Thursday, November 8, 2012

Advent Swap-Mini ornaments/Flying Soft Balls

Bits of Goodness has a number of swaps going on right now and I participated in the Advent one.  Advent is a 4 week season celebrated by Christians in December as they await the birth of Jesus.  In Europe there is a strong tradition of Advent calenders that are opened on the 24 days before Christmas.  The calendar might be 2-D and little doors are opened to show  a little photo or 3-D and small gifts are hidden in pockets of a wall hanging or something similar.

I made these for the swap.  I am making some for my Etsy shop but they will have beads.

They measure about 2.5 inches across and hang about 7 inches long.   They can either be an ornament of a soft flying ball suitable for inside play.  No breakage when the ball lands!

Here are the cut out shapes-6 in all for each ornament.

When I sewed with young children in my Waldorf Kindergarten I would use the larger shapes on the left- much easier for preschoolers.  Boys in particular liked to sew these because they were making an action toy.


When stitching and beading let your fancy take you.  In other words play with design.


 Finished ornament for Etsy:

 Linking up with:

Frontier Dreams - Keep Calm Craft On
Brighton Park - The HIP (Holiday Ideas Party)

Happy Whimsical Hearts
needle and thREAD
Friday's Nature Table 
Creative Friday 
Sharing Saturday 
Sharing Creative Ideas 
Eco-Kids Tuesday

Marigolds' Loft  
Waldorf Wednesday


  1. Replies
    1. Oh thanks, I loved the feather on your latest post! Also the walk through the woods photo. Thanks for visting.

    2. I love these balls, they are easy to make and for me a good inspiration for teaching my pupils at primary school! Thank you for that! Have a good week and greetings from Germany! Sabine.

    3. Glad you could use this with children! The turtle on your blog is very cute. Thanks for visiting from Deutschland.

  2. A lot of work there! Very pretty!

    1. I like hand sewing and embroidery so it's not so much work. Not like dusting!

  3. So sweet, great idea. Thanks for linking up on Tutorial Thursdays.

  4. Oh, these are so wonderful! I hope I'll get one :)

  5. You make them look so easy, I'm going to give one a try to see if my sewing abilities are good enough! ;o) Lucky swap partners!
    ~ joey ~

    1. You know what they sy, practice makes perfect. You could do them on a sewing machine but it would still entail some hand sewing to close them up. And then you could not bead them.

  6. Adorable! I love these, and I never thought to use making action toys as a motivation for young boys. Thank you for sharing on Eco Kids.

    1. Yes, I was always trying to engage the boys in handcrafting something that was meaningful to them. Thanks for hte compliments!

  7. Hi Karen, You Christmas ornaments are beautiful. I love the beading, really pretty. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Ali x

  8. That's beautiful! Such a great gift to give for the holidays. Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

  9. These balls are great! I featured them on my blog today. Thanks for sharing at the Eco-Kids Link-Up!

    1. Thanks so much for featuring me. I very much appreciate it!

  10. These are wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  11. A very nice informational blog. Keep on making such important blog post. Your work is really being appreciated by someone. teddy bears for babies

  12. These are beautiful! I especially love the extra touch of the beads.

    Thanks for linking up on Waldorf Wednesday. I hope we'll see you back this week! Feel free to add multiple links since we were off last week.

  13. Those are adorable!! Hi! I'm your newest follower and was kinda maybe sorta hopin' that you'd hop on by my blog and follow me back!!



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