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Saturday, November 25, 2006

how to make an embroidered felt ornament

This is good for any holiday or can be used as a gift tag for weddings, baby showers, and birthdays etc...supplies
  1. felt
  2. cookie cutters in desired shapes
  3. embroidery needles
  4. embroidery floss
  5. scissors for both paper and fabric
  6. permanent marker fine tip or pencil
  7. stuffing
  8. 1 safety pin
  9. a piece of paper
How to make
  1. Trace cookie cutter on paper to make template. Trace the inside and out side to see which you like better.
  2. Cut out the line that you like best for template.
  3. Pin template to fabric; this way you are sure not to leave ink marks on fabric.
  4. Cut two pieces of fabric per ornament
  5. Embroider both pieces of fabric. Use two or three strands of embroidery floss. See picture under #7.
  6. Put wrong sides together place one safety pin in middle to hold while sewing. See picture under #7.
  7. Use a blanket stitch to stitch edges together, stop about one inch from ending remove safety pin and stuff ornament. Finish closing.
  8. Finish with a piece of embroidery floss as a hanger.
I have made a few others since this tutorial.

If you make your own I would like to see them. If you make some send me a link and I will look at them if we get enough I will start a flicker group.

I have opened a flicker group to post them all please feel free to join.

Felt Ornaments:
This group is about the fun of making and sharing felt ornaments and other felt items.
Felt ornaments. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

Please look on the side bar there are many more holiday tutorials listed there.


  1. Sunshine,
    I love those felt decorations, I think I could make them, just not sure how good I would be with that blanket stitch around the edges.

  2. They are wonderful and the embroidery is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love both of these. Thank you so much for the directions! Someday I'll have to share something, to repay all the great ideas I've gotten from other people's tutorials!

    Your work is beautiful, too.

  4. Yes, Nancy Jo, the blanket stitch is very simple, esp since you already seem to be handy with a needle. I taught myself about a month ago right out of a book. You can do it!

  5. I bet you could do that stitch it is a real simple one

  6. What a great idea! They are so cute :-) My children would love to have a go at a few of these!

  7. Lovely! You are so sweet to share.

  8. Sunshine -- I love the little snowmen! You did an awesome job. Kay

  9. These are precious! Thank you so much for the tutorial! I'll be trying these. And you're right--they would make terrific gift tags which can then be used as ornaments!

  10. Have you seen the Stitchalong by Kristin Nicholas (http://colorful-stitchery-stitchalong.blogspot.com/)? These ornaments are fantastic. We decorated our tree tonight and I was thinking to myself that we need more felt ornaments. Now I have some inspiration and ideas. Thanks!

  11. the snowperson you send for the holiday ornament swap arrived last week sometime. i loved it. so lovely. and i lost the strip of paper you attached with your url so i coudl come see hoe to make one, then i found it via whip up! so thanks very much for such a lovely ornament. and also for sharing your tutorial! i can't wait to make a few of my own.

  12. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  13. I love your site and also you Flickr group but cannot work out how to sign up and become a member. Please can you email me privately and explain how to sign up (I'm a novice).

    Many thanks

  14. I really like the idea of using cookie cutters as your template. So smart!

  15. these comments came from the sew mama sew sight( http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=242#comment-18773 ) talking about this tutorial
    Vickie responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 8:21 am →

    How sweet! I love the bird ornament best!!!
    Thanks again!
    crafty carolinagirl responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 8:29 am →

    I love the embroidered felt ornament made with the cookie cutters.
    Jan responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 9:04 am →

    Darling! Love the birds


    Miftik responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 9:37 am →

    I absolutely love the embroidered felt ornaments. I am so glad I kept my cookie cutters. Thank you for the links.


    Anna responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 9:40 am →

    Oooh. Love the embroidered bird.

    Kristin responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 9:40 am →

    Very nice selection of ornaments! I love embroidery on wool. The bird is beautiful.


    Karyn responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 9:50 am →

    I love the idea of using cookie cutters for ornament shapes. Brilliant!

    Allison responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 9:53 am →

    Oh that little bird is so sweet


    Lisa NYC responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 9:55 am →

    WOW!!! Love them all–especially Sunshine’s Felt Ornaments…check out her Embroidered Felt Heart, too…beautiful! And I love Liesl’s blog…what a talent she is!

    I put together a bunch of other ornament tutorials on my blog for additional inspiration. I have the whole weekend free—so I’ll be hanging out with my sewing machine!

    Thanks for all the inspiration—it’s just the kick I needed to get crafty!

    With friendship,


    steph responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 10:19 am →

    Very nice - I like the embroidered one especially - it has this antique eastern european thing about it. Makes me want to brush up on my embroidery. :)


    Vero responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 10:30 am →

    I like all those small ornaments, but the bird has my preference, and I might well do some.
    thanks for showing it.


    Celeste responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 10:50 am →

    The bird is just darling! I would love to have a bird-laden themed tree–delightful!


    Violet Westergaard responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 11:04 am →

    Love the mittens!
    The bird reminds me of beautiful Swedish folk crafts.


