For centuries, quilters have known how to take cherished but worn-out pieces of fabric and turn them into functional art. Now you can do the same -- even if you're hopeless with a needle and thread.
To make holiday ornaments out of fabric, you'll need the following items:
- Cookie cutters in holiday shapes
- A pencil or tailor's chalk
- Scissors, a rotor fabric cutter or pinking shears
- Hot glue gun
- Safety pins or a needle and thread
- A variety of decorations and trimmings
- Fabric -- either the clothing you never wear but can't bring yourself to get rid of, or scraps of holiday fabric or felt left over from previous crafting projects [source: Betzina]
Fold a piece of fabric so you have two layers, with the wrong side facing out. Use the cookie cutter to trace a shape on the fabric. Cut around the line you have traced, allowing a little extra room -- perhaps ¼ inch (5 mm). If you're using pinking shears, give yourself a little more leeway.
If you're handy with a sewing machine, keep the fabric wrong side out and stitch the two pieces together, leaving an opening on one side. Pull the ornament right side out, stuff it and hand-stitch the opening.
If, on the other hand, you can't sew at all, take one of your cutouts and place it wrong side up on your work surface. Use the glue gun to apply glue around the edges. Then, working quickly, place a small bit of stuffing in the center, and position the other cutout on top, right side up.
Use the glue gun to attach decorations as desired. Attach a loop of ribbon to the top. It's fairly easy to sew the ribbon on with a few stitches, but if you're truly needle-phobic, use a tiny safety pin -- the sort that attaches spare buttons to new clothes.
These ornaments can also be a lovely gift for someone with whom you've shared an experience. The jeans you tore when you were hiking together, or the T-shirt you got when you finally limped across the finish line, can become a special holiday keepsake.
On the next page, we'll explore an unorthodox holiday recipe.