I've been enamored with all things French since I was blessed to participate in French General's Chateau Getaway in the summer of 2012. Traipsing around the French countryside with a group of like-minded women, we discovered delightful treasures at local brocantes and vide greniers. (Fancy french words for flea markets and garage sales!). I could have brought home suitcases full of french linens had it not been for that pesky 50 pound luggage limit!
Another favorite part of my trip was capturing photos of numbers with one of my best friends and traveling companions, Gwen. We worked together to make sure we photographed numbers 1-31, with the hopes of making a perpetual calendar.
Last winter, I did a little crafting and created a Christmas countdown garland using photos that I took on my French journey. I edited the numbers and printed them in a sepia tone, then used scrapbook papers and manila office tags to create a garland.
This year I thought it would be fun to continue my French Christmas theme and add some other hand-made ornaments.
I just adore the toweling that French General designs for Moda fabric. Makes me feel like I'm right there digging through piles of vintage linens in France with Kaari and Co. If you haven't seen it before, it is cotton, comes about 16" wide, and can be purchased by the yard. (At Prairie Point Junction in Cozad, Nebraska, of course! See bottom of this post to order toweling.)
- 1 yard of 16" wide toweling will make about 20 ornaments
- Size 8 Ecru Pearl Cotton
- Clover Gold Eye Embroidery Needles
- Small scraps of cotton batting (could also use fiberfill)
Fold hemmed edges of the toweling to meet in the center. If using 1 yard of 16" wide toweling, your toweling strip would now be about 8" wide and 36" long.
Arrange desired shapes on the toweling. Keep in mind your toweling is doubled due to how it is folded. The striped side will be the front of the ornament. The bottom layer is solid and will form the back of the ornament.
My shapes were about 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". You could trace around your favorite cookie cutters or cut free-hand shapes as desired. Try to position shapes as close as possible to make the best use of your toweling. You can rotate your shapes so that the stripe runs across the ornament in different directions for variety.
Pin patterns in place. Cut around shapes. Remember you are cutting through two layers of toweling due to how it is folded. This gives you a front and back of the ornament.
Repeat to cut out as many ornaments at desired. With careful cutting, I was able to get 20 ornaments out of 1 yard of toweling.
Use 1 strand of Size 8, ecru pearl cotton to stitch a primitive running stitch a scant 1/4" from the edge of the ornament, catching both layers with the stitching. Stop stitching about 2 inches from starting point, leaving needle threaded so that you can continue stitching after stuffing the ornament.
Tuck a small amount of cotton batting into ornament through opening. It doesn't need to be stuffed perfectly. You want these ornaments to look like they've been tucked away in an antique trunk for years! I like the feel that cotton batting gives, but you could also use fiberfill if you prefer.
Finish stitching around ornament. Make a small hanging loop at top of ornament.
Make a darling stack of ornament! These are perfect for tucking in a bowl with some greenery, hanging from garland, decorate brown paper packages and of course, hang on your tree.
Use the Add to Cart links below. They will take you directly to our shop's regular website to check-out. Once on our regular site, you'll be able to change the quantity that you want to order.
Toweling Panier de Fleur Wide Stripe Cream
$8.00 per yard
Size 8 Ecru Pearl Cotton
$2.75 per 10g ball
Here's an idea for another of our favorite patterns using French Toweling.
Buttermilk Basin's Joy Table Runner Pattern
Runner uses 1 yard of 16" wide toweling.