How to Finish Needlepoint Ornaments

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When you purchased your needlepoint design, you may have imagined it as a lovely Christmas tree ornament. However, once you finish stitching the needlepoint design, you may be wondering how to fashion the canvas into an ornament. Finish your needlepoint design by creating a miniature pillow with ribbon hanger. Hang the needlepoint ornament on your Christmas tree, or give it away as a gift or creative gift tag on a wrapped present.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric remnant measuring at least 2 to 3 inches larger than your needlepoint design
  • 6-inch ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Straight pins
  • Iron
  • Polyester fiberfill pillow stuffing

Instructions

Cut out the needlepoint design. Leave a margin of 1.5 inches on all sides.

Place the cut-out design face down on top of the wrong side of a piece of fabric. Pin in place.

Cut the fabric to match the needlepoint cut-out. If necessary, trace around the needlepoint cut-out with a fabric marker before cutting.

Stitch the sides and bottom edges of square or rectangle ornaments. For circular ornaments, stitch the perimeter, leaving a 2-inch opening. Stitch with a half-inch seam allowance (one-half inch away from the edges of the fabric).

Turn the pillow right-side out. Iron flat.

Stuff the pillow ornament with polyester fiberfill. Hand-stitch the opening closed.

Fold a 6-inch piece of ribbon in half. Hand-stitch the ends of the ribbon on the top of the ornament to form a hanger loop.

Tips & Warnings

  • To embellish the edges, hot glue beads, ribbons, sequins or soft fringe around the ornament.
  • For additional embellishment and texture, highlight parts of the needlepoint design with squeezable shiny, pearly or glittery fabric paint.

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