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Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas

Handmade Christmas Ornaments are always some of my sentimental favorites to hang on the tree, year after year. A little while back I started making some new mini patchwork Christmas Tree ornaments using the reds and greens from my Sugarhouse Park collection.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of mini patchwork Christmas tree ornaments.

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.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of mini patchwork Christmas tree ornaments.

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!

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of quilted patchwork Christmas tree ornaments.

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

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of cross stitch ornaments on a tree.

I’ve had a bunch of really cute Christmas Ornament guest post tutorials on my blog over the years and seen a bunch of new ones on other sites, so I thought it would be handy to make a list of handmade Christmas ornaments all in one place, as well as include some other fun handmade stitchy-y ornament ideas!

Mini Quilt Block Ornaments and Handmade Gift Tags

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a mini quilt block ornament.

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

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of mini quilt ornaments.

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

Candy Cane Christmas ornament by Stephanie of Swoodson Says

Handmade Mini Quilt-block Christmas Ornament tutorial from Suzy Quilts 

This “Stars Hollow” Christmas tree ornament tutorial from Suzy Quilts is perfect for showing off cute fussy cuts or making into a modern, graphic patchwork design.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of hand stitched gift tags.

