Christmas In July With StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts

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Welcome to the Christmas in July Blog Hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts. I’m so excited you are here!

It is a little hard to think about Christmas when it’s almost 100 degrees outside, but the Holidays will be here before you know it. So why not stay out of the heat and have fun making some Christmas crafts.

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I am a bit of a vintage and thrift store junkie, and I love combining old and new in my decorating and my art. Today I’m going to show you how to make this charming vintage style Christmas Tree wall decor. When I go thrift store shopping I have a few things that I always look for. One of those being vintage embroidery hoops. There is just something heartwarming and comforting about these simple little wooden hoops that just makes me smile. I think the memories of my grandmother and I working on stitching projects together has something to do with the attachment.

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For this project I decided to use this awesome oval embroidery hoop that I had in my stash of hoops. Embroidery hoops make great frames that you can change out for the seasons. This is a simple and quick project that will add handmade charm to your Christmas decor.

Let’s get started!

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Supplies Needed

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Step 1: Cut the background fabric to be about 1.5″- 2″ larger than your hoop. You can leave it square for now. We will trim it at the end.

Step 2: Trace the inside of the hoop onto the canvas fabric with a pen or pencil.

Step 3: Draw hash marks 1″-2″ inside the circle or oval that you just traced to form a smaller circle or oval. This is going to be the smaller piece of canvas fabric that you will do your stencil art on. I measured in 2″ because I wanted 2″ of the vintage fabric to show. You can adjust your measurements to your liking.

Step 4: Cut along the hash marks.

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Step 5: Using the Green Apple Marker from the Gemstone Set and the Antennas Stencil color in the “trunk” and “limbs”. Leave off the top ones as shown.JoyChristmasTree6-JunqueArtStep 6:  Color in the “ornaments” with the Cherry Pink Marker from the Gemstone Set. Skip the top branch but color in the very top one.

Step 7:  Your tree should look like this.

Step 8:  Using the Broken Circles Stencil over lay one of the broken circles over the top dot that you colored in Step 6. Using the Cherry Pink Marker color in the broken circle.

Step 9:  Your tree should look like this.

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Step 10: Add details around every other “ornament” with the Cherry Pink Marker.

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Step 11: Paint inside the Broken Circle with All Purpose Ink in White.

Step 12: Paint under the tree with the white ink.

Step 13: Paint the word “Joy” with the All Purpose Ink in White.

Step 14: Outline the word “Joy” with the Cherry Pink Marker.

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The canvas piece is all finished. Let’s move to the next steps.

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Step 15: Center your canvas piece in the middle of the hoop. Tack down to background fabric with a glue stick to hold in place.

Step 16: Thread an embroidery needle with embroidery floss to match your project.

Step 17: Straight stitch around the edge of the canvas piece. Add a seed bead to every other stitch. The stitches don’t have to perfect. We are going for a handmade vintage look which mean “perfectly imperfect”.

Step 18: Add a seed bead to the top of the tree .

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Step 19: Insert the finished fabric piece into the hoop and adjust the tightness. Trim the fabric around the hoop leaving enough to fold over the edge.

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Step 20: Fold over the edge of the fabric to the inside of the hoop. If you want to be able to switch the fabric piece out for different seasons then you can just tape the fabric edges to the hoop. Not pretty but it works and it won’t show. If you want the fabric to be a permanent piece in the hoop you can use craft glue to adhere the fabric to the hoop.

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And now you are all done and ready to hang it up for Holidays.

Thanks so much for stopping by on the hop! I hope you enjoyed this little vintage style Christmas project. Be sure and visit all the blogs in the hop for a chance to win $100! All the details are below.

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What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We’ll be picking one lucky winner to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.

Blog Hop Order

July 9:
StencilGirl Talk
Mary C. Nasser
Kristie Taylor
Karen Gaunt
Neva Cole
Nadine Carlier
Monica Edwards

July 16:
StencilGirl Talk
Janet Joehlin
Cindy Gilstrap – YOU ARE HERE
Anna Friesen
Alison Heikkila
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson

July 23:
StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN! One comment per blog please.

You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

The winner will be notified by email and announced on StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

Happy Hopping & Creating!

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41 thoughts on “Christmas In July With StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts

  1. Oh WOW Cindy, thanks for a great tutorial! This is beautiful! I love how you added the beads to your stitching, SO pretty!

  2. Sweet! I own some fabric markers..will try them with stencils. Thank you for the inspiration and tutorial!

  3. I love incorporating old and new too. And this is a great way to do it. Thanks for the idea.

  4. Love your clever tree design in the hoop frame! Fun project and great choice of the stencil for the tree design!

  5. Love how you run this lengthwise rather than
    crosswise.
    Makes for an interesting piece – even though
    it was that already after you designed it.
    thanks for sharing.

  6. Very Cute. Also learned about products that I have never used before. THANKS!
    cbfigiel(at)gmail(dotcom)

  7. Oh Cindy! Your ‘artsy eyes’ found a tree in the most unexpected stencil, imho, anyway. this project turned out so darling! Thanks for being in the blog hop!

  8. The “old world” feel of this project is so heart-warming! Adding the word JOY is a special reminder of how special the Christmas season is…it all makes me smile! Great work!

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