This year I’m making easy embroidered felt Christmas ornaments to place on gifts for a little something extra. I love the idea of two gifts in one, so I’m creating handmade ornaments for everyone on my list. My hope, is that you’ll take this idea and make something for yourself, or for that special someone on your list.
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It’s time for our November Pinterest challenge, and this month’s theme is DIY Christmas ornaments. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for lots of inspiring ideas and tutorials.
If this is your first time to join us for a Pinterest challenge, this is how it works. Our host Cindy over at County Road 407, selects a photo for us to recreate, and each participant puts their own spin on the photo.
Our challenge this month is to come up with a Christmas ornament craft, and what great timing. I’m sure many of you will be ready to start your holiday decoration the day after Thanksgiving.
It’s always entertaining to see what everyone comes up on these Pinterest challenges, and I’m sure we’ll have an interesting variety this month too. Be sure to click through all the links at the end of the post.
Welcome to Thistle Key Lane! If you are stopping by from my friend Lora of Create & Ponder, I’m so happy to have you. Lora’s homespun pinecone ornaments are so darling, I want to make some too!
Last week I shared a home tour of our family room in the post Old Fashioned Christmas Decorating Ideas. When you click over, you’ll see simple greenery, natural elements and homemade decorations that make our home feel cozy.
I’m loving this old fashioned approach to decorating, and these simple embroidered felt ornaments fit right in with that theme.
You can make your ornaments as elaborate as you want, but I’m using the most basic stitches. My ornaments are made with a whole lot more love than skill.
Easy Embroidered Felt Christmas Ornaments
I have to admit, that I didn’t realize just how rusty my embroidery skills have become until jumping into this project. Luckily it’s starting to come back after a little practice.
First let’s talk about felt and the two types I’m using for these ornaments.
The green felt I’m using to make the trees is 100% wool felt, which is more dense and smoother than polyester felt. The navy felt I’m using for the birds is polyester which is less dense and rougher.
Whatever type you end up using may not make that much difference, but if you have a choice I suggest wool felt.
- embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- poly fill
- ribbon or yarn
My first suggestion is drawing a simple shape that is easy to trace and cut out. The patterns I’m using are from a scrap piece of thick paper.
Place your pattern on your felt and trace around it with a pen. I’m using a white Gelly pen that is easy to see on the dark felt.
Next cut out two pieces (a front and back) for each ornament.
Now you’re ready to decorate however you wish. On the trees I’m starting out with V and O shapes in coordinating embroidery floss colors on the front piece only.
For this project I’m using DMC cotton 6 strand embroidery floss in the following colors with links:
I like using embroidery floss in lengths of about 18 inches. You can use all 6 strands together or separate the floss into three strands, which is a little easier to pull through the felt. See photo above.
Once you finish your design then you can sew the front and back pieces together, adding a small bit of poly fill for dimension.
On some of the ornaments I’m using a blanket stitch, however the whip stitch goes a lot faster. See the photo below.
When the stitching is complete around the entire edge, then you can attach your ribbon or a piece of yarn for a hanger. You can use embroidery floss to attach the ribbon or use fabric glue.
The navy felt bird ornaments come together the same way as the tree ornaments. They’re my favorite, even though they are a little more time consuming with the flower design, and the blanket stitch around the edge.
Just For Fun
For fun I’m sharing a photo of my old scissors that our dog almost destroyed several years ago. They still cut fabric beautifully, but painful to used due to the mangled handle. So when I started this project last week, I bought a brand new pair.
If you own scissors specifically for fabric, then you know what I mean when I say, I love the precise sharp cut these make. Happy Christmas to me! Yay!
Embroidered Felt Ornament Gifts
I love the idea of attaching ornaments on presents, so that you’re able to offer two gifts instead of one. These little ornaments can be in any shape you desire, and can be personalized with a name or initial.
Don’t you just love how these look with plaid ribbon on the the gift boxes? This is fourth year to use the ticking stripe boxes, and let me tell you, I love not having to spend money on boxes every year.
The plaid ribbon really adds the finishing touch to the gifts. Now I have to finish my Christmas shopping so I can fill these boxes for reals. 😉
Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest, where the boards are up to date with seasonal ideas that you can use right now!
Thanks again for visiting today and reading about my easy embroidered felt Christmas ornaments.
Up next in our Pinterest Challenge blog hop is Laura of Everyday Edits. Don’t forget to check out all the links below. There’s something for everyone!