|Fabric origami ornament tutorial in ten...|
Or is it ten steps?
Or maybe it's ten minutes?
Whichever the case, today I present a different sort of post in that it will primarily be made up of pictures. This is a tutorial for those who don't like to read! That's right, no wordiness from one of the wordiest bloggers around. Think of it as my "silent night" present to you for the holidays.
What is it? Call it an ornament or just a basic decoration. I used mine to jazz up a wrapped present. Add some cord and it can be hung on your Christmas tree. Make several in different sizes and create a mobile. Start with super big fabric and it can decorate your wall.
All you need are two coordinating/contrasting fabric circles. The finished item is a square.
Start with two circles, any size. Mine were 6.75" in diameter because that's the size of the plate I traced around.
|1. Cut two circles...|
Place the fabric pieces right sides together and sew around the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning.
|2. Sew them (almost) together and notch the curves...|
Cut notches in the seam allowance and then press the seam allowance open.
|3. Press seam allowance open...|
Turn right side out and pin around the open gap; give it a good press.
|4. Turn right side out and press...|
Topstitch all the way around to close up the gap.
Fold the circle in half and mark the top midpoint with a pin as shown.
|6. Mark halfway point of circle...|
Bring the two folded "corners" together to the top and mark with another pin.
|7. Divide into equal fourths...|
Hand sew the intersection together.
|8. Hand sew the centre together...|
Take the end of each "petal" and turn the fabric to the underside. Squish the whole thing down as needed to help you.
|9. Flip each petal towards the outside...|
Give it a good press and it's finished!
|10. Press and you're done!|
Trim if desired. I sewed on a decorative button to the middle of mine and used it to add a personal handmade touch a recent "get well" present.
|Trimmed with a button...|
By the way, this is not my personal creation. There are various versions of this item to be found, with one of the earliest being here. Want to go for a different look? Try dividing the circle into fifths or sixths at step 7.
That's it; short and sweet for the upcoming holiday week. For those who celebrate, have a relaxing and peaceful Christmas.