This darling ornament will be a wonderful addition to your holiday decor. It’s a quick project you can make up from scraps and enjoy year after year. It is also a fun gift. Make several while you’re at it and keep them on hand for last minute gifts.
One Log Cabin block makes two ornaments. It’s layered up with batting and backing then stitched together and turned. Since there is no binding this is an extra quick project to complete. A bit of rick rack or other ribbon is attached for hanging.
The tutorial, from Silvia Trevisan, is in Italian so we have translated the important parts for you (scroll under the video for our notes). Refer to the photos in the original version for the step by step construction. (You can translate the page using Google Translate or refer to this translation.)
Select a flesh colored solid for the face, white for the beard, a red print for the suit and hat and a green, black or other print for accent. You can also choose fabrics in a variety of colors and make each set of two Santas different (one Log Cabin block makes two Santas).
Val Spiers used a larger print fabric for the suit in her version.
Fabric measurements are given in centimeters, which don’t translate conveniently to inches for this project. The starting piece for building the Log Cabin block is the flesh color for the face. Val used a 2 1/2″ square for that and 1″ strips for each of the logs. The same measurements are used in the video. All seams are 1/4″.
Follow the photos for construction of the Log Cabin block. Once it’s complete, cut a square for the hat that is the same size as the Log Cabin block. Continue following the photos, cutting the block in half and stitching on the hat fabric. Once the hat has been affixed, cut a square of fabric the same size as the finished pieced square for the backing, as well as a piece of batting.
Eyes can be added with a bit of hand embroidery, beads, buttons or a close zig zig or tacking stitch.
Layer up the mini quilt, with the front and back facing each other and the batting on top of the backing. Insert the hanging ribbon in the top corner before stitching all of the layers together. Be sure to leave an opening in one of the sides of the Santa (a side including hat and suit pieces) for turning.
Stitch Santa’s two sides together to make the ornament 3 dimensional.
Before folding, the ornament block will be about 7″ square, producing a rather large ornament. Flatten it for hanging or leave it three dimensional for standing in a holiday display.
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