Sew Christmas Ornaments
Many people like to sew Christmas ornaments for their own decorating
purposes or to give as gifts. The beauty of homemade ornaments is
that a sewing machine is not always necessary so the entire family
including kids of various ages can participate in the activity.
Some are easy to do and are quite popular, while others take a
little more time and effort, but the result will be worth it. You do
not need a lot of money for these ornaments; in fact, sometimes
using things you already have at home make wonderful pieces. Change
the fabric you use for different holidays!
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How to Sew Ornaments
To sew Christmas ornaments you will need:
- Scraps of fabric
- Ribbon or string for hanging
- batting or stuffing
- Cookie cutter shapes such as stars, snowman, tree,
Using your cookie cutters to trace, with pencil or chalk, on your
scraps of material. Fold your material so it is doubled because you
will need two sides for each ornament.
Zigzag stitch around traced shape leaving a hole for stuffing.
Stuff with batting. Sew shut. Trim around material leaving
1/4-1/2 inch material around edges. Cut a length of ribbon or string
and sew to top or hot glue in place.
To make a snowman ornament
use white felt and follow the directions above. Then glue on google
eyes, buttons and other decorations.
For a gingerbread man
brown felt and add decorations to finish your ornament.
For a Christmas tree ornament
use green material and glue small pom poms on for decorations.
You can change the ornaments to fit different holidays by changing
the shapes and fabric!
More Star Ornaments
For homemade stars for example you will need:
- Construction paper
- Fabric in various colors
- Markers or pens
- Sewing machine
This can be sewed or not depending on preference. First, use a
cookie cutter to outline the shape of a star onto construction paper
and the fabric. Use scissors to cut the shape out of both materials;
you will need two pieces of the star-shaped fabric to cover both
sides of the construction paper. For a neat edge, you may want to
sew around the edges of the fabric before pasting it onto the
Cutting out stars from old Christmas cards and using them as the
base instead of construction paper is another option. To match
sizes, use the stars to make outlines on the fabric.
The paper or old cards give the star a stiffer and sturdier look.
Once you sew the two fabric stars together with the paper sandwiched
inside you can decorate with beads, trim, etc.
Need a fun hand sewing project?
Using different colors of felt, cut out different designs you'd like
to sew. (using cookie cutters and drawing the outline works well)
Cut two patterns for each project. Design the front of your project
and sew any embellishments or extra felt pieces on by hand sewing as
Take the two matching felt pieces and hand sew along edges. Leave a
hole open to stuff ornament. Once ornament is stuffed, hand sew hole
Thread a piece of ribbon or string on a needle and put through top
of your ornament. Remove needle. Tie into a knot and it's ready to
Different Ball Ornament Projects
1. For those who may be too young to sew Christmas ornaments, get
some small pom- poms and glue festive colored fabric onto them,
cover with glitter or tiny stars for an easy to make, yet pretty
2. Ball ornaments are easy to make by covering a Styrofoam ball with
fabric, and gluing beads and anything else you may want to use to
decorate it. Cut the fabric to the right size and hand sew into a
bag, drop in the ball and tie off the top with a string. This string
can then be given a loop for hanging on tree branches. To make it
more attractive, you can glue beads, feathers, glitter and other
items onto the fabric.
3. Another option is to add ribbons or strips of fabric onto a
Styrofoam ball. Start at one end of the circle and attach strips by
pushing straight pins with flat heads at the end of the ribbon.
Continue all around until circle is covered. Add any embellishments
you'd like to finish them off.
4. This method is using strips or small pieces of scrap material and
pushing edges in with a tip of a pointed nail file.
Many people find that they can sew Christmas ornaments at minimal
cost and best of all, many items can be done in a few hours or less.
Whether you want to give them away, sell or keep them for your own
use, these pieces can help create the festive spirit the holiday
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