This Christmas Button Lace Ornament Tutorial is an updated version of Lace Bear Ornaments that I used to make and sell at Christmas craft fairs back in the late 80s, early 90s.
I made dozens of them during those years and I remember them selling well… which helped pay for our Christmases in those early years when my husband, Dave was a master corporal in the army.
Each of our children were given a pair of the Lace Bear Ornaments to add to their handmade Christmas ornament collections that I started for them when they were little. As a military family, they don’t have the same kind of Christmas memories that a lot of young people do.
But each year when they decorate their tree with ornaments, handmade by Mom, they’ll be able to remember hanging those same ornaments on the Christmas trees of their childhood.
In fact, I had intended to show you how to make the Lace Bear Ornaments but with Canada Post on strike I wasn’t able to get the little flocked bears in time. Just as soon as mail delivery is back to normal, I’ll share how they’re made. The process is fairly similar to what I describe below but there are a few differences.
Today’s tutorial is designed to encourage beginner sewing skills in your children but don’t let the word sewing scare you away. If your child can thread a needle, they can make the Christmas Button Lace Ornaments. I’ve purposely kept the instructions super simple so that if this is their first sewing experience or even your first sewing experience, it will be a good one.
The ornaments would be great for children, say tweens and teens who have a bit of experience sewing to make several as gifts for their friends and family or even to do what I did and sell them to earn money for Christmas.
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Materials needed to make the Christmas Button Lace Ornaments
- Dress It Up Holiday Collection Buttons
- 2″ to 2¼” straight eyelet lace
- Plain white buttons for back of the ornament
- white Thread
- Hi-tack glue
- White embroidery floss (for the hanger)
The lace pictured in the center above is actually 3½” eyelet lace. I cut it down to 2¼” wide to use in making several of the Christmas Button Lace Ornaments.
For each ornament, cut 12″ to 14″ of the eyelet lace. I simply counted out 12 scallops.
Fold the eyelet lace in half wrong sides together.
Thread the needle with approximately 18″ of white thread and tie a knot in the end. Trim the thread close to the knot. (I’ve used red thread for demonstration purposes.)
Sew the short ends together using a basic running stitch as pictured.
Tie a knot to secure the stitches but Don’t cut the thread.
Sew a running stitch all the way round top of the eyelet lace through one layer only.
It will look like this.
Pull on the thread to gather the lace into the center. Tie another knot to secure the gathering in place.
The lace portion of the ornament is complete.
If your child has enjoyed sewing to this point and they want to try sewing on the button, they can sew on the button now.
However, if they don’t want to try sewing on the button, it’s perfectly okay to glue the button to the center front of the ornament.
We want this to be a pleasant learning experience for them.
If gluing the button, you’ll need to wait for about an hour for the glue to dry enough to handle the ornament again.
Once the button is on the front, apply hi tack glue to the center back,
Press the white button in place and hold for several seconds until the glue grabs the button. Allow to dry.
I was having so much fun making these Christmas Button Lace Ornaments that I ran out of white buttons for the back, so I went rummaging through my craft supplies and came across some small metal disks that I think might have come from Pillsbury cookies several years ago. So if you don’t have white buttons, you can use something like this on the back of the ornament.
You could even cut small circles from card stock.
Edited to add: Jan commented that she uses felt circles for the back of her ornaments. So if your child has mastered the running stitch and sewing on the button and is ready to learn another stitch, you can show them how to whipstitch circles of felt in place of the button.
That would also allow the ornaments to be attached to pins to make brooches. They could also be made into hairclips as well.
To make the hanger for the Christmas Button Lace Ornament cut approximately an 8″ length of white embroidery floss.
Thread it through the top of the ornament.
Tie a knot in the floss to hold it in place.
Then knot the two ends of the floss together. Trim the floss close to the knot and the ornament is ready to hang on the tree.
Don’t you just adore these ones made with bear buttons
The buttons on the ornaments below came from 2 different packages of novelty buttons. The snowmen were in a package by themselves and the rocking horse and toy soldier were in another package.
The flower buttons make really pretty centers too.
As do the different tree buttons.
All of these Christmas Button Lace Ornaments are going to make really pretty gift toppers that people can add to their trees after they open their gifts this year!
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