Chinese New Year Ornaments

Updated: Feb 7

Whip up this quick and easy ornament that fits right in with the rest of your Chinese New Year decorations!




MATERIALS


I have used this traditional Chinese indigo-dyed cloth (a form of Chinese batik) leftover from my Chinese New Year table runner project. It had these infinity knot motifs all over. It was these motifs that I used as the shape of my ornaments. You can of course use any woven fabric you like. If your fabric does not have specific motifs to cut out, you could just decide on any shape ornaments you want!


For the tassels, I have made my own. You could purchase ready-made tassels from craft stores or online shopping platforms. If you are reading this from Malaysia, Shopee and Lazada have plenty for sale in various colours and lengths. This being a last minute project for me, I just wasn't keen on the wait for shipping, so I made my own. Here's an excellent tutorial by Robert Mahar on how to make your own tassels.


I have also used the same red strings I used in my tassels for the connectors and the loop. You could also use red ribbons, bias binding or even lace!


Materials Used in this Project.

I didn't actually end up using any of those ribbons.



To check out what other things you can sew for the Chinese New Year, see this post.

STEP 1: CUT OUT SHAPES


Trace the shape of your motif to create a template using a piece of card.


Using the template, cut out front and back pieces. You will need 3 pairs.



STEP 2: PREPARE LOOP, CONNECTORS & TASSEL


Prepare a loop, two connectors and your tassel. The connectors should be knotted at both ends, while the loop and tassel should be knotted where they will be sewn to an ornament piece. These knots keep the connectors firmly attached to the ornament pieces after sewing.

My connectors ended up looking too long after I have sewn everything together, so I created a knot in the mid section of each connector to shorten it. It turned out looking great, so I'd recommend you create this third mid-section knot on purpose as a design element before you sew it all together. It was a pain trying to knot them after they've been sewn together.

Recommended to Create A Third Knot at the Mid-Section for Aesthetics




STEP 3: SEW TOP PIECE WITH LOOP AND FIRST CONNECTOR


STEP 3.1: Start with a pair of front and back pieces, your loop and the 1st connector.


STEP 3.2: Place loop upside down on the right side of the back piece.


STEP 3.3: Place front piece on top, right sides together, sandwiching the loop.


STEP 3.4: Sew loop in place.


STEP 3.5: Flip front piece up and place 1st connector on the right side of back piece.


STEP 3.6: Flip front piece back down to sandwich the 1st connector, and sew it in place.


STEP 3.7: Sew all around.


STEP 3.8: Cut a slit on the BACK piece.

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