I’m really starting to think this Christmas in July thing is a fantastic idea. We might do this again next year!
I’ve been able to tackle a couple of projects I’ve had in my idea book for years that I can never seem to get to during the holiday season. One of those is this dress form ornament and, I know I say this a lot, this is one of my favorite things ever. They turned out even cuter than I had pictured in my head!
I made a couple of these in holiday colors, but also one that’s holiday-neutral, because these could work any time of the year in a sewing or little girl’s room.
To make one of these ornaments you’ll need:
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Cut three dress forms from the felt. I found the easiest way to keep them uniform was to cut the first one using the paper template, then use that felt as a pattern to cut the other two.
Using the embroidery thread, add your choice of decorative stitching to one of the dress forms. Stay away from the very edge, as you’ll be stitching there toward the end. That piece becomes the front of your ornament.
Cut one of the other felt dress forms in half vertically in the center. Trim 1/8” from each inner edge. Discard those skinny bits.
Dab a little hot glue near the inner edges of the cut pieces and glue those to the back piece with the outer edges even. That should create a channel down the center of the dress form.
Cut the wire into three 12” lengths. My wire is longer here, because I wasn’t sure what I was going to need, but I ultimately cut it to the 12” lengths.
With the ends even, twist the three together, leaving about 5” untwisted.
Using pliers, bend 2” of the twisted end down, then twist the tips around the wire to create a loop.
Run a string of hot glue down the channel in the center of the dress form. Press the wire into the glue, with the loop just above the top.
Dab some hot glue near the center of the back of the embroidered dress form. Glue it on top of the wire with the outer edges even.
Stitch around the outer edge of the dress form using the embroidery thread. Wrap the ribbon around the waist and glue the ends near your left side.
Cut five 1” squares from the fabric. Fold each square in half diagonally, wrong sides together, and press.
Fold each square, now triangle, in half again to create tiny triangles.
Using a small needle and doubled thread with a knot in the end, hand stitch close to the raw edge of one triangle (less than 1/8” away).
Don’t knot or cut the thread. Stitch the next triangle the same way, repeating until all five are on the thread.
Gently pull the thread and push the triangles toward the knot to gather the fabric.
Stitch the two end petals together to create the flower shape. Knot the thread and clip off the excess. This adorable little thing turns out only about an inch across!
I put these flowers on everything, in all kinds of sizes.
Glue the flower on top of the ribbon ends. Glue the button in the center.
Pull the three wires at the bottom of the dress form into a tripod arrangement.
Curl the wires back toward the dress form as shown, using needle nosed pliers or by wrapping the wire around something.
One of the things I love about this ornament is that it can hang on the tree, or stand on its own!
This is the one I made with non-holiday colors. I thought it would be my favorite, but nope…
…I think it’s this grey one. I love the embroidery!
And you still have plenty of time to make these for EVERYBODY!