Good morning and welcome to this month’s Stitching Feature! I’m Lizzie Jones your Stitching Ambassador and this moth I’m sharing…wait…do you hear that?

And you know what that means, don’t you? It’s Christmas in July! That’s right, I have a brand new set of ornament dies called the Heirloom Ornaments 1 Die Collection to share today. This collection will be available for purchase on July 15th. We can all use a little extra time to prepare handmade items for the holidays, so hopefully this early release will give you the time you need to make them useful for the upcoming season. Are you ready?!

Here’s your first look at several of the ornaments put together.

This collection was such a joy to design and it turns out to be even more fun to actually use! The pieces mix and match to create so many design options that no two ornaments will ever have to be exactly alike. I’ve put together a suggestion chart, but it only just scratches the surface of the possibilities.

Heirloom Ornaments 1 Die Collection Assembly Suggestions

Let’s take a closer look at the ornaments I’ve made to share today! I made all of these double sided (which is to say, they’re identical on both sides). You could always create an embellished side and a plain side to save time or simply stitch your initials and a date on one side to simplify things a bit. This first one keeps things nice and simple with the basic ornament shape and the snowflake design on the inside.

I cut the basic shape from Sweet Blush felt and then used the snowflake insert to add the stitching holes. I designed the snowflake to have a single hole at the end of each branch for a bead, sequin, or both. I used a clear sequin and silver bead threaded together on this ornament.

I also used a single silver thread and two white threads to do the stitching on both the snowflake and the outer edge. The silver thread ties in nicely to the silver beads and makes the whole thing sparkle. I used a loop of white crochet thread to create a hanger (simply sewing it in between the layers of felt to secure it) and stuffed it with polyfil to finish it up.

Next up, I have a slightly more stepped up version. On this ornament I used the basic shape and snowflake again, but this time I also incorporated the outline and small circle layer to add in some extra color.

I began by die cutting the primary shape from Vintage Cream felt. I used the outline and snowflake designs to add stitching holes to the basic shape. Those two dies can be used at the same time, making the process quicker! I cut the small circle from Pinefeather felt and set it aside.

I stitched the snowflake with two strands of aqua thread and one strand of silver thread and embellished the ends with silver sequins threaded with green beads. The outline was done in red thread (three strands) and the Pinefeather circle was stitched into place in the center of the snowflake. That was embellished with another silver sequin and a red bead before stuffing with polyfil and stitching up the outside.

Not only can you create snowflakes with this die collection, but you can make poinsettia ornaments, too! This next ornament shows you the basic poinsettia design.

I began by die cutting the basic shape from Pure Poppy felt. I also die cut the smaller shape from Vintage Cream felt and used the poinsettia center die to create stitching holes. Then, I cut the holes for the Vintage Cream layer with the window die included in the collection (it makes sort of a frame). That die is designed to do double duty. You can stitch your layer in front or behind for two different looks. I’ll show another one here in just a minute.

I used yellow thread to complete the stitching and embellished each of the long stitches with a clear sequin and clear bead to give a bit of sparkle to my flower center. I stitched that to the Pure Poppy layer with white thread and then stitched up the outer edge after stuffing with polyfil.

I mentioned that you can use the window in a couple of different ways. Here’s an example of how you can use it to add a peek-a-boo layer. I chose a festive plaid, but you could use it for a monogram, a photo printed on canvas, or even as an opening (if you’re creating flat ornaments rather than stuffed).

I began by die cutting the basic shape from Pinefeather felt, using the window die in the center and the outline around the edge. Then, I die cut the small layer from plaid fabric that I had reinforced with interfacing.

I stitched the plaid piece to the back side of the Pinefeather layer with red thread and then completed the outline with white. I stitched up the outside with red thread and stuffed with polyfil. This one came together quickly and the plaid is such a fun addition!

My last ornament of the day uses the flower center and the outline together. I also used the small circle to dress up the flower center and add in another color.

I began by die cutting the basic shape from Aqua Mist felt. I used the outline and flower center dies to add a design to the die cut (again, both can be cut at the same time which makes the process even quicker). I stitched up the center with two threads of dark green and one of silver. Then, I added the small circle and embellished with a silver sequin and red bead.

I stitched the outline with red thread and the outer edge with two strands of white with one strand of silver. Metallic thread can be a bear to use, so incorporating a single thread with other solids makes it far more manageable. Plus, the twinkle you get in the Christmas lights is lovely.

I hope you’re as excited about the Heirloom Ornaments 1 Die Collection as I am! I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I did creating Christmas ornaments when the mercury is topping 90º, but here we are. I plan to make little kits of these to take along on road trips and to appointments so I can get a jump on my holiday decorating. I should be well ahead by December!

