Manly Hand Print Ornament {from Kenda @ Kenda’s Crafts}

Today is Day 1 of One For the Boys Holiday Edition.  I am so excited that you could join us!  We have some really fabulous, boyish projects lined up for you!  And don’t forget to get in on our One For the Boys GIVEAWAY!
Manly Hand Print Ornament {from Kenda @ Kenda’s Crafts}
Our first guest is Kenda from Kenda’s Crafts.  Kenda is a sewing dinamo who has recently shared some uber cute little boy slippers and teacher gift pouches on her blog.  She is also a girl-after-my-own-heart who uses her little guy’s clothes to create her own patterns and carries on without a zipper foot!  Take it away Kenda!

Hello!!  I am very excited to be part of Heather’s first installment of One for the Boys.  My name is Kenda and I blog over at Kenda’s Crafts.
I am a working mom with a 2-year old boy and another boy due in March.  I love sewing and have recently taken up knitting.  On my blog you’ll find my latest quilting, clothing, crafting, and knitting projects as well as occasional family updates.  

Today I’m going to show you how to make these easy and memorable hand-print ornaments that work great as gifts for grandparents and great-grandparents.  

When putting up the tree this year I found this ornament that my mom made of my hand-print when I was my son’s age.  It is a piece of felt with my name embroidered.  I think its a fun idea, but wanted to boy-ify it a little and make it more sturdy so it doesn’t wrinkle as much.  
Enter the manly (say it in a deep voice) hand ornament.  

1.  Gather your supplies.  For this project you will need:
A. A tracing of your child’s hand.  If you have a squirmy-wormy, like I do, this will  be the hardest part of the whole project.
B. Scrap of batting, about 5″ square.  Make sure it is low-loft, you don’t want it to be too puffy.
C. Fabric for the hand-print.  I am using Kona Cotton in Bluberry to match the ornament body fabric.
D. Fabric for the ornament body.  I am using this manly print from Robert Kaufman’s Suburbia line
E. Heat-n-Bond iron-on adhesive, enough to cover the hand-print.  
F. Scrap of ribbon (not shown), about 6″ long.
G. Fabric marker (not shown) 
2.  Trace the hand-print to the back of the iron-on adhesive.   You will only need one hand-print.  I am making multiples for various family members, so I traced six.

3.  Iron adhesive onto the hand fabric and cut out hand.  
4.  Measure the hand-print to determine the longest length.  You will use this to determine how large the ornament body needs to be.  Add 1/2″ to your longest measurement.  That will be the size of your square ornament body.  My son’s hand length is approximately 4.5″ long.  Add on the seam allowance and I used 5″ for the ornament body size.  

5.  Cut out two 5″ squares from the manly fabric and one 5″ square from the batting.  
6.  Iron hand-print to one of the manly squares on the diagonal.

7.  Sew the hand to the square.  You can do this with several different stitches.  I used a simple straight stitch for this.  You can also use a blanket stitch, satin stitch, or zig-zag stitch.  They all basically do the same thing.   The ornament won’t be facing a lot of wear-and-tear so it doesn’t need to be secured like Fort Knox.  However, if this were going on a garment that will get washed and worn, you would want to zig-zag the edges.  Straight-stitch is easier for all the curves and I’m ok with a little fraying.  To help get around the tight curves of the fingers, lower the stitch-length on your machine.  I lowered mine to one.  With a shorter stitch-length your machine isn’t advancing as far with each stitch so it is easier to control where it goes.  
8.  Fold the ribbon in half and baste ends to the top-corner of the hand-print square.  After basting, pin the ribbon the square so that it does not get in the way when sewing the edges.

9. Place the two manly squares right-sides together.  Place the squares on top of the batting square (wrong side of manly square on top of batting).  
10.  Pin layers together and sew 1/4″ from the edge around the square.  Be sure to leave an opening for turning on one side.

11. Trim the corners.  This will make it easier to push the corners out and they will be more square rather than rounded.  
12.  Turn the square and fold the opening in.

13.  Top stitch the opening closed and continue around the square.  
14.  With the fabric pen, write the year on the hand-print.  You may also choose to write your child’s name and age.  
15.  Make half-a-dozen more and enjoy!
Thanks so much for having me!  Please stop by Kenda’s Crafts anytime and say hi!
What a fabulous gift idea!  Thanks for the awesome tutorial Kenda! Be sure to stop by Kenda’s Blog to check out all of the fun projects she’s been working on .

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