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Simple Chinese Ornament

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Well, I did another simple sewing of a Chinese Ornament to decorate my pussy willows using silk and a red packet. Unlike the previous Locker Hook Ornament, the process of sewing one of these simple ornaments took only about 10 minutes. If you make a few in one shot by doing batch sewing, the average time spent on them will be shortened.

diy cny ornament

Chinese celebrates Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year for 15 days. Today is the 4th day of the Chinese New Year, and traditionally we don’t visit friends and relatives during the 3rd and 4th days since it is believed that we could get into an argument or have bad luck if we do so.

I was pretty much relaxing at home, munching cookies, cakes, mandarin oranges, and the leftover from the dinner of Chinese New Year’s eve.

quick cny ornament

This design is not confined to only Chinese New Year ornament, you can modify it to suit any festive season of your choice by just changing the material used, eg. red and green fabric with a white snowflake or Christmas tree picture for Christmas, pumpkin or black spider for Halloween, sarees chiffon fabric with a Diwali lamp for Deepavali, batik with a Ketupat or rice cake for Hari Raya, etc., the possibilities are endless.

Hope you find this tutorial useful 🙂

how to decorate for chinese new year


Simple Chinese Ornament

Chinese Ornament

The materials you need to prepare are as follows:
1. Chinese silk, 11.5×11.5 cm or 4.5″x4.5″, 2 pcs.
2. Interfacing, 11.5×11.5 cm or 4.5″x4.5″, 1 pc.
3. Chinese knots and dangle fringe, 1 set
4. A short length of ribbon 1cm width, 2 pcs.
5. Red packet (红包封)

Chinese Ornament

Arrange the ribbons, Chinese knots and dangle fringe as shown.
make a few stitches to secure them in place.

sew Chinese Ornament

Iron the interfacing onto the wrong side of another piece of silk with low heat.
Place it on top with right side facing each other.
Sew them up with 6mm (1/4″) seam allowance.
Leave an opening of about 3cm for turning the work inside out.

Chinese Ornament

Carefully grab and pull the Chinese knots and dangle fringe out from the opening, then pull the rest of the right side out.
Use a pointy but blunt tool to tweak the corner so that it is at a right angle and it looks square.
Iron the work with low heat.

sew Chinese Ornament

Cut the red packet to the correct size and slot it in between the ribbons.
Hang it to decorate 🙂


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Anne Weaver

Wednesday 17th of February 2010

This is fabulous! The Chinese silk is so pretty!!

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing: