Secret Santa – Finishing Template
Thank you for stitching this somewhat silly, a touch of sparkly, with a dash of secret… series!
By now you know the big secret (you get a portion of the 9th Santa on each of the 8 releases!) & are ready to finish!
I’ve provided a template which is the exact size that was used in the pictured finishes. You just need to grab some matboard, cardboard, batting, ribbon & all of those extra little bits to fully-finish your series!
Please follow my other Flat-Finishing tutorials for guidance on setting up your cut boards, lacing & stitching front to back. Print out this page & adjust as necessary so that the dimensions of the template measure what it should be.
I chose to use ribbon for a hanger & add a secondary bow—it is just put in place with a coordinating ball head pin.
You will need to cut 18 pattern pieces in all to complete all 9 ornaments. I would trace this onto a piece of cardboard & cut to use as a template. This will make your tracing more consistent.
The ladies at Just Another Button Company designed a great new bead to coordinate with my series. Be sure to order them through your local or online shop. They are also available at www.justanotherbuttoncompany.com—10474.G—I’ve provided a few photos to show you how they are attached.
Grab some small red seed beads – I had these red beads in my stash from a former craft shop purchase.
Anchor 2 strands of coordinating red thread (I used the red that was in the series) on the inside of the laced stitching with a knot. Push the needle & thread through the linen so that the point of the needle comes out at the bottom tip of the linen.
Thread the needle through a seed bead, next through the Holly Bead, & finally through another seed bead.
Snug the beads up to the point of the ornament.
Thread the needle back through the Holly Bead and the 1st seed bead. I pushed the threaded needle through the linen close to where you previously came through in the 1st step.
Knot the thread through the linen a few times & trim.
I attached the holly bead to the linen side so that when I laced the front to the back & attached cording, the cording would run behind the bead.
Have fun finishing & be sure to show your finishes using the hashtag — #secretsanta.
Enjoy the stitch,
Cathy, Hands On Design