December 08, 2017

Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Two of my favorite people to make gifts for are my SIL and hubby's niece. They both like things that are made with love and they're always excited to open my packages. It makes me happy to make them happy. For a couple of years now, my SIL has a vase with some branches in her kitchen that she decorates according to the season. I gladly granted her requests for little fabric fish, Easter eggs, and Christmas ornaments. Each year, I try to come up with some new pieces to add to the collection. For last year's Christmas I had made glass glitter stars, fabric baubles and 3-d book page trees.

This year I sewed, respectively knitted tiny leather mittens and scarves. Just when I had finished those wintry accessories, my friend Michelle over at A Crafty Mix posted a DIY for the cutest little washboard ornaments. I commented that it would be great for the washboards to have some tiny clothes to keep them company. While I wasn't able to make some of the adorable washboards because I can't print anything at the moment, the thought of tiny clothes kept floating around in my head. I decided to sew a set of sweaters.

Old T-Shirt upcycled into Christmas sweater ornament by Vintage with Laces

I recycled a part of an old T-Shirt that I had recently sorted out. I added embroidery lining and double sided fusible interfacing between the fronts and the backs. The sweaters are 2" (5 cm) high. In the pictures the color is not accurately displayed. The sweaters are more teal colored in real life, matching my SIL's kitchen décor.


Old T-Shirt upcycled into Christmas sweater ornaments by Vintage with Laces


Small Christmas mitten ornament made out of leather scraps by Vintage with Laces

The mittens are about the same size as the sweaters. They're made out of leather scraps I received from a tailor may years ago. I thought it would be easy to stitch the mittens by machine but it wasn't because I didn't have a leather needle in my stash. I made several attempts but my machine kept skipping stitches and the thread broke numerous times. I solved the problem by removing the spool and the bobbin and just piercing the leather by machine. Hand stitching through the holes took a bit of time but was easy to do then.


Small Knitted Scarf Christmas Ornament by Vintage with Laces


It's a long time ago that I knitted something but it was quite fun to make five of these little scarves. It certainly helped that all five of them were finished so much faster than one in a regular size.😀



Have you made any ornaments this year for yourself or to give away?

The ornaments will join these parties:

Sweet Inspiration at A Crafty Mix
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
DIY Salvaged Junk Projects at Funky Junk Interiors
The Creative Gallery at Making It in The Mountains
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
A New Life at Rostrose

26 comments:

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Diese kleinen zauberhaften Accessoires und vor allem die Pullis sind einfach WUNDERBAR!
Sehr clever mit der Nähmaschine das Leder wenigstens zu lochen! Muss ich mir merken!
Da wird Deine Schwägerin absolut entzückt sein, also ich bin es auf alle Fälle!
Hab noch eine wunderschöne Adventzeit und falls wir uns nicht mehr lesen ein frohes, besinnliches Weihnachtsfest!
Ganz liebe Grüße
Susi

Barbara Casillas said...

I have always enjoyed making ornaments. These are so cute and very unique. The tiny scarf looks like a real one, in miniature.

ULKAU said...

Julia, du kommst ja auf lustig-verrückte Schmuck-Ideen, der blaue Pulli ist ja goldig geworden!
Supergut gefällt mir auch dein Tannen-Ersatz, das würde ich mir auch gerne in die Vase stellen wollen, wunderschön filigran!
Also, ich bastele ja schon seit vielen Jahren nichts mehr... die ganze Deko ist im Keller in Kartons verstaut - nur Kerzen brauche ich viele!
Dir wünsche ich auch eine schöne Adventszeit und hoffe, dem Kätzchen geht es gut!
Liebe Grüße Ulrike

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh wow, these look incredible, such a cool idea, very clever with all the stitching and everything!

Junkchiccottage said...

Like everything you make Julia these are so cute. You are so imaginative and I always love your vision with crafts. These ornaments are fabulous. I know your family is going to love opening up your gifts to them. Very cute. I always love homemade gifts from the heart too.
xoxo
Kris

Mellowood Gallery said...

These are all so cute. I especially like the sweaters - very festive!

Michelle Leslie said...

Oh my goodness Julia, these are just absolutely so adorable. The stitching on the sweater is so perfect with the little snowflake pattern on the front and the way you've done the cuffs. How do you get your stitches to be so neat? Every time I sew something it always looks like some crazy little fairy tried to do the hokey pokey. I bet your SIL loves them.

tatjana said...

Liebe Julia,
das sieht sehr zauberhaft aus, sehr schöne Anhänger, ich drück dich und wünsch dir ein schönes zweites Adventswochenende
alles Liebe vom Reserl

Annie said...

Julia, your handmade with love ornaments are adorable! Those little sweaters are so stinkin’ cute! As are the mittens and scarves. I love how you solved your stitching delimna with the mittens. I can imagine how fun the scarves were to knit...5 or 6 stitches then turn back for the next row. Pretty soon, DONE! LOL. I haven’t made an ornament in years. But I made tons in my early years.

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Those sweater ornaments are really cute. It is fun to make things for those who appreciate handmade.

Debra said...

I love the sweaters! So perfectly done, too.
I am knitting tiny mittens to adorn a wreath for a church group I belong to. I hope to show the wreath on my blog, and I'll also post the knitting pattern.
Your blog is always a joy to visit!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Wow! You are so creative and the ornaments are so darling and beautifully made.
Merry Christmas! Jo

Dorthe said...

