Hand Printed Christmas Ornament

I wasn’t planning to write a bunch of handmade Christmas posts. But I make things at Christmas time for my own use, regardless of the blog posts I have planned. Yesterday, I made some gift bags using a stamp I carved. While I was printing on the bags, I grabbed some fabric scraps and printed some pine branches on those as well.

With 6 kids under 10, my Christmas ornaments need to be kid-friendly and unbreakable. I’ve avoided putting glass balls on the tree for a few years now. Many of my ornaments are handmade with fabric, felt, ribbons, buttons, etc. With the hand-printed fabric, I decided to make another ornament for the tree.

Hand-printed Christmas Ornament | Radiant Home Studio

In my gift bag post, I showed you the stamp I made. Now let me show you how to make your own hand printed Christmas ornament using the same stamp.

I won’t go into loads of detail about how to carve stamps. But basically, you use the smallest carving tool to outline your design and then go back with the larger tools to carve out the bigger spaces. If you don’t want to carve your own stamp, pre-made rubber stamps will work well too.

Printed & Stitched Handmade Gift Bag | Radiant Home Studio

After that, you’ll need some white screen printing ink or acrylic fabric paint to print on the fabric.

Hand-printed Christmas Ornament | Radiant Home Studio

To make the berries, use your free motion quilting foot on your sewing machine, lower the feed dogs, and doodle stitch the berries. Just like I said with the bag, it’s like scribbling with your needle. There really aren’t any rules. Just move your fabric in a small circles until you have a nice spot of color.

Make yourself a heart shaped template and cut out fabric for the front and back. My heart was about 6″ wide.

Hand-printed Christmas Ornament | Radiant Home Studio

Next, use a chalk pencil to write the year on the back piece of the ornament.

Hand-printed Christmas Ornament | Radiant Home Studio

Use a backstitch and contrasting embroidery thread to write the date.

Hand-printed Christmas Ornament | Radiant Home Studio

Place the fabrics right sides together and stitch around the outside edges, leaving a small opening in the side. Make sure to insert a ribbon in the top to hang the ornament.

Use a backstitch and contrasting embroidery thread to write the date.

Turn it right side out and stuff it with some fiber fill. Then hand stitch the hole closed.

Place the fabrics right sides together and stitch around the outside edges, leaving a small opening in the side. Make sure to insert a ribbon in the top to hang the ornament.

That’s it! Make some more. Hang them on the tree and enjoy.

Hand-printed Christmas Ornament | Radiant Home Studio

Also, joining these handmade holiday link-ups: Get You DIY On & the Makers

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Printed & Stitched Handmade Gift Bags

I love kraft paper bags! I bought some last week with plans to decorate them, though I didn’t have anything specific in mind. I like white stamped designs on brown kraft paper, but I wanted to add some details that would make my design unique. There’s no point in taking the time to write a tutorial for something that has been done over and over.

But, did you know you can sew on paper? Or paper bags, in this case? When I’m teaching my kids to sew, paper is the first thing I have them sew on. It’s cheap and doesn’t slide around like fabric. Anyway, I mixed a simple white stamp with some free motion stitching on paper to make these pretty handmade gift bags…

Printed & Stitched Handmade Gift Bag | Radiant Home Studio

Let me show you how to make your own stamped and stitched bags. You can use my berries and branches idea or make your own design.

First, you’ll need to carve out pine branch from a soft block of rubber. (This is a Speedball Speedy Carve block – available at most craft stores. You can also use a soft eraser.) I won’t go into tons of detail about how to carve stamps. Basically, you use the smallest carving tool to outline your design and then go back with the larger ones to carve out the bigger spaces. If you don’t want to carve your own stamp, pre-made rubber stamps with holiday designs will work well too.

Printed & Stitched Handmade Gift Bag | Radiant Home Studio

Printed & Stitched Handmade Gift Bag | Radiant Home Studio

I used the screen printing ink that I already had, but simple acrylic craft paint or a stamp pad will work as well.

Printed & Stitched Handmade Gift Bag | Radiant Home Studio

To stitch on the bag, you’ll need your free motion quilting foot. Lower your feed dogs so you can move your paper around freely, and lower your presser foot to the quilting setting. (On my machine the lever goes down and toward the back.)

Place your bag under the need and move it around in a circular motion until you have a nice spot of color. You may want to practice on a paper scrap before you try in on the bag. The great thing about this kind of stitching is that there really aren’t any rules. It’s like scribbling with the needle, which is a lot of fun.

Printed & Stitched Handmade Gift Bag | Radiant Home Studio

I had a hard time stitching near the bottom of the bag without wrinkling it, so I carefully opened up the bottom of the bag and glued it back together when I was done.

And then I used my practice paper to make pretty gift tags.

Printed & Stitched Handmade Gift Bag | Radiant Home Studio

This is a really fun open-ended project. I hope this inspires you to experiment with stamping and stitching on paper to make unique wrapping paper, cards, gift tags, or bags to make unique items for your friends and family!

Also, joining these handmade holiday link-ups: Get You DIY On & the Makers

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Learn How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags

I think sometimes bag hardware can be a mystery to those that have never used it. Magnetic snaps might look intimidating, but they are very simple to add and only require a couple of small tools that you probably already have around the house.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Let me show you how to add magnetic snaps to your fabric for bag making…

First, gather your supplies. You’ll need:

  • one set of magnetic snaps (4 parts, including a male and female part with prongs and a washer for each)
  • a washable marking pen
  • a small craft knife (or tiny scissors)
  •  needle nose pliers
  • scraps of interfacing

Magnetic Snap Set | Radiant Home Studio

If you are using a pattern, it most likely instructed you to apply interfacing first. If not, iron a small square of interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric where the snap will be placed.