Do you have questions about this die collection? Join me at noon today on my Instagram stories to watch a live story about this new collection. Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope to see you soon. Have a great day!

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Join the discussion 27 Comments

  • 1
    Luanne says:

    How beautiful Lizzie! You’ve knocked one out of the park on these. 😁

  • 2
    karen b says:

    So pretty!

  • 3
    Cindy O says:

    These are wonderful with all your variations!

  • 4
    Ohhh Snap says:

    I LOVE your new dies! Especially in July when I feel I have all the time in the world to make things (when really Christmas is right around the corner for crafters lol).

  • 5
    Sandy Dayhoff says:

    Beautiful! I’ll need to get these!

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      Sandy Dayhoff says:

      But don’t share the moth – he will eat our wool ornaments – heehee! (saw “moth” in your post!)

  • 6
    Sue says:

    These ornaments look wonderful. I’ve been making quite a few using previous dies but I really wish for a new DATE DIE (stitched years die). I use photos on some of my ornaments and the previous date die has now run out- it was so handy.

  • 7
    Marilyn G says:

    Funny, yestereday my sister in law requested handmade items for her Christmas gift. These would be excellent.

  • 8
    Debbie says:

    Oh Lizzie, thank you , thank you!! I was so missing new stitching dies since Erin left. These are absolutely wonderful! I just hope they don’t immediately sell out before I get to order on the 15th!Can you only view instagram stories if you have an account?

  • 9
    Carol says:

    Yeah! Thrilled to have new ornament dies in July! I always stitch on ornaments while watching football in the fall. I would love to have a new year die so I can put the year on the back of the ornament.

  • 10
    Amy Vitriani says:

    These are beautiful Lizzie! I love the stitching dies. can’t wait for the 15th to get these 😊

  • 11
    Greta H says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I have ornaments my grandmother made–some of them from felt. I’ve always wanted to make some, so will be putting these dies on my wishlist! I really think you should take a break from the heat & come to the Pacific Northwest for a felt class, Lizzie, to make the SAF wreath & these ornaments!!

  • 12
    chris g. says:

    So beautiful! Love all the stitching dies!

  • 13
    Kathy Mc says:

    Lizzie, these so remind me of my childhood when we used to make felt ornaments and decorate them with sequins and beads. Think we used more glue than stitching but yours are much more detailed. Great post and beautiful ornaments!

  • 14
    Joanne B says:

    Any time I can combine my two loves – stitiching and crafting I’m hooked

  • 15
    Helen F. says:

    Oh what Beautiful ornaments, Lizzie~~~and such a fun-activity for the kids while they are on Summer break from school!

  • 16
    merryf says:

    You’ve really put a lot of love and care into this ornament project! I am sure that these will grace a whole lot of Christmas trees this year!

  • 17
    Michele W says:

    I’m so glad PTI is coming out with more sewing dies. Lizzie, these new dies you designed are wonderful and they look like so much fun. I’m definitely looking forward to their release on 7/15.

  • 18
    Mary Koby says:

    Hooray for new Stitching dies! I love the early release to get ready for Christmas, and I’ll add my request for new year dies. Your examples are wonderful! I love the variety.

  • 19
    Carla Hundley says:

    Fabulous designs and
    love that they can be
    used several ways.
    Carla from Utah

  • 20
    Susan W. says:

    Yay, Lizzie! So happy you’ve designed another set of stitch dies! I love the newest stars and no, it’s not too early to make Christmas ornaments in July. 😁

  • 21
    Deborah says:

    I love doing anything with felt and stitching, thus your new creation is perfect for my stitching collection. You made such a simple but elegant little ornament! I was just putting together my next stitching project yesterday and wishing for something new to add to my collection cation….you answered my request!

  • 22
    Cindy says:

    Lizzie, I’ve been a paper only girl for too long. You’ve inspired me to think about the feel of fabric and needle in my fingers with these dies! The ornaments are very beautiful and the options make them very versatile. LOVE the samples! Thanks for your hard work and inspiring designs.

  • 23
    Mary Parker says:

    Im not a sewing person, but I sure hope i can afford to make some of these. They are gorgeous!

  • 24
    Mary Parker says:

    Im not a sewing person, but I sure hope i can afford to make some of these. They are enticing!

  • 25
    Debbie Neuman says:

    Oh No !!! I am going to have to think about making Christmas gifts already. These are adorable!!! Time to get out the needle.

  • 26
    Paula Collins says:

    Love, love, love! I can’t wait for this one. I have the other ornament stitching kit.

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