Better Budgeting: Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Flannel Shirts

Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Flannel Shirts

Submitted by Shelley Hill of Michigan

Flannel heart ornaments

"Papa's Heart"

Grandpa's Flannel Shirts and Buttons

My ornament is titled "Papa's Heart". The reason I feel it is so special is this was completely a labor of love.

I will try to be short. My Mom's father, a lifelong farmer, passed away four years ago yesterday at the age of 80. This past fall, I was talking to my grandma about him and his flannel shirts. She had saved all his flannel shirts after Papa died, not able to part with them. She was trying to think of something 'lasting' she could do with them.

At the same time, I was trying to think of something I could do for my grandma for Christmas (being a newlywed and college student...it needed to be budget-friendly). I came up with the idea of making heart ornaments for her to give to all of my grandparent's children and siblings...my labor of love.

We have a very large family, so I ended up making 50 ornaments!

I simply drew an off-centered heart as a pattern, cut out hearts from the flannel shirts and machine-stitched them together inside-out, leaving a small opening. I then turned them right-side and stuffed the hearts with batting (which I hand-stitched closed).

I added a ribbon loop and decorated them with leftover buttons from the shirts themselves. (I attached the ribbon and button together to the ornament by sewing it with a few stitches. It probably could also be done by hot glue.)

A very simple ornament which reflected my Papa's love for all of us and his passion for farming and the simple way of life.

flannel shirt buttons




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