Some of you are probably going to think I have lost my mind.
It’s possible that I have…
But in the nearly 6 years that I have been selling my quilted Christmas ornaments, I have had many, many, MANY people ask me how I make them. And quite honestly, I used to be really secretive about it. But over time, I’ve realized that a lot of people would really just like to learn how to make them for themselves. And I understand that, because that’s exactly how I am too.
“Quilted” ornaments have been around for, I am pretty sure, forever…my mother taught my sister and I how to make them when I was about 15 years old. Our first ornaments were…well, to put it kindly, old fashioned, hokey, and maybe a little (I mean a lot) country bumpkin-ish (picture lacy aprons and yodeling…I’m just kidding; we didn’t wear lacy aprons).
The original technique is so old fashioned…but in the 18 years that I’ve been making these, it was only natural that my own methods and style would take shape. I’ve literally made thousands of these things – and I have the permanent pin indentations in my fingers to prove it. (Which, when paired with a lacy apron and yodeling, is very sexy, by the way.) Anyway, now, my updated process uses less fabric, less pins, and most importantly, results in a stunning ornament.
I’ve written a tutorial, available as a downloadable PDF. It is fully detailed, with specific instruction of my personal method, and over 60 up-close photos of every step. You can order it right now for only $10 from my ornament shop. The PDF will be downloadable instantly from your emailed receipt after you checkout.
I am also offering “ready to make” quilted ornament kits, with fabrics and ribbons pre-cut, prepared, and ready to be made into some fabulous ornaments. Those are also in my shop, and there are many more to come.
If you decide you would like to try making one of these ornaments yourself, and have any questions at all about the process, or anything else related to quilted ornaments, please feel free to leave your question in the comment section right below this post…I will be glad to answer all questions as best I can!
An update: I am now also including TWO bonus tutorials, “How to make a quilted ornament using wired ribbon” and “How to make a ribbon bow and hanger.” You will receive these two tutorials FREE with purchase of my “How to make a quilted ornament” tutorial.
In case you are wondering…
Q: These look complicated! Will I actually be able to make one?
A: Not just one; you’ll make lots! Honestly, they look wayyy more complicated than they actually are. Not only that, but my instructions are foolproof. They are totally step by step, and have big, clear photos of every step. If you can fold a piece of fabric, you can make these… I promise.
Q: If I search hard enough, I could probably find instructions for these for free. Why should I spend ten whole dollars for yours?
A: It’s true; a few freebies have popped up since I first began selling this pattern. But, I’ll just be frank: there are no free instructions that are anywhere near as in-depth as these. I’ve made thousands of these ornaments, and my instructions tell you every single hint and trick that I know, including how to use less fabric in each ornament (and this way actually makes the ornaments easier to make!), and how to get each side of the ornament to line up perfectly with each other.
I’ve even been told by people who already knew how to make them, that my instructions helped them make their ornaments even better. In fact, here’s a testimonial from someone who started with some freebie instructions:
Hi! I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for the great tutorial! I must admit that I didn’t purchase your tutorial right away. Honestly… I really didn’t see the need to shell out $10 for something I was certain I could either find elsewhere online or just figure out on my own. But after wasting many frustrating hours and hours (and hours!) trying to duplicate the quality of ornaments on your website, I finally just broke down and bought your tutorial.
Best. $10. Ever. Spent.
Your tutorial was worth every penny! It has saved me on material costs, and my results finally look how I envisioned them all along — with nice, crisp, and consistent lines. Had I only known! I really should have bought your tutorial from the start and saved myself the time and frustration. Thank you!!
Q: Why do you charge $10 for these instructions?
A: I actually give almost all of my craft ideas and projects for free here on my blog, and I love to do it (here’s a list of lots of free ornament crafts for you). But, I do have just a few patterns which I charge for. These patterns take weeks for me to write and photograph. They are full of clear, professional photos, as well as extra ideas and variations for you to try out. I really take a lot of pride in my quilted ornament patterns, and I hope you will love them, too. Most of all, I hope they will get you addicted to making these like I am!
Q: Can I use your instructions to make these to sell?
A: Of course! (And they make awesome gifts, too!) The only thing that you absolutely cannot do is share, copy, or reproduce my PDF, in whole or in part, in any way. It’s against the law, and also… it just wouldn’t be very respectful of all my hard work. But, I know you already knew that. ;)
Do you have any other questions? Leave them below in the comments, or feel free to contact me…I’d be glad to help if I can.
A few more testimonials:
Thank you so much for the bonus pdf. I have been making quilted ornaments every night as I watch TV. They are so much fun! I really appreciated the way you added time saving tips to your pdf instructions. I have found some “free” instructions, but they are are alot more complicated and time consuming. Your methods not only save me time, but tons of money on extra materials that really aren’t necessary. Please let me know if you come out with any new pdf’s for ornaments. By the way, your pdf is so well written that I think my “non-crafting” daughter would be able to do them following your instructions!
Thank you so much for sharing your directions for making these beautiful ornaments. As a retired English teacher, I also want to thank you for your excellently written directions and beautiful illustrations. I’ve read many, many directions making quilts, doing embroidery, and just regular garment sewing, and yours are at the top.