Monday 18 November 2013

How To: Embroidered Mistletoe Ornament

PLEASE NOTE: this project will be removed from my blog at the end of April, after which it will be available as part of a printable pattern from my shops. Please make a copy of the instructions and templates if you'd like to save a free copy before then! :)

It's almost time for the Crafty Christmas tutorial link-up! Yay! So exciting.

Today I'm sharing my project for the link-up - a mistletoe embroidery pattern you can use to make an embroidered Christmas ornament.

I stitched my mistletoe onto red felt and turned it into an ornament for the Christmas tree, or for hanging anywhere in the house for Christmas cheer (and maybe some Christmas kisses!).

You can, of course, use the embroidery pattern to add some mistletoe to anything you fancy - or maybe just frame it in a hoop.

To make your own mistletoe ornament, you will need:

- the mistletoe embroidery pattern at the bottom of this post
- red felt (wool blend felt is perfect for this, as it's soft/thin enough to stretch nicely in an embroidery hoop) I used one 9x9 inch square for stitching the design, and then a bit extra for backing the ornament
- white tissue paper
- white, dark green and spring green embroidery thread (floss)
- red sewing thread, and a contrasting colour (e.g. white)
- a 6 inch embroidery hoop
- narrow red ribbon (approx 5 inches / 13 cm long)
- sewing scissors, a needle and pins

1. Trace the mistletoe pattern onto some tissue paper then use scissors to cut away any excess paper so the motif will fit in the middle of a 6 inch embroidery hoop.

2. Stretch a piece of red felt in the embroidery hoop. Position the tissue paper motif in the centre of the hoop, and carefully pin and then sew it in place. Use white sewing thread (or another thread that will show up against the red felt) and large tacking stitches, sewing around the outside of the misteltoe to hold the pattern in position. Remove any remaining pins.

3. Start stitching the design! To sew my mistletoe I used half strands of embroidery thread (floss) (3 strands from 6-stranded thread) and backstitch. I stitched the leaves in dark green, the berries in white, and the stem and the line down the middle of each leaf in spring green.

Remember you'll be cutting around the mistletoe shape later to make it into an ornament, so take care not to carry any threads where you might cut through them!

4. When you've finished stitching the design, remove the tacking stitches. Then carefully tear away the tissue paper using a pin to gently remove any remaining small pieces of tissue paper. Your mistletoe should now look something like this:

5. Remove the felt from the hoop, and carefully cut around the embroidered shape as pictured:

6. Use the shape you've just cut out as a template to cut a matching piece of red felt - pinning it to a piece of felt and carefully cutting round it to create a matching shape. This second piece of felt will be the back of your ornament, hiding the messy side of your embroidery.

7. Cut a length of narrow red ribbon - I cut a piece 13 cm (5 inches) long, but you may want more or less ribbon depending how large a loop you want / where you want to hang the mistletoe. Fold the ribbon over to make a loop, and sew the ends to the top of the backing felt piece, as pictured. Use red sewing thread and whip stitches, and try to sew into the felt not through it.

8. Pin the front and back pieces of your ornament together, sandwiching the ribbon ends between them. Use red sewing thread and small blanket or whip stitches to sew the edges together, removing the pins as you sew around the ornament. Finish your stitching neatly at the back.

Your ornament is now finished! Hurrah!

Click here to view the pattern sheet in another tab or window. Make sure you're viewing the image at full size, then print it at 100%.

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many mistletoe ornaments (or other things embroidered with the mistletoe design) as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a few photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my tutorial on your site. Thanks!

Lots of lovely bloggers are taking part in the Crafty Christmas link-up today... once all their projects have been published I'll put together a post with all the links so you guys can go check them out! :)

UPDATE: you can find all the tutorials in the Crafty Christmas link-up HERE.

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homemade@myplace said...

so festive and elegant!!!!
xxxxx Ale

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks Alessandra! x

Pat said...

I Love this new Christmas ornament!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks Pat! It's a version of a design I used to sell in my shops as a felt ornament - I'm really enjoying embroidery at the moment so I thought it'd be nice to re-work it as an embroidery pattern :)

Manu said...

It's soooo beautiful! I love how it looks on the hoop, too! Could be used as a hoop-ornament, it's so lovely!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Glad you like it, Manu, I was really pleased with how this turned out :)

gloria said...

Very nice , I'll try it! thanks alot, ciao, Gloria

Alex - The Interior DIYer said...

As per the usual Laura, your work is amaze-balls. I'll really have to try this thing of embroidery with the help of a paper template. You make it look far too lovely!

xx A ;)

Bugs and Fishes said...

Aw, thanks so much, Alex! xx

It can be a bit of a faff removing the paper afterwards but it's ace to be able to embroider designs onto a bit of felt :)