We've had a few questions come in since I announced the Mini Patriotic Ornament Challenge the other day. So, here are some answers for ya!
Do I have to sign up for this?
Nopers! It's something you can choose to participate in (or not), you don't need to carve anything into a stone tablet, you don't have to commit to anything. You can even join us for just one or two of them if you want.
It's just for fun! :)
Do I NEED to be on Instagram/Facebook/Any-Other-Social?
Absolutely not! Only if you want to share your photos publicly. And you can even just email them to me if you want! My team and I love when you guys do.
Will there be a new challenge every month?
I'd really like to do more Mini-Challenges like this. We do have other ideas in mind.
Also, we do still have our upcoming BIG Christmas Challenge starting in September.
How will this work?
Each week, starting Monday, June 6th, I'll send you an email telling you what that week's challenge pattern is, and I'll show you photos of mine & my team's, to hopefully inspire you and give you some ideas.
(Not on my email list yet? Well, what are you waiting for? Join me RIGHT HERE. <-- psst. Joining my email list gets you a free video workshop!)
When you make each week's ornament, you can share it with me (& all the other participants) on Instagram using the hashtag #OrnamentGirlsChallenge (and if you're an OG club member, please also share in our private group!)
How much does it cost?
You'll have the cost of your supplies, and if you choose to buy any of the patterns that you may not already have.
What will you need?
In order to make all 4 ornaments, you will need...
1. About 1/2 to 1 yard EACH of three different fabrics (this is an approximation - you may use slightly different amounts depending on how you arrange your fabrics on your own ornaments. You can get a little extra if you want to be on the safe side!)
****I recommend 3 fabrics that contrast highly with each other.****
2. A LOT of straight pins. I would go ahead and buy yourself a nice big one pound box from HERE.
3. Foam: All 3" round balls....
- Two with 6 lines
- Two with 8 lines
(Note: All of the lined-ball recommendations above can be drawn on by you! We are currently experiencing a foam shortage, and may not have our pre-lined foam available each week. We have all the resources to show you how to do this yourself.)
4. Whatever embellishments you'd like to use for all 12 ornaments.
5. Each week's pattern.
What if I don't yet own each week's pattern?
I don't want to leave anyone out, so in order to make this as accessible as possible for everyone to make along with me, each week's pattern will be available at a very special deal! The special price will be for one week, on that week's pattern.
I'll send you a link to each week's special deal when I send you your weekly challenge email. (So make sure you're on my email list!)
Each week's email will say 'Ornament Challenge Week #' in the subject line so you can spot it easily!
(If you've never tried one of my patterns before.... they are FOOLPROOF. And many of them come with full-length videos, too. So, no worries.. you WILL be able to make these ornaments along with me. :) )
What if I get behind?
Please don't worry about that! I don't want this to feel like a race or be stressful. It is just for fun. So, if you get behind, it's totally okay. In fact, the worst that can happen is you only make one or two ornaments... which would still be pretty wonderful, right?
Where do I share my ornament pics with the Ornament Girls Community?
I'm glad you asked!
You can share on Instagram, using the hashtag #OrnamentGirlsChallenge
if you're an Ornament Girl Member, please post it in our private FB group!
And the biggest, most-asked question of all.....
Can you give me the patterns/fabric cuts ahead of time so I can prepare?
We get this question every single time we lead a challenge. I get it! I understand you want to get prepped ahead of time.
The issue is that it's really, REALLY hard to tell you how to cut your fabric ahead of time, when I don't know exactly how you'll choose to lay out your own fabrics within each pattern.
Even in one individual pattern, there are always MANY possible fabric combos!
I tried really hard to put together a comprehensive list that would cover any scenario, without you ending up with either not enough, or wasted fabric, and I don't think I can do it. I'm sorry about that.
The most I can really tell you ahead of time is that the 4 patterns we'll be revealing throughout the Challenge use lots of 2x3" rectangles, and 2" squares. It will likely be a mix of those cuts, in all 3 colors, but again, I have no idea how you'll choose to arrange your individual ornaments.
(And between Darlene, Tanya, Cheri, and I, we'll be showing you multiple potential combos for you to try! Plus, you'll likely see a whole array of other ideas in our Ornament Girls Facebook Group.)
And please also remember, that each challenge is a whole week long, so you'll hopefully have plenty of time to do each one... IF you want to!
So.. will you be joining us?
If so, please comment below and say "YES! I'm in!" It will just take you a few seconds, and I really want to hear from you!