Felt ornament patterns offer a delightful way to infuse the holiday season with your personal touch. Whether you’re a crafting enthusiast or a first-time creator, these handmade ornaments are the perfect addition to your festive decor.
In this article, we’ll explore the magic of crafting with felt ornament patterns, providing step-by-step instructions, free templates, and loads of creative inspiration to make your holiday season extra special.
If you’re new to crafting, fear not! Felt ornament patterns are the perfect gateway to get creative. I will take you step by step along the way so you can make your own ornaments! These ornaments are easy and fun to make!
supplies for cute felt Christmas ornaments
Gather your supplies and let’s get this project started! You’ll need different colors of felt, embroidery thread, colored buttons, and various embellishments like small beads or ribbons.
Hot glue and a needle and thread will be your trusty companions in bringing your creations to life. Don’t have a sewing machine? No worries! These felt ornament patterns are designed for hand sewing, making them accessible to everyone.
- 100% wool garment from the thrift store
- embroidery floss & needle
- vintage buttons
- small glass beads (optional)
- Heat and Bond iron on adhesive
- free pattern (more on that later!)
- various additional embellishments like lace and trim
step by step instructions
felt the wool
Turning a thrifted wool piece of clothing like a jacket, a skirt or a sweater into useable felted wool is easy. The key is to use 100% real wool, lambswool, or angora. Any natural wool fiber from an animal will felt easily. Avoid synthetic fibers because they will not felt, or shrink like natural fibers will!
The thrift store coat I found is 100% wool and even though the tag says it was $24.99, I hit the thrift store on a 50% off sale on the ENTIRE STORE! This coat only cost me about $12!!
- Take the seams apart on the garment. Remove any linings, zippers, buttons (save the buttons!), and such.
- Throw the sections into the washing machine and wash at the hottest temperature, the most powerful spin speed, and for the longest time possible.
- Next, throw the garment pieces into the dryer and set the temperature to the hottest setting. Allow it to tumble until it is completely dry.
And that’s it! You have felted wool! Just writing this post makes me want to head out to the thrift store and buy more wool clothing pieces! I have a plan for collecting more colors to add to my wool collection this year!
Once the wool has been felted, you won’t have to worry about fraying edges. The sky is the limit for designs you could use since you don’t have to worry about raveling thread all over the place!
assemble the felt ornaments
Cut out the designs using the free felt ornament patterns I’ve offered to you.
You can gain access to the free pattern by joining our email list! You will find a printable library filled with all sorts of goodies including the patterns for these ornaments!
Once you have joined our email list, head to the section called “Guides and Cheatsheets” Click that button and you will be directed to the library. The pattern for these sweet ornaments is in that folder!
BTW, check out all of the other goodies I have for you in the freebie library! Thanks for joining us here! Now back to the project!
cut the patterns
You can use a variety of wool-felted fabrics to make ornaments for the Christmas holiday. Use your imagination to create unique designs to coordinate with your Christmas decorations.
Trace the patterns onto the paper side of the Heat and Bond. Next iron the adhesive side down on the wrong side of the wool felt. Cut the designs out, then iron them onto another section of wool felt. Cut them out again. Having the two layers of wool felt will give the ornaments a nice body and a bit of firmness.
When I make ornaments like these, I batch each step like this: draw all the designs on the adhesive paper, iron all of the paper onto the wool, cut out all of the designs for the first round, iron those onto the second layer and then finish up by cutting the shapes from all of the pieces of the second round.
It sounds like a lot but really it isn’t. Especially if you are watching a good Christmas movie! This is the kind of project I often do in front of a good show!
You can also add a little bit of poly-fil stuffing to add dimension to the ornaments. That’s what I did with the sweet sheep.
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add embellishments and stitches
Use simple stitches like a running stitch, the blanket stitch, and a whip stitch around the outside edges of the ornaments. Add unique details like French knots for eyes, tiny buttons for embellishments, or even experiment with different shapes and sizes to make each ornament one-of-a-kind.
Create the hanger with thin brown wire cut to length and hot glued on the back of each ornament.
Here are a couple of wool ornaments I made before my blogging days. The stars have an additional heart in the center. You could use a different color of felted wool for the heart to make it stand out even more. That’s part of the fun of making these ornaments! You can make it up as you go!
See the angel ornament above? I cut an additional layer of wool a tad bit smaller. Then I attached the layers. This gives the little angel some added detail. You will also see that I omitted the wings on the pattern and replaced it with a gold wire-edged ribbon to form the wings.
My ornaments are layers of felted wool, glass beads, silk ribbons, and buttons. I encourage you to get creative with your ornaments!
personal touch and unique gifts
The best part about making your own felt ornaments is the homemade touch they bring to your holiday decor. Create a set of felt Christmas tree ornaments that tell a story – perhaps a gingerbread house ornament to commemorate this year’s baking adventure or owl ornaments inspired by a snowy winter’s night.
These personalized creations also make perfect gifts. Imagine the joy on your loved ones’ faces as they receive a unique, handmade ornament – a true labor of love. I have used these ornaments in place of a bow on Christmas gifts. People love to receive handmade ornaments!
beginner-friendly DIY ornaments
Worried about your crafting skills? No need to worry! Felt ornament patterns cater to all skill levels. Whether you’re a skilled crafter or attempting your first-ever project, there’s a pattern for you.
Start with simpler designs and gradually progress to more intricate ones as you build confidence. Experiment with different colored felts and embroidery thread to add your flair to each creation.
create your own Christmas ornaments
The variety of felt ornament patterns is amazing. There’s something for everyone, from traditional holiday symbols like candy canes and angels to whimsical shapes like owls and ice skates.
It would be so easy for you to create your own designs. They are shapes with simple lines that could even be found in a children’s coloring book. The most important part is to have fun and let your imagination run wild.
additional ideas for ornament shapes
Here are more ideas of shapes for ornaments that would be so easy to create:
- reindeer (brown wool tweed would be so cute for reindeer!)
- holly leaves with red button berries
- snowman with a black hat
- gnome ornaments (think of the colorful hats you could make for each one!)
- candy cane using striped wool
- poinsettia (this could be one leaf shape repeated over and over to make the flower!)
enjoy making handmade ornaments
In the spirit of the holiday season, I invite you to slow down and enjoy making handmade ornaments for your Christmas decorating. With these free patterns, step-by-step instructions, and a touch of creativity, you’ll have a collection of handmade ornaments that will become cherished treasures for years to come.
Merry Christmas and Happy Ornament Making!
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Cindy has been decorating her home with thrift store finds for 40 years. She is an avid thrift store shopper who loves to makeover the items she finds into vintage-inspired home decor and furniture. When she isn’t thrift shopping or painting a piece of furniture, you can find her making homemade butter, working in her garden, or painting with watercolors.