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Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says

I’m still in a state of disbelief that Christmas is already here again so soon! Guest writer, Stephanie of Swoodson Says has a cute little felt tree ornament tutorial to help you get ready and get in the Christmas mood. The flannel makes it come together neatly and it’s a great way to use up scraps!
Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a felt tree ornament, some pine tree boughs, and small ball Christmas ornaments.

Hi! I’m Stephanie from Swoodson Says and am happy to be a guest blogger here today! I absolutely love two things: using up the smallest fabric scraps & making Christmas ornaments, so I thought I’d combine them into the same project! This ornament would be the perfect gift tag or extra touch with any handmade quilts you gift this year, you can use coordinating scraps for the background!

There are lots of ways to personalize this idea: add hand stitching, quilt the patchwork piece, or embroider some details on. They would make a great gift for quilt guild swaps or for yourself as a fun way to remember what projects you worked on that year! If you need more inspiration, I included this tutorial in a fun list of DIY embroidery hoop Christmas ornaments.

Ready to make a scrappy tree ornament?  

Festive Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial

Supplies

  • Freezer paper (I used these printable sheets but you can trace on to standard freezer paper too)
  • Fine point scissors
  • ¼ yard of wool blend felt
  • Woven quilting cotton scraps
  • Iron
  • 4” embroidery hoop
  • Mini pom pom trim
  • Fabric glue
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Steps to make the ornament

Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a felt tree ornament pattern on top of a piece of green felt fabric.

Step 1

Use the templates to cut out two circles of wool blend felt. I used printable freezer paper sheets, which you iron on, cut around, and peel off; you can alternatively print the pattern on paper and then trace on to standard kitchen freezer paper.

Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of the cut out tree inset.

Step 2

Cut the tree inset out of the larger one, using fine tip scissors and careful cuts.

Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of blue and red scrappy fabric on a cutting board.

Step 3

Time to make the scrappy backing! Arrange your pieces and sew together, cutting straight lines as you go and pressing each one open with an iron. Lay the tree overlay over top to check that it is big enough before stopping.

Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of tree inset with scrappy backing.

Step 4

Use fabric glue on the overlay and gently press down over top of the patchwork, pressing lightly with an iron, and let it dry. 

Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of tree inset inside a small embroidery hoop.

Step 5

Trim any patchwork edges that overlap the felt circle and then insert the felt circle into the embroidery hoop, centered. Tighten the screw and tuck the edges over, hot gluing as you go.

Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of green felt backing for the felt ornament.

Step 6

Glue the smaller felt circle on the back, covering up the edges.

Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a felt tree ornament.

Step 7

Hot glue pom pom trim around the edges, tie on a ribbon and you’re done!

Felt Tree Ornament Tutorial by guest Stephanie of Swoodson Says by popular quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a felt tree ornament, some pine tree boughs, and small ball Christmas ornaments.

If you’re looking for more DIY ornament ideas, check out this roundup of the prettiest fabric Christmas ornament tutorials and my favorite felt Christmas ornaments to sew.       

Who will you be making this felt tree ornament for? Share in a comment below!

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1 Comment

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    craftytadpole
    October 22, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Thank you! I look forwards to having this one my tree this year.

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