[bells jingling] Merry Christmas!
Today’s video I’m going to be showing you how to do punch needle and I
actually made mine into an ornament once it was finished. So the supplies that
you’ll need to make this are: a punch needle tool and a threader, floss of your
thread color choice, scrap fabric of some kind. I used white muslin because my
overall project had a white background and that way it won’t show through. So if
you want to do something with a dark background probably use a dark fabric
just so that it doesn’t show through. An embroidery hoop is very helpful for
punch needle. Probably very necessary, too. Backing fabric if you want to make yours
into an ornament pillow like I did mine. A knitting needle for turning the
corners and making the corners nice and sharp.
I used a rotary ruler and a rotary cutter when I cut out my finished
project. Masking tape or some kind of tape to secure your floss to a table if
you want to make a twisted cord like I did. Hand sewing thread and sewing needle.
You might want pins. I used “Fabrifix’ for the back of my punch
needle so that the threads wouldn’t come undone where they stopped and where they
start. I used my hot glue gun to help affix my cord to my finished ornament.
Let’s get started! Cut off a piece of your scrap fabric and we are going to
center that into our hoops and then we’re going to draw our backwards design
on our scrap fabric because you’re actually going to be working from the
back. So you can copy off a coloring page, Google something with clipart, it’s up to
you. Once you have your design picked out you can either use a pencil or some
other kind of marking tool to mark it out on your fabric, but make sure it’s
backwards. Don’t forget about that and then you’ll work from the back. So I’m
just going to mark off my little picture right now. I’m going to do some holly
leaves with a little bit of berries. I’m just going to darken in these lines that
I have now and then I’ll put the little piece in the center for the holly. Now we’re going to thread our punch
needle and I like to use three strands. And I’m going to use Ultra Punch on the
shortest length. I’m gonna put that back in just so that I don’t bend the tip.
When working with punch needle you want to work with the smallest details first
so I’m going to do the outline of the holly leaves and the inner lines of the
holly leaves. So I’m going to do that with my dark green. When you’re
separating your threads they will not get as tangled if you separate them one
strand at a time. I went ahead and separated all six of my strands. So
here’s my other three that are separated into threes. Now we’re going to set the
length, if you have an optional length punch needle, and then to thread it
we’re going to take our little threader and go up the barrel all the way out
until it pokes out here. Thread your three strands or however many strands
you would prefer to work with through the threader and then you’ll pull this
through. Now you’re gonna pull this back just a little bit so we can thread it
through the eye of the punch needle and you want to go from the front to the
back. So thread it through the eye, separate
that, and pull your thread through there and then you’ll pull it through the eye. So we are gonna come- and this is like-
I’ve heard it described as a little squirrel. This is a little squirrel’s tail
and he does not need to step on his tail that would hurt because if you step on
his tail your thread could break and we want to keep our threads nice and strong.
So I’m gonna go down, hold onto my thread and come back up. Move forward just a
little bit and go back down and I will just follow along this line until I get
back to this other end. And then if I want to move in a
different direction I’ll spin my hoop but keep my needle in the same direction.
You always want to move forward or diagonally forward away from your thread.
Here’s what it looks like on the other side and it will fill in more once we
fill in the lighter green. Now I’ve gotten to my berry so I’ll pull my punch
needle out and hold on to that thread there, pull it good long tail out and
then we’re going to trim leaving a good tail. Right like that. Now that I have all
of my small detailing done for each of my colors I’m going to go back and fill
in the lighter green, the lighter red, and then I’ll draw a box around and fill in
with white. I also added a small piece, you may not be able to see, just one
little punch of white so that there would be a little bit of definition
between the berries. Here is a little bit of my progress. I’m working on the white right now and
my thread just ran out. And instead of having split, like a non-loop, instead of
having a non loop on the end, what I do is I just pull out the last one that I
did. Making sure that I get all three and then that way I make sure that it looks
nice on the front. Here it is it’s all finished. I’m going to trim off these
extra bits and then glue. And then while that’s drying I’ll trim off the pieces
that are sticking up a little bit too much and then I’m going to cut a blue
piece the same size as this. Stitch that probably on my sewing machine and then
stuff it and hang it on my tree. You don’t have to glue the whole entirety of
your project. Mostly just where you have ends that would come undone possibly or
that they’re sticking up. You can’t go wrong with more glue as long as you let
it dry before you stitch it and stuff it. So a fast drying glue is definitely your
best bet. This stuff is great it’s like liquid hot glue and you don’t have to
worry about heat it’s called Fabrifix. Now I’m going to cut out my backing fabric
and I’m actually going to do four inches just so that there will be a good amount
of seam allowance when I’m trying to sew it to my punch needle project. So I’m
just gonna cut out a four by four square. I decided that I’m going to use red,
white, and green for my twisted hanger. So I have twice
the length that I would like and now I’m just going to tie a knot at the top of
it and then I will start twisting it and make it into my cord If you’d like a
more detailed tutorial on the cord I’ll leave that link down in the description
for you. Oh look how cute this turned out. Here I have marked the center of each of
the sides and I’m going to trim this to four inches. So now my backing piece and
my punch needle are the same size. So now I know I can go along with a 3/4 inch
seam allowance when I sew my two pieces together. And make sure that you have
right sides together. When you sew around your edges make sure that you leave a
space to stuff it if you are going to stuff it.
You’ll stuff it and close it up by hand. As you can see I’m using my zipper foot
so I can get nice and close to my punch needle design and I’m actually just
gonna come down to this corner and then stop and then that will be my hole to
pull through. And I started back up here just to see if it was working and I may
end up taking this out as well so that I would have a good distance to push the
project right side out. I also have my cord tucked in here. Right
in there. So I’m gonna go ahead and take those little threads out that I wasn’t
sure if the hole would be big enough because the punch needle is a little bit
thicker than I was expecting. So here’s our little cord it’s now free and now
I’m going to trim around these edges so that it will turn more nicely. And make
sure that you’re also cutting your corners so that those will lie nice and
straight after they are all finished. I’m gonna leave my cord just so that it
stays anchored where I want it to. But other than that I’m cutting nice and close.
So now we are going to push this through and turn it right side out. I didn’t get
perfectly close but that’s okay my fabric was white and my thread was white
so I’m pretty happy with how that turned out.
Now I’m going to use a knitting needle so that I can push my corners out so
that they are nice and crisp. I also made my cord long enough so that
I can hot glue it to the edges like this and then I also made it long enough so
that there is enough to hang it with. I have my little punch needle
pillow thing stuffed and turned and now I’m just going to hand stitch my little
opening closed and then we’ll hot glue this in place. I’m mostly focusing on
covering my seam line as you can tell but it helps- it also helps to disguise
where we didn’t quite get up to the punch needle. Now that we’ve gotten back
to the top I’m just going to fold this over and apply a little bit more hot
glue and then we’ll be finished. Thank you so much for joining me today for
another Christmas Crafts and Chats. I hope you’re punch needle ornament
turned out just like you wanted it to. I hope I get to see you again tomorrow for
another Christmas Crafts and Chats. Merry Christmas! [music]

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