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3 Easy DIY Ornaments

If you’re looking for a quick, fun craft project to do this holiday season we’ve got you covered with three adorable (and easy!) DIY Christmas ornaments. We’re sharing complete tutorials for all three of these ornament designs. Among these ornaments you’ll find ways to use scrap fabrics, give old ornaments a makeover and how to add that nautical look to your ornament collection. Let’s get started!

Fabric-Wrapped Ornament

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This project is a great way to give an old ornament ball and brand new look. All you’ll need to complete this project is some fabric from your stash, we used a P/Kaufmann fabric, an old ball ornament, a rubber band and a bit of ribbon.

3 Easy DIY Ornaments

1. Draw a circle on your fabric. It should be big enough to wrap around your ornament with some extra fabric at the top. For my average sized ornament I cut a circle with a 12” diameter. The Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler is a handy tool for this.

2. Cut out your circle with pinking shears.

3. Set the ornament in the center of the circle and gather the fabric around it. Pleat the fabric so it lies nicely.

4. Secure the fabric with a rubber band.

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5. Tuck a length of ribbon underneath the rubber band and tie to the two ends in a knot. This will be the hanger for the ornament.

6. Wrap a second length of ribbon around the ornament, hiding the rubber band and the knot. Tie in a bow.

7. Now it’s ready to display!

Rope Ornament

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Bring your love of the water to your holiday decorations with this next ornament. This no-sew project is quick to make and adds a unique texture to any Christmas tree. For this project you’ll need a shatter-proof ornament, manila rope, and a hot glue gun.

3 Easy DIY Ornaments

1. Place a bead of hot glue on the top of the ornament, at the base of the hanger hook. Press one end of the rope onto the glue. Slowly begin working the rope around the ornament, adding glue as you go.

2. When you reach the bottom of the ornament place a large bead of hot glue and trim the rope to size. Press the rope’s end into the glue and hold in place. Add a bit of extra hot glue if necessary to keep all the rope’s strands together.

Fabric Poinsettia

3 Easy DIY Ornaments
Create a cute poinsettia flower using fabric scraps and hot glue. This no-sew ornament could be a great project to do with kids or grandkids. For this project you’ll need two fabrics in contrasting colors (we used Sunbrella® fabric), twine or string, and a hot glue gun.

3 Easy DIY Ornaments

1. In your petal fabric, cut out 6 long petal shapes. They don’t have to be identical, but you can make a template if that’s easier. I just free cut the shapes.

2. Place a bead of hot glue in the center of one petal and pinch the center widthwise. Do this for all 6 petals.

3. Place a bead of hot glue on the center of the petals again and fold in half lengthwise this time. Repeat this process on all 6 petals.

4. Start assembling your flower by gluing the petal pairs together at the base. Keep gluing petals together until you have a full circle.

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5. Cut a length of string or twine. Then use hot glue to glue the string to the back of the flower.

6. Cut out two small circles from a fabric of a contrasting color (I used green).

7. Glue the fabric circles to the center of the flower both on the front and back sides.


Now you’ll have three brand new ornaments to display!

Find great fabrics for holiday projects and beyond at Sailrite.com.

As we turn our calendars to December, we’re officially ushering in the holiday season! As DIYers, we’re always thinking of projects we can create both to decorate our homes and to gift to others. This year, to make your celebrations a little bit more festive, we’re rounding up 5 of our favorite DIY Christmas decoration projects.

5 Christmas DIY Project Ideas

No-Sew Christmas Countdown

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Remember when you were little and you couldn’t wait for Christmas to come? This cute, reusable Christmas countdown helps you and your kids or grandkids keep track of how many days are left until Christmas.

Sew a Tree Skirt

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Making your own tree skirt allows you to create a skirt that perfectly matches your holiday décor or that fits your style. If you have a less traditional Christmas tree you might want to use colors or styles that aren’t available in stores. The style is all up to you!

Make a Christmas Stocking

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Make yourself a new stocking to hang by the fire with care this year, or create a whole set of matching or coordinating stockings for your family. Visit Sailrite.com and search for the blog (#300046XHT).

Make a Monkey’s Fist Ornament

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Give your Christmas tree a nautical look with a homemade monkey’s fist ornament. Learn how to make this ornament with our easy to follow video. These would also be fun gifts for fellow boaters! Visit Sailrite.com and search (#300047XHT).

Wrap Gifts in Fabric

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Using fabric in your gift-wrap is a great way to use up those scraps in your fabric stash and give your gifts a unique look this year.


We hope these projects will make your holidays a little merrier this year! Be sure to follow the blog for even more holiday projects throughout the month of December.

You can find all the materials needed to make these projects and much more at Sailrite.com.

Have you made any of these projects before? How did they turn out? What’s on your sewing list this season? Share your experiences in the comments.

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Have you ever wrapped a gift in fabric? Fabric can be used to make re-usable gift bags, to accent your wrapping or to take the place of paper altogether. Today we’re going to share some ideas with you that will not only help you spice up your gift wrap game this holiday season, but will also give you a chance to use up some of the fabric scraps in your stash.

