Life itself IS the proper binge.
Use this pattern and make your own Julia Child "Life itself is the proper binge" ornament/wall hanging out of felt. Perfect for your kitchen, your tree, your office, your life, etc.
Hang it proudly and remind yourself of the fabulously fearless Julia Child--and to put more butter into your recipe. Makes a great gift for a friend or project for a craft night.
When you finish your project it will be ~4.23" round.
Note: These instructions are cut out all, then glue all at the end. You may also glue as you go—that’s if you might
be interrupted while you work and are worried about misplacing pieces.
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You Will Need
Print out this PDF—instructions and pattern.
Cut out all paper pattern pieces—only cut outlines except where marked (other lines inside the piece are
guides for stitch detail).
Cut out approximate-sized pieces of felt in noted colors/quantities for each pattern piece (I find it better to
have smaller pieces to work with before taping).
Tape down pattern pieces to felt in the colors indicated on the pattern—being careful not to tape over places
where you’re going to do stitch detail. This step is technically optional—you don’t have to tape—but your life
will be so much better for it.
Cut one piece of ribbon/rick-rack for ornament hanging. (Optional! Approx 6” long, though this is up to you.)
Cut out one large dark blue background circle.
Re-tape the circle pattern piece on another piece of dark blue felt and cut that out as well.
Using the backstitch (shown below), and black thread (2 strands), stitch lettering onto the smaller light grey
circle piece. Use your paper pattern as a guide. Smaller stitches are better for looks and pattern removal.
(For tips on stitching letters—see here: http://craftsubversive.blogspot.com/2017/03/techniques-stitchlettering.html)
Stitch the inner circle dash detail onto the circle using 6 strands of medium blue thread.
Cut out the circle you just stitched and carefully remove paper pattern. Set aside for now.
Using the backstitch, stitch detailing onto the face/body piece. This is fine work, so in most cases you’ll
separate out and use only 2 strands of your 6 strand embroidery floss.
• Nose detail— 2 strands of black thread
• Eye lid detail—2 strands of black thread
• Tongue detail—2 strands of black thread
• Chin—2 strands black thread
• Eyebrow—6 strands of brown thread
• Lips— 2 strands of pink thread
• Face detail (chin, laugh lines)— 2 strands cream thread
Cut out body and carefully remove paper pattern. Set aside.
Cut out hair piece.
Using the backstitch and medium blue thread, stitch seam details onto the shirt piece.
Using the french knot technique, stitch button detail onto the shirt piece.
Cut out the shirt piece, and carefully remove the paper pattern.
Cut out the shirt collar pieces.
Using the backstitch and 2 strands of red thread, stitch the “3” onto the chef’s button.
Cut out the chef’s button and carefully remove the paper pattern.
Now it’s time to glue the body together.
Glue the collar pieces onto the shirt piece.
Glue the button onto the shirt piece.
Glue the whole shirt piece onto the body piece.
Glue the hair piece onto the body piece.
Form a loop with the ribbon and glue the ends in between the dark blue background circle pieces. Be sure
to do this far enough away from the edge so you can still easily stitch without having to go through glue (err
toward the center).
Now—take your stitched light grey circle background and your main body piece and position them, without
gluing, onto the dark blue background circle. You want to move them around so that it’s laid out how you
want it (paying attention to how it will hang, if you’re making the ornament). Make sure that the body piece
isn’t blocking the lettering. The body will overspill the smaller circle onto the larger outer circle.
Glue the body onto the stitched dark grey circle piece.
Glue the whole body + circle piece to the dark blue main circle (after re-checking and making sure it’s in the
position that you want it).
Complete as instructed. Special supplies needed: Ribbon/rick-rack for hanging.
Complete without the hanging ribbon. Attach button pin to the back. This may be attached through the fabric
(complete before stitching the two back circles together), or it may be attached to the back (stitch on before
stitching the two back circles together, or place on back and hot glue a bit of felt over it to secure/cover the pin
Special supplies needed: Button back pin or safety pin.
Complete without the hanging ribbon. Hot glue a magnet to the back of the completed ornament. Alternately, if
you want to be fancy and have an invisible magnet, create a felt pocket inside the back layer of the ornament,
then stitch it shut with the magnet inside to secure a magnet.
Special supplies needed: Magnet.