Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Deck the Halls with Eileen Hull's Dies!

Hello everyone! Here we are in November and Eileen Hull's theme for the month is Seasons' Greetings! The Inspiration and Educator Teams are going to be getting crafty with all the holidays and seasons coming up. I've been in a stitchy mood lately so I thought I would make some more felt Christmas tree ornaments. You may remember the Mitten ornament I made back in July with Eileen's then new Mitten Box Die. I decided to give her House Ornament and Snowman Box Dies the felt treatment too!

Lisa Hoel for Eileen Hull – felt Christmas ornaments made using Eileen's versatile Sizzix dies

I am again using the wool blend felt from Benzie Design. I really like how it feels and it holds together better (especially the little small pieces) than 100% wool felt. It is also more economical!

The House Ornament Die is a 3-D die but all I had to do was cut off the tabs etc. from my piece of die cut felt. I backed the windows with a piece of felt on the inside and stitched around it to hold it into place. I searched through my *ahem* extensive stash of ribbon and trims to find just the right elements to use for the roofs and 'gardens'. I was winging it again with the stitches and just made it up as I went along. A little polyfil stuffing gave them dimension.

I did the same thing with the Snowman ornament (winged it lol). I cut the little stick arms out of Sizzix Paper Leather (Kraftex paper is similar.) Basically I didn't want to use skinny felt cuts because they'd probably tear off. Same thing with regular paper cardstock, it didn't seem like it would be sturdy enough. The Paper Leather or Kraftex is made to stand up to wear and tear. As I was sewing together the front and back of the ornament, I stitched the ends of the arms into the seams. 

I encourage you to try this out. Cut out some felt pieces and just play! =)

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Supplies used:

Eileen Hull Sizzix
House Ornament Die  Sizzix ) (50% OFF on the Sizzix site right now!)
Snowman Box Die  Sizzix / SB ) (also on sale on the Sizzix site right now!)

embroidery floss
polyfil stuffing
embroidery needles

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  1. These are just adorable Lisa! Love the flower lace you used, the shutters and all the wonderful details on these!

  2. I'd love to learn how to do this. You are so professional too. LOVE all the details that brings these die cuts to life. Awesome makes. PINNED!


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