'Twas the Night Ornament Series


Yay! The first pattern in the series is now available! :-)
#twasthenightornaments

My 'Twas the Night Ornament Series is a set of heirloom hand-sewn ornament patterns which are inspired by the classic 1823 Christmas poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, by Clement C. Moore. Most folks know this poem by its famous first lines:

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.


This is a new pattern series and it's still under development! The first pattern is Santa Claus. I'll be updating this page with any new information. Check back! Each new pattern will be released as soon as I complete them and I will post on all my channels anytime that happens. The best way to keep current is to follow me on my IG or FB pages, or subscribe to my blog via email.
Coming soon: No. 2 - Mrs Claus

As I am a part time designer, my goal is at least two new patterns per year in this series. If there are more, I'll gladly release them! I have to work with limited time. Don't we all! Thanks so much for your excitement and enthusiasm! I really appreciate it. It keeps me going.
  • Total number of patterns in the series: TBD
  • Average size of the finished ornaments: About 4 x 5 inches (10 x 13 cm) Of course, it varies because the shapes vary, but that will give you an idea.

WHERE TO BUY THE PATTERNS: You can purchase the 'Twas the Night Ornament PDFs from my Etsy shop and download them at your convenience. Your pattern download links do not expire:


PLEASE NOTE: International VAT and/or other applicable taxes will be added on at checkout according to tax law. 

Q: HOW DO I FIND MY PATTERN DOWNLOAD?
Etsy sends automatic email receipts with download links to your account email address. Check your spam folder if it's missing. Lost the email? Your patterns are also backed up under your Etsy account, and can be found by logging in with a browser and checking your purchases. NOTE: Etsy also allows guest checkouts, but the only way to access guest purchases is through your email receipt. Guest purchases will not show in your Etsy account unless you link them. It's easy.

Q: I DON'T HAVE A PRINTER. DO I NEED ONE?
In short, yes, at least for the pattern pages themselves to print on regular paper, and also to print or copy the pattern pages to the Sulky stabilizer. Once you have a master set of pattern pages on regular paper, keep 'em handy. Then you can use a copier. Suggestions:
  • Perhaps you have a friend/son/daughter/life coach/tolerant neighbor that has a printer you can borrow?
  • Perhaps you work somewhere that will allow you to print a few personal pages?
  • Libraries and churches often have copiers and printers you may use and may charge per page.
  • Note: office supply stores will not print my patterns without checking with me first because my patterns are copyrighted.

Q: WHERE DO I BUY THE MATERIALS like felt, stabilizer, sequins, and other stuff needed?
I have lists of US sources for materials in the back of all my patterns. Also Benzie Design is offering lovely kits that include most of what you need! They ship internationally. (Are you outside of the US? I've compiled a short list of UK/AUS wool felt vendors here.)

Q: ARE THESE DIFFICULT TO MAKE?
Because of the small scale, these ornaments are not beginner projects, but they are easier than you think! If you are familiar with hand sewing and can 1) sew basic stitches neatly (running stitch, backstitch, and whipstitch) and 2) cut and assemble small pieces with precision, then you can make these ornaments and make them well. Why? Because of a magical Sulky stabilizer called Stick 'N Stitch. If you use the stabilizer, there is no tedious pattern tracing or embroidery transferring involved. You simply use a printer or copier to print my patterns to the stabilizer, peel off the backing, adhere it directly to the wool felt, and then stitch right on the lines. You can read more about that process below. In addition to the stabilizer advantage, you'll find my patterns are chock-full of very clear instructions and detailed diagrams to guide you through each and every step.


Q: HELP! WHAT COLORS SHOULD I USE? 
Any colors you like! You can customize and use your own favorite wool felt and floss colors. However, I know that picking colors can be intimidating and stressful to lots of folks. Worry no more! I have collaborated with Benzie Design to choose two suggested wool-blend felt palettes for Santa Claus: Retro and Classic, seen above. I provide all the information you need to make them exactly as shown, and Benzie provides the kits! They can provide most of the materials you need to make the pattern, including beads, sequins, stabilizer and more! Find my detailed color guides and links to the kits here: Benzie Color Guides and Kits

HELPFUL CONSTRUCTION TIPS:
If you read my reviews on Etsy, you'll often see comments about how thorough and detailed the instructions in my patterns are. Purchasing my patterns is more akin to purchasing a craft class, and I include lots of tips and tricks within the instructions. However, here are some additional methods I have posted about that will help you streamline and perfect your techniques:

ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE with washing away the Sulky stabilizer? Does it still feel gummy/sticky no matter how many times you soak it? There is a batch of faulty stabilizer out there. Please read this post!

