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Monday, December 3, 2012

United States STATE Ornaments



These 'United States STATE Ornaments' were inspired by the United Scraps of America Quilt I made earlier this year.


This project, though, was much quicker!

You can make a state ornament for where you've traveled, where you were married or where you child was born. 


The possibilities are endless.

To make some of your own, gather the following supplies:

White Fabrics and Solid Colored Fabric
Batting
Ribbon
Water Soluble Pen 
Ultra Hold Heat-n-Bond
Traceable Mirrored Image of States

To get started, decide what state or even country you want to create.  Trace the mirrored image of your state onto Heat-n-Bond.  Iron the Heat-n-Bond onto the back side of the colored fabric.  Using sharp scissors cut the image out.


Place the image you just cut out onto the white fabric.  With your water soluble pen, trace around your image making it approximately 1/4 of an inch bigger all around.  Cut 2 pieces out of white fabric and one out of batting.  Pin the 3 pieces together with the ribbon loop inserted between the 2 white pieces of fabric.


Sew around the perimeter of the state shape.  Leave about a 1 inch gap unsewn.

Turn the state right side out through the unsewn gap.  Push the raw edges of your gap inside the shape and top stitch closed.  Remove the backing from the Heat-n-Bond on your colored fabric.  Place the colored fabric onto the white ornament and iron it into place.


And, just like that, you have the Sunshine State. 


Once you get started, I guarantee you won't want to stop.



And be sure to check out my other Christmas inspired posts:

Star Wars Ornaments
DIY Pottery Barn Candle
DIY Advent Calendar
DIY Santa Beard
Christmas Flower Boxes
Pine Needle Gift Tags
Pucker Up Ornament

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43 comments:

  1. These are too cute, Amy! You are posting such great holiday ideas. :)

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  2. so cool!! i'm so going to do this - we've gotten ornaments before but i luv the idea of making them ourselves - so tell me about your Texas experience - we Texans luv to hear abt others experiences in our state! and I still covet your US quilt!!

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  3. This is a wonderful idea! And so simple too!

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  4. Adorable!! Hmmmm sewing Christmas ornaments...because Christmas isn't stressful enough???!!! You do a lovely job!

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  5. NICE! I'm such a sucker for state/travel ornaments :) I especially like the white outline around the states

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  6. I love it! You have such good ornament ideas!

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  7. really cute Amy :)

    huggies***
    rea

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  8. You have been one busy girl! These are great. What will you think of next?

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  9. Love these. I'm a huge fan of "state" projects since I've lived in so many. In fact, you have three of mine pictured above! ;)

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  10. Another fabulous idea!
    It looks beautiful. Now i want to do the same thing with countries! and with animals! and maybe with different shapes...
    thanks for such an inspiring post.
    hugs to you dear Amy

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  11. How adorable and smart is this??! This is our first christmas married and we're from different states, this would be cute to make :)

    newest follower via craft-o-manic blog hop!

    moetalksalot.blogspot.com

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  12. Amy, that's a great idea! These would be brilliant as gifts for those not able to make it interstate. You really are a genius!

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  13. I love these! Having moved around quite a bit (seriously, I'm 27 and I'm on my 4th state/8th city - all in my adult life), I think these would be perfect for decorating my tree with! Pinning for later :)

    I would love it if you would link up at Martha Mondays, open now through Wednesday night!

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2012/12/martha-mondays-link-up-party-features.html

    ~Amanda
    www.watchoutmartha.net

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  14. This is brilliant! And educational!!! It could be my tree at school!

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  15. those are super creative!!!!!! what a great idea!

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  16. Amy these are so cute! did you list some in your etsy shop? I'm sure there are people out there who would rather pay you to make them than make them themselves!

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  17. LOVE these! You made a California one too, that is my home state :) Great job Amy :)

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  18. i love this idea - and that your tree can tell a story - and engage people to ask 'why?' very clever. x

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  19. I love these! What a wonderful idea. Are you going to be selling them on Etsy? Beautiful work!

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  20. What a cool idea! Thank you for taking the time to link up to Whimsy Wednesday! We LOVE your company☺

    Kelly at Smart! School {House}
    http://www.smartschoolhouse.com
    &
    Jenny at The NY Melrose Family
    http://wwwthenymelrosefamily.com

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  21. SO cute! ...and oh my goodness. That United Scraps of America Quilt is FAB!

    Thanks for linking up at the Crafted Niche Ornament Link Party!

    ...and I thought of your blog the other day when I was slappin' on some heels!

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  22. These are so cute what a great idea!! Might be making a few of these as gifts this year!

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  23. Amy - you are immensely talented girl! Love these State ornaments - so pretty and such a unique and clever ornament that's so cutomizable...is that a word?? haha!! Thanks so much for linking up to my party! :D

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  24. Well... I would never have thought of that what a great idea.

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  25. What a great idea, this would be fantastic way to teach about each state. :-)

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  26. Great idea!
    Thanks for sharing at the Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Adorned From Above,
    Debi.
    The Busy Bee's,
    Myrna and Joye.

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  27. I'm visiting from the Crafted Niche ornament exchange - these are very cool! Fun idea!

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    1. Thank you so much. I am really proud of these ornaments SO your comment is greatly appreciated.

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  28. Congratulations! You've been featured on this week's Martha Mondays! :) Swing by to pick up a "Featured" button and do a little bragging! :)

    http://www.watchoutmartha.net/2012/12/martha-mondays-link-up-party-features_9.html

    Amanda
    www.watchoutmartha.net

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  29. Great idea! Really creative, had to pin. :)

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  30. How fun are those! I love the idea of making them as reminders of places you've lived etc. :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  31. Oh my gosh, I love these soooo much! What a cute idea! And PS - that is an awesome quilt! I'm a new blog follower :)

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  32. I love the unique ornaments you've made this season!

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  33. I love homemade ornaments! They always come with great memories:) You are very brave taking on 50 states, Love it!! I am now following via GFC.

    Merry Christmas!

    PS I would love to invite you to share any of your favorite posts at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop (no rules and goes live on Thursdays at 7pm mst)

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  34. Thanks so much for sharing these at the Christmas in July link party co-hosted by Knick of Time. I'm pinning this to my Christmas board and shared on my FB page!

    Angie @ Knick of Time

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  35. You do have these in your shop don't you? Folks would snap these up.

    Bliss

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  36. That is really neat! Looks like a tricky one!

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  37. Awww that was soo cute and adorable!
    you're so talented and creative. Thanks for sharing inspiration!
    Those can make great Christmas decorating ideas this year.
    Happy Holidays!

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