My oldest has a new favorite decoration on the tree, and it's so easy and perfect for this time of year. It can be fancy, with ribbons and embroidery and a painted hoop, or a simple appliqué in the middle of a wooden frame. On the tree or on the wall, I love it, and you will too- my shirt ornament:
The mascot was taken from a kindergarten shirt that fell victim to a gym-class time out. While Son One was contemplating his actions, he picked a hole into the front of the shirt. Near the middle, not even at the seam!
Later, he was upset and wanted me to fix it, but I appeased him by cutting out the front with my shears to make a flag for his room. It has languished since then in a basket, along with the R2D2 shirt from my youngest's first Halloween.
So when I found pretty embroidery hoop decorations on Pinterest, I recalled that scrap, and in ten minutes, I had a meaningful addition to our tree. I first centered the piece in the hoop.
Then, I sent a long running stitch of six lengths of thread around the edge. Once the ends of thread met back at the beginning, I was able to pull the hanging cloth together in a bunch behind the hoop. Think closing a bag with a string.
At this point, it could be covered with felt, but an open back (is easier and) allows the cloth to be removed for washing if needed.
And there it is! A four inch hoop, at $0.99, makes a striking ornament that the boys love and that holds a memory that's pretty cute (now).