How to Finish Ornaments
Many of the ornaments have been finished in a variety of shapes - a heart, circle, tree shape, square, or as a house shaped ornament. When you first begin, you can use tracing paper to make a paper template of the stitched design. Allow at least 1/4" - 3/8" beyond the finished design for mounting it onto the mat board. You will be cutting two pieces of mat board in this shape - one for mounting your design, and the second will be for the backing. Continue with the finishing steps listed below.
Small piece of batting or a piece of felt (optional)
Cotton fabric for backing
Floss to make cording, or you can use a 1/4" ribbon to finish the edges
- Cut two shapes of the mat board for mounting your design and the backing fabric.
- Place a small piece of batting or felt onto the mat board and center the stitched design on the top.
- Wrap the edges neatly to the back, using fabric glue to secure.
- Cover the second piece of mat board with the cotton fabric and secure with glue to the back.
- Put the two covered shapes together - with the wrong sides facing one another. Slip stitch the edges of the two pieces with small basting stitches or glue together.
- The edging of the ornament can be finished with either twisted cording, beads or a ruched ribbon. ( A ribbon which has been gathered and twisted before being attached to the edges.)
- If you are using cording, allow a long enough piece to add a loop to the top. And you will need enough to go around the perimeter of the ornament. (Kreinik carries a tool to make cording that is a great little device.)
- The cording can be either glued or stitched onto the edges, ending at the top or base of the ornament. If you leave a little opening at the top or base - you can sink the ends of the cording into that space to make a neat joining.
- Use a small ribbon bow to cover the joining area at the top or base of the ornament.
- To attach the ruched ribbon to the edges - gather the ribbon and twist it as you sew it to the edges. You can also tack down the ribbon using just straight pins with a pin at the top. Space about every 1/2" . The pins are placed between the two layers of mat board. It's a beautiful and clever finish and was used on the Christmas Tree VIII ornaments pictured above.