I asked one of my favorite artists, Tamar Mogendorff, to design a cute craft project for Sweet Paul’s readers. She came up with these beautiful ornaments for you all. Tamar’s one-of-a kind soft sculptures are a sight to behold. They are all handmade out of fabric and thread.


Q&A With Tamar:


Why do you work with textiles?
It was always materials that came handy—old cloths, old curtains, towels… and there was always a needle and a thread, and so I made objects, dolls, and other stuff from textiles. Now I am enjoying the endless world of textiles. It gives me endless
opportunities, and it inspires me.


What is your favorite childhood holiday memory?
We used to celebrate Hanukkah, and every year we cut colorful transparent paper (like cellophane) and glued it with margarine on the windows: menorahs, candles, dreidel, and abstract patterns. It was so beautiful at night, walking around and seeing all the colors and shapes in the light. We would also take grapefruit and cut out shapes, put a handle on the side, and place a candle inside. Making these would take the darkness away. It is the holiday of light, after all.


Any ornament-making tips you can give our readers?
Don’t try to make your ornaments perfect. Try different sizes, fabrics, colors—go with your feelings. But mainly: have fun, enjoy the making. Happy holidays!

 

DOWNLOAD TEMPLATES HERE:

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For the Star and Moon ornament, you will need:

printed templates

2 kinds of fabric, for the back and the front

needle & thread

scissors

cotton filling



For the nut, you will need:

printed template

3 kinds of fabric, 2 for the front and 1 for the back

needle & thread

scissors

cotton filling

gold sewing thread

  1. For the star, cut out the template and pin the 2 parts to your fabrics. Cut out your shape.
  2. Sew the front to the back. Remember to leave a small hole so you can get the filling in.
  3. Fill the ornament and sew up the hole.
  4. Add some thread to make a loop so you can hang your star.
  5. Y ou can also make a simple stitched face and add some silver threads on the ends of the star.
  6. For the moon, cut out the template and pin the 2 parts to your fabrics. Cut out your shape.
  7. Sew the front to the back. Remember to leave a small hole so you can get the filling in.
  8. Fill the ornament and sew up the hole.
  9. Add some thread to make a loop so you can hang your moon.
  10. For the nut, cut out the template and pin the 2 front parts to your fabrics. Cut out your shape.
  11. Pin the 2 front parts to the back fabric and cut out the back.
  12. Use the needle and thread and sew the 2 front parts together.
  13. Sew the front to the back. Remember to leave a small hole so you can get the filling in.
  14. Fill the ornament and sew up the hole.
  15. Use gold thread and sew on the “V”s onto the top part of the nut.
  16. Add some thread to make a loop so you can hang your nut.

TIP:

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I asked one of my favorite artists, Tamar Mogendorff, to design a cute craft project for Sweet Paul’s readers. She came up with these beautiful ornaments for you all. Tamar’s one-of-a kind soft sculptures are a sight to behold. They are all handmade out of fabric and thread.
Photography by Kristin Gladney

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