project: winter wonderland felt ornament
Christmas is now over, and yet here I am sharing another ornament project with you. What? There really is a plan to all of this. You see, while some folks like to get their Christmas decorations taken down right away, I prefer keeping some things up for a while. Especially the lights and maybe some garland. January can feel so dark, so those items are very welcome to me.
January is also a month where the song Winter Wonderland makes the most sense to me. It's rare to have lots of snow in December, but you meet up with plenty of snowmen in January! So, I thought that saving this wintery snowflake until after Christmas would be just fine. Besides...who says you can only have ornaments hanging on a tree?
Here's what you need:
Wool Blend Felt (I used BenzieBazaar felt - see note below)
Embroidery Floss (I used DMC 598, 151, B5200 and 310)
Pinking or Scallop Shears (optional)
Winter Wonderland 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 (six ornaments and three gift toppers!).
Cut out the snowflake shape, plus the two backing pieces, using pinking shears on the smaller piece if you want. When cutting the snowflake, don't worry about getting it too precise.
Embroider the details onto the snowflake using two strands of embroidery floss.
Stitch the snowflake onto the smaller backing piece with tiny stitches along the edge. They should be nearly invisible!
Stitch the front onto the larger backing. Use thread that matches the back so that the stitches don't stand out. For this one, I used colonial knots to hold this together. Although they are usually more decorative, they work in a functional manner too!
Take a stitch through the back layer only, and then tie the thread ends together to form a hanger.
Hang your snowflake on some garland, a ceiling fan, curtain ties...or even a tree that's still welcome in winter!