Every year, I make a Christmas ornament. Or, I suppose I should say, I make a bunch of them. A different handmade ornament, every year. Since 1998, the ornaments have been made of fabric, fused to a black felt background, and embellished with buttons, beads or embroidery. They’re easy to make and they come in very handy.
Initially, I made them for my neices and nephews. I fuse a piece of muslin on the back where I write their name and date with a Pigma pen. I then attach the ornament to their Christmas gift, like a gift tag. My thought was that they could collect them, year by year, and maybe one day I would make a quilt for them to hang on.
Eventually, I realized these little ornaments had other uses. They could be a little gift for teachers, newspaper boys, or house cleaners. I could attach them to hostess gifts and gift cards. Children of my friends started their own collections. They were a simple way to add a personal touch to Christmas wishes.
This series of ornaments come from a pattern called Here Comes Santa by Art to Heart. Each ornament was designed to attach to a wallhanging from buttons on the quilt. I’m not sure whether I’ll ever make the accompanying quilt, but I sure have enjoyed making a new ornament every year. This pattern is still available if you would like to start your own collection of annual handmade Christmas ornaments.
What ornament will I make this year? I haven’t decided yet – and besides, I can’t spoil the surprise!