Country Stitcher's Ornament & Teacher''s Pet Ornament

Sewing miniatures decorate easy-to-make ornament for your favorite quilter seamstress or cross-stitcher. Kids can help make the perfect ornament for teachers or other caregivers.

Completion time – 1-2 hours

Designer – Kathleen George

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Country Stitcher's Ornament -
  • Ball, 3"
  • Block, 2" thick
  • Teacher's Pet Ornament -
Other Materials
  • Country Stitcher's Ornament -
  • Acrylic craft paint, purple
  • Ribbon: 1/8" x 2/3 yd. yellow satin; 1/4" x 12" re
  • 5/8" x 1-1/2 yd. measuring tape print
  • Dollhouse miniatures: spools of thread, scissors,
  • patterns, buttons, thimble, needlepoint needle
  • Fabric, 1" x 1" scraps
  • Quilt pins with colored heads
  • Teacher's Pet Ornament -
  • Ribbon: 1/8" x 2/3 yd. violet; 1/4" x 12" red sati
  • 7/8" x 1-1/2 yd. purple with wired edges
  • Acrylic craft paint: red
  • Dollhouse miniatures: A, B, C buttons; 1, 2, 3 but
  • clock and star buttons; dictionary; crayon box; b
  • scissors; apple; chalkboard
  • (See NOTE for creating your own miniatures)
  • Skewer

Tools

  • Thick white craft glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Low temperature glue and glue gun

Instructions

Country Stitcher's Ornament -

  • 1. Insert skewer in foam ball to use as handle while painting;paint ball purple. Insert skewer in foam block while paint dries,
    or, place skewer in cup.

  • 2. Hang selected miniatures, such as spools, scissors and needle,from 1/8" ribbon. Glue 2" - 3" lengths of ribbon to mini spools;
    pin ribbon ends to top of ball so spools hang down side of ball.
    Tie a short length of ribbon to scissors and pin to top of ball.
    Thread ribbon through needle and pin to top of ball. Glue remaining
    miniatures to ball, using photo as a guide; when gluing, gently
    press objects into surface of ball.

  • 3. Make a small hole at top center of ball with skewer. Tie 1/4"red satin ribbon in loop; add glue to hole and insert ribbon ends and knot.

  • 4. Make bow with eight loops from measuring tape ribbon; glue to top of ball,covering hole.

    Teacher's Pet Ornament -


  • 5. Insert skewer in foam ball to use as handle while painting;paint ball red. Push skewer into block of foam while drying, or
    place in cup.

  • 6. Glue 2" - 3" lengths of 1/8" ribbon to backs of books andcrayon box; pin ribbon ends to top of ball so books hang down side
    of ball. Glue remaining miniatures to ball, using photo as a
    guide. When gluing, gently press objects into surface of ball; if
    necessary, slice off a tiny portion of ball to create a flat
    surface for gluing flat items, such as the chalkboard.

  • 7. Make a small hole at top center of ball with skewer. Tie 1/4" red satinribbon in loop; add glue to hole and insert ribbon ends and knot.

  • 8. Make bow with eight loops from wired ribbon; glue to top ofball, covering hole.

    NOTE:
    If you prefer, have fun creating your own miniatures:

    Books - Glue miniature book advertisements to 1/16" scraps of balsa wood
    Pencils - Cut 1" lengths from wooden skewer, whittle point, paint
    light orange with brown point
    Ruler - Cut strip of 1/16" balsa wood and mark measurements with
    fineline marker
    Blackboard - Frame small piece of black mat board with strips of
    3/16" balsa wood; write message on board with white pencil; glue
    miniature apple to frame
    Chalk - Cut 1/2" lengths from toothpicks; paint white