Pet Photo Ornaments

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By General Crafts Contributor Michelle

Have a very Furry Christmas with these whimsical ornaments of your furry pet friends–great to make for yourself, or as a gift for the animal lover in your life.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

To begin, open the photos of your pet into an editing program so you can print them.  Size them according to how large you would like your final ornaments to be–don’t go too small, or they’ll be hard to sew;  mine are about 4-inches in size.

Print your images onto the photo transfer paper according to the package directions.  Cut out the image of your pet.

Carefully peel the transfer from the backing paper, and position on your fabric.  Using the provided cover paper, and the iron set according to the instructions on the package, apply the transfers to the fabric.

Using your fabric scissors, cut around the images of your pet, leaving 1/2-inch border of fabric clear around the image.

Lay the cut out images on a piece of felt, and cut a piece of felt exactly the same shape for the back of your ornament.

Flip both the fabric, and felt piece over so the right-sides are together.

On your sewing machine, sew around the ornament with a 3/8-inch seam allowence.  Leave a space about 1.5-inches wide so you can turn your ornament right-side out when you’re done sewing.

Before turning them right-side out, trim the seams down a bit, and clip the edges, especially at the curves, to help your seams to be smooth.

Turn your ornaments right side out–I used the eraser end of a pencil to help me.

Stuff your ornaments.

Either stitch the opening in the side shut, or take the easy way out, like me, and hot glue the opening shut.

Now, using felt, fabric scraps, pom-poms, bells, buttons and whatever other supplies you desire, embellish your ornaments.  Give them hats, scarves, ear-muffs, bowties, or just stick with collars.  It’s a well known fact that pets love to dress up–especially cats, they adore wearing costumes.

Using your giant needle, and some twine, sew a loop into the top of each ornament for hanging.

Happy crafting!

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