It's no secret I'm a surface design junkie. Over the years, I have amassed an overflowing stash of fabrics that have been dyed, printed, screened, stamped, and stenciled. Not only do I despair of ever using these fabrics up in art quilts, I have to admit that some of them aren't quite art quilt-worthy.
I also have to admit that, being a surface design junkie, I also collect a ton of objects that could be used in surface design.
A category of those objects is cookie cutters--implements that I can assure you will never be used in the presence of butter and sugar. Soy wax, maybe.
So you can imagine my delight when I figured out a way to use these extra fabrics and some snowflake cookie cutters that were gathering dust together to get a jump start on my holiday decorations. I created no-sew snowflake ornaments that are a snap to make.
In fact, if you have an Accuquilt GO! Fabric Cutter, you can whip up a batch of these cool beauties even faster. I explain the process with the fabric cutter in the 2010-2011 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts, but I can't wait to share the instructions for the cookie cutter version, so here it is.
No-sew Fabric Ornaments
By Pokey Bolton
- Scraps of fabric
- Fusible web
- Stiff interfacing
- Iron and ironing surface
- Fabric scissors
- Eyelets and eyelet setting tools
- Decorative ribbon (at least 7" for hanging)
- Cookie cutters with holiday themes
- Fabric marker
Making the snowflakes
1. Sift through your stash of fabrics and look for areas that have interesting patterns that you'd like to feature on your ornaments.
2. Following the manufacturer's instructions, adhere fusible web to the back side of the fabric with your iron.
3. Iron the fused fabric to a piece of stiff interfacing.
4. Take another piece of fabric, apply fusible web, and iron it to the other side of the interfacing so that it is double sided.
5. Place a holiday-themed cookie cutter on top of the stiffened fabric and trace the design using a fabric marker, then cut it out.
Attaching the ribbon
1. Mark a dot on your fabric ornament where you would like the ribbon to loop through for hanging.
2. With your awl, poke a small circle.
3. Using your eyelet setting tools, hammer the eyelet in place.
4. Loop the ribbon through the eyelet, and tie the ends in a bow.
Voila! Your ornament is ready to be hung on the tree, and your surface design efforts were put to excellent use.
There are lots of make-it-quick projects like this in the new issue of Quilting Arts Gifts, as well as more complex gift-giving and home décor ideas for the holidays and beyond. Be sure to get your copy before--like your favorite cookie--they're all gone!