Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DIY Holiday Ornaments

I decided that it was time to have a Christmas tree in my studio again this year. It's been awhile and now that's it's up, I have been having loads of fun making ornaments for it. First up on my lists of ornaments are todays Holiday Project number 4. These ornaments are a great scrap and trim buster. They don't take much to make and as usual, I couldn't just make one. The tutorial is at the end of this post.

You might recognize Lil Okey from my PDF patterns. I spiffed her up for the holidays by adding a bow and a piece of felt holly. Make sure to add a ribbon hanging while your sewing her if she's going to be an ornament.

The next two ornaments I made are from my new line of boutique craft kits. When I originally designed these I didn't intend them to be tree ornaments, but I have to say they fit on the tree nicely. Above is Folksy Bird and below is Happy Camper.

I have a few more ornaments on the sewing table and I bet you see those in the next few days if you keep up with my blog.

Now here's how to make the round ornaments at the top.

You'll need:
5" x 10" of cotton quilting fabric
2" x 4" gray felt
3-4 trims 6" each
8" black ribbon for hanger

1. Cut out pieces according to the pattern sheet. You can find it and print it here. Start by arranging one of the trims across the center of the ornament. Sew in place. From there you can decide if you want trims on the top and bottom of the center trim as well as another one across the center. I ended up using four trims for each ornament.

2. Next, align the back side of the ornament to the front. You'll want to sew around it but leave approximately a 1.5" gap. This gap should be at the top of the ornament where the cap will eventually go. 

3. Clip the curves, turn right sides out and fill will fiberfill. I didn't stuff mine too much, just enough to give them shape.

4. Arrange the two felt caps so they cover the opening in the ornament. One of the pieces should be on the front of the ornament and one should be on the back. Pin them in place. Fold the black ribbon in half and slide between the two pieces of felt and pin to secure.

5. Top stitch around the outer edge of the felt to secure everything. You're finished!

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  1. What a cute idea! So nice for the tree!

  2. Thanks so much for the pattern and tut it came at the right time! I am busy making tree ornaments for my daughter and daughter in law as part of their Christmas gifts and these will be beautiful on the tree.
    Have a blessed day xx

  3. Love what you do Jennifer, your creative mind is outstanding!

  4. Que hermosos!!! Gracias por compartir. Saludos desde Venezuela!

  5. Thanks for patterns. I have been helping my 2 young granddaughters to make a few new ornaments each year. This year we will be sewing.

  6. These are so colorful and pretty.. I would like to try this in my Christmas tree.. Jaslynn, Bizbilla

  7. Many thanks for this pattern. It provided the inspiration for several baubles made for friends this Christmas. Happy New Year to you and yours. Elizabeth

  8. Love the baubles - thanks for sharing


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