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I first saw similar ornaments a while ago. They used a Japanese folding technique but those required precise measuring of a few subsequent folds. Not so much for me. I wanted an easier way. And ta-daa!
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Origami Christmas Ornaments
First, take a quick look at the slideshow form of the tutorial, to get a feeling of what the project is like:
- two 8-inch squares of fabric in contrasting Christmas prints
- a pompom for embellishment
- 7″ – 10″ ribbon for hanging
- matching thread, sewing machine, scissors, needle, iron
- Free circle template: Feel free to trace a plate or use the template from my Homemade Holidays FREE Patterns Bundle – it’s FREE for all and contains more than 10 free Christmas sewing patterns. All made for you!
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How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 1
Cut two 8-inch circles out of the two fabric pieces. Either trace a plate or use the circle template that’s included in this FREE Homemade Holidays Pattern Bundle in my shop. The template has quarter markings that should make your project even easier. No coupon code required:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 2
Place them right sides together and sew around using a 1/4″ (7 mm) seam allowance, leaving a few inches open for turning:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 3
Turn right side out, press and edgestitch all the way around, closing the turning hole too:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 4
Start folding: fold the circle in half so the main fabric will be on the inside of the fold. I wanted my RED fabric to show in the finished item, so I made sure to hide it into the fold. Press. Then fold again in half so you get quarters. Press well again:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 5
Quarter marks are visible now – you should have four folds. Then hand-stitch the ends at the opposite marks together; first two:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 6
Then the other two. Leave the needle on the thread, you’ll need it to sew on a pompom:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 7
What you have now is the central point – you’ll want this one to lie flat. Place the piece on a flat surface, flattening the back and the sides:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 8
You’ll see some extra fabric on corners – fold these to the back side:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 9
Use the (still threaded) needle and the remaining thread to sew on a pompom or some other embellishment – place it right above the center front the circle edges were sewn together:
How To Make Origami Christmas Ornaments – Step 10
Last thing to do: attach the ribbon to one of the corners, hang and admire!
Scraps in two colors, this simple tutorial and a plate to trace – or the free circle template from the FREE Bundle (here), that’s all you need! Speaking of homemade Christmas ornaments, please remind me if I forget to post a whole list of links to my free tutorials. There is a gazillion of those on AppleGreen Cottage from the past years!
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