I think the spookiest thing about Halloween is how quickly all the decorations and costumes are replaced by Christmas ornaments and lights! Because I personally don’t like to decorate anything for Christmas until well into the month of December, it feels a little odd to write a Christmas ornament tutorial in November, but I know that making handmade items takes time and you have to plan ahead. That’s why I’m sharing these cute felt ornaments today and not hanging on to the tutorial for a few more weeks! They’re cute, easy to customize, don’t require any stuffing, and are inexpensive to make. I also think they’d make a super cute garland, don’t you?
Papi Chulo apparently does not share my concerns about decorating too early – he seemed pretty excited that I was already making ornaments for our tree-to-be. Last year we just had a big bin of colorful balls and two or three other ornaments we picked up. Oh, and, of course, my upcycled book page ornaments. Hopefully this year our tree can have a little more character!
I think these ornaments are pretty easy to make, and I like how you can create them in any color scheme. Unlike a lot of felt ornaments, these don’t have stuffing. It makes them even easier to make and means they’ll take up less space in storage during the other 11 months of the year!
Supplies for felt Christmas ornaments
- Felt – I recommend at least two coordinating/contrasting colors
- Embroidery floss
- Felt Ornament Patterns
- Straight pins
- Sequins, buttons. or other decorations – totally optional
Easy felt ornament tutorial
1. Cut out your pattern pieces.
2. Pin the pattern pieces in place. You’ll only need one or two pins per piece.
3. Cut the felt out by carefully cutting around the pattern pieces.
4. Cut out as much felt as you’d like! Each ornament needs a matching large and small piece, so you need to cut as many large shapes as small for each design.
5. When all your shapes are cut out, cut a length of embroidery floss and separate out two of the strands. Thread your needle and tie a stopper knot at one end.
6. Bring your needle up through the corner of one small piece.
7. Hold the small piece in place on its larger counterpart and use a simple straight stitch to sew the two together.
8. Stitch all the way around the smaller shape.
9. Once you’ve sewn both pieces of the ornament together, either knot the thread off on the back or make it fast with you favorite method. Snip the thread’s tails short.
10. If you’d like to embellish you ornaments with free-hand embroidery or stitched on sequins, it looks best if you decorate the smaller piece before stitching the two pieces of the ornament together.
11. When you’ve decorated and sewn all your ornaments, it’s time to make loops for them to hang by! You can use ribbon, but I like making my own finger braided cord. Don’t remember how to finger braid? I made a quick video tutorial for you!
To keep from wasting floss, you can simply finger braid at one end of the skin without cutting it. When your cord has reached a satisfactory length, cut the floss and make the end fast by pulling the tail end through the last loop and pulling it snug. Make sure to leave at least a couple inches of floss free on either side of the finger braid. I suggest braiding with all six strands of floss instead of separating strands out and making each braid about 4″ long.
12. Once your cords are ready, go ahead and use the floss tails to tie each cord into a loop. You should trim the tails even, but I think leaving an inch or two looks nice.
13. Thread your needle again with two strands of floss, but don’t tie it off. Instead, bring it up through the top of an ornament, leaving a tail behind.
14. Use a single stitch through a braided loop of cord to tack it in place, as shown.
15. Tie the floss ends off in back and then trim the ends.
16. Repeat steps 13-15 until all your ornaments are finished.
17. Admire and enjoy!
Of course, you can use other shapes, too. I’ve found that scaling the smaller piece to be 75% the size of the larger piece looks nice. I think this idea would work well with my bell and ball pattern from the upcycled book ornaments from last December, and you could even make it work with the Moravian star – it would just take more careful cutting!
It’s pretty crazy for me to look back on that post and see how much my tutorials have changed (and by that I mean improved!) in the last year. I still have a lot to learn about photography and getting the shots I want, but this pictures in this tutorial are so much better than that one! It’s nice to see progress. It’s also hard for me to believe I published that tutorial almost a year ago – it doesn’t seem like that much time has passed. I finished student teaching a year ago next week and then moved to Hawaii about a week into December. Maybe it doesn’t feel that long ago because the weather is so similar year-round, or maybe it’s because I’ve been so busy. Either way, I’m happy to still be blogging and sharing tutorials with y’all!
Do you hang homemade ornaments? Is your tree a collection of ornaments gathered throughout the years, or does it have a very organized, coordinated appearance?