Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Fun Fabric Ornaments with the Brother ScanNCut

I love making little gifts this time of year.  You'll often find me crafting away right before the holidays to create a little something extra to attach to presents, etc.   This year I made some FUN stuffed canvas ornaments.    Super fun and easy with the help of my Brother ScanNCut and Sewing Machine.

Here's what you'll need to create an ornament:

6"x12" piece of Canvas or Heavy Muslin
4"  scrap of a Pattern Material
Letter Stamps and Archival Ink (Jet Black)
Some Fusible Webbing and an Iron
Matching/Coordinating Thread

ScanNCut Machine and Sewing Machine

I chose to cut out one of the ornaments already programmed into the machine but you can also make your own with one of the pre-programmed shapes.

  • When you cut fabric, you need to make sure you iron a fusible webbing to the back of the fabric so it will cut cleanly.   If you're using a heavy interfacing, you can cut the fabric face side up -- if you're using a light weight interfacing, be sure to cut the material face side down.
  • Cut 2 canvas pieces the size you'd like for your ornament and then cut 1 shape re-sized 3/4 smaller than the original out of the patterned fabric.
  • Stamp a Christmas sentiment onto a scrap of the fused canvas with the Archival Ink and attach to the printed material.  Sew in place.
  • With wrong sides facing, stitch around the 2 ornament pieces (I love free-motion stitching these) leaving a space about an inch wide so you can stuff the ornament with the cotton batting. The ornament pictured above has a loop to attach a string to so I fused this together first and left the opening at the bottom.  If yours doesn't, be sure to attach a piece of ribbon to the wrong side of the fabric before sewing.
  • Stuff the ornament and then stitch it closed.
  • Embellish with a ribbon bow and you're done.  HO HO ... HO  (anyone get the reference? *wink*)
Have a Merry Christmas and hope to see you in the studio soon!!!  Happy Crafting!

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