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States: Felted Ornaments

For my crafty gift this year, I made five state ornaments: Arkansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Georgia and Wisconsin. It was fun to customize the individual ornaments by placing a heart over the area where each person is currently living.

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The ornaments were made with a combination of hand sewing and machine sewing. After cutting out the states, I used the sewing machine to sew right near the edge of the shape. The small hearts were also sewn on by machine. Added some stuffin' and finished them off with a blanket stitch edge which gave them a homey look. I was pleased to find a use for my red and white sting (gotta love the dollar section at Target.)

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Minneapolis, MN and Saginaw, MI

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Madison, WI and Savannah, GA

My MIL loved her Michigan ornament. She commented that it would be great to have the year sewn onto the backside. Doh! I always forget to do that. 

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I was so busy getting these finished and wrapped up, that I forgot to make a extra WI ornament for our tree. Maybe I'll whip one up tonight while watching a Poirot episode. Take a look at the woodland felt ornaments I made last Christmas. 


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