If you’re a crafter, you know what it means to have bits and pieces left over at the end of or, honestly, in the middle of a project. It always feels rather wasteful to me to toss out things that could be used for something.
I’m big into cross stitch, so after hearing about ORT (“Old Raggedy or Ratty Threads”) jar ornaments toward the end of 2017, I started saving my thread bits. I had never heard of ORTs before, however. What did it actually mean? After a little research, I found that the term ORT was originally meant to refer to leftover food scraps. It’s unclear when crafters started using it for their own means. Stitched Modern has a nice little summary.
Armed with this knowledge, I gathered my thread bits from every project I finished in 2018 and made my first ORT jar ornament at the end of that year. It was easy, inexpensive, and looks great on my family’s Christmas tree. Flash forward to this year: I made a little video tutorial that might be useful if you’re looking to try the same. So grab your thread bits, your yarn scraps, your tiny bits of fabric, your paper remainders and check it out.