I am feeling a small moment of glee right now. I said on Saturday that I would post this tutorial on Wednesday and for some reason it is actually happening. Even during what feels like a constant clatter of banging pots, I am getting it done.
Okay, so you want to make your very own Capitol Christmas Tree Ornament.
You will need the following supplies.
- Star Pattern– I googled Star Outlines and found one I liked and printed it out on regular typing paper. Here is the link to the star I used.
- Smooth Tracing Wheel–The one I have is green and made by Dritz.
- Approximately 9” square of shot cotton fabric. Any fabric will work, but I am very fond of how beautifully the shot cotton shows quilting stitches.
- Approximately 9” square of backing fabric for your star. I used upholstery remnants, but you could use denim or any other stable fabric.
- Thread for quilting. I used Aurifil Thread in 28WT.
- Stuffing– I used my rotary cutter to shred up so small bits of Warm and White Batting. This worked really well.
- Approximately eight inches of fabric trim or other thin fabric for creating the hanging devise. 3/8 inch trim works really well. Using a wider trim is a bit more difficult.
Standard quilting supplies–stitching thread, sewing machine,scissors, snips, pins, and that sort of thing.
Okay here we go. Iron your shot cotton fabric and then using the tracing wheel, trace your star pattern onto the fabric. At first, I used tracing paper, but I discovered that the typing paper leaves a fine pattern.
After the star is quilted it will look like this.
Next, I used my scissors to cut around the star. You want to cut at about a 1/2” away from the stitched edge. This is your seam allowance for when you stitch the backing to the star. As you can see in the photo, my seam allowance is a bit scant on one point of the star. That is OKAY.
I found that the hanger is best hanging from one of the star points. Fold the fabric trim in half with RIGHT sides facing out. Slide the trim in between the quilted star and the backing fabric. Pin it into place.
If you are going to use a wider trim for your hanging tab, you will need to stitch THAT star point like this.
Here is a link to the latest chapter in that story. This link includes the link to all other stories about Artful Oven Mitts–how to make them, how to get the pattern, etc…
Or if you could care less about the backstory and really just want the tutorial click here.
And then there is the hands down most popular post I have ever written. You’d think it would be something about art or stitch, but NO. It is about how I make fleece flannel blankets.
Now, what are all of you making this Christmas season?