I know this is cutting it close to Christmas, but I wanted to post it before Christmas. Here is the post I did on I Am Momma-Hear Me Roar a couple weeks ago.
I’ve always loved this artwork of baby Jesus by Simon Dewey and for a couple years have wanted to make Christmas ornaments out of them for neighbor gifts. That might not happen this year, but someday (as with so many other crafts, right?!). The print is called “For Unto Us A Child is Born”. They sell bigger pictures many places online and also at Deseret Book and Seagull Book. I bought the 3” x 4” little prints that are about fifty cents at Seagull Book.
You Will Need:
-3” x 3” piece of wood (.29 cents at Joann)
-twine for hanging
-mod podge or glue
-star button (optional)
-either four 3.5” x 3.5” pieces of fabric and a small piece of velcro OR chalkboard paint
My 5 year old decided what to write on it for his present to Jesus this year. The great thing is that you can have them write something new daily or weekly, or just add to what is on there, though you may want to make the whole ornament bigger if you are wanting them to have room for more.
For the pouch ornament, you could really do anything. You can make it more simple so the seams are just inside and not lined, you can make it with Christmas fabric, or even just out of paper or glue on a small envelope. Lots of options.
The fabric I used was found by the burlap at Joann. It isn’t quite burlap, but it isn’t tightly woven like cotton either. It’s similar to burlap but is more tightly woven.
I took all of the 3.5” x 3.5” pieces and zig-zag stitched the top. Then I added the velcro to the two lining pieces. Layer two pieces without the velcro right sides together, and do the same with the velcro pieces.
Turn right side out, then topstitch around the whole top, tucking in the opening so you sew that closed. I sewed a star button onto the middle, then glued it onto the back of the ornament with hot glue, making sure to glue on the twine first.
The inspiration for these ornament came obviously from the artwork, but also from this beautiful song played throughout this wonderful video: