How to Make Corset Ornamentscomments (2) April 2nd, 2008
With a little creativity, you can make anything hip and trendy, including holiday decorations. Corset ornaments make perfectly stylish little gifts for friends and family. Hang them from the tree, fill them with lavender to freshen up a drawer or car, or even use them for gift tags. How’s that for being cute and stylish?
What you'll need:
Hand needle and thread
1/8-inch wide ribbon
Free pattern pdf
Step 1: Prepare your fabric
Cut two 6-inch squares of fabric (this is a great way to use up your special scraps.) Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric.
Step 2: Trace your pattern
Trace the corset shape pattern onto the right side of your fabric with chalk. If you plan to quilt the bodice, mark quilting guidelines. Click here to download the free pattern pdf.
Step 3: Quilt your corset
Choose a shiny rayon or polyester thread to quilt your corset. Place a layer of thin cotton batting behind your interfaced fabric. Set your machine for a straight stitch and a stitch length of 3.0mm. Define the bust and waist as shown below.
Step 4: Sew with decorative stitches
Change to a decorative stitch and sew to your liking. Be creative! Trim all threads and extra batting.
Step 5: Construct the corset
With right sides together, place the quilted front against the remaining piece of fabric. Sew around the edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-inch opening on the bottom to turn. Trim the backing even with the quilted top.
Step 6: Trim, clip and turn
Trim all of the corners. Clip the curves at the waist and center bust. With a point turner, turn the ornament right-side out. Press.
Step 7: Close the opening
Turn the seam allowances in on the bottom edge of the ornament. Slipstitch closed.
Step 8: Make a bow hanger
Cut a 12-inch piece of 1⁄8-inch-wide satin ribbon. Tie it around a round object such as a can of starch. Make a small bow, and then slip the ribbon off the can. Center the bow at the top of ornament. Tack it on with a few machine stitches.
Photos: Sloan Howard and Scott Phillips
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