We have reached the midpoint of the blog hop. Based on what I have seen so far it looks like there is something for everyone who celebrates Christmas and with a little tweaking there is something for everyone who celebrates anything.
For my turn I am going to talk about Folded Fabric Ornaments or Fabric Origami. There are all kinds of videos on YouTube showing how to do the folding. This I discovered after I started my love affair with folded fabric.
The red and green "flower" above started as two 21" circles of fabric and finished at just over 10" square. I have found good contrast between the front and the back improves the final look of the flower. I thought this one could be a hot mat for the table so it also has an insulated layer of thermolam inside, much as you would have layers of a quilt. I layered the batting, then the back (green) right side up and then the red print right side down and stitched around the circle, leaving a hole to turn the circle right side out. Before I turned it right side out I went around the circle and took tiny little notches out of the seam. This reduces the bulk in the seam and helps the seam lie flatter when turned right side out. Once turned right side out and the opening is stitched, the directions for all sizes are the same after adjusting for the newer size.
Steps to make your own:
1. Start with two fabrics that have fairly high contrast. Determine the size you want and cut two circles to that size. The final product is approximately half the starting circle size and in this case a circle becomes a square.
2. Place the two circles right sides together and stitch around the outside edge with 1/4" seam, leaving a break large enough to turn the circle right side out.
3. Clip the curves on the seam or if using a batting take little V notches out of the seam. This reduces bulk and allows the seam to lie flat once turned right side out.
4. Turn right side out, press and stitch the opening in the seam closed using a blind hem or other nearly invisible stitch.
5. Fold the circle in fourths and find the centre and mark that with a pencil on the good side. this will be covered over when you are finished.
6. Lay the opened circle on a flat surface with the good side down or the back facing up.
7. Fold in the curved edges all the way around (1/2" for the small, 1" for the medium and 2 1/2" for the large). This photo shows the back of the piece with the edges folded back.
The book Flower Origami by Kumiko Sudo has this and many other flower shapes made using origami techniques. The instructions are clearly illustrated and easy to follow.
Be sure to "hop" over and see what today's other 12 Days of Christmas in July blogger, Suzy over at Adventurous Appliqué and Quilting, has to share! Piecefully, Joanne
I love this! Pinning so I can find it after the hop! Thank you for sharing it.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your part in making this QAL wonderful!!ReplyDelete
This is so cool. I've always wanted to try this.ReplyDelete
Joanne, I've always wondered how people made these pretty little ornaments. Thanks for the great directions!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your precious ornament. I have the Kumiko book on Origami too - hmm, wonder where I put it.ReplyDelete
Oh, the back's as cute as the front and easier than one might think :D #12daysofchristmasinjulyReplyDelete
Those are really pretty.ReplyDelete
What a great idea. They came out terrific. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks.ReplyDelete
these are so cute. thanks for the tutorialReplyDelete
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I to love folding fabric techniques, whether it's used to make an individual item or to place in a project. Thank you for sharing today.ReplyDelete
Another great Christmas idea!ReplyDelete
Like the fact it's pretty from both sides.ReplyDelete
The cuteness doesn't stop. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Very nice i had to show my daughter...firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
I love these ornaments, Joanne - I made some two years ago when my daughter needed ornaments for a fundraiser, and they are fun and simple! Thanks for all your hard work to make the hop a success!ReplyDelete
Loving all the crafty goodness, thank you for sharing with us!ReplyDelete
Thank you for your tutorial. I hadn't seen this book by Kumiko Sudo and only know her from her applique and the class I took years ago at Road.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing ! A Christmas hot pad is a great idea for a festive table.ReplyDelete
How wonderful! I did a tutorial for these same ornaments last Christmas and I just loved them. Love yours too. I think folded fabric is so interesting and beautiful, don't you?ReplyDelete
Such pretty ornaments!ReplyDelete
Super cute! I have used fabric as gift wrap but this is simply gorgeous! Thx for sharing.ReplyDelete
I'm always on the look out for quilty ornments; I can't wait to add these to my holiday idea basket. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete