Fabric Design, Holidays

Farmhouse Christmas Joy: Mini Fabric Collection for Holiday Home Decor

I just published several Christmas designs in my Spoonflower shop in a collection called “Farmhouse Christmas Joy“. It’s perfect for holiday home decor and gifts!

Farmhouse Christmas Joy fabric collection | by Radiant Home Studio on Spoonflower

I ordered several fat quarters of linen-cotton canvas to make Christmas tea towels for my kitchen and for gifts. Fat quarters are 2-for-1 this week, so don’t miss that sale! 

If you order a yard from Spoonflower, fat quarters end up being less than $7 each, which is great for things like hostess gifts. 

I also wrote a tutorial for hemming Spoonflower tea towels several years ago. 

Farmhouse Christmas Joy fabric collection & tea towels for holiday decor | by Radiant Home Studio on Spoonflower
Farmhouse Christmas Joy fabric collection & tea towels for holiday decor | by Radiant Home Studio on Spoonflower

If you don’t sew, but stumbled across this post and want to order tea towels that are finished, you can find tea towels (aqua snowflakes, red joy, charcoal joy)  and many other kitchen linens and home goods on Roostery.

Farmhouse Christmas Joy fabric collection & tea towels for holiday decor | by Radiant Home Studio on Spoonflower
Holidays

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Calligraphy | Radiant Home Studio

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

“He [Jesus] is the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” Hebrews 1:3

Holidays, Sewing, Tutorials

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 handprinted 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 handprinted 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 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

Holidays, Sewing, Tutorials

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 needle 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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