Over the years, I remember my mother talking about their first Christmas tree. They were in a little apartment, had been married for just a few months, and didn’t have a lot to spend on their first little tree. She always remembered that, and from the time we were little, they gave us and our children special ornaments to remember each Christmas.
They have been married over 57 years now, and they have their own collection of special ornaments they have received from their children and grandchildren. There are still ornaments on their tree with pictures of our kids when they were only a few years old. We have so many ornaments now as parents and now grandparents, that we don’t have enough room to hang them all – but we try!
In our 32 years together, we have given each other special ornaments based on special interests and memories. When we travel on vacations, we find an ornament to hang on our tree. My husband loves to fish, so there are lots of fish on our tree!
For our grandson’s first Christmas, his grandpa and I were overwhelmed with all the wonderful ideas and ways we could celebrate his first! Ideas exploded on Pinterest, Google+, and all over the internet on blogs and other websites for homemade ornaments and handprints and footprints! It was hard deciding what to try!
One of my friends has been sharing adorable felt craft ideas from her book, so I was interested in something I could embroider and personalize. Through the Pinterest boards, I found a onesie pattern that was similar to a porcelain ornament I had seen. I liked the idea of personalizing the design. The original idea came from Crystal Joyner of “Edge of Clarity” on Etsy. She had a great idea and pattern which I just tweaked a little for our little grandson. Check out her other products and ideas!
Baby’s First Christmas Onesie Ornament
Step 1: I used white felt to cut out two pieces of the onesie shirt shape.
Step 2: I centered and embroidered my grandson’s name and birthday at the lower end of the shirt in blue thread.
Step 3: I embroidered a light string in green thread at the top of the shirt.
Step 4: I spaced out “Christmas light bulbs” enough to embroider the letters of his name. I used primary colors to make multicolored “lights”.
Step 5: I embroidered the light bulbs in alternating colors, and then used opposite colors to embroider the letters of his name in the bulbs.
Step 6: I cut out patches of cloth from my old flannel maternity shirt I had made when pregnant with my own children. I used 3 small pieces of that cloth to stuff and shape the ornament after the embroidery was done.
Step 7: I used a blanket stitch in blue thread to stitch the edges of the shirt together.
Step 8: I added a little red thread to the “collar” area of the shirt to use as a hanging thread to hang on the tree.
For a little girl, you could use pink or purple thread around the edges, or pick out any colors that are appropriate for your little baby!
Now it was ready to give to his parents to hang on their first tree as a family!