Happy holidays! As a tiny little gift to you, today I’m sharing some free templates for making embroidered felt ornaments. They’re super easy to stitch, and the perfect kind of relaxed project to work on after Christmas, when all the cooking and gifting is done, and you (hopefully) have some time to just chill out, stay cozy and relax. My favorite holiday crafting time is often the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It may seem like at that point it’s “too late” – but it’s totally not! You can still add your newly-made items to your decor, and then of course you’ll still have them for years to come.
To get started, just click this link: brett bara’s felt ornament templates to download a printable pdf of my ornament templates. There are tons to choose from, including Mister Moose here, an alpaca, gingerbread man, Christmas tree, holiday bulbs, and many more! Once you’ve got your templates, here what you do:
1. Trace two copies of your selected template shape onto felt, using a sharpie or pen.
2. Cut out the shapes, cutting just inside the traced line (this is important to avoid visible pen lines around the edge of your ornament.)
3. Using 3 strands of embroidery floss, embroider one or both of the felt pieces however you like. You can go super simple, or practice some fancy embroidery stitches and make a little sampler, like I did on the ball ornament.
4. Stitch the front and back together. I did this two different ways – either with a running stitch and 1 strand of floss, which creates a somewhat invisible seam (like on the white ball ornament), or with a whipstitch and 3 strands of embroidery floss in a contrasting color, which creates stand-out stitching (like in the moose).
5. Leave an opening in the stitching, then stuff the ornament with fiberfill, and finish seaming the front and back together.
6. Attach a hanging loop using embroidery floss. That’s it!
PS: These are the same ornaments we made last week at the New York Public Library Crafternoon, so click here to check out some images of how other crafters embroidered their ornaments. So cute!