Cut, stitch & trim: You can sew up a yule tradition all your own
A grandmother friend of ours has fashioned — each year since she was a child — an ornament for her Christmas tree, creating throughout the decades a personal holiday tradition.
The key, of course, is that this custom be an expression of one’s own handiwork. Since every custom, by necessity, must have a date of origin, we offer here a way for you to inaugurate your own family tradition with tomorrow’s “heirlooms” from today’s rag bag!
Sew some cute, crafty Christmas tree ornaments (1974)
Here are tree ornaments you stitch yourself from scraps of fabric. These patchwork ornaments were designed by Puckihuddle, updated with contemporary fabrics.
Stockings (top left), each 6-1/2 inches high, are made from two different patterns, one for the base, the other for a contrasting collar, trimmed with lace. They’re all finished with grosgrain tabs to hang them with. Fill them with paper (for shape) or with candies.
The three-dimensional prisms are each made of eight pieces of fabric, four in one size and four in another, with the matching squares stitched together and seamed down the middle. They’re each 8-1/2 inches high, tapped with satin bow and tab for hanging.
A forest of trees, 6-3/4 inches high, each one made of six triangles. Back one triangle to another and overlap the resulting three triangles to form the tree. The trunk is two tiny pieces of brown. Vary the trees with contrasting fabrics as we do here: red and white variations of the same print, or three different patterns in the same color.
Two wreaths, topped with wide satin bows, are each mode of six patches sewn together, then wrapped around a 4-1/2-inch diameter cardboard or Styrofoam base and stitched together in the back.
Choose fabrics from your own “rag bag.” Ours are from Boussac of France, & Vice Versa, Quadrille and Brunschwig & Fils, available through decorators; the ribbons are by Burlington Ribbon Mills.