Place the washer on the wrong side of the fabric (the side with the interfacing) and mark the 2 holes in the sides of the washer. I marked around the outside here to show you where I placed the washer, but it’s not necessary to mark the outer circle.

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Next, use your craft knife to cut a small slit at each of the marks you made.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

From the right side, insert one snap by placing the prongs through the slits you just cut.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Place the washer over the prongs.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Bend the prongs toward the outside. I can often do this with my fingers, but it helps to have a pair of pliers nearby if you need them.

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Iron a small scrap of interfacing over the prongs to keep them from rubbing through you fabric. (Be careful with the hot metal!)

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

Then it’s the same process for the other side of the snap. I took tons of pictures, but it really only takes a couple of minutes to finish adding a set of magnetic snaps to a bag. The result is professional and much easier than a button hole!

How to Add Magnetic Snaps to Bags | Radiant Home Studio

This little magnetic snap tutorial is in anticipation of my next pattern release! My instructions assume you already know how to add magnetic snaps to your bags. Don’t forget to bookmark this so you can come back to it later when you are sewing!

 

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I’m Giving Away Some Free Patterns!

Update: thank you all for entering the giveaway! The comments are now closed. Congratulations to Margaret and Kayleigh!

I love Sew Mama Sew giveaway days! It’s so much fun to see comments roll in all day. Plus, I love giving away free sewing patterns!

Since the last giveaway I have released a pattern for the Coastal Tote. It’s a big tote with wrapped rope handles that’s great for family outings. It has options for interior and exterior zipper pockets, as well as a full-width interior slip pocket.

Coastal Tote | Fabric by Holli_Zollinger on Spoonflower |Radiant Home Studio

If you have never visited before, take a look at my tutorials and things I’ve made pages to see what I like to do. I also posted a few highlights from my first year of business if you’d like to know what I’ve been up to…

Things I've made | Radiant Home Studio

So now for the fun!

I’m giving away sewing patterns to 2 winners. Each winner will be allowed to choose which pattern they would like from my shop.

Radiant Home Studio Sewing Patterns | Retro Rucksack, Coastal Tote, Water Bottle Tote

To Enter the Giveaway:

• leave a comment for 1 free entry (please include your e-mail address so that I can contact you if you win)

• each person may submit two entries (one comment answering the question, and another comment telling me that you follow on instagramfacebooktwitter, or bloglovin)

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Also:

• this giveaway is open to international entries (but please keep in mind that you are responsible for following contest laws in your country)

• giveaway starts Dec. 8th at 9am EST and ends Dec. 12th, 8pm EST

• winners will be chosen from comment numbers using a random.org

• PDF pattern will be e-mailed to the winners within 2 days

• chances of winning vary depending on the number of entries, but is estimated at 1/200

Winners have been chosen based on these random numbers.

Giveaway Winners | Radiant Home Studio

Please leave a comment answering the question:

I’d love to find a tutorial for…

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My Most Used Sewing Pattern

I was going to write a typical “show and tell” post for these, but I’ve already reviewed the Noodlehead Divided Basket Pattern. The Divided Basket was the first indie sewing pattern I bought a few years ago and it’s definitely my most used sewing pattern. Since I bought it, I’ve made over a dozen as baby gifts for friends.

My Most Used Pattern | Divided Basket | Radiant Home Studio

At the time, I almost choked paying $6.50 for a pattern when I had only ever bought patterns that were on sale for $1. But it was very different than anything that was available at the fabric store and the basket seemed to be a versatile organizing tool.

My Most Used Pattern | Divided Basket | Radiant Home Studio

I’m in that season of life when my friends are always expecting new babies. This month there were 3 new baby girls! Many of my friends have large families and have most of the things they need, but we like to celebrate all the new babies whether they are the first or the 10th.

I could make bibs, burp cloths, or blankets, but most of the time moms already have those items. But every mom can use more organizing space! And that is why the Divided Basket is my favorite gift to give. Maybe I should try something different, but I continue to come back to this pattern because it seems so useful.

My Most Used Pattern | Divided Basket | Radiant Home Studio

This time I cut and sewed 3 in assembly line style. I bought 1 yd. of each of 3 coordinating fabrics. In order to get the most out the fabric, I cut the largest pieces first and worked down to the smallest pieces. It took me about 3 sittings to finish them, but it was satisfying to have 3 finished gifts at the end.

My Most Used Pattern | Divided Basket | Radiant Home Studio

A side effect of buying this pattern was that I also recognized the value of independent sewing patterns. I realized that designers were able to include extra sewing tips and beautiful photos. They could arrange the instructions in a way that seemed more intuitive. They could design unique patterns for a specific needs, rather than designing for the mass market. And so began my love of indie sewing patterns and my business…

Before that, I’m not sure I had ever sewn something from the same pattern more than once. In contrast, I usually sew at least a couple versions of my favorite indie patterns.

I still have plans to make some simple linen versions of the basket to use for storage in my sewing room. I think I could easily fill 3 or 4 with scraps, zippers, ribbons, yarn, etc.

I’ve tried dozens of other patterns since I bought the Divided Basket, but it continues to be my most used pattern…and worth every cent or that $6.50 that almost scared me away!

I’d love to know…what’s your most used sewing pattern?

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