Friday, November 24, 2017

I'm Stuffed!

Hi, everyone! June Pfaff Daley here! I hope everyone had a wonderful and filling (like the post title...ha!) Thanksgiving. Today being Black Friday, many of you might be out shopping and fighting the crowds. This is something I used to enjoy, but lately not so much. I'd rather be in my warm, cozy home with a mug of hot tea either relaxing with family and friends, shopping online, or creating holiday projects. Speaking of the later these stuffed holiday ornaments are an easy project for both kids and adults. They come together quickly to hang on the tree or tie to a gift.

Here's what you'll need:
fabric paint
stencil brush or cosmetic sponge to apply paint
Christmas stencils
lightweight canvas or other unprinted fabric
flannel or printed fabric for ornament backs
sewing machine (can be hand-stitched if you prefer)
fiber fill

Pounce paint through stencils onto a plain canvas with a stencil brush. I paint all of my designs at once leaving about two inches in between. Let dry. When the fabric is dry, loosely cut around ornaments, leaving at least 1/2" of white space around designs.

Cut out a back the same size as the front from flannel/printed fabric.
Pin the wrong sides together. (right sides should be facing out.)

Sandwich approximately 6-8 inches of folded string between the pieces of fabric.

Starting at the bottom, zigzag stitch around the edge of the ornament leaving a one-inch opening for stuffing.

Stuff with fiber fill. Then stitch the opening closed.
Hang and enjoy this special season!

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