I’m so excited to share this guest post by the talented Nadra of ellis and higgs. You may remember the popular Strawberry Coaster tutorial she shared last summer. Well now she’s got some adorable acorns just in time for autumn!
Hello everyone, it’s Nadra here from ellis & higgs! I am excited to be back again guest posting on Amy’s blog and sharing a quick and fun fall inspired project with you today! For all of you who don’t know me: I am a fabric designer for Riley Blake Designs and Penny Rose Fabrics, I write quilt and sewing patterns which I sell in my Etsy Shop and I teach classes at quilt shops.
Today I’ll be showing you how to make these cute little acorn ornaments. After a long and hot summer we’re enjoying the most beautiful fall here in Germany and I love celebrating a new season by decorating my home with small handmade items. Fabric ornaments are quick and easy to make and they’re not only perfect for decorating, they also make great little gifts for friends and neighbors!
For the acorn I’ve used fabrics from my current fabric line Mon Beau Jardin (available here and here) which was released in July. The green and yellow prints from this summery collection are also great for fall projects! The other ornaments are made with matching scraps from my fabric stash.
(1) 3″ x 4″ rectangle oak leaf fabric
(1) 3″ x 4″ rectangle wool felt
(1) 3″ x 4″ rectangle iron on adhesive
(1) 3″ x 4 ½″ rectangle top acorn fabric
(1) 3 ½″ x 4 ½″ rectangle bottom acorn fabric
(1) 5″ x 6 ½″ backing fabric
(1) 5″ x 6 ½″ one-sided fusible batting, medium weight
(1) 18″ woven ribbon
Quilting ruler, fabric scissors, all purpose scissors, sewing needle, thread, disappearing fabric marker, pencil, point turner
Download the PDF print and cut out the acorn pattern and oak leaf appliqué template. I recommend printing it on card stock for easy tracing.
1 – 4. Place the oak leaf template on the paper side of the iron-on adhesive and trace around it using your pencil. Roughly cut out the traced piece. Lay the piece, adhesive side down, on the back of the oak leaf fabric and iron on, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Cut out the piece on the lines and remove the backing paper.
Layer the oak leaf appliqué adhesive side down on the wool felt and iron on, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Stitch around the edge using a straight stitch and trim the excess felt fairly close to the stitch line.
5. This is how your oak leaf should look.
6. Mark the turning hole on the wrong side of the top acorn fabric measuring 1¼″ from each side of the fabric piece.
7. Place the top acorn fabric on the bottom acorn fabric as shown and assemble using a ⅜″ seam allowance.
8. Firmly press towards the top acorn fabric.
9. Your front acorn rectangle should measure 4½″ x 5¾″.
10. Place the acorn pattern on the wrong side of the front acorn rectangle and draw around it using a marking pen. The dashed line on the pattern should align with your stitch line. Mark the ribbon placement lines.
11. Place the fusible interfacing adhesive side down on the wrong side of the backing fabric and iron on following the manufacturer’s instructions.
12. Layer the acorn pieces on top of each other with right sides facing. Cut a 9″ long piece from the ribbon, fold in half and place it between the pieces as shown. Pin in place.
13. Stitch along the drawn line all the way around, backstitching when you start and stop to secure.
14. Trim excess fabric close to the stitched line.
15. Carefully turn the acorn ornament right side out and push out the curves and edges using the point turner.
16. Press flat.
17. Close the turning hole by top stitching the edge of the seam with a straight sticth.
18. Make a bow from the remaining ribbon. Attach the oak leaf and ribbon just below the hanger with a few stitches.
(19) Your Acorn Fabric Ornament is finished!
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial!
Thank you so much, Nadra! Nadra also has an adorable Fall Sampler Quilt along happening right now – the sampler blocks for her quilt are seriously adorable. You can find the patterns for the individual blocks in her Etsy shop.