Pojagi Christmas Countdown – Circle Ornament

The second pojagi project is a flat circle ornament.  For this you will need: light cardboard (like a cereal or cracker box), two small pieces of batting, two 2-1/2″ x 4″ pieces of fabric colour 1, two 2-1/2″ x 2 pieces of fabric colour 2, two 2″ x 2″ pieces of fabric colour 3, Perle cotton size 8.

To begin, find a circle approximately 3″ to use as a pattern.  It could be a cup, bowl, can – anything that you can trace around.  Trace two onto light cardboard and cut them out.  Lay out the fabric pieces in two groups of three.  They should be larger than the circle.  Remember to account for 1/4″ seam allowances and the border.

Join three pieces of fabric using the pojagi seam.  Since you don’t have a full pattern piece to use for a marker, just mark a line 1/4″ from the edge. Join the smaller pieces first and then the larger piece.  You can see that the seam sides have to be straight, but the other sides don’t matter too much.

Join the second three pieces of fabric in a mirror image arrangement.

Cut out a piece of batting the size of the circle.

Lay the batting and cardboard on the back of the pojagi piece and roughly trim off the corners.  There should be at least 1/4″ extending all around the cardboard.  Dot tacky glue around the edge of the circle.

Fold the edges around onto the back and allow to dry.  Clips will help hold it while it dries.

When you are gluing the second one, align the circles so that the seams will match up on the front and back.  Don’t worry about the marks from the wonder clips, they fade quickly.

When done, you should have a front and a back that are mirror images.

The seams should align when you place them together right sides out.

Make a 10″ braid of Perle cotton and tape it to the inside.

Take a length of Perle cotton and knot it.  Bring it up to the edge, leaving the knot on the inside.

Take a stitch directly across both circles, approximately 1/4″ from where the thread came up.

Take a stitch across right above where the thread came up.

Continue stitching, one up and one down.  The stitches will form a braid-like finish around the edge.  When you need to join a new thread, just tuck the end of the thread in between the discs.

Work all the way around the circle and you’re done!

Enjoy hanging this ornament on your tree or use it to decorate a present.

Here are more great Christmas projects:

Samosa Ornament

Book Cover



Diamond Ornament

Round Bag

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