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Happy holidays from BERNINA Ambassador Joanne Sharpe. Joanne is an artist and teacher with a specialty in mixed media art from upstate New York. Look for her new book “The Art of Whimsical Stitching” (Interweave) coming in April 2016.

Oh how I love to make art with my BERNINA! Enjoy this Holly Jolly Ornament tutorial to create simple, and adorable hand made fabric ornaments with a little bit of paint and free motion stitching. These “holly jolly” ornaments make a fun gift tag on a gift, and then can be reused each year as a holiday decoration. Don’t be afraid to pick up a brush to make whimsical shapes to add texture and embellish with free-motion stitching on your machine. This is an easy project that can be completed in one afternoon. Handmade holidays are the best!

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Make your Holly Jolly!

1. Make your holly pattern.

Print out the pattern, or if you’re really brave, draw your own free hand holly with berries.?If desiredaccent pillow case baby burlap, make a reusable template from quilting plastic by tracing the design onto the plastic with a permanent marker (like a Sharpie) and cut out.

2. Trace the pattern on to the fabric.

Place your Soft and Stable batting under your muslin fabric. Use the paper or plastic template and trace the shape multiple times filling up the surface, fitting in as many as you’d like.

Trace with a disappearing ink fabric pen that will vanish when you add paint over the lines.

3. Paint the fabric shapes.

Choose your favorite reds and greens for the holly leaves and berries. Loosely paint the shapes (they don’t have to be perfect) that you traced on the muslin and allow to dry completely before you go near your sewing machine.

4. Cut your all over pattern.

Rough cut around each shape leaving about 2″; around the painted image.

5. Add the backing.

Rough cut green fabric for the backing of each piece, with about 2″; of fabric extending around the entire shape. Take the “sandwich” over to your sewing machine.

6. Stitch your shapes.

This is the fun part! Think of your gold thread as a colored pen to draw the details and outline of the holly shape. With the BERNINA Stitch Regulator, or your desired method of free-motion stitching, sew and follow the shape of the holly leaves and berries. Use 2-3 loose, “sketchy” thread lines so that the piece looks more artistic and intentional, not like you were frozen in fear to draw over your painting with free motion sewing! Here’s the secret, this is why you painted multiple pieces.

7. Cut out the holly.

When the stitching is complete, use your best, sharp applique scissors to fussy cut the holly shape at the stitching line leaving a nice raw edge.

8. Add a decorative ribbon hanger.

To add a “hanger” use a ribbon on the back of the piece to be sewn over the existing line of stitching. Trim the ribbon tight and close to the stitching line, as you would on an applique piece. I found this leaves a clean line in the shape of the piece and hangs the lightweight shape nicely.

Adorn a package and reuse in Holiday décor.?What a simple, gratifying project to sew up for the special folks on your gift list. Celebrate the season with your creativity and BERNINA magic!

Today’;s gift?is a red BERNINA Roller Backpack?to one awesome WeAllSew fan. All you have to do is post a comment below answering the following question:

What ornament what you sew with Joanne’;s technique?

A winner will be chosen?at random?on December 12, 2015 and announced the following?week!

Good luck!

Congratulations to our WeAllSew reader “kathryn”, the winner of the December 11 gift. Enjoy!

Learn how to make cute round potholders with this fun Merry Go Round Quilted Pot Holder tutorial and pattern. I’ve even included as a bonus a set of printable baking gift tags!?

Blue jeans, denims, Levis?, whatever you call them, are my preferred long pants. When I was young and more fashion conscious, I insisted on genuine Levis?. Now I wear whatever gives the best combination of price and wear. Wear is a sore point, however. The lifetime of a pair of jeans is determined by holes that usually develop at the knees. Jeans remind me of over-inflated car tires. Put too much air in your tires, and they’ll wear through in the center of the tread while there is still a lot of life left in the rest of the tire. The knee sees the most wear, on both sides of the fabric.

Today I’m going to show you how to make a tassel out of yarn. It’s the perfect little embellishment to add to a clutch or zippered pouch. This one even has a handy way to attach it to a zipper pull. If you like this post you may also like my post on how to make a pom pom zipper pull and how to make a pom pom.?