There is just something about skating and winter or Christmas time. Although I’ve never been good at ice skating, I guess it the too weak of ankles I blessed with or that I’m just really clumsy, I just have never gotten the hang of it. But when I saw a few pins on Pinterest for ice skate ornaments my kids agreed we needed to give making them a try.
When I was in grade school I had this great teacher who not only wanted us to learn our school subject but brought in everyday projects for us to do too. Kinda like a Charlotte Mason education. Not just filling the children with knowledge but helping them develop life skills too.
At Christmas, she would bring in supplies and one year we all made Christmas stockings, sewing them by hand. Each day she would read aloud to the whole class a subject or a story and we would work on our stocking. Sewing them as she read. When I saw those cute little skate ornaments it brought back that wonderful memory.
My kids regularly do sewing projects but usually with a sewing machine, even my son is learning how to sew. But we don’t do much hand sewing. So this project was perfect to practice that skill and make some cute ornaments for our tree too.
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What You’ll Need for the Felt Skate Ornaments
Making the Felt Skate Ornaments
Print the pattern for the skate boot and cut it out. For each set of skates, you’ll need to cut out two on the fold. To do this, I folded the edge of my felt square up just enough for the skate pattern to fit on it. You want to position the skate pattern so that the bottom of the boot is on the folded edge. So when you cut the pattern out the two sides of the skate boot will be attached at the bottom.
Once you have both skate boots cut out. It’s time to sew. With the boot folded and work from one side of the fold to the other. You’ll want to sew up the side to the top and start down the other side and stop to add a little stuffing and then finish off the sewing. I like to use a blanket stitch to close them up.
To do a blanket stitch, you’ll push the needle up from below so the thread closing up is on the edge as you pull it up. But as you are pulling the thread up put the needle through the circle of thread. This will keep the thread straight and make a nice pretty edge. Do the same for the second boot.
With both skate boots fully sewn, you’ll need to slip the paper clip into the boot. There is usually a little hole you can slip it into. Once the paper clip is slid in I like to secure it, so it doesn’t slip out. I just do a few stitches at the other end to make sure it’s secure.
Now with a long piece of a contrasting color of embroidery floss add a few horizontal stitches for the laces on one of the skate boots. When you reach the top, leave a portion long enough to hang the ornament on the tree between the two skates. Then starting at the top of the second skate add the horizontal stitches for the laces on the second boot. Tie off and the skates are done.
My daughter opted to make the laces on her skates in the form of crisscrosses instead of horizontal lines. They turned out equally cute too. My son decided just to make boots for his ornaments.
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