Monday, July 24, 2017

Christmas in July - Quick Ornament Tutorial

Here's a tutorial using scraps to make quick little ornaments.  July is the perfect time to start thinking of Christmas, right?!

Make your favorite mini quilt block, any shape or style, about 4" to 5" inches in diameter.
For each ornament, you'll also need:
     2 @ 5" x 6" rectangles for backing
     1/4 yd. narrow ribbon

Knot the ends of the ribbon together to make a loop.  Center the ribbon with the knot at the top of your mini block and pin or glue in position.

Finish the back with an envelope fold:
Cut two 5" x 6" squares for each tree.  Fold each in half,  right sides out.  Lay out, overlapping folds about 1 inch at the center to measure 5" square.  This is your backing.

Lay the block with right side together over the backing squares and pin in place.   Stitch all the way around the perimeter of the shape using 1/4" seam allowance.  Overlap the beginning stitches.   

Trim edges even with your block or shape, clip corners or curves where necessary, then flip right side out through the back flap (I use a chopstick). 😁  Press flat.

If desired, sitch the flap closed, or just give it a good press and it's ready to hang on the tree!  Make one or make a ton!

Other ideas for these little ornaments:

* Make a few and give as a gift.  Your quilty friends will love it!  

* Use as gift tags!  Write To: and From: on the back with a pigma micron permanent ink pen.

* For a sweet sachet, stuff with a little poly-fiberfil, add a drop of scented oil, then stitch the flap closed.

* Make a bunch and string them together for an adorable garland.

By the way, the Log Cabin Tree ~ Quilted Tree Skirt & Ornament pattern is now available!  Click HERE for a digital copy, and HERE for a paper copy.

Let the merriment begin!


  1. 2 great ideas here thanks for sharing these with us and good to see you blogging

  2. this is a sweet idea. thanks for sharing the idea

  3. Very cute. I love the little trees.


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