Welcome to DAY 1 of the Stitch ‘n Kitchen Holiday Blog Tour! We have a jam-packed line-up of super talented bloggers ready to share their favorite holiday tutorials with you. And as a BIG BONUS, they will also be sharing their favorite holiday recipes! This is a blog tour you absolutely won’t want to miss!
To kick things off, I am going to show you how to make a super easy star ornament + my VERY favorite holiday recipe which is zero calories and requires no cooking: Stovetop Simmers!
Let’s get started:
Â 10 Minute Star Ornament
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Making Time: 10 Minutes
- Printable Star
- 2 – 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ fabric of choice (I used Gold Sparkle Deer and Gold Sparkle Damask from the Postcards For Santa Collection)
- 6 1/2″ length of cording or 1/8″ ribbon
- small amount of fiberfill for stuffing the ornament
Step 1. Using the printable Star Template, cut out your fabric star, cutting through 2 thicknesses, so you have a front and back. Here you can see, I cut 4 pieces using two different prints. I will be making 2 ornaments.
Â StepÂ 2. Cut a 6 1/2″ length of cording or 1/8″ ribbon.
Step 3. Loop your ribbon as shown and baste it to the front of one of the fabric stars, with the loop facing toward the middle.
Â StepÂ 4. Place the 2nd star shape on the basted shape, RST (right sides together) and stitch 1/4″ around the perimeter, leaving a 1″ opening for stuffing the star.
Step 5. Trim the corners close to the stitching. Clip the Be careful here, as you do not want to clip the stitching.
Â StepÂ 6. Now reach in through the opening and take hold of the ribbon loop. Gently pull it out, turning the star inside out. With a pointy object like the handle end of a small paintbrush, poke the star tips so they are turned completely right side out.
Â StepÂ 7. Press
Step 8. Stuff with fiberfill. I kept the stuffing very loose. You can stuff the stars as loose or tight as you want. With a needle and thread, stitch the opening closed.Â
That’s all there is to it! You can whip up a bunch of these cute ornaments in no time. If you have a specific color scheme for your tree, you can pick fabrics to match. Easy!
Now for my favorite holiday recipe – okay, it’s not actually food, but it smells amazing! Although I don’t spend a lot of time cooking, I still love for my kitchen and home to smell delicious and inviting. These simmers fit the bill.Â
Holiday Stovetop Simmers
Prep Time: 2 Minutes
Make Time: 2 Minutes
You can mix things up to create whatever smell you like with what you have in your kitchen. Here are the basics that will give you a variety of simmers to try.
1. Fresh pine
3. Apple – I prefer to use a Granny Smith
5. Fresh Cranberries
6. Bay Leaves
7. Star Anise
8. Cinnamon Sticks
9. Whole Cloves
Step 1. Start with the Simmer Base:
I typically use 1-2 Cinnamon sticks, 1-2 tbsp. whole cloves, and 2-3 of the Star Anise in all of my simmers. They create a heavenly holiday smell.
*Note: I would not recommend purchasing the spices in the spice section of your supermarket. You can find them in bulk for a fraction of the price on Amazon and from other online retailers.
Step 2. Add combination of ingredients to create your blend.
Cider Simmer Blend:
In the fall, I like to make my house smell like apple cider. In addition to the base, I will slice in half the granny smith apple. Sometimes I’ll throw in half an orange if I have it on hand.
Cinnamon Citrus Simmer Blend:
If I have extra oranges and lemons on hand, I like to make a citrus simmer. In addition to the base, I had a lemon and orange, sliced in half, and 2-3 bay leaves.
Christmas Tree Simmer Blend:
Â This one might be my favorite. As soon as Thanksgiving is done, it’s time for Christmas at our house! This simmer will have your home smelling like a freshly cut pine tree. If you have a plastic tree like I do, don’t spend a fortune on candles that don’t smell anything like a real tree – this is practically free and smells like the real deal!
In addition to the simmer base, I add some fresh cranberries if I have them, and some fresh pine. I had some fresh pine leftover from our Thanksgiving centerpiece which had dried out. Rather than waste it, I will simmer pieces of it throughout the holiday season. You can just as easily cut some small pieces from a pine tree, if you have them growing in your yard.
Step 3. Simmer & Enjoy!
After creating the simmer blend you want, bring it to a boil. I find that this is the fastest way to unlock the awesome aroma. As soon as it starts to boil, just turn it down to a simmer and enjoy!
Note: Each batch should last you 2-3 days. I save the cinnamon sticks from previous batches and reuse them multiple times before I throw them out.
Follow along with our blog tour for holiday project tutorials and favorite recipes!
12/1 – Riley Blake Designs
12/2 – Simple Simon
12/3 – Mode de Lis
12/4 – Emily Ann’s Kloset
12/5 – A Bright Corner
12/7 – Quiltscapes
12/8 – Life After Laundry
12/9 – Crafting Chicks
12/10 – Melly Sews
12/11 – Choo Choo Skadoo
12/12 – Jedi Craft Girl
12/14 – Polka Dot Chair
12/15 – Sew Like My Mom
12/16 – Sugar Bee Crafts
12/17 – Fort Worth Fabric Studio
12/18 – Messy Jesse
12/19 – Leigh Laurel Studios
12/21 – The Happy Housie
12/22 – The Flannel Queen
12/23 – Riley Blake Designs
12/24 – Riley Blake Designs
12/25 – Riley Blake Designs