How to Make a Cathedral Window Ornament | a Shabby Fabrics Christmas Sewing Tutorial


[ jingle bells intro ] Hi! I’m Jennifer from Shabby Fabrics.
Today I’m going to show you how to make the Cathedral Window Christmas Ornament.
Now when I get ready to decorate my Christmas tree, and I bring out that box
of Christmas ornaments, it’s that special time for our family to reminisce about Christmases gone by and “Where did we get that ornament? Where did we get this
ornament?” So it’s really fun to make handmade ornaments, not only for yourself
but for gift-giving. So let me show you how to get started.
These are really easy to make and really fun. We’ll have all these measurements on
our download… free download part of our website. That’s at the very bottom. Click
on that link and we’ll have all these measurements there for you. So let’s get
started. With the main fabric, which is cut to a 10 by 10. The first thing I like to do is go ahead and pre-starch my fabric. Actually, sizing. I shouldn’t
say starch, it’s more sizing. Starch is a little bit heavy. Whereas sizing just
gives it a little bit more body and really, I’m using sizing more than I ever
have before, and I just love how it gives my fabric just a little bit more body,
especially when I’m going to press it. So I went ahead and pre-sized all of these
and the first thing we’ll do is we’re just going to fold this, right sides
together in half, and give this a good press. Make sure your iron is on its
hottest setting. We’ll do the same thing, folding again, with a really nice firm
crease. We definitely want to see those lines, because for the next step, I can
see my lines here. In fact, let’s do this right over the top of the pressing mat,
because the last thing I want to do is move it. Okay. So now I’ve got my pressing mat in front of me, and I see my crease lines. So, we will bring up those
corners so they go right in the middle. So have your iron real close by. And I
recommend you bring all four corners to the middle before you do any
pressing, just to make sure everything is as symmetrical as possible. Okay. Now we’ll go ahead and press—again, very well— just keep hanging on to everything. So
you can see, you want to take your time on this step so that everything is
folded as symmetrical as possible. Because otherwise you won’t get that
Cathedral window effect, evenly, all the way across the ornament. Okay. So now that
we’ve done that, I’m going to turn it and now these points will come to the middle.
So I’m going to repeat that step. I’m going to bring all four steps for all
four corners to the middle, just like I previously did, and then press again. Okay. Okay. Now, the—the ornaments have a part
behind here that we’re referring to as the ‘center’. So I will take my center
fabric, which is—today I’m using the stripe. I’m going to open up my little
flaps and I’m going to put that center piece right inside here. Now I’m going to
bring these back closed. You need to have some pins handy. And what we’re going to
do now is, we’re just going to go ahead and pin that closed. Okay, I want to show
you what this looks like. We’re going to take this to the sewing machine, and
starting a quarter inch above the center we’re going to go straight down through
the center and a quarter inch down below. We’ll repeat that going left to right—
again, a quarter inch to the left of center, stitch all the way through and
stop at a quarter inch beyond that. And reinforce that beginning and end, because
your cathedral—your openings are going to pivot around that. So that needs to be
very much reinforced. You might even want to shorten your stitch length. Now that
I’ve sewn the little plus sign, basically, in the center of our ornament, now we’re
going to add the accent fabric. That’s this part right here
that’s featured on the ornament. That’s cut to four and a half square. This is
where using one of those six and a half inch rulers is so handy. It’s just the perfect size. You’ll cut one diagonal and then cut the other. So cut here. And I
like to do that without even disturbing the fabric. That’s where one of those
spinning mats is so handy, because then you can just rotate the mat. And we do
have those available on the website, too. Wonderful, wonderful invention. I love my
spinning mat. Now you’ll take your accent pieces. You can either pin or glue. I really like the glue feature, because I— I just like how flat it lies when it’s
glued, versus pinned. And what you’ll do with your accent
pieces, is you’ve got these—this triangle here. Now stay an eighth of an inch away.
So—and that’s just a visual eighth of an inch— this side will line up exactly with
the red. So I want you to see this little flap. You see this here?
I’m staying about an eighth of an inch away from here and here. But on this side
it’s flush. So I’ll go ahead and add some drops of glue. Here it comes. And I’m just
going to glue that in place. Again, you could pin that if you really don’t like glue. This is the Roxanne’s Glue-Baste-It. I use this stuff for everything. Um,
appliqué, just trying to secure something in place just like this, so it’s going to
hold steady while I’m stitching it down. So we’re going to stay an eighth of an
inch away from those two sides, flush with the long side, and you’ll do this
all the way around for all four sides. When I come back, we’ll go to the next
step. Now that I have the accent piece glued in all four sides—this is the part,
this is my favorite part—we’ll take this to the sewing machine. Look how this
happens. We just kind of roll this open and it just naturally opens up. If you
use the zipper foot like I’m using today, it seems like the kind-of spade on that
zipper foot just kind of keeps— keeping this open for you. Now on a zipper foot,
at least with my zipper foot— I don’t know if this is true of all zipper feet
on different machines—I have kind of a set— here, in fact, let me show you this. I want to show this to you so you can see exactly I’m talking about.
