Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Comfort and Joy Guest Sonia from Australia...with Christmas Gift Giving - HANDMADE FABRIC BAUBLE TUTORIAL

I was SEW surprised when back in September I received a comment on one of my Christmas Gift Giving Tutorials from last year from Madame Samm asking if I would love to join the Comfort and JOY themed tutorials for the month of December on the blog. I was surprised and excited and wasn't sure what I would share with you all. After my excitement of accepting our family got some heartbreaking news and went into a family crisis I sent off a quick email declining thinking I wouldn't have time with all that needed attention within my family. And then to my surprise a reminder popped up a couple of days ago and in the midst of doing Christmas Cards I decided yep this was comfort and JOY and i needed to here is my little comfort and JOY handmade fabric bauble tutorial.

Inspired by my wonderful handmade ornaments that I received and blogged about in this post, and my tradition of hosting a Handmade Ornament swap for the past few years, but due to family commitments didn't host this year, when writing out my cards for the girls that regularly swap with me I couldn't not include a little something for these lovely ladies and so these little wonders came about!!!

They were so quick and easy within a little while you can whip up 8 just using the width of the fabric from a couple of scrap strips it's really easy!!!


  • Simple Scraps - jelly roll left overs are great!! But for those of you that need a more realistic measurement you need
  • one dark fabric strip measuring  2.5 x width of fabric
  • one light fabric strip measuring 3 x width of fabric
  • 1 x length of piping to match the width of fabric
  • 1 x length of ricrac to match the width of fabric
  • one light or dark fabric strip measuring 5 x width of fabric- this is your backing fabric
  • strip of iron on pellon {wadding} measuring 5 x width of fabric
  • Printed template from this link and traced onto cardboard or template plastic
extras - ribbon to hang and ruched ribbon to make the top of the bauble.

  • Sandwich and pin the piping between the dark 3 inch strip and the 2.5 inch light strip (right sides together)
  • Sew this seam using the zipper foot helps to get your stitches nice and close to the piping.
  • Open out and press this seam.
  • Stitch with matching thread your row of ric rac about 1/2 inch from the piping join.
  • Iron the Pelon to the wrong side of the 5 inch backing fabric.
  • Sandwich and pin with right sides together the joined 5 inch piece and the backing piece. With either a sharp pencil or fabric pen trace around your template onto the wrong side of the fabric. leaving a small space between each ornament. Across the width of the fabric I get 8 ornaments.
  • Using your pencil line as a guide sew inside these shapes leaving the neck open.
  • Cut around each shape just inside your drawn lines.
  • With the aid of a turning tool (aka my chop stick) gently turn and ease them shapes right side out.
  • Turn the top of the neck back in 1/4 inch and Press.
  • Cut lengths of your hanging ribbon and ruched ribbon
  • Insert the hanging ribbon into the neck of each ornament and then use the ruched ribbon to wrap around each neck overlapping and pinning.
  • Then using a zigzag stitch close your openings and create decorative finish to your ornaments.

Now will you be receiving one of these with your Christmas card your wishing your on my Christmas Card extra special List!!!

Thank you Madame Samm for inviting me and making me see more comfort and JOY in the art of giving and giving handmade.

See this post for a my Christmas Freebie, just print, paste to a folded card, write you message, slip in one of your handmade fabric baubles and post to that special friend and discover some of that comfort and JOY of giving handmade.

Too see more of my tutorials and all that I get up too please visit my blog {me} and my thoughts and click on the tutorials link.


  1. Sonia, these are great baubles for the tree. They'd make great Christmas coasters as well...and they'd work for package tags too! Quite a versitle fun project. Great tute!

  2. fantastic,well done and thankyou

  3. These are beautiful! thank you so much for sharing and what a wonderful idea for a quick Christmas gift ... I'm thinking customized co-worker gifts ... :) Bless you !!!

  4. Lovely, fun and quick! Thank you!

  5. Great project, Sonia. I see all sorts of possibilities. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  6. What really pretty hand made baubles!How good it would be to make one of these for every friend one was giving a gift to.

    Lovely idea, and quite adaptable.

  7. Thanks girls, yes easy peasy and very adaptable.

  8. Good Morning suspected I am in awe of you and your talent..these will be perfect for me for Christmas gifts..I have them on my list for tomorrow...thank you sew much...

  9. You are right, these are lil wonders! I love these...I too have some people that I don't need to send a gift to, but would love to tuck something in a card for them. THanks for a great tutorial!

  10. I love this idea and hope I have time to get a few made for gifts - I know several people that would love them! blessings, marlene

  11. Oh, these ornaments are so great. Love them! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Great ornaments! Sure to pop out on any Christmas tree. Thank you!

  13. The ornaments are too cool. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Sew perfect for mailing! We also do an ornament exchange and now that we live far from family, mailing them is sew difficult. These will be terrific. Thanks for sharing.

  15. those are SO cute, thanks for sharing

  16. Fabric tags and decorations for a tree, a perfect solution for my hard to buy friends. Thank you Sonia.

  17. Adorable.Well done and thanks!!

  18. This is gorgeous .... thank you!

  19. At first I read Mud Bag and was very interested in seeing why you would carry Mud around in a bag with you. But, hey, I have seen stranger things. I headed over there.

    Turns out, I love the idea and have a couple of cousins to do xmas for. I lost my beloved dog Dutch last night and now I have some time to think ahead to christmas.


  20. Clever and beautiful gift idea! Thanks for a great tutorial.

  21. Great idea. Thank you. These would pack so nicely inside Christmas cards.

  22. These are fantastic:) I love the traditional shape and the "flavor" you were able to obtain with your fabric choices. Off to select fabrics for my own!!! Thanks for the great tutorial. Have a Blessed Christmas season:)

  23. thanks so much for this idea and pattern.. I am challenged when it comes to piping, so I just sewed rick rack on the seam instead.. I used a light color for the back and am using them as tags on the fabric bags I make to wrap gifts in.. again, many thanks!
    edie in connecticut

  24. Thanks again ladies, loving all your comments, glad to see your enjoying them. Hope to see a few on blogs so remember to share if you posted so I can come comment there !!!


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