i should be mopping the floor: Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament

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If you're a crafter, you know it's never too early to start making your handmade Christmas ornaments. Today, I'm sharing a really sweet Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament that has a fun, vintage vibe. AND, this is a BIG month-long series that I've joined with 30 other blogging friends. There are LOADS of handmade Christmas ornament ideas for you in this post.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
I had a hard time naming this ornament, y'all. It's technically made from upholstery webbing ribbon and felt...but that was a mouthful. Upholstery webbing is really just a bit of fancier jute ribbon, so that's what we're going with here. And you can really use any type of heavy woven ribbon here...burlap would even be cute. But, this jute upholstery webbing ribbon is so sturdy and holds up so well, that it's a great material for a handmade Christmas ornament. See the full tutorial below.



Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
As I mentioned above, this handmade Christmas ornament of mine is a part of a BIG series all month long (we're on day #18). Be sure to visit all of the bloggers participating in this amazing hop at the end of the post. A big thank you to those sweet friends who took the time to organize this incredible series chocked full of so many Christmas ideas for our trees.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
I probably tossed around a dozen ornament ideas before settling on this one. I like dual purpose crafts and I think this can double as a banner when several are strung together...would even be a cute tree garland if you're patient enough to make that many (this girl sadly is not). But the ones I did make really make me happy. I love that fun, vintage vibe these have...almost grain sack-y in nature. And the sewing parts are totally optional. If you prefer not to sew, a good fabric glue can go a long way on this one.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
My inspiration for this handmade Christmas ornament? This beast of a roll of upholstery ribbon. I have it to redo my Queen Anne chair that has seen its day...but I just flat out haven't had the time. So, I'm slowly using this for other items while I wait on my big upholstery block of time to present itself. This is some really hardy stuff...fantastic for crafting with.

You can grab some HERE at Burlap Fabric.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
Below are the supplies I used for this ornament (click on the names to grab the items on Amazon):

- fabric glue (for use if not sewing) 

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
You will start by cutting your jute into a 9" strip. You can cut the decorative triangle out of the bottom, if you like. I folded the piece in half and pressed it lightly to get a nice crease to see the midpoint while I worked on the ornament.

I freehand cut the little Christmas trees out of the green felt (if you look closely, the trunks aren't perfectly centered!). I just kind of eyeballed them. I cut one out, then traced it onto the felt to get the other the same size. Since the felt I used was adhesive-backed, I stuck them onto the jute on each side (make sure they're not too close to the midpoint line, so you have room to put your dowel in). I did one on each side so the ornament would be double sided.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
I used my embroidery floss to do a simple blanket stitch around the trees. I thought it gave it a nice, finished look. But, if you're not into this, totally skip it. 

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
I love how cute the red blanket stitch is against the green felt trees.


Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
Fold the jute in half. I used my Wonder Clips to make sure my folded ornament didn't shift while I was on the sewing machine working on it. You can pin, if you prefer. Sewing just gives the ornament a nice structure and keeps everything in place.

If you're not going to sew this, you can fold the jute in half, tuck in the craft dowel on top, and then glue it closed on the inside edges.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
I used my heavy-duty needle on my machine since the upholstery jute is so thick. I also used my zipper foot. Confession: I use my zipper foot way more than I should...I just love the shape of the foot and how it is a clearer guide for me than my regular foot. Leaving the Wonder Clips in place made me remember to leave the space at the top for the dowel to slide in place.

I sewed a basic stitch around the perimeter of the jute ornament, leaving a half an inch at the top, so I can slide the wooden dowel into the top of the ornament. I sewed 1/4" from the edges on the rest of the sides.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
It's hard to see, but if you look closely, you'll see the stitch around the perimeter (but a half an inch for the top for the dowel).

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
Slide the dowel into place.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
I cut an 8" piece of the Baker's Twine for the hanging piece.
Just knot it on both sides of the dowel.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
I did a backstitch one, too (instead of the blanket stitch). However, the felt kind of made that stitch look messier than I prefer. The blanket stitch worked out much better for this.

I can't wait to see how they look all over my tree! I plan to make a few more so they'll be enough to catch the eye.

Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
Don't forget, this is a part of a big, ol' Christmas series!

Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:

Day 1 - Pet Scribbles | Day 2 - Yesterday on Tuesday Day 3 - Cupcakes and Crinoline | Day 4 - An Extraordinary Day Day 5 - Celebrating Everyday Life | Day 6 - Hunt and Host Day 7 - Love of Home | Day 8 - Celebrate Creativity Day 9 - Petticoat Junktion | Day 10 - What Meegan Makes Day 11 - Atta Girl Says | Day 12 - Sweet Pea Day 13 - Exquisitely Unremarkable | Day 14 - Imparting Grace Day 15 - In My Own Style | Day 16 - 504 Main by Holly Lefevre Day 17 - Inspiration for Moms | Day 18 - The Chelsea Project Day 19 - I Should Be Mopping the Floor Day 20 - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Day 21 - Hearth and Vine Day 22 - Shabby Art Boutique | Day 23 - Remodelando la Casa Day 24 - Domestically Speaking | Day 25 - Swoodson Says Day 26 - Stone Gable | Day 27 - My Creative Days Day 28 - The Crafting Nook | Day 29 - Knick of Time Day 30 - Lovely Etc. | Day 31 - Live Laugh Rowe

Be sure to stop by and visit Kristin, over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, for tomorrow's handmade ornament. She never disappoints! And check below for all of the other wonderful ideas for Christmas ornaments below:




Handmade Jute Christmas Ornament | This vintage, farmhouse ornament is the perfect craft for your Christmas tree.
The Christmas season is almost here, y'all. Bring it. 


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21 comments:

  1. Kristi, this is the sweetest homespun vintage style ornament. I really can see a gorgeous garland made of these on a tree. If only I had the patience. ;) The blanket stitch really makes it! Thanks for introducing me to those clips, too... what a great idea for a girl who loves "tools."

    I'm so glad you joined us for the blog hop this year Kristi. I always admire your creative spirit.

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  2. Oh my goodness, these are adorable! I love the vintage vibe, thanks for the wonderful tutorial!

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  3. Love it! So adorable and that upholstery ribbon is gorgeous. I could see using it all over the place. Very vintage and great color.

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  4. I love anything with a vintage feel. I live in a 1920's cottage and this ornament would fit right in...plus I'm kind of a red junkie! Adorable. Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

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  5. I love jute webbing and I could totally do this. So cute! Pinned and sharing tomorrow!

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  6. this webbing is so fun, what a creative and cute idea!!!!

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  7. I love this ornament! It has a vintage feel which is just my style. I know I'd love to make a few of these to hang on my tree or to use on Christmas packages.

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  8. You totally nailed this! Such a cute Christmas Ornament. I love the hand stitching and the trunks not being perfectly centered makes it even cuter. Thanks so much for being a part of this year's hop.

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  9. Love this so much! I bought a ton of this webbing on clearance a few years ago and NOW it will come out of the closet. Thanks so much for inspiring this fab idea. It's super cute and so easy! Susie from The Chelsea Project

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  10. I really like your attention to EVERY detail. From the felt tree to the blanket stitching. Each one leads creativity to the next. Thanks, Kristi.

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  11. I like the vintage look of this ornament Kristi and anything with blanket stitch always wins my heart. Pinned and shared.

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  12. I just love love love Christmas, definitely my favorite holiday! I definitely need candles, music and traditional food as well. It always brings our entire family together and makes me think about things that matter the most in life!

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  13. I use this jute webbing a lot in my chrsitmas decor and I am so excited to add a few of these ornaments to my "collection!"

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  14. I made some garland from jute webbing last year. I absolutely love your ornament with it!

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  15. I really like this! It's doable (thanks for the instructions), but it's so very cute! Wouldn't this look awesome on a woodland-theme tree? Or on my sentimentally decorated Christmas tree. I'd like to make one of these for each of my boys!

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  16. Ok that jute webbing made an ADORABLE ornament - LOVE it!

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  18. You are a genius, using that jute as the base layer for your ornament. It's gorgeous!

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  19. These are adorable and the upholstery webbing is perfect for Christmas!

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