Need cute & quick ornament or gift? How about an Elf Shoe Ornament? I was looking for a quick but cute ornament to give this year and this is it!
This design is not by me, but it's so cute I had to share since it is a free & shareable pattern. Here's where I found it: http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/2007/11/ears-to-your-el.html
I resized the jpg pattern (which you can get from the link above) and made mine 4.25in / 10.8cm long, measuring flat from heel to pointy toe on the Sole piece. Note, cutting 2 of each pattern piece will give you a pair of Elf Shoes. I cut one of each piece out of red, one of each out of green, and then mixed the pieces to get the ornaments above. I used Dark Green & Cranberry synthetic Felt, Dark Gold Glossy Thread and a simple whip stitch, Gold tone Jingle Bells on jump rings, a loop of Black Ribbon is straight stitched at the heel to put the hook through and matte silver toned 'S' hooks (wish I had gold tone!) to hang them.
You can do a blanket stitch, add more embellishments, use different colors, double layer in contrast colors to make it even sturdier & "flashier", etc. I made myself keep them as simple as possible so I don't spend forever on them and then not have them ready for Christmas.
Having the twisted sense of humor that we do, my husband suggested making a severed foot or bloody sock to stick out of the shoes for that "dark" feel but, um, I don't think the family will get it. They'd probably call in the men that bring you the extra long sleeved buckling white jackets that are so NOT meant as a fashion statement, if you know what I mean. I am considering embroidering initials on them though but that will have to wait until they're all done. That's nice and "normal" right? We'll see, we'll see.
Ok off to make more! :D