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Embroidery Hoop Ornament with Free-motion Faux Bois

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Melanie here, from the Crafty Cupboard!  I love this magical time of year, don’t you?  The thing is, I don’t like how time seems to “magically” get shorter when there is so much to do!  That is why quick gift ideas like this one are my favorite.  This reindeer silhouette ornament with faux bois (literally, false wood) free-motion stitching is much easier than it might look!  Let me show you!

For this project, you will need:

  • small embroidery hoop, 3″-4″ diameter
  • Heat n’ Bond or Wonder Under (Pellon)
  • Linen neutral fabric
  • Festive Christmas fabrics
  • Coordinating felt piece (not pictured)
  • Scissors (I like using little applique scissors for work like this)
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing machine with free-motion foot

First, cut a piece of your linen fabric a generous amount bigger than your embroidery hoop.

Next, draw a design on the paper side of your heat-n-bond or wonder under (remember to reverse your image if it has a specific direction), and cut around your design.  Iron the web/texture side down to the wrong side of your festive fabric.

Cut out your image from the fabric and heat-n-bond, and iron it to the center of your linen piece.  In order to frame my image, I wanted to stitch around it after it was already on the fabric, but you can always stitch it first.  To give myself some guidance, I first sketched out my lines with a disappearing marker.

Then, I dropped my feed dogs and set my stitch length to Zero on my sewing machine.  Since the fabric is thin, I held on tight as I sewed and simply moved my fabric under my moving needle as I went.  No need to fear!  If you would rather not do free-motioning, this part is also easy to embroider, it just takes more time.  This took me all of 3 minutes to sew, and then I trimmed thread and wiped the marker off.

After the sewing was done, I took the outer ring of my embroidery hoop and stained it with some wood stain to better coordinate with my applique design.  I thought a more rustic, woodsy color would compliment a deer silhouette and went along with the whole wood theme!

When the stain had dried and set, I put the fabric in the hoop, and then cut the excess off close to the hoop.

To hide the back, I cut a piece of felt the same size as the hoop and hot-glued it to the back of the hoop.

Add a bit of ribbon wrapped around the top screw to hang, and you have yourself a simple, rustic embroidery hoop ornament.  Other ideas to incorporate the faux bois would be a heart with “carved” initials, mushrooms, a little Christmas gnome, etc.

The longest part of this project was waiting for the stain to set!  Simple, yet stunning, it is a sure winner for the list of “To-Do’s” for gifts this year!  I hope you give it a try, and visit me at the Crafty Cupboard!

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