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS! Use the tag #twasthenightornaments on Instagram and Facebook. If you search that tag on Instagram you can view ornaments that others have made! (Since this is a new series, over time the number of photos will build.) Be sure to tag me with @mmmcrafts on IG.

VIEW EVERY 'TWAS THE NIGHT BLOG POST: If you'd like to read and see more photos of all the patterns and prototypes, click here for a chronological sorting of all my blog posts.

PINTEREST BOARDS: A handy way to view lots of my 'Twas the Night ornament samples in one place.

THE WONDER THAT IS SULKY STICK 'N STITCH:
As I mentioned above, the secret to making my Twelve Days Ornament Series quickly and consistently is this Sulky stabilizer Stick 'n Stitch (formerly known as Sticky Fabri-Solvy) and my printable patterns:

Same stuff, new packaging and name!

Sulky Printable Stick 'n Stitch is quite possibly one of the best products to ever happen to felt crafters. It's a sticky backed stabilizer that you can use in your printer or copier. It washes magically off with water, leaving no trace of itself. And it is readily available and affordable! (Besides the Sulky website, it can be found at Amazon.com, Wal-Mart.com, Benzie Design, Felt On The Fly, and often in your local sewing/craft store.)


So, basically you print my pattern pieces directly on the stabilizer, peel off the backing, apply it to wool felt and stitch the embroidery designs directly through the stabilizer. Once the stabilizer is soaked away, you are left with a perfectly executed embroidery design on felt. No pin dot tracing. No guessing. No fading ink marks while you are trying to work. No re-appearing ink marks after you are done. FANTASTIC.


Now you may be thinking, "Wait a minute, you can't soak wool felt in water!" Oh, yes you can! The key to this process is to pre-shrink your wool felts the day before you start the project by simply soaking them in cold water for a few minutes and letting them air dry. It won't change the texture or thickness of the wool felt if you do it that way, and the pre-shrunk wool won't shrink when you soak off the stabilizer. I've tested this with wool-blend (wool + rayon) and also 100% wool felt and it works equally well for both. Are you excited yet?

I hope this resource page has been helpful to you! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via my Facebook pageInstagram, or comment below! I get an email to notify me when you comment. Merry sewing! :-)

8 comments:

  1. Thank you, Larissa! You are such a brilliant designer. I can't wait to start on this precious guy. A million thanks again!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen! All glory to God on that score. I'm so happy you like the pattern! Happy sewing! Love to see what you make.

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  2. Hi Larissa! I am so excited for another series from you! I loved making my first set of 12 days and have a second set underway. But Santa has to sneak in! I can't resist. Would love to hear what the other ideas are for the 'Twas the Night series! Thank you!

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    1. Hi, Patty! Wow, thanks so much! I'm excited too! I'm very happy you enjoyed the first series. I'll be updating on the Twas the Night series soon but I can tell you the next in line is Mrs Claus :-)

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  3. I'm so excited about this new series!! I'm halfway through making 2 sets of 12 days. So, I need to ignore that Santa is a thing. For now.... ;)

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    1. Hey KajaGeGe, thanks so much! haha! I'm so happy you are enjoying the Twelve Days patterns. No worries, 'Twas the Night will be here whenever you are ready to jump in. No hurry.

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  4. Hi Larissa, I have previously made 3 sets of the 12 Days of Christmas. Now it's Santa time. I am having trouble with Santa's arms. The 6 inch pipe cleaner seems way to long. Is this the correct measurement for the arms? Thank you for your beautiful patterns and for your help
    Robyn, Australia

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    1. Hi, Robyn! It's probably more efficient to contact me on mmmcrafts.etsy.com with pattern questions, just for future reference! :-) Yes, the 6 inch pipe cleaner is correct. Curve it to match the arms with 1/8 inch in between and at least 1/2 inch hanging off both ends. You'll end up with some excess hanging off that you'll trim. :-)

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