This hand-stitched pojagi ornament is similar to the Circle Ornament. Both are beautiful projects and a good way to learn a new technique in a project that doesn’t require a huge commitment.
The main challenge of this project is the bias edges, so be careful not to stretch them as you stitch.
Materials and Supplies
You need a small amount of two colours of fabric.
This ornament can be stitched with a variety of fabrics, but make sure it is a fabric that can hold a crease well. Traditional fabrics for pojagi are silk and ramie. This sample is stitched with lightweight linen.
Linen is a great option, because it is easy to find and easy to work with. If you know a dressmaker, you might be able to get some small scraps to use.
Choose the thread to match the fabric used. With the linen, I am using size 8 perle cotton.
Traditionally, a contrasting colour of thread is used and the stitching is part of the design.
A small piece of quilt batting is needed. Any type of low-loft batting will work.
Lightweight cardboard is used to make the templates and the inner frame of the ornament. Anything like an old cereal or cracker box is good.
- Hera marker
Making the template
You will need to make two templates.
One is a 1-1/4″ diamond. The angle is 60*, which is commonly marked on quilting rulers. The second is a 2-1/2″ diamond.
Be sure to label the templates so that you can reuse them in the future.
Cutting the pieces
Place the small template on the fabric so that one of the sides is aligned with the grain.
Trace the template by pushing the hera marker back and forth around the edges.
The hera marker should leave a clear crease of the shape. Trace four diamonds of each colour. Be sure to allow enough space between the pieces to cut with a 1/4″ seam allowance. The crease lines are the stitching lines.
Cut the pieces out, then finger press the creases with a pinching motion to set them into the fabric.
Stitching the diamonds
Join two diamonds of different colours together. Press the seam allowances to the inside, and pin wrong sides together. Align the edges of the seam lines rather than the seam allowances.
Stitch with a traditional pojagi seam.
Repeat so that you have four pairs.
Join two pairs together with the same seam technique, aligning the centre seam.
Repeat to make a second diamond.
After stitching, place the large template on the back of the piece. If any of the fabric stretched, this is a chance to adjust the seam markings so that it is the right shape.
Assembling the ornament
Cut two pieces of lightweight card and batting the size of the large diamond template.
Place a piece of batting on top of one of the card pieces.
Place this on the back of one of the diamonds, with the batting between the card and the fabric.
Fold the edges of the fabric over on the card and glue to hold in place.
Repeat. You should have two identical diamonds.
Make a loop to hang the ornament. This can be just a loop of thread or a braid of thread. Tape it to the top of one of the diamonds to hold in place.
Beginning at the top near the hanger, stitch the two pieces together using the pojagi edge stitch.
Clips are a great way to hold the two pieces together while you are stitching.
Once you’ve stitched the edge, you’re done!
Enjoy this unique ornament for Christmas decoration and more.
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Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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