Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fun Crafting

With life being a little hectic lately, I am forcing myself to get some crafting in. It keeps me sane. I was sifting through organizing my fabric one day when I came across a bag with red and white taffeta and a box of straight pins. This has been around for quite some time waiting for me to find the right color green taffeta. Let's not mention that I haven't been looking. They are the supplies to make pretty folded fabric ornaments from a magazine from the 1990s. 
 On the same day I saw this YouTube video for a No-Sew Quilted Christmas Ornament Tutorial from Shabby Fabrics. I have been fascinated by these ornaments for a long time. The tutorial uses cotton quilt fabric instead of taffeta. Well, I had the foam balls, the pins and a lot of scraps of fabric so I just got started. Here is my resulting ornament so far.
The two ends don't line up perfectly, but for a first try I am pretty happy with the result. I have to buy some ribbon to go around the middle. My stash was either too wide or too skinny. I will stop at JoAnn's or ACMoore on my way home some night this week and buy some ribbon. I have a whole lot of scrap fabric and four more 3" foam balls. I also have a bunch of 2 1/2" balls that I am sure I can use. This was a really easy and fairly quick craft. It only took about an hour in total.

I have made progress on Baker Beach. Last week it looked like this:
I have managed to get more than halfway finished with the 7th page and it now looks like this:

I have also been working on the 2014 Prairie Schooler Santa. 
I am hoping to finish this one and another before Christmas. Wish me luck! That is probably not happening.

Here is an update on my daughter's stitching also. She is really having fun. When she calls and I ask what she has been up to, she tells me she is cross-stitching. 
I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching today. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. That ornament looks perfect to me! : ) Lots of fun going on here and your daughter's work is coming along quickly!

    Enjoy stitching today...Baker's Beach is such a wonderful long term project to watch grow.

  2. I'm glad you find time for stitching each week in your busy life...I know my sewing helps to keep me sane! You still have lots of time to finish off Santa before Christmas!

  3. What a great Christmas ornament!!
    So fun that your daughter is stitching too!

  4. Those folded fabric ornaments have always fascinated me too. Yours looks so nice. I can't wait to see the finished cross stitch project that your daughter is working on.

  5. Love the fabric ornaments, a real delight.

  6. What a fun ornament. I remember a group my Mom was in when I was little where they made these. Yours is lovely. Such great progress on your cross stitch. It is fun watching it grow.

  7. I have a bunch of those Christmas ball ornaments that my mom made :) I think yours are lovely!!!

  8. It's amazing that you were able to make that Christmas ornament in an hour. It turned out beautifully.

  9. Beautiful little ornament and sounds like a nice quick one as well. Excellent progress on Baker Beach and the ornament and great stitching by your daughter! I think I have that exact snow globe ornament that I started back in January/February.


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