My younger cousin's wife is a huge Conan O'Brien fangirl. I'm doing Christmas as cheap as possible. I had more felt and embroidery floss than I could shake a stick at. This was the end result.
Though I had never made a felt Christmas ornament before, I did an embroidered felt stuffed animal a million moons ago in home ec class. I refreshed my memory in terms of non-cross-stitch embroidery, looked at some other embroidered ornaments and thought "what's the worst that can happen?" Answer: tears, bloodied fingerpads, tons of ruined felt, and disappointment that only inserting a straw into a handle of Wild Turkey could fix. Obviously, I tried not to focus on those parts. Ha!
My basic process was the following:
1- Make/find a template or pattern.
2- Cut everything out.
3- Sew and stuff it.
I guess this is sort of a tute, complete with lots of photos and my way too wordy descriptions. lol! Hopefully this won't verge too heavily into tl;dr territory.
I lucked out and found an online coloring book page here
. My plan of attack was to treat each color block the same way I would treat a standard pattern. I printed out a half dozen copies or so of the image and then proceeded to take my trusty Xacto knife to each section. I started with Conan's iconic hair.
This is when I realized that if I wanted to be able to attach everything, I'd need to cut his face a bit larger than they were drawn, so I took a new copy of the image and cut it out maybe 1/4 larger than it was drawn. I also realized that instead of sewing together each portion of his suit together (like I was quilting), it would be better to cut the suit portion as one large panel and then attach the blue pieces (for the shirt) and the red (for the tie) to the black.
(Hopefully, the above photos make my description a bit more clear.)
When I sewed this, I attached the hair to the head and put it aside. Then, I attached the dress shirt to the blazer and the tie to the dress shirt/blazer piece. THEN I attached the suit to the head. And yeah, I wound up attaching his head a little cocked.
Now, it's time for embroidering on the details. First, I traced his facial features/lapels/jawline onto a piece of tissue paper, pinned it onto the felt and sewed through the pattern. This was a little tricky for me, and I wound up having to rip out the embroidery for his right eye because I managed to make one eye smaller than the other. Whoops.
Using the front piece, I cut out a backing of black felt and secured them together using a blanket stitch. In typical Drunkenatheist style, I totally forget to put in the hanging loop until after I got the top sewn. DUH. Luckily, I had a ribbon thin enough to thread an embroidery needle and was able to pop in both ends between the seam; I secured it on the inside with a dot of fabric applique glue. Much like with pillow making, I stitched the ornament about 2/3 - 3/4 of the way and stuffed it with a tiny puffball of batting before sewing it up all the way.
I hope she likes this and that she recognizes the ornament as Conan right away; I think I'll feel like such a jackass if she does a "ohhh, that's, um, nice..." followed by a stage whispered "WHO IS THIS SUPPOSED TO BE?!?!?" haha!
Thanks in advance for looking!!