How to Make Corset Ornaments

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The corset has become the universal symbol of femininity. Hang it proudly.
Trace the corset shape.  
Sew the bow in place.
The corset has become the universal symbol of femininity. Hang it proudly.

The corset has become the universal symbol of femininity. Hang it proudly.

Photo: Scott Phillips

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:
Fabric scraps
Sewing machine
Cotton batting
Point turner
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.

Fuse interfacing to the wrong side for stability.


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.

Download our free pattern pdf. Trace it onto the right side of your stabilized fabric.


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.

Stitch the decorative lines to outline the bust and waist.


Step 4: Sew with decorative stitches
Change to a decorative stitch and sew to your liking. Be creative! Trim all threads and extra batting.

Choose a decorative stitching. Here's your chance to make your own statement!


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.

Add a backing to the quilted top. Sew, leaving a small opening.


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.

Trim all of the corners. Turn the ornament right-side out.


Step 7: Close the opening
Turn the seam allowances in on the bottom edge of the ornament. Slipstitch closed.

Turn in the seam allowance. Slipstitch the opening closed and press.


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.

Make a bow. Use a can to easily tie your ribbon.

Attach your bow. Center it at top of your ornament and tack in place.

Photos: Sloan Howard and Scott Phillips

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Comments (7)

RobberStokery writes: Magnificent
Posted: 1:19 am on August 24th
JoybyRobin writes: Sweet but here is the error message when trying to pull down the pattern:
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Posted: 4:13 pm on December 2nd
philippematand writes: Very nice!!
Posted: 6:19 am on January 29th
SusanneBendtner writes: So girly and playful. I would love to decorate a present with it
Posted: 5:56 am on January 25th
Charles52 writes: very nice
Posted: 5:26 am on January 25th
ChildfreeTrophyWife writes: Very cute. Love that there was a pattern with this tutorial. Even the picture of the back in step number 6 looked cool.
Posted: 4:11 am on August 28th
Isabellas_Quilts writes: This is very pretty.
This would make a cute applique quilt project as well.
I think I'll try It on my grand-daughter's quilt.
Posted: 10:40 pm on May 6th
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