Fresh from last weekend’s handsewn Christmas ornament workshop: here are the decorations we made.
There’s a tree, dove, love heart and baby Jesus. All are crafted from felt using running stitch.
They are very simply made, since the workshop was only 90 minutes long. Everyone finished one or two things (all beautifully and creatively) and took the others to do at home.
The patterns are here: Christmas ornaments patterns .PC
They’ll print out on a single A4 sheet.
For all the ornaments, you’ll need:
- Thread. Pearl cotton or shaskio thread. Pearl cotton is preferable since it has a slight lustre which works better for Christmas ornaments. It looks best if you can keep your stitch length under 4mm and use a colour thread that matches the felt (otherwise your stitches will have to be very neat).
- Stuffing. Each ornament is stuffed with a very small amount of polyester stuffing (about the size of one or two walnuts). The stuffing is inserted near the end of the stitching, and a pair of hemostats makes it easier to get the stuffing in there. Avoid stuffing too firmly.
- An assortment of buttons and bells.
- Loops of fine ribbon to hang the ornaments.
- Glitter glue. Use it to add detail BUT do this last – the glue takes a long time to dry.
Here are the materials we used for the workshop. Bags of decorative buttons were really useful for the trees -we tipped them out on trays to go through. While the felt was all pre-cut (by me), there were different types of ribbon, bells and thread for artistic freedom.