Friday, November 9, 2012

Easy Quilted Monogrammed Christmas Ornament

Okay, don't hate me for posting a Christmas project, okay?  I've had Christmas gifts on the brain, but I haven't actually started any yet...unless you could the Christmas quilt I'm making for a charity auction.
This is actually a project I made last year for Becca.  She was (and still is) at an age where she thinks the letter of her name and the number of her age are super special.  This idea would also work well for first and last initials...or for a couple's initials.

I try to give my kids some meaningful ornament each year so that when they're older and just starting out on their own they'll have enough of a collection to decorate a small tree.  Anyway, I used to buy them, but every year I'm disappointed in the bought ornaments either seem to follow the same cliche themes and/or are really expensive...and/or look cheap and ugly.

So I thought this ornament would be special for Becca because she loves "B" and "2" so much and they represent so much of what she was learning over the last year.  This is also a great ornament for little ones because it's so easy for them to hang on the tree...just drape the ribbon over a branch.

Want to make one?  Here's what you'll need...
(I chose pink and purple because I let Becca choose the fabric...Santa didn't get this made in time for her stocking last year, but she didn't seem to mind.)

Here's what you do...

I started by making finding a simple font I liked on the computer.  I think this was just plain old Ariel.  (If you make the font to fancy, it's hard to cut out.)

I traced the letter onto some freezer paper.  (Have you noticed your screen makes a great light box?)
They make a sandwich with two pieces of fabric (the pretty sides facing out) with some batting in the middle.  Iron the freezer paper so it sticks to the top layer.  The freezer paper is optional.  If you don't have it, you could just trace your letter and number onto the fabric itself.
Then pin in several places to keep the three layers together.
Stick a ribbon between the sandwich layers.
Sew around your letters.  You only need to do it once, but I liked the look of stitching around it several times.
Pull the freezer paper off.
Trim the excess fabric.  Be careful not to cut your ribbon.
Hang on your tree (or save in the closet to put in a stocking.)
"Look, Mom!"  "
It's a 2!"
She's grown a lot in the last year, huh?

If you're looking for some other fun ornaments, you'll want to check these out (click picture for link):

You can also find a few of my other ornaments here.

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  1. I can see this being perfect for my nephew, we call him CJ sometimes. I bet he would be so excited!

  2. These are soo stinking adorable.. what a great idea! Hope you stop by and share with my pink Hippo Party @
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    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  3. I love this idea, so cute and easy. I bet my 3 year old would love one. I also give my kids an ornament each year so that when they move out they will have some for their own tree. *Sniff* It's a long ways away though... If you have some time please come check out my blog. :)

    Wendy :)

  4. I love these. I also like that the little ones can touch the ornaments without worrying about them breaking.

  5. The ornament was adorable and I love the apron. It is adorable. I have a link party and would love to have you share this and any other posts. It is called Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. The link to the party is
    I hope to see you there.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above


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