I am a member of a sewing group called the Piecemakers. I love the ladies in this group! They are generous, kind, and talented. They always inspire me to improve my skills and give me great new ideas. Last month our friend Joyce Payne made some no sew quilted Christmas ornaments. She did cross-stitched centers in hers. She got the pattern from a little book called, “Easy Cross Stitch Folded Star Ornaments” by Carmelia Troisi-Hoerr.
Mom and I were so inspired by her ornaments, that we decided to try them ourselves. I found a video on YouTube that gave a great tutorial on how to make the no sew folded star ornaments by MySimpleWalk.
As she states in the video you will need 16 squares that are 2 1/2 inches of 3 different fabrics. And one piece for the center band, that will go around your ornament, and cover all your exposed pins that is 13 by 2 1/2 inches.
Notice the band-aid on my finger. I use this because pushing all these pins in will make your finger tip very sore! So I use a band-aid on my finger. Joyce said her husband made her a little wooden piece she uses to push the pins in. My Mom didn’t use anything. When I asked her how she did that she said, “I just use different fingers, and when all my fingers get sore, I know it is time to quit.” Can’t argue with that kind of logic.
If you are doing the folded star in the center you will start with your folded prairie points in the center of your pinned square. If you are using a fabric picture in the center then you will be skipping ahead to row 2.
Now you will repeat the same process for the other side of the ball. Try to match up the seams in your prairie points on both sides, so that when you add your hanger to the top, both sides hang correctly. This is what the side of your ball will now look like.
Now you will take your 13 x 2 1/2 inch strip, fold the sides in, and press with the iron. You don’t want your strip too wide. Just wide enough to cover all your pins nicely. On this ornament the pins were pretty close so I folded my strip with the sides overlapping a little.
Press flat and then using a glue gun start your strip at the top of your ornament.
Then glue small sections at a time, and work your way all around the ball. When you get close to the top again, leave yourself an extra inch or so, and trim off the rest. Fold the end back on itself and glue that down. Then finish glueing it in place overlapping the top slightly.
Now we will cover the top with a pretty bow and add a hanger. Take your ribbon and form several loops while holding onto the center with your fingers. Then pin this to the top of your ornament. If you are doing a second color ribbon just repeat this step. Then make a loop with your ribbon for the hanger and place several pins in this to secure in place.I like to cover those pins with a matching button.
Now you’re done! These make great gifts!
Here are a few of our favorites!