Over the last few years, I have become increasingly obsessed with felt ornaments. This year was the second year I participated in a felt ornament swap with friends. For my swap recipient, I made a Gingermelon Tiny Mouse wearing a Santa hat and holding a gift. I love, love, love Gingermelon patterns; they are all so adorable and detailed. This pattern has several options for mouse accessories and I want to make them all. I dragged my daughter into my mouse obsession and she made the cutest little Christmas mouse holding a swaddled kitten. (This was her Supernatural watching project.)
And I have another one in the works. I started it for my youngest daughter for a stocking stuffer, but switched projects at the last minute. I suddenly stalled out on the mouse when I accidentally made two left sides of the face. Once I remedy that, I only have the head to make and attach to finish it. This one will be on our Christmas tree; the other two mice were given to friends.
Rather than gifting a tiny mouse to my youngest, I ended up making a little panda. This was a much faster project than the mouse, and so much fun.
I made my 12 year old a felt guinea pig to match her guinea pig Fluffy. I spent a lot of time trying to match the Fluffy's color placement. The pattern I used is a free pattern from Cali Cavy Collective. The pattern is just perfect - the only change I made is that I used 10mm safety eyes rather than felt circles, which adds to the kind of bug-eyed wild look guinea pigs always seem to have.
For my sloth loving daughter, I drafted a little three-toed sloth pattern. It turned out so much cuter than I expected. The little toes and tree branch are my favorite.
I was so surprised to receive two ornaments in the felt ornament swap. They are so very perfect and look fantastic on my tree; a male and female cardinal pair.
Overall, I wish I had more time to make more felt ornaments to gift, but I am so pleased with how they turned out. Next year, less stockings and more ornaments.