Dear Julia, how very sweet they are , so tiny and cute, a lovely idea, and I love the mitten and scarves too- but what a fiddly thing to create the sweaters with all the sewing you so perfectly did . They are the very sweetest , dear friend.
I hope your weeks up to Christmas are cozy and fun, and hope you enjoy the time.
Big hugs and love to you .
Dorthe , xxx

johanna said...

tolle originelle Ideen hast du da umgesetzt! Winterkleidung am Weihnachtsbaum! und manchmal brauchts auch noch ein bisschen extra-Kreativität obendrauf, wenn sich etwas einfach nicht nähen, aber lochen lässt:) coole lösung!
ich finde es überhaupt schön, dass du mithilfst, dass deine Schwägerin eine Sammlung von deko-anhängern aufbaut. es ist einfach wunderbar, wenn jemand das schätzt, dann macht es einem auch spaß, für diese lieblingsmenschen etwas zu machen.
liebe Julia - dir, deiner Familie inkl. katzen noch einen schönen zweiten Advent und eine friedvolle zeit ♥♥♥, johanna

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

So adorable. I like to make a few new ornaments, but did not actually get around to making anything to give away this year. It was a tradition my Mom had and we did it every Christmas Eve when friends would visit. Times have changed, but I will be making dog biscuits for all our friends with furry kids. xox

Patty said...

How sweet these ornaments are! And how lucky your friend is to have such a wonderful seamstress and knitter as you for a girlfriend! I love crafts, but have not made ornaments. The one thing I made this year is a natural Christmas wreath for a friend who lost her husband a few months ago. She has no Christmas decorations, and probably wouldn't put them up if she did. I took her to a vintage fair recently to get her away from home and we saw so many wonderful things made with feathers and antlers. Since they lived in a wooded hilly area with many deer, I added antlers to the wreath. A labor of love that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Jutta Gutsch said...

Soooooooooooom wunderschön ... besonders hat es mir der kleine Pullover angetan.
Er ist so lieblich ...

Herzliche Grüße
Jutta

Chris Lally said...

Gorgeous!! Wonderfully creative, Julia!
There's nothing better, more thoughtful, more cherished than a handmade gift!

Rostrose said...

Liebste Julia,
einfach GENIAL, was dir immer einfällt oder welche Inspirationen dich anspringen oder wie du es sonst nennen magst: Deine Christbaumanhänger sind jedenfalls wieder etwas ganz und gar Einzigartiges und Entzückendes. UND diese Pulloverchens sind außerdem perfektes Recycling, weshalb ich mich über eine Verlinkungs deines Posts ab 15.12. bei ANL wieder sehr, sehr freuen würde!!! Dass die Lederfäustlinge nicht ganz mühelos zu nähen waren, kann ich mir lebhaft vorstellen!!! Aber die Mühe hat sich gelohnt - sie sehen klasse aus!
Dank dir auch sehr für deine wieder so lieben Zeilen bei mir! Was den Eierlikör betrifft - mittlerweile habe ich mir bei einem anderen Weihnachtsmarkt abermals ein Fläschchen gekauft - aber ich glaube, diese Flaschen haben Löcher... der neue Likör ist auch schon wieder weg!
Und zu Austrias Glöckchen - nein, da hatten wir unsere Finger nicht im Spiel, ich könnte mir vorstellen, dass seinen "Besitzern" das Gebimmel ebenfalls auf die Nerven ging oder dass es der schlaue Kater irgendwie geschafft hat, das Glöckchen "zu verlieren"... Wie auch immer, jetzt bimmelt er nimmer ;-))
Ganz herzliche rostrosige Adventgrüße und Fellchenkrauler und Pfötchenwinker,
Traude
http://rostrose.blogspot.co.at/2017/12/island-kreuzfahrt-teil-13.html

Jeanie said...

I can't decide which I like best -- they're all so darned cute! They'll be thrilled with them -- who wouldn't?

Jill said...

So cute! I especially love the little scarves. I've never seen little scarf ornaments. Well done!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

These are so well made Julia they look like miniature pieces of clothing. Everything is so pretty when it is in mini form but to have it on the tree as an ornament makes it all the more special. Your special ornaments have been picked as the most popular this week over at Sweet Inspiration.

Barbara Chapman said...

These are soooo adorable! Happily pinning via Tailwind to my Crafts to Make and Holidays boards for you!!! Such a great idea! These could be adapted in so many ways... to make little doll clothes to have in a doll house. It's getting my head spinning with ideas {I'm good at adapting ideas than creating totally new ideas}. Happy Christmas to you and your family, Julia!!!

Katrin@kreativk.net said...

Julia, you always blow my mind with your creativity and these ornaments are such cuties and so so pretty!

Poppy said...

What a cute collection of clothes for your sister-in-law's little vase of branches. I'm sure she fell in love with them as soon as she saw them, knowing they were handmade with love and such festive flair!

xo
Poppy

Justlilla said...

Julia, love the ornaments, very pretty and so different
Wish I could think of some to share, but I am always doing nostalgia, things from my past.
Need some new input
aloha Lilla