Every year Michelle puts an ornament on the tree with her children’s pictures, commemorating that year with a date and pic. This year I used our basic Christmas Tree Applique Block to make the personalized Christmas Tree Picture Ornaments. Make one for each of your children. Because there is a pocket on the back for sliding in a picture, you can easily give these as gifts and let the recipient add their own wallet sized photo! HO HO HO!
Green felt for tree and pocket
Yellow felt for star
8″ 1/4″ ribbon
Optional: Acid free photo protectors
1] Make copy of pattern..
2] Cut out felt pieces.
3] Mark the circle on the tree front. Pin the front to the back. Cut out the circle cutting through the front and back together.
OPTIONAL: If you wish to personalize the tree, including name and/or date do it now. Use a disappearing marker to write info, then stitch on to the front only using a stem stitch or backstitch with 3 strands of floss. You may also choose to add buttons for ornaments or embroidery stitches. (Note: in this pic you will notice the sides are already blanket stitched together… that’s because I forgot to take a pic when I should have… opps!)
4] Blanket stitch the front to back around the hole using 6 strands of floss.
5] Position the pocket on the back. Pin in place attaching only to the back piece. Do not catch the front tree.
6] Stitch the pocket in place using a running stitch on 3 strands of floss. Only stitch 3 sides. Do not stitch the top. This is where the photo slides in. Be careful not to stitch through to the front tree.
7] Using 6 strands of floss, blanket stitch the front and back together around outside edges.
8] Trim your photo until it fits in the pocket and is centered.
9] Optional: If you want to protect your photo, cut out a piece of a acid free photo protector sheet the size of your photo. (Easiest to use if you cut it on a fold.) Please the photo inside. Use a very narrow piece of tape to close the top.
10] For your hanger cut a piece of 1/4″ ribbon 8″. Position the ribbon on the front of the tree so you make a loop. Cross the ends about 1″. Tack the ribbon in place as indicated on the pattern.
11] Cut out 2 pieces of felt for the star.
12] Sew the 2 star pieces together with a running stitch and 3 strands floss.
13] Position the star over the crossing section of the ribbon. Using 6 strands of floss, sew the star to the tree with 4 French knots. Place them so they look like button holes.
14] Trim the exposed edges of ribbon on an angle.
Now, hang it on the tree and keep the memories forever!
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