    Kim responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 11:13 am →

    Wow! I love all of the ideas you have published so far. I’m in the midst of knitting scarves, but I will definitely have to make time for some of the ideas here. Love the bird ornament!!


    laeroport responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 11:43 am →

    I bought some stars very similar to that bird at a local craft fair last year. I hated to let them go as gifts. :)
    Thanks for the inspiration!


    Rose L responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 12:17 pm →

    The breakable ornaments are going to have to stay in their boxes for a while — which would make for a very sad tree this year, except now these are going to be a great way for me to toddler-proof it… last year he could not walk!

    Keep the great ideas coming!


    Joanna responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 12:38 pm →

    I am having sooo much fun this month! It really was the kick in the pants I needed to get a little bit of crafting in every day, and this is one I can include my eldest in. I wanted to add another site that has some really great ornament ideas- http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/
    She has a great tutorial for an advent calendar, which fits in with today’s theme perfectly!
    http://allsorts.typepad.com/allsorts/sewing_room/index.html- Enjoy!


    burd responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 1:14 pm →

    oh, those birds would make the sweetest package tie ons, too! if personalized to the receiver they would then have their own special ornament, also.


    dangermom responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 1:41 pm →

    I love the felt ornaments–the bird reminds me of my mom’s (now very old) bird ornaments, made of Chinese silk. I’m going to have to do some of those!

    Mika responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 2:15 pm →

    I like how the blanket stitching and the thread loop on the felt ornament are both the same thread.


    ellene mcclay responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 2:27 pm →

    thanks so much for all of these great tutorials. I love Sunshines blog, and disdressed. The bird is just what I was looking for to add to my Russian inspired folklore tree this year!


    Mel Williams responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 2:32 pm →

    The bird ornament reminds me of something we hung on our tree when I was little - I shall have to talk to Mum about it and perhaps surprise her with one I’ve made myself.


    stacy responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 3:07 pm →

    Great ornaments! I especially love the top one - thanks for the links!


    robin responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 3:40 pm →

    Ooh, I’m pretty sure I’m going to “have” to make that adorable bird! That is too darn cute!
    Great ideas.


    jody responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 3:56 pm →

    I adore those bird ornaments! How great would it be to have a tree full of those along with nature items brought in from the outdoors!!!


    Lil' d responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 4:43 pm →

    Now I’ve got something to make while the kids are making their ornaments - I started a homemade ornament tree last year, but I don’t want to miss out on all the fun.


    Tammi responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 4:46 pm →

    The embroidered ornaments are wonderful- I am going to make some this weekend. I will have a hard time giving them away!


    Emily responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 5:26 pm →

    OH MAN - I love the bird ornament - makes me want to go make one right now… unfortunatly, I have 5 other projects ‘on the table’ right now! So cute! Thanks for all of these great ideas! Em


    Amanda responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 6:09 pm →

    The little bird ornament from cookie cutters is super cute! What a great idea for a pattern too. I have collected many unusual cookie cutters over the years and this has got me thinking…A running gingerbread man? A gingerbread man with a heart? A ruffle-y heart? A moose? Oooh, the possiblities are endless. I can’t wait to get started!! Maybe tomorrow….unless y’all distract me again with another great gift idea!
    Amanda H/kreativeblonde


    Stephanie responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 6:29 pm →

    Oh wow, how did you know this is the year I’m making felt ornaments? *drool* It’s so great to see the work of others, and so very inspirational! Now I just need to put down the internets and get to work! ;)


    marcia responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 7:27 pm →

    I particularly love the bird, am thinking of doing some of those and also other shapes like maybe a mitten and star. Thanks for the ideas and tuts! Marcia


    Heather responds:
    Posted: November 9th, 2007 at 8:05 pm →

    i love all the tutorials this week. Just need to pick fabric and go. I really like the felt bird ornaments. Must make those after aprons for BIL & SIL

  16. Wow, that's fantastic! I've blogged about your li'l birdie. Now if I can just sit down with that much enthusiasm and make one, myself...

  17. Thanks for the tutorial! The ornaments are beautiful and there are so many options. Thanks for sharing. I have been making them to give to my friends and they love it.

  18. Oh I love these...my father was Hungarian and we adopted from Hungary a bunch of years ago...these will go perfect with our other Hungarian ornaments...thank you so much!

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  19. I love your projects, and have pointed my readers to this particular one:

    I would love to have you do an artist profile to be featured on Layers Upon Layers. Not until after the holidays, of course! If you'd be interested, please email me at cyndi@b5media.com

    Thanks for considering it!
    Best ~
    Cyndi L

  20. I forgot how to do a blanket stitch. I need to do some research...

  21. Hope this isn't too stupid a question but is the embroidery decorations on the ornaments just free-handed onto the surface? Love the site and the many tutorials.

  22. not a stupid question at all. Yes they are all free hand but you are welcome to draw them on your ornament before you assemble to make it easier for you

  23. Sew Lovely! ;O) Thank you so much for sharing how to make these! :O)

  24. Lovely!

    I just made one, too! I posted a photo on my blog and linked back here.



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