Thursday, November 3, 2011

Lollipop Ornaments

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This pattern is now available (along with several other free patterns) as a PDF download from my Craftsy Pattern Shop HERE.

I've been looking forward to making a sweet shop themed Christmas tree for our dining room this year. Here are a couple of ornaments that I made to put on it. I made them when the kids were little but this time I slipped them in little bags and I like the effect. 

To make 6 lollipops, you will need:

1/4 yard of red (thin) striped fabric
6 - 6" lollipop sticks
6 - 3 3/4" x 6" clear treat bags
6 - 14" pieces of ribbon (red, green, or white)
6 - 5/8" to 1" buttons (red or white)
1 sheet of white card stock
Craft glue or a hot glue gun
Heavy or metallic thread for hanger
Red or white sewing thread

Misc items: needles, scissors, pencil, ruler

1. Iron your fabric. Cut out 6 - 6 1/4" circles from the red and white striped fabric and 6 - 2 3/4" circles from the card stock. You can make a pattern of these circle sizes or you can raid your kitchen cabinets and find a bowl or lid that will be the exact dimensions for you to trace around. Be sure to draw your tracings on the wrong side of the fabric.



2. Thread your needle with enough thread to go around your circle and make a knot. If you are using all purpose thread you will want to double it so it will have more strength when you gather. If you are using a heavy thread such as a button or craft thread, you won't need to double. Be sure to watch for knots as you stitch. Turn the outer edge of your fabric circle about 1/4" to the wrong side. Begin stitching and turning the edge under as you go. Make your stitches at least 1/4" long and that same distance apart. I found that if your stitches are too close together, your hole in the center will be too big. Stitch all the way around your circle. When you get to the end, begin gathering up your stitching. Slip your 2 3/4" piece of card stock inside then continue gathering until you have closed the "yo yo." Be gentle so you don't break your thread. You will have a tiny hole in the center. Tie off and clip threads.


 3. Make a tiny 1/4" slit in the bottom of your yo yo. I like to make mine so that the stripes on the back will be up and down when hanging. Drop a dab of glue in the center of your yo yo onto the card stock beneath. Slip your lollipop stick up through the little slit you just made until it reaches the glue, let dry. Run some glue along the gathered edge of the hole and place the button on top of that. This is the part where I hot glued a button onto my thumb. I would not recommend doing this. It hurts.



4. Slip the clear treat bag over your lollipop and tie in place with a piece of ribbon. Make a bow and then cut trim the tails at an angle.

5. Cut about 10" of heavy or metallic thread. Thread a large eyed needle. Bring the needle through along the upper edge of the lollipop (about 1/2" wide stitch). Be sure to go through the fabric and the plastic because the plastic will not be strong enough to hold the ornament and will eventually break through. Tie a knot in the string so that you have about a 3" hole to use for hanging. Trim excess thread close to know.

29 comments:

  1. those are so cute. Your tree is going to be adorable with those

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  2. These are so adorable! Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I can't wait to see your tree.

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  3. These are so cute, and a sweet shop themed tree sounds luscious! I think my hubby would want real treats on it though. I can't wait to see your tree!

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  4. If I told you when I first glance I thought they were real lollipops would you laugh??? They are so cute, excellent ornaments. I'm a new follower, I would love a visit whenever you have a chance. http://decoratingwcents.blogspot.com

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  5. Really cute, Sher! The treat bags really make them seem real.

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  6. Those are so cute Sher! Thanks for sharing the tutorial and I am looking forward to seeing your 'Sweet Tree'!!

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  7. THose are cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial too!

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  8. Adorable! (I like your "Eat Ham" turkey, too.)

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  9. That was a fabulous tutorial, can't wait to try it:) Have a great weekend:)

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  10. This is such a great idea. Very cool! Visiting from Blogging Buddies~Cindy

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  11. This is so cute! I hope we are able to see your tree when it is decorated--it sounds like it is going to be great.

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  12. Oh how easy and fun this would be! Thanks for letting us know not to glue the button to our thumb, lol!! When I'm using hot glue, I always end up gluing something to my fingers!

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  13. Great tutorial.... I guess it's time to start thinking about Christmas.

    Found you on the Blogging Buddies Forum.
    Cheers!

    Carla

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  14. Very cute! You could even just attach a basic yo yo to the top. Very cool.

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  15. GREAT tutorial. Very cute idea. Can't wait to see your tree.

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  16. Your lollipops are adorable! Great tutorial too!

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  17. These turned out SO cute! I can't wait to see the whole tree!
    Thanks for the instructions :)

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