project: sweet little jesus boy felt ornament
Now there's less than a week until the big day, but I say there's still time to Craft a Song of Christmas! So we continue with a song that describes this ornament quite well: Sweet Little Jesus Boy. (If you're not familiar with this one, you can hear a sample of my favorite version on eMusic.)
The design for this is based on artwork that I created for a Christmas eBook (still in the works). It's sweet, simple, and swift to stitch! I even used this to make something a little larger for our tree this year, which I'll share soon!
Here's what you need:
Wool Blend Felt (I used BenzieBazaar felt - see note below)
Embroidery Floss (I used DMC 598, 3821, 3864, B5200 and 310)
Pinking or Scallop Shears (optional)
Sweet Little Jesus Boy Pattern PDF
A Note on Wool Blend Felt: This December, all of my felt projects are using felt provided by BenzieBazaar. I am seriously smitten with this felt! It's almost, almost as lovely as 100% wool, but at a fraction of the cost. By purchasing the Glitter and Glass collection, plus a small piece of Purple and Seaside, you'll have all that you need to make all of the small felt projects this month (at least six ornaments and two gift toppers!).
Cut out the pieces from felt, as shown.
Embroider the details onto the face and body, then lay them out so you know how it should look.
Stitch the layers down to the top backing piece, working your way up to the top.
When all of the applique is finished, stitch the front backing to the back using a running stitch.
Flip the ornament over and stitch through only the back layer with a length of embroidery floss. Tie the ends together and trim to form a hanger.
Hang this sweet little Jesus boy on your tree and remember that He's what this season is all about. Wait. Scratch that. He's what EVERYTHING is supposed to be all about!