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How to Weave a Heart Shaped Ornament
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 11/14/2011 - 20:02
As if I needed more handmade ornaments! But I am joining in anyway! Can't help myself!
Given the fact that my poor old tree is already groaning in it's box just thinking about the weight of all the ornaments soon to be hanging from its branches, I may not make quite as many new ornaments as Meg will, but I will make and share a few just for the fun of the challenge!
Read all about Meg's Handmade Christmas Tree Challenge and then be sure to check out Meg's first "ornament" - a felted ball garland! You won't want to miss the tips in her tutorial for combining two techniques for wet felting!
The sweet little woven heart ornament above is the first ornament I made just especially for this challenge.
Don't know why, but for some reason I love hearts on Christmas trees! And this one is very easy and quick to make. Great afternoon project for kids and moms alike!
Instructions for making and weaving on a portable cardboard loom are right here. And if you like, you can make your ornament double sided using the instructions found here.
I decided to keep this one as simple as possible so I only wove on one side of the loom using Diane's beautiful tutorial for weaving on a cardboard loom on Craftstylish; and then backed the ornament with felt. Note: I tend to pack my weft yarns pretty tight, but a more open weave is fine too.
Once your woven fabric is completed and removed from the loom, follow the instructions below to create your ornament.
NOTE: If you are not into weaving but like the look of the ornament, you can easily substitute burlap or another similar woven fabric.
I used a heart because I am into hearts! But simple shapes like circles, triangles(trees), or stockings work just as well! Just keep the shape simple. (You can see the little woven tree ornament I made in July here).
In the tutorial below, I will use the word "heart" to mean whatever shape you have chosen in the hope it will keep the instructions simple.
1. Make a paper heart ornament pattern and cut it out.
2. Using the heart ornament pattern you have just cut out, cut the shape out of felt.
3. Now using the same paper pattern, cut a heart out of cereal box weight cardboard. Trim about 1/8" off the entire edge of the heart so that it is just a little smaller than the felt piece.
4. Cover one side of the cardboard heart with Mod Podge. (I prefer Fabric Mod Podge, but regular Mod Podge works just as well.)
5. Place the heart, Mod Podge side down onto your woven fabric and press gently so that the adhesive reaches as many yarns as possible. Let dry for about a half hour.
6. Apply Mod Podge to the exposed surface of the heart.
7. Place the felt heart right on top of the Mod Podge covered heart, adjusting it as needed so that the cardboard heart is completely hidden.
Let dry for a few hours til the Mod Podge is set.
8. Once the Mod Podge is mostly dry, trim the woven fabric as shown around the entire outside edge of the felt heart. I usually cut the fabric just a "smidgeon" beyond the edge of the felt heart. Remove any loose yarns (there will be some). fluff the edges with your fingers.
9. Thread a needle with yarn and make a little hanging loop. I just run the yarn through the ornament and then secure the two ends together with an overhand knot.
Done! And ready, if you like, for the addition of a favorite button.
Hummmmmmmm..... I wonder if I can make a gingerbread man?
Thank you Meg! I am having a ball!
As it turns out - I CAN make a gingerbread man! And you can too! Here he is!