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Easy Felt Christmas Ornaments Tutorial with Free Printable Pattern

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?

easy felt Christmas Ornaments w Free Printable Patterns

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
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Felt Ornament Patterns
  • Straight pins
  • Sequins, buttons. or other decorations – totally optional

supplies for felt ornaments

Easy felt ornament tutorial 

1. Cut out your pattern pieces.

cut out pattern pieces

2. Pin the pattern pieces in place. You’ll only need one or two pins per piece.

pin pattern pieces in place

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.

cut out felt

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.

bring thread through smaller piece

7. Hold the small piece in place on its larger counterpart and use a simple straight stitch to sew the two together.

stitch two pieces of felt in place

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.

stitched felt ornaments

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.

add decorative embroidery

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.

finger braided cord

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.

tie the cords into loops

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.

leave a tail

14. Use a single stitch through a braided loop of cord to tack it in place, as shown.

stitch the cord in place

15. Tie the floss ends off in back and then trim the ends.

knot the ends in back

16. Repeat steps 13-15 until all your ornaments are finished.

Easy Felt Ornaments with Free Printable Patterns

17. Admire and enjoy!

Felt Christmas Ornaments

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!

Upcycled Paper 3D Christmas Ornaments_

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?



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  • Cynthia Machata November 13, 2014, 04:51

    Those are really cute and such a great idea! I’m with you …. we don’t get out the Christmas decorations until mid December. Just feels wrong to do it so early

    • Natashalh November 13, 2014, 06:22

      Given my choice, I’d put everything up the week of Christmas! Everything is on clearance by then, though, and there are hardly any trees left. I also believe in keeping it all up until January 6.

  • Duni November 13, 2014, 08:07

    I love your choice of non-traditional Christmas colours! Since we don’t have a tree due to the cats I only hang a few ornaments in the window. Your embroidery is perfect 🙂

    • Natashalh November 13, 2014, 15:49

      Thank you! I love blues and purples. Most of our ornaments from last year are in the same color scheme! Pets are great, but they can definitely influence decorations.

  • Splendid Little Stars November 13, 2014, 15:51

    very cute!
    I was at a house for a meeting tonight and Christmas decorations were already up. They had really just begun since they have more decorations– and Christmas trees, too. So ensued a discussion of when people put up decorations. I don’t like to decorate till after Thanksgiving and then it is a slow process. Not everything goes up all at once.
    Oh, and then I leave things up longer into January than you. Because I put decorations out later I’m not sick of them by December 26.

    • Natashalh November 13, 2014, 18:33

      My family definitely put a tree on Christmas Eve before! I agree that it makes everything seem more special when you don’t look at it for two months. As we know, though, you really have to plan ahead on the Internet!

  • Kristina & Millie November 13, 2014, 16:32

    Super cute! Love your felt ornaments, the stitching makes them special and personalizable (is that a word?).

    • Natashalh November 13, 2014, 18:32

      It is now! =) And it’s a great word, too. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by.

  • Melissa @ Bubby & Bean November 13, 2014, 16:38

    What a great idea! They’re so cute! I’m on the same page as you – I feel like Christmas decor starts way too early these days. Even though I start selling holiday cards in late October, I don’t put up decorations until December.

    • Natashalh November 13, 2014, 18:33

      There’s no way we could decorate before December. We live in Hawaii right now, so everything would be a dead/mildew mess if we put it up right after Halloween. Glad to know I’m not the only hold-out!

  • Edi November 14, 2014, 02:18

    These are so cute! And I love the colors you used.
    I like that they just use hand stitching and are flat for easy storage.
    Our tree is a mix of ornaments from over the years. Ornaments from my childhood, ones I’ve purchased and ones my parents have given us each year.

    • Natashalh November 14, 2014, 06:36

      Coordinated trees are pretty, but I think trees that have memories from over the years are better! They might be a bit less elegant, but they seem more meaningful.

  • Bonnie @ The Pin Junkie November 24, 2014, 05:59

    Pretty ornaments! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial at The Pin Junkie. It was one of the features at this week’s party!

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