1. Embellish Plain Paper

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This is the simplest method to dress up a plain package and it requires only a little fabric and no sewing. You can use a plain cardboard box for your gift or wrap the gift in kraft paper. Then, cut a strip of fabric using pinking shears and wrap it around the box. Secure the fabric with twine or a ribbon. Finish off the package with a tag.

2. Wrap with Fabric

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In Japan, hostess and birthday gifts are often wrapped in fabric using a method called Furoshiki. Creating your own fabric wrapped gifts gives a unique look and is eco-friendly because the wrapping is reusable. To do this, start with a large square of fabric. I wrapped a small box in a 16” square piece, but I probably could have used more. Then, lay out your fabric in a rhombus shape (like a diamond) and set your gift in the center. Over the center of your gift tie two opposing ends in a single knot. Tie the remaining two ends in a double knot over the first knot and pull tightly. Then you can embellish the top with a tag, card, or candy cane.

3. Sew a Fabric Gift Bag

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These reusable fabric gift bags look more unique than a paper bag and will last so much longer. Plus, they are great for odd-shaped gifts that would be difficult to wrap in paper. To make this bag, select your fabric and cut one long panel of fabric that is your desired width and twice your desired height. Fold the panel in half widthwise and sew up the sides. Turn the bag right side out. Then you can either hem the top of the bag or cut along the top with pinking shears for a decorative, no fray finish. All that’s left is to put your gift inside and tie the bag up with a pretty ribbon!

Love the fabrics featured in this post? They’re all available at Sailrite.com.

Have you ever used fabric for wrapping presents before? Would you? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

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Hanging a stocking by the fireplace for Santa to fill with goodies is a classic part of Christmas. Young or old, stockings can be a joyous part of the holiday season. If you need a new stocking, it’s easy to sew your own! We’re going share with you step-by-step how to sew your own stocking and we’re even sharing a PDF stocking template to help you create that perfect stocking shape.

Making your own stocking allows you to customize it to your holiday décor and taste. You could make a unique stocking for every person in your family or you can make a whole set that matches. Using bright colors will certainly bring out the Christmas spirit or you could go for a more subtle, muted color palate. We went for a slight twist on traditional look and chose a soft red plaid and a with a white velour cuff.

Christmas Stocking Materials

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  • • Pattern
  • • Body fabric
  • • Cuff fabric
  • • Ribbon
  • • Thread

 

How to Make a Christmas Stocking

  1. Download and print out the stocking pattern found at Sailrite.com. Cut out the pieces and tape them together as shown on the pattern to create the stocking shape.

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  1. Lay the assembled stocking pattern out on your main body fabric and trace around the perimeter of the pattern with a soapstone pencil or fabric marker. Do this twice for both sides of the stocking

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  1. Carefully cut out your stocking shapes.

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  1. Fold your cuff fabric in half so you can pattern two cuff shapes at the same time. Lay one of your stocking patterns on top of the cuff fabric. Trace the top of the stocking to outline the top of the cuff. Then decide how far down on the stocking you want the cuff to go and make a mark on each side. Trace down the sides then remove the stocking body and connect the bottom line.

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  1. Cut out your two cuff pieces.

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  1. Position the cuff on the outside of each of your main stocking pieces. Remember, the feet should be facing in opposite directions at this point!

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  1. Flip the cuff fabric down, so the bottom is in place, but the right sides of the fabrics are now facing each other. Sew a row of straight stitches along the bottom (now top) of the cuff fabric.

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  1. Flip the cuff fabric back up into its final position. Sew a top stitch over the cuff bottom. At the top of the cuff, fold over a small hem and sew the cuff fabric into place on the main stocking piece. Repeat this process on the other half of the stocking.

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  1. Cut about 6 inches of ribbon for the hanging loop. Fold the ribbon in half to make a loop. Use a small piece of basting tape to baste the ribbon ends together. Position the loop on the upper, heel-side corner of one of the stocking halves. Secure the loop with another small piece of basting tape.

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  1. Place the two halves of the stocking together, right sides facing each other.

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  1. Sew a straight stitch around the perimeter of the stocking.

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  1. Turn the stocking right side out. Now it’s ready to hang on your mantle!

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You can find all the materials needed to make your own Christmas stocking (as well as great stocking stuffers!) at Sailrite.com.

What colors would you choose for your Christmas stocking? Share your ideas with us in the comments!

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Yesterday we shared tips on how to give your Christmas tree a nautical flair and today, as promised we’re back to show you how we made our monkey’s fist knot Christmas tree ornament. A monkey’s fist, or monkey’s paw, knot resembles a bunched fist or paw and is used as a weight at the end of a heaving line and as an ornamental knot. The monkey’s fist as decoration is growing more and more popular both in and out of marine circles. With its rising popularity, we thought a monkey’s fist would be a fun, different way to accent our nautical tree this year.

There are many different methods to tie a monkey’s fist. We’re going to show you one method but you can use these basic principles to customize your own. Often a weighted sphere is placed in the center of the knot to support the shape and to help with throwing. We used a Ping-Pong ball to hold the shape in our knot, but you could use any small sphere, knot the end of the line and place it inside the larger knot, or use nothing at all. At the end, we finished our monkey’s fist with a modified hangman’s knot so it has an adjustable loop for displaying on the tree. When monkey’s fists are used for heaving often both ends of the rope are left free and the fist is used as part of an eye splice.

