Hello! Sorry to be running late today, I've had some printer technical difficulties and needed to get a good batch of shipping done. Before I begin with today's tutorial though, I wanted to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you that have been shopping with me for the holiday goods! I appreciate your continued support that allows me to keep working at creating and running my little shop.
With that said, today's tutorial was based on some cute little mitten ornaments I found at Target a couple of years ago..(maybe even last year? I forget.) It was quite plain, but I knew it could be made fabulous. You can often find mitten shaped ornaments at various stores, but if you can not, this could easily be completed by drawing a simple mitten shape onto wool felt and and stitching together. (or onto a thrifted sweater!)
In addition to the mitten, you will need some ruffles. I used some beautiful green and ivory ruffles from the ever fabulous Julie Collings and her little etsy shop. You may already have some fabulous ruffles in your stash, or you can also make some using the basting stitch on your sewing machine. I also used some bits of vintage lace from my stash and a bit of glittered greenery found at most craft stores. The image I used for this tutorial was from a collage sheet from this lovely etsy shop. She does not seem to be open for business right now, but I will provide you with some images I think would work just as well. To put your ornament together you'll also need some Ultimate Glue, (or hot glue) and some mica gltter. That's it!
1. I adhered a bit of vintage lace trim that has a barely there pink tint to it to my mitten with the Ultimate glue. I placed the lace a little lower on the ornament knowing I was going to place ruffles on top and I wanted that pink lace to stick out a bit.
2. Over the top of the lace, glue your ruffles in place.
3. Add a bit of tattered lace.
4. Print and cut out your image.
Here are a couple of images I thought would be just as lovely on your ornament.
Just save the images to your computer, adjust the size for your mitten and print. Originally, I had planned to print my image on printable canvas paper as I think that would have been a lovely effect, but I had lots of problems with my printer, so I just ended up using cardstock.
6. Add a bit of ivory ruffles to her neckline...this makes her look less like a floating head. :)
7. Adhere some bits of glittered greenery.
8. I added glue to the center of my ruffles, along the mitten and a bit on the image and generously sprinkled the mica glitter. (this glitter has such a lovely vintage feel to it and a little bit goes a long way!)
Once your glue has dried a bit, shake off the excess glitter and you're finished! It's now ready to add to your tree, or to top a gift. I think you could also make several and use them as places settings on your holiday table.
This can easily be made with materials from your own studio, or from common stores, but if you prefer to have a little kit with all of the materials tucked inside, I have just a small handful of them for sale right here.
If you make a mitten ornament from this tutorial will you show me? I (and those reading my blog) would love to see!
So tell me, have you already put up your tree, or do you wait until after Thanksgiving? Have you been making ornaments and gifts yet?
Happy creating, Cerri