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sewing 101: cookie cutter ornaments

by Brett

Few things spark nostalgia like favorite family recipes, and Christmas cookies have got to be one of the most nostalgic family treats of all. I designed these tree ornaments to commemorate some of my favorite cookie cutters. These were made by tracing the cutters themselves then adorning them with embroidery “icing.” They’re a great way to craft a non-perishable version of your favorite holiday goodies! Still looking for last-minute gifts? Make these for your siblings using your mom’s cookie shapes. They’re also adorable as gift toppers or just as an addition to your own tree. — Brett Bara

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  • felt (I love wool felt, but craft felt works fine, too.)
  • cookie cutters
  • embroidery floss
  • sewing thread
  • hand-sewing and embroidery needles
  • fiberfill
  • scissors
  • decorative cord

1. Trace the cookie shapes.

Using a cookie cutter and pen or thin marker, trace two cookie shapes onto the felt and cut them out.

2. Add the embroidery.

Working with three strands of embroidery floss and using simple, straight stitches, add the details you would normally make with icing. You can stitch the same design on the front and back, stitch the year on the back or just leave it blank.

3. Join the front and back.

Put the front and back together with the wrong sides facing each other, and join them around the perimeter using a whipstitch and one strand of sewing thread. Leave an opening of about 2″ in the stitching and lightly stuff the ornament with fiberfill, and then stitch the opening closed.

4. Add the hanging loop.

Thread a short length of decorative cord under the stitching at the top edge of the ornament, and tie it in a knot to make a loop.

And that’s all there is to it! Have fun playing around with different cookie shapes to make a whole batch of yummy treats. Happy holidays!

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