A Christmas orange is a tradition as old as St.Nicholas himself. For many, oranges are the final gift in the toe of a stocking. Others use the aromatic properties in potpourri and garlands. In Florida, oranges are at their prime right around December! To honor this decidedly Christmas fruit, we decided to make it into a felt ornament alongside our Christmas pickle. Let's add a little zest to your tree!
Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 2 hours
Orange Pattern (click to download)
1. Print Orange Pattern onto cardstock and cut out.
2. Trace pattern onto felt and cut out pieces along with one 6" length of elastic cord or string.
3. Begin by arranging Segments onto Pith. Use a small amount of glue in the center of each Segment to hold in place.
4. Use Tangelo thread to whip stitch around each Segment.
5. Position Pith in the center of one Rind. Whip stitch around Pith with Tangelo thread.
6. On remaining Rind, cut a small slit in center of circle. Insert Leaf end and tack in place with Tangerine thread.
7. Put orange front and back together with right sides out. Whip stitch around perimeter with Tangerine thread. Stop before closing to add Polyfil. Do not stuff too firmly - just for shape.
8. Add a small amount of tacky glue to cut ends of elastic cord. Insert into opening before stitching fully closed.
Your Christmas orange is ready to brighten your tree. Happy Holidays!