While I used this Brave tapestry ornament for my Brave inspired tree, you could pretty much use the same directions to feature anything on your Christmas tree: family photos, movie quotes, etc!
On a scale of 1 to 10 this is probably a 3 in degree of difficulty, so you can breeze through it. FYI it goes up to a 4 if you’ve had more than 1.5 glasses of wine. Not that I would know or anything….
Let’s do this.
Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper
Rags for applying the stain
Twine for hanging
Print your images onto Lesley Riley’s TAP Transfer Artist Paper. This stuff is freaking amazing. You can do all sorts of things with it, and it transfers onto all kinds of things (i.e. glass, wood, plastic). You can watch her youtube video to see just how it works. When you’ve printed them, cut them out as close to the image as possible.
* Definitely read the directions about how to print onto this. I pompously just stuck it in the printer, which led to me printing it on the wrong side and wondering what the heck I did wrong. Anyway, if you’re making Brave tapestry ornaments like mine, sign up for my email list to get the printables and all sorts of other free downloads.
Spread your muslin out on your ironing board, and heat your iron to the cotton setting. Lay the printable facedown onto your fabric and run the iron over it. The great thing about this paper is that you cannot over iron. So just iron away!
Once all of your images have been transferred to your fabric, you can cut them out. I wanted a little fabric to stick around the edges of the embroidery hoops, so I opted for squares instead of completely trimming the edges into circles. I also wanted a rough look to match the rustic style of my Brave Christmas tree, so I ripped mine instead of getting a clean edge by cutting it out with fabric scissors. In case you didn’t know, muslin rips fantastically! Snip a little starter where you want to “cut out” and then rip away!
I think these look so good! This is usually the part in my DIYs where I’m so buoyed by my success that the mess I’ve made across various rooms of the house no longer affects me.
Stain your embroidery hoops. You really only need to staying the outer hoop since the inner will be covered by the fabric.
If you’ve never stained anything before, don’t stress. It’s one of those things that seems specialized and tricky, but it’s really not. Open the stain can, stir it really well with a paint stick, then dip your rag (t-shirts work best) into the stain and wipe it where you want the stain to go. Load it up, then use a clean rag to wipe off the excess. Let dry for 24 hours, and you’re good to go.
If you want to keep your stain from rubbing onto fabric add a coat of polyurethane. You can get this in a spray bottle, and that makes the process even easier.
Spread your fabric over the inner embroidery hoop, centering the image. Add the outer hoop over it. Then add back the screw that it came with to tighten it up to perfection!
Add some twine around the embroidery hoop’s screw, and you’ve got a hanger for your ornament!