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Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas

A little while back  started making some new mini patchwork Christmas Tree ornaments using the reds and greens from my Sugarhouse Park collection.

I think it’s fun that you don’t need to have specifically Christmas prints to make some cute little Christmas projects – any combination of reds and green prints will do the job nicely.

I also love how quickly these mini projects can come together. If you’re like me, and you suddenly get in the mood to make something Christmassy when the season hits, but it also happens to coincide with one of the busiest times of the year, little projects are perfect because there’s a higher likelihood that they’ll actually get done. 

Christmas ornaments are the perfect solution. Get your Christmas sewing fix, with a probability that they’ll actually get finished this season. AND they make great gifts for friends or neighbors!

You can find the original tutorial for these quilted patchwork tree ornaments here. (They’d also make really cute custom gift tags!)

I’ve had a bunch of really cute Christmas Ornament guest post tutorials on my blog this year, so I thought it would be handy to make a list of them all in one place as well as include some other fun handmade quilt-y ornament ideas!

Hand-stitched hoop can be a quick little project depending on the design. (Plus you can buy the wooden hoops pretty inexpensively in bulk from places like Amazon). These are two little ornaments I acquired last year. The snowflake was a gift from a friend.  You can find a similar snowflake pattern here.

I bought the more elaborate Joy hoop at a local craft fair made by the Crafty Chica. (I fully embrace the idea of supporting and enjoying the talents of other crafters – especially when time is limited.)

Amy Chappell has some darling Christmas hoop art patterns as well as this tutorial for walking you through the steps of wrapping the hoop in fabric, embroidery tips, and and finishing the back.

Bev McCullough from Flamingo Toes has a huge variety of embroidery and free hoop art designs, including these chalk-art inspired mini hoops. You can find links to Bev’s other adorable Christmas designs here.

I also love the classic look of these traditional, simple wreath designs in this tutorial.

Felt is another medium for making simple shapes and designs quickly such as these Scandinavian-inspired felt applique designs from the Polkadot Chair.

You could also use felt to reverse applique a design – such as the tree shape – and use fabric scraps to fill in the background as in this simple, but effective felt ornament tutorial from Swoodson Says.

Here’s a no-sew version of a hoop ornament with a cute quilt block motif by Coral+Co. You could use this same method to come up with lots of other quilt block-inspired designs.

Doilies would also give a handmade look to an ornament but wouldn’t necessarily require any sewing.

Handmade Felt Christmas Ornaments

As previously mentioned, working with felt is a great way to make simple, but effective, handmade Christmas ornaments. You can pretty much never go wrong with a classic red and white Scandinavian motif like the ones in this tutorial.

Or try these Ribbon Candy ornaments made from felt – tutorial from Purl Soho.

We made these super simple felt scotty ornaments a few years ago when my parents’ dog passed away. They’re still a sentimental favorite on our tree.

Or, if you’re going for something a little more complex, but amazingly darling, check out this felt sewing machine ornament tutorial from Betz White.

Mini Quilt Block Ornaments and Handmade Gift Tags

Or this uber-adorable Home for the Holidays ornament from Retro Mama – so many fun ways you could personalize this one! 

Simple, mini quilt blocks also make adorable ornaments. Here are a few mini quilts from Sherri at A Quilting Life.

These hand-stitched gift tags from Nana Company would make adorable souvenir ornaments after the gift was received.

And here’s a more modern version of fabric gift tags by Heidi Staples using fussy cut fabrics to do most of the work.

No-Sew Christmas Ornament Ideas

There are lots of great ideas for No-sew Ornaments and another great way to use up supplies you may already have on hand. (i.e. Fabric!) Here are some charming ideas from simple to more complex:

These simple spools with twine would make a darling gift for stitch-y friends.

The girls from Simple Simon show how easy it is to make this striking fabric no-sew ornament.

These Scandinavian Folded Stars are also made with fabric.

And finally, check out this very striking Origami Star ornament made by Sachiko of Tea Rose Home.

One more fun quilty option are these cute wooden cut-out quilt blocks from Old Mountain Crafts. They come in a natural wood finish, but you can paint or customize them however you like.

SO many fun little Christmas projects when you make ornaments! And they’re great for short amounts of time (or attention spans) because you can finish and try something new when you’re done!

Here are some other fun, sewing projects for Christmas if you’re looking for more inspiration!

And if you’re looking for Christmas Quilt ideas, here are over 25 of my favorite Christmas Quilts.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Gwyn
    December 3, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you Amy for this wonderful compilation. I put some on my list for next year, including the felt candy ribbon. I have some of that cheap felt from a big box store. That tutorial is perfect for those leftovers!

  • Reply
    Kathy E.
    December 3, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    OK, now I want to hide out in my sewing room for a good week while I make these awesome projects! Which shall I make first??? Thanks Amy!

  • Reply
    Carla Toppass
    December 3, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing so many neat ideas and projects

  • Reply
    Lynette M
    December 4, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Wow🎄great collection of ideas! I’ll be saving this post for a day (or two)of fun🎄Thanks Amy🎄

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    karenva
    December 5, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Thank you, Amy. So many great ideas, I don’t know which to do first.

  • Reply
    Tina Batori
    December 8, 2019 at 8:22 am

    The link to the sewing projects is actually a link to the scandinavian folded stars. Love your recap of items. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Amy
      December 8, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Doh! I hate when I do that! I fixed it. THanks so much for the heads up!

  • Reply
    Ruth
    December 8, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Always wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing

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