Over Thanksgiving weekend we went and got a Christmas tree, so I had no excuse not to finish up my recycled Christmas ornaments project. I really like the necklace but since I’m not planning to wear it, I thought a nice way to enjoy it would be to put the stars onto the Christmas tree and look at them all season.
I started by taking the necklace apart, of course. I put a tiny thread loop on a point of each star that would accommodate a plain wire ornament hanger. I wanted something discreet and simple and this method would work well for any soft fabric thing you’d ever want to hang up anywhere. Here’s what I did:
I started by stitching about 3 loops in the point of the star. I made sure to leave about 1/8″ space in between the point and the top of the loop, which is what will make it a loop and not a stitch, I guess. I used a needle to make sure all my loops were the same length.
Next I started making knots around the loops to turn all the individual strands into a single reinforced loop. Just basic knots, the way you’d knot the thread at the end of a hand-sewn seam, all the way until the loop is entirely knotted. I probably did about 12 knots or so. I was trying to figure out a way to explain making the knot, but whatever I came up with just sounded more confusing so here’s a photo:
It makes a strong, clean, nice-looking loop that will hold a wire ornament hanger. With all those knots I didn’t need to secure the end with a knot, I just buried the thread in the ornament.
Here are the ornaments in action.
And there you have it! Of course, I would love to show off all the presents I’ve been working on to give away this year, but that would spoil the surprise so we’ll just have to wait. I hope your Christmas sewing is going well! That’s assuming all of you are doing Christmas sewing, but it makes me happy to assume that you are, so I do.
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