Thursday, December 3, 2009

ornament swap

Despite the flu still being an annoying house guest, Ava, Harry and I had a chance to make our ornaments for the Crafty Crow Annual Ornament Swap. This year's theme is Fairy Tales, which is great luck for us since we love to make these little lovelies every year. We had a "great crafty mess"- Ava's appropriate description- on the kitchen table of fabric scraps, buttons, feathers, acorn caps, wool roving, and wool felt. Starting with an old fashioned clothespin (also called a doll pin, fancy that) and some tacky glue, it is impossible not to make something ridiculously cute.

We made her tutu by taking a long strip of crinoline and sewing a basting stitch along the top edge. Then we simply pulled the crinoline along the stitch and it bunched up and we tied it on with the ends of the thread. Easy peasy. We did the same with fabric strips too, as you'll see in some other examples. We put a couple dots of glue to secure the skirts in place, as well. The fabric tops and dresses are simply wrapped around the clothespin and secured with a dot of glue.

You can see we just glued the wings on in the back too. And can you guess how we attached the wool hair and acorn cap?

Front and back of this felt sweetie. The mark that makes her nose was part of the wood. I like it!

Fabulous, dahling!

Harry's Superhero fairy. This was all he could muster the energy for, then he dragged his tired sick self over to the sofa. And, no, we will not be sending his germy hero to some unsuspecting child, not that he ever intended to in the first place.

Alright, that's it. I couldn't choose which ones to show, so you got all of them.


  1. oooooh! adorable! my favorite is the one with the pink polka dot tunic with the green cape and fairy wings. and, i love harry's collection because one of his little people has a bit of that shiny gold cheetah fabric for a belt. perfect.

  2. How cute! I want some! I wonder if I can find the old clothes pins at the fabric store. I love the acorn caps! Way to go!

  3. super cute!! We are doing the exchange too!
    Fingers crossed that we're on your list!! ;)
    The fairies are adorable

  4. Now I need to go digging under the snow for the acorn caps I know are still out in the backyard!!

  5. these are all so lovely!!!
    i wonder, where could you find those clothspins?

  6. Aslihan,

    I was about to tell you to run down to your local craft store when I saw that you live in Turkey. I found a place online you can buy them:

    I wish i could read Turkish, but I was happy to look at your art. Best of luck!

  7. Oh my goodness! We were one of your swap partners! I've never been to your blog before, but just clicked over today from a link on lifeingrace. I saw the fairies and said, holy cow - I just got one of those in the mail. What a coincidence! I love love love them! (We got the one in all pink with white wings.) The acorn caps are the cutest. Thanks so much!

  8. I just ran across this blog entry too late for this year but I sure want to do it next year. Will you explain how your Crafty Crow Annual Ornament Swap works?

  9. Hello Gay, You should head over to the Crafty Crow and be sure to follow it. In November she will announce the swap and you can sign up. It was so much fun.

  10. Hello!

    These are darling! I sure wish I had been on the receiving end of your swap! I participated in the swap for the first time this year and made pine cone elves- it was a lot of fun! Am loving your blog and bookmarking several cute project ideas : ) You have a new fan!!

    pink and green mama

  11. I know a lot of people love making these ornaments but don't have the time to shop or dig under the snow for some of the parts. I don't mean to sound like a commercial but I opperate a great web site that sells kits to make these dolls: I hope it's OK that I post it here. I think the readers here would love to know about it.

    Jeff Montanye

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