I realized I wanted some real-life bacon Christmas ornaments! So, After a few attempts, I came up with a way to make them resemble bacon while making them nice enough to hang on the tree! You can make multiple decorations for your tree, or make one as a Christmas gift to give to a bacon-loving friend! It makes a finished piece about 5 x 2″ with a 3.5″ ribbon to hang it.
- Red Felt
- Color 2 Felt (White, Beige or Pink)
- Red Thread
- Thread that matches Color 2
- Wire (about 18″ per decoration)
- Ribbon (8″ per ornament)
- Print out of this pattern
- Sewing Machine
- Googly Eyes
- Black Beads (for eyes)
- Black Felt (for mouth)
- Fiber Batting
- Liquid Smoke (to give it a nice bacony smell)
- Cut out the six pieces of felt. The red pieces of felt should be about 2.5 inches x 5 or 6 inches. You can use this pattern, or improvise with your own shapes.
Make sure the two red pieces of felt match in shape so that they can be stitched back together.)
- Using Pins to hold them in place, stitch the Color 2 pieces onto the red felt using a overcast stitch. I made the stitch very wide to add to the ripply look of bacon. (Is it weird that I’m getting hungry now?)
Remember to stitch on the right sides of the felt! The pieces should look mirrored after they are stitched.
- Fold your ribbon in half and sandwich it between the stitched pieces of felt. The sides with the stitched designs (the ‘right sides’) should be facing inward. Pin them together.
Make sure to leave the ribbon sticking out a bit to make sure it’s caught by the stitching.
- Stitch the sides and top, and leave the bottom open. Make sure to stitch right through the green ribbon.
Be sure to backstitch the seams so they don’t unravel while you turn it inside out!
- Turn the piece inside out by pulling the ribbon through the bottom.
Try not to stress the opening too much when you turn it inside out.
- Create a rectangle of wire that will fit inside. Make it big enough to stay at the edges.
You can put a bit of cotton batting in to puff the piece a little. If you want to give the ornament a bacon-y scent, put a drop of liquid smoke on the batting and roll it around to distribute it through the fiber before putting it inside.Make sure the wire is twisted and tucked around itself so that it can’t poke or scratch anyone.
- Tuck in the bottom seam and use a ladder stitch to close it. (Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of this step. Here’s some directions on how to do a ladder stitch: http://www.mimidolls.com/DCC-Techniques/ladder/ladder.htm
- Bend and fold the wire and crumple the bacon a bit to give the edges a nice curl.
- All done! If you like, add googly eyes black beads for eyes or ribbon to decorate it a little more.