Quick Tip: Be sure when you’re wrapping the rope around, that each strand sits next to the one before it without overlapping.

Materials List:

  • • 11 feet of rope
  • • Ping-Pong Ball or other small sphere
  • • Hotknife (optional)

You can find all the full how-to video and materials needed to make your own monkey’s fist, for hauling or decoration at Sailrite.com.

What do you think of monkey’s fist knots as decoration? Want them all over your Christmas tree or better left at the boat? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

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If you’re looking to decorate for the holidays in a way that incorporates your love of the water, we have some great inspiration for you today! Every year we put up a Christmas tree here at the Sailrite Headquarters and, naturally, we decorate it with a nautical flair. This year we thought we’d share with you how we bring a little sailing to our tree. These ideas can all be scaled up or down for a large tree at home or a tiny tree on your boat.

1. Use a Nautical Rope as Garland

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Instead of stringing up metallic garland or ribbon this year, try using rope. We use 3/8″ Sta-Set Double Braid in red, but the green or white with green fleck are also festive choices. For a more rustic, natural look, you could use plain, manila rope too. Just start at the top and wrap it all around the tree.

2. Hang Sailboat Ornaments

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What is a sailor’s Christmas tree without at least a couple of sailboat ornaments? Nautical themed ornaments like sailboats, lighthouses, anchors, and even shells are widely available and will give the perfect accent to your nautical tree. The Sailrite tree is about half decorated in various sailboats. Bonus points for a sailboat tree topper!

3. Create a Monkey’s Fist Ornament

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A great nod to your rope garland and the seafaring lifestyle is to hang a monkey’s fist (or several) from your Christmas tree. This is also a really fun holiday DIY. Need help learning how to tie this iconic knot? Check out our tutorial for making these ornament-sized monkey’s fists.

4. Make a Custom Tree Skirt

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We made a new tree skirt for our Sailrite tree last year and shared the tutorial right here on the blog. Ours is a festive red and white, but this is a really easy way to make your tree feel more nautical or beachy. You can use a fabric with knots, coral or even fish! In fact, we have a whole category of nautical fabrics to put the finishing touch on your tree.

To see even more holiday DIY and decorating inspiration, check out our Christmas at Sailrite board on Pinterest!

Do you have a nautically themed Christmas tree? Tell us about it in the comments or send us a photo at marketing@sailrite.com.

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Remember when you were a little kid and you just couldn’t wait for Christmas to come? You could make a paper chain or open the doors of an advent calendar to count down the days. Today we have a reusable, no-sew idea for a Christmas countdown or advent calendar that you can make for your kids, grandkids, or even just for yourself! For this Christmas countdown we made 25 little fabric pouches, one for each day in December leading up to Christmas. Inside the pouches you can hide candy, gifts or even ideas for holiday activities. We added an ornament hook to the back of the pouches so you can hang them on a tree or a garland to make a display. There are many different ways to modify this project to make it your own. For example, we used two different fabrics, but you could make your pouches all look the same, or you could use up scrap fabrics and have each pouch be unique! Also, we used tags to display the numbers, but you could use a fabric marker and write the numbers on the bag or use iron-on numbers. The possibilities are endless!

Christmas Countdown Materials:

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  • • 2 yards of fabric
  • • Cardboard or something to make a template
  • • Scissors
  • • Christmas Candy or other filler
  • • Tags or other numbers
  • • Twine
  • • Ornament Hooks (optional)

How to Make a Christmas Countdown

1. Create a template for your circles. On a piece of cardboard, measure out a circle that is 11 inches in diameter and cut it out. 2014_November-advent-calendar-2 2. Using your template, trace your circles on the fabric. If you stagger the circles and keep them close, you can get all 25 on two yards of a 54” fabric. 2014_November-advent-calendar-3 3. Cut out the circles using pinking shears. 2014_November-advent-calendar-4 4. Take one circle and lay it out flat. Place several pieces of candy or a small prize in the center of the circle. 2014_November-advent-calendar-5 5. Gather the fabric around the candy, cinching it with your hand right above the candy, creating a little round pouch. 2014_November-advent-calendar-7 6. Wrap a length of twine tightly around the bag where your hand was, to cinch the pouch tightly shut. Tie the twine in a bow so it’s secure but easy to untie later. 2014_November-advent-calendar-8 7. Prep your number tag. We used pre-made tags and I wrote the numbers on them with a marker. Tie your number to the twine, and snip off any excess string from the number. 2014_November-advent-calendar-9 8. If you want to hang your bags from a tree or garland, slide an ornament hook under the twine at the back of the bag. Pinch the hook shut to secure. 2014_November-advent-calendar-10 9. Now you’re all set to display your Christmas countdown! 2014_November-advent-calendar-11 You can find great fabrics for this project and many more at Sailrite.com. Does your family keep a Christmas countdown? How do you keep track? Share your traditions and stories with us in the comments!

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