Friday, 15 November 2013

Pintester Movement - Handmade Christmas ornaments

I've been following The Pintester for a while, mainly because her misadventures make for hilarious reading.  She regularly holds Pintester Movements, where her blog followers all choose something to make from Pinterest by a certain date and blog about their efforts.  I've missed the previous ones as I couldn't make the deadlines for various reasons, but recently the Pintester announced a Christmas themed one that I just had to join in. 
 
We were instructed to make ornaments for a Christmas tree.  Specifically, the Christmas tree belonging to Jodee.  I'd already pinned a few hand made ornament ideas on my Christmas Pinterest board, so I had a look through them and rejected them all.  They were invariably glass, and seeing as I had to post the finished product to the US, I didn't want to risk it getting broken in transit.  I began looking through some of the other options on Pinterest and settled on making something felt.  Partly because it can't get broken, and partly because I already make things from felt, so I had most of the equipment.  I decided to make these Christmas tree ornaments from Kirsti Koo's blog. 

 
 
The first instruction for making the trees is 'cut triangles with pinking shears'.  I don't have pinking shears and I'm rubbish at cutting any kind of shape freehand, so instead, I did this first:
 
 
 
Fold a piece of paper in half, draw a line from a point on the centre to a point on the bottom edge using a ruler (or in my case, a DVD box because I couldn't find a ruler), cut along the line, unfold it and hey presto! you have a triangle template:
 
 
I used this to cut out two triangles of green felt.
 
The second instruction is to cut 'rectangles from brown felt for the base of the tree'.  I didn't have any brown felt so I decided to use red felt and cut a shape that might look like it was a plant pot.  Now I had all my tree parts and I just needed to assemble them.
 
 
 
I sewed the buttons on with no problems.  When I started sewing the tree pieces together though, I hit a small snag, probably because I was also watching TV and looking at things on the internet, so I wasn't completely paying attention.  I'd got two thirds of the way round before I realised I'd forgotten to sew in the ribbon and pot.  Attempt number two went better and I even remembered to add the stuffing.  I didn't have any polyester fibre, but I did have cotton wool balls, which I pulled apart and stuffed in between the tree pieces.  I think the result was pretty good:
 
 
The finished item is (hopefully) now winging its way to Jodee for her first Christmas tree.   Merry Christmas Jodee!
 



16 comments:

  1. Cute! I like yours better then the original!

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    1. Thank you! I'm tempted to make another for my own Christmas tree.

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  2. You really did nail it. It turned out good.

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    1. Thank you :-) The most complicated part for me was figuring out how to write Nailed It on the photo (my other half did it for me).

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  3. Super cute! I like the darker green that you used!

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    1. Thanks, I thought it looked more tree-like than the pale green of the original.

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  4. Good choice of button colors to go with the dark green tree. Great job.

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    1. Thank you, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.

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  5. That is so cute! Thank you. It will be very happy in my tree, I promise!

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    1. Thanks Jodee, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the British and US postal systems manage to get it to you.

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    2. I believe in the post... but if it somehow is held up, I can use one of your pictures and make sure you get a link, I promise!

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    3. Thank you! Our post is getting worse here, so there's always an element of uncertainty when posting anything.

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  6. I love this! I'm a fan of buttons, and I think you have a good selection.

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  7. Oh I love it! And I love that Jodee will have at least 2 trees to decorate her tree. :)

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    1. Yep! The bead tree and button tree will complement nicely. This is great!

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  8. These turned out so cute! I recall making something like this in Girl Scouts many years ago.

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