There’s like a ‘center lane’. And I can either attach it on my presser shaft to
the left or the right of that bridge. Now initially, when I’m doing the opening
these, that are on the left side, I am attaching this on the left side. When I
go back to do the ones on the right side, I will reattach the
zipper foot on the right side. Now if you don’t have a zipper foot, you don’t need
to worry about that. You can use really any presser foot that you have. It’s just
I found that the zipper foot just— just the kind of ‘plow’ I guess, that it just
kind of keeps pressing it open as I’m stitching. So it seems to work really
well for me. I’m sure you have your favorite presser feet, and use whatever works for you, but let’s take this to the sewing machine. And again you just—
I don’t—I’m not using any pins, I’m just going to start here in the center,
reinforce, and trim our stitch pretty close to the edge. And then, here at the
end you can kind of just sew right off of that, because we will be attaching
the backing. You don’t really need to reinforce down here. But I would
recommend that in the center. So let’s go— let’s go stitch this together. This is a
lot of fun. And use coordinating thread because you definitely will be seeing
this, now. So we’re going to start right here and I’m going to reinforce that as
you normally would. I’m just going to stitch that, I dunno, as close to the edge—just
be consistent. Whatever you do, just be consistent. And I’m just going to sew right off of
that. I want to show this to you. See how neat that looks? Now you’ll go ahead and—
rather than do this flap, what I recommend is you do all the ones to the left. Do
this one, do this one, and do this one, then you’ll come back. We’ll switch the
presser foot—okay let’s just do that together, I want you to see that too. So
let’s pretend that I’ve already done all of those— all of these other ones, okay?
Then I would go back and I would switch my presser foot to the other side. The
zipper foot. Because I—again, I really like starting from the center. Oh, let’s
see here, little scissors. Just trim that off. I do recommend you trim your your
threads as you go, otherwise they can get tangled up, create problems with your
sewing machine. Okay, we’re going to do the same thing. I’m just pressing this
open with my fingers. Get our thread ready to go. Whatever distance you were
from the edge on the left side, just be the same from the right. Again whatever
you do on the left, do on the right, so it’s symmetrical. We’re just going to
press that open the same amount as we did on the other side. And sew right off the end again. Look how
fun this is! Look how neat that looks. So of course, then you do all the ones on
the right. Now I went ahead and did all these ahead of time, just to save us some
time. So this is what this is going to look like at this point. Now of course
you need the hanger. And we had hung this on the point, so you’ll need to get an
eight inch ribbon. We’ve got— we just picked a gold. Um, don’t go like this—but
rather fold it like that, so that the ornament doesn’t turn on the Christmas tree. So you see, what I’m saying is don’t fold like this, but fold it like that. Go ahead and bring that into your corner, overlap
those. Let’s get a pin and we’re going to secure that with your your backing
fabric. We just chose a white shimmer dot, something pretty. This is a five by five,
so of course right sides together. We’ll go ahead, we’ll pin this in place. Leave a
nice opening, probably three or four inches, because that is a lot of fabric
to be turning through. So, as always, wherever you start, reinforce; and
wherever you end, reinforce. When I come back, we’ll go ahead and turn it
right-side out. We’ll get this stuffed, stitched up, and you’ll be ready to hang
your ornament on your Christmas tree! So I have sewn around the—the three sides,
and left the opening on the fourth side. Now I do recommend you go ahead and clip
those corners just to reduce the bulk so it lays a little bit flatter. Don’t get
too close to your stitching, though. Stay a fair distance away. And then we’ll go
ahead and turn this through, and see how our ornament looks. This is always the
most exciting part, just turning everything through. if you have a gift exchange at work—a
lot of places have ornament exchanges— you know, rather than running out to
Hallmark and buying one, how about making something. People would just really
appreciate a handmade gift from you, and it makes it so much more special. So now
we’ll go ahead and just keep pushing it through, like you would anything that you
turn right side out. All right. Look at our ornament. Isn’t it beautiful?
and we go ahead and use some polyfill, just ordinary polyfill, and just stuff
your ornament as full as you’d like. You know, actually, let me—let me show you
something. I’ve learned this over the years. Because we used the quarter inch
seam all the way around and we—let me clip those threads. Before I stuff it—what I
like to do is take this to the pressing mat and actually press that quarter inch
seam, because once it’s stuffed, you kinda can’t really press it. It’s just too
bulky. So go ahead and get that quarter inch seam pressed. You do the same thing
on the other side. Then you’ll go ahead and add your polyfill. These are the
things you learn after the years of crafting and quilting. And it’s fun to
pass those along to save people frustration and trouble when they’re, you
know, doing their own projects. So you’ll go ahead and just stuff it as full as
you want. You’ve got your quarter inch seams, so
you’ll just use your Richard Hemming needles, which—I love these needles, they’re the size
four embroidery. But don’t be fooled, I use them for way more than embroidery. I use
them for almost everything. Any time I need to whip stitch an opening closed, I use those. Embroidery, obviously, I use those. Um, grab whatever coordinating
thread you want—just whip stitch that closed. And then for the center we just
put a button there, and of course you can just squeeze that, and that will give it
that little pillowcase effect. So I hope you enjoyed learning how to make
Cathedral Window Ornaments from Shabby Fabrics! [ jingle bells outro ]

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