I am officially in the Christmas spirit! We broke out the decorations last night, cranked up the Christmas tunes, downed some Gluvein and made like elves. But while the house wasn't really Christmasy before last night, I was actally doing some Christmas crafts - even before Thanksgiving.
This year the craft is felt ornaments. I should have been making felt ornaments for Christmas a LONG time ago. They are so fun to make and they are finished quickly so I can knock a few out each week. I've been making some of Alicia Paulson's patterns which are so cute. I've also found some other patterns around the web that people have been nice enough to share. There are so many cute ideas out there. I was inspired by the patterns everyone was sharing and also by the Feeling Stitchy December Stitch-a-Long to try my hand at making my own felt Christmas ornament pattern.
I love just about everything Jane Austen related and I also like to watch Little Women at Christmas time. I realize these are two different eras, but the whole big skirts, big bonnet, fur muff winter look was what I was going for with my first ornament pattern.
I made a very basic pdf pattern, Feel free to click the link and download it. Just cut two of each of the pattern pieces and you're on your way.
I decided to go with a red dress for Christmas time, but I think you could use any color and it would be fun. I also think you could replace the muff with a Christmas gift or wreath or something else.
First step, put a little glue on the top of the neck, place the bonnet on top and press the pieces together with your fingers. Then, blanket stich on the bonnet to the neck.
Next - a little more glue on the bottom of the neck piece, place the dress on top and finger press the two together. Then, blanket stitch the dress onto the neck.
You may have to make some tiny stitch as I realize the neck area is pretty small.
Next step - a little fabric glue on the back of the arm piece and finger press it into place, then blanket stitch around the arm.
And the final piece! The fur muff. Place a little glue on the muff and press it into place on the arm and dress - the location is indicated on the pattern. Blanket stitch this in place. I used white thread here.
And now you're ready for the fun part. I think you could do whatever you want to decorate her dress and hat. A big bold embroidery stitch, applique on some fabric. It's also a great chance to use up scraps of ribbon or lace that you have lying around. Go nuts!
Once you're finished, you repeat the whole thing on the other side. Place the two sides together and blanket stitch around, leaving a small section in the bottom of the skirt to use to stuff with batting. I changed thread color at the neck and the muff. You don't have to stuff the skirt, but it makes it puff out nicely and look a bit more like she's got a wad of petticoats under there.
A little close up on the details of my ornament:
I hope other people have fun with this pattern. Please remember it is being shared for personal use only, not commercial use of the pattern or the ornaments made from the pattern. If you do make up the Jane Austen-y pattern please leave a link or a photo in the comments - I'd love to see what other people do with it!