10.26.2018

Finishing Needle Punch Ornaments


Baby Christmas Wreath - available as a cloth, paper, or digital pattern 


Pink Polka Dot Christmas Tree - available as a cloth, paper, or digital pattern

When the air begins to cool in early Fall I start thinking of the upcoming holidays.  This year
I have designed several needle punch holiday ornaments.  They are available as cloth, paper, or digital patterns in my Etsy shop.  (Some of these designs are also available as hand-painted needlepoint canvases.
There are many ways to finish needle punch ornaments.  Below you will find instructions for several methods.  

Finishing with wool felt (sew method) 
What you need: Piece of wool/felt large enough to cover back of ornament, thread, needle, scissors, optional - pen or chalk for tracing, iron, pins.
What to to:
  1. Once you have completed punching your design, remove it from your hoop or frame. 
  2. Cut around the edge of the ornament, leaving ¼ -½ inch of the base fabric.
  3. Press fabric onto back of ornament with iron.
  4. Place ornament on top of wool/felt with ornament design facing up. Decide if you want the wool to show from the front or not. (If you want it to show, you will leave 1/8 to ¼ inch when you trace and/cut the wool/felt into the shape of the ornament.) 
  5. Either trace your ornament onto the wool (remember to leave ¼ to 1/8 inch from edge of ornament if you want wool/felt to show from front), or hold it tightly to the fabric with your fingers.
  6. Cut the wool/felt into the shape of the ornament.
  7. Either pin or hold ornament and wool/felt in place.  Using thread and needle, sew from back to attach wool/felt to ornament. Be sure to catch/sew through the fabric you folded/pressed in to back of ornament.
  8. To make a hanger for the ornament, cut a small strip of wool/felt to desired width and length and fold in half.  I like to make a short hanger that is about ¼ inch wide and 2-3 inches long. I then attach a metal hook.  You can make a long hanger if you don’t want to use a hook.  For a short hanger cut a 1 ½ - 3 inch long piece of wool.  If you want a longer hanger, cut a 6 - 8 inch long piece of wool. 
  9. Sew the hanger onto the back of the ornament.
Finishing with wool felt (no sew method) 
What you need:  Glue (Elmer’s, Fabric, Aileen’s, Lineco (Acid Free), or Mod Podge), small stiff brush, piece of wool/felt large enough to cover back of ornament, scissors, wax paper or other paper to protect work surface, optional - pen or chalk for tracing.
What to to:
  1. Once you have completed punching your design, remove it from your hoop or frame. 
  2. Place wax or other protective paper onto work surface.  
  3. Lay the ornament front facing down onto your work surface. 
  4. Brush glue onto back of ornament and out to ¼ inch or more onto fabric away from the punched thread.  Note - some artists prefer to not apply glue to the actual punched area and only apply glue the ¼ inch of fabric at edge of punched design. Let dry.  
  5. Once glue has dried, cut along edge of fabric close to punched design.  I like to cut almost right up to the decorative thread or you can leave 1/8-¼ inch if you’d like for the fabric to show from the front of the finished ornament.  
  6. Place ornament on top of wool felt with ornament design facing up. Decide if you want the wool to show from the front or not. If you want it to show, leave 1/8 to ¼ inch when you trace and/cut the wool into the shape of the ornament.  
  7. Either trace your ornament onto the wool/felt (remember to leave ¼ to 1/8 inch from edge of ornament if you want wool/felt to show from front), or hold it tightly to the fabric with your fingers.  
  8. Cut the wool/felt into the shape of the ornament. 
  9. To make a hanger for the ornament, cut a small strip of wool to desired width and length and fold in half.  I like to make a short hanger that is about ¼ inch wide and 2-3 inches long. I then attach a metal hook or you can make a long hanger if you don’t want to use a hook.  For a short hanger cut a 1 ½ - 3 inch long piece of wool.  If you want a longer hanger, cut a 6 - 8 inch long piece of wool. 
  10. Put glue onto the wool/felt, fold hanger and place between ornament and felt, then gently press the punched ornament on top.  If you find your glue is not holding the two pieces together, you can gently press it while it dries by laying a book or two on top. Let dry. 
Finishing with cardboard and fabric (no sew method)
What you need:  Piece of coordinating fabric and thin cardboard large enough to cover back of ornament, 4-8 inches of coordinating ribbon, glue (Elmer’s, Fabric, Aileen’s, Lineco (Acid Free), or Mod Podge), small stiff brush, scissors, wax paper or other paper to protect work surface, optional - pen or chalk for tracing.
What to to:
  1. Once you have completed punching your design, remove it from your hoop or frame. 
  2. Place wax or other protective paper onto work surface.  
  3. Lay the ornament front facing down onto your work surface. 
  4. Brush glue onto back of ornament and out to ¼ inch or more onto fabric away from the punched thread.  Note - some artists prefer to not apply glue to the actual punched area and only apply glue onto ¼ inch of fabric at edge of punched design. Let dry. 
  5. Once glue has dried, cut along edge of fabric close to punched design.  I like to cut almost right up to the decorative thread or you can leave 1/8-¼ inch if you’d like for the fabric to show from the front of the finished ornament.
  6. Place ornament on top of cardboard with ornament design facing up. Decide whether you want your ornament to have a clean edge or if you want the coordinating fabric to show a little from the front. If you want it to show, leave 1/8 to ¼ inch when you trace and/cut the cardboard into the shape of the ornament. Otherwise, trace directly around the ornament onto the cardboard. 
  7. Cut the cardboard into the shape of the ornament.  
  8. On the backside of the cardboard shape, glue the coordinating fabric and fold edge over to front of cardboard and glue into place.  Let dry.
  9. Put glue onto the cardboard piece.  Fold coordinating ribbon in half, then glue ends onto cardboard/fabric piece so that it will be between ornament and backing cardboard/fabric.  Now gently press punched piece onto top of cardboard/fabric piece. You can gently press it while it dries by laying a book or two on top. Let dry.

Finishing with glue and paint (no sew method)
What you need:  Acrylic craft paint in a coordinating color, 4-8 inches of coordinating ribbon, glue (Elmer’s, Fabric, Aileen’s, Lineco (Acid Free), or Mod Podge), small stiff brush, scissors, wax paper or other paper to protect work surface.
What to to:
  1. Once you have completed punching your design, remove it from your hoop or frame. 
  2. Turn your piece over so that the back side is facing up.  On the back side, brush with enough glue to cover and out to ¼ inch into the fabric at the edge of the punched ornament.  Let dry.
  3. Once glue has dried, cut along edge of fabric close to punched design.  I like to cut almost right up to the thread or you can leave 1/8 inch if you’d like for the based fabric to show from the front of the finished ornament.
  4. Paint back of punched ornament with acrylic craft paint. Let dry.
  5. Fold coordinating ribbon in half and and glue ends to back of ornament. Let dry.

If you are using any of the no sew methods above, you may find these images helpful:

Apply glue to back of needle punch ornament and 1/4 inch of base fabric.
Once glue is dry, cut fabric close to punched design.
  
This image shows the back of an ornament after I glued on the wool/felt backing and hanger.














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