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« on: November 29, 2006 07:12:35 AM »

Here's an ornament you can whip up for an exchange or tree or gift decoration:

  • 4 small scraps of fabric
  • embroidery floss or strong thread
  • 1 decorative button for the top
  • about 10 buttons for the "trunk"

  • round things to trace
  • pen or pencil
  • scissors
  • needle big enough to accommodate your floss

To Make:
don't let all the steps fool you: I work with young children, so I always break everything down into very simple steps
  • Trace four circles of fabric in gradually decreasing sizes. I just searched my cupboards for round things (bowls, glasses, etc.), but they ranged from about 4.25" for the large one to about 1.75" for the small one.
  • Follow Heather's tutorial (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=112640.msg1075515#msg1075515) for making these circles into yo-yos.
  • Thread the needle with a 12-14" piece of floss
  • Starting AT THE TOP, going downward, thread the decorative button onto the floss...
  • then poke straight down through the center of smallest yo-yo from the top
  • add two buttons
  • poke through the 2nd smallest yo-yo (from the top)
  • add two buttons
  • poke though the 3rd yo-yo (from the top: I know, you know, but it can't hurt to repeat)
  • add two buttons
  • poke through the biggest yo-yo
  • add either 3-4 buttons or a combo of fat beads and buttons to make a trunk.
  • NOW, make a u-turn and go back UP through the bottom buttons
  • go back up through the BOTTOM of the last yo-yo
  • and the buttons on top of it
  • and then up through the bottom of the next yo-yo, etc.
  • Repeat until you get to the top decorative button.
  • Slide the pieces together along the floss to make sure it isn't loose anywhere.
  • tie a knot (a biggie if your button hole is large) and you're done!

I'll try to post pics later tonight. My friend and I are crafting today, and these are sure to be on our list.
« Last Edit: December 13, 2006 12:54:25 PM by losabia » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2006 07:21:36 AM »

Wow, losabia! So cute!

I'm always on the lookout for easy to make ornaments, and this is adorable. Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2006 07:30:46 AM »

You're welcome! It's a great way to use up some of those little scraps. I'd love to see your tree if you decide to make one!

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2006 02:07:56 PM »

Oh Wow! Very cute. Plus, instructions I can follow  Wink. I just need to make some of these, and I promise to post pictures!

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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2006 03:35:14 PM »

That is so awesome, thank you! I need to make about 20 ornaments this year, and I've done some crochet and felt ones already, so this will be a nice change up!

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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2006 12:27:58 PM »

this is such a great tutorial!
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