 1/2 border strip to both the top and bottom of your ornament.
* Trim Threads
* Press seams over to the darker border strips so it doesn't show through the lighter colored center piece.
Step 3: Sewing On The Side Border Edges Of Your Quilt Ornament
* Sew a 1 1/4 x 4 1/2 strip to both left and right sides of ornaments.
* Trim Threads
* Again press seams over to the borders side. You now have a completely quilt block.
* Place quilt block face down onto backer fabric and stitch 3 sides.
* Leave the entire bottom of the Christmas ornament open to make the turning process easier.
* Tuck the seam allowance into the ornament and carefully sew shut.
NOTE: The eraser end of a pencil often comes in handy for poking out the corners of your Christmas Tree Ornament.
Step 4: Finish Sewing Shut Then Stitch In The Ditch And Around The Heart
About The Quilting Stitching On This Christmas Ornament
Photo Right Shows front and back of ornament to better showcase the quilt stitching.
* Stitch The Hole Shut
* Stitch In The Ditch (the seams of the quilt block square) and then stitch around the heart shape.
* String With gold or red string or floss
On the smaller Christmas Tree Ornament the green border which is attached close to the heart. A heart shape is stitched inside the heart by about 1/4 inch and then stitched in the square shape around the heart in the seam.
On the large Christmas Tree Ornament the green border is spaced away from the heart and the border is cut slightly wider. This ornament is stitched around the edge of the heart and then the inside seem of the border.
About The Author Of This Quilted Christmas Tree Ornament Page
Mona Majorowicz of Wild Faces Gallery
My name is Mona Majorowicz I am a professional artist who has been making my living selling my work for some time now. I am an animal artist, (meaning I paint critters) who works primarily in Oil Pastel or Water Soluble Pencil.
I own and operate Wild Faces Gallery with my husband Mike in a small rural town in Iowa. There we sell my original artwork and prints, as well as do quality custom framing and offer Giclee printing for other artists as well as for ourselves. I have over 20 years in ate art and framing industry both as a business owner and as a working artist.
Animals are my passion and art is how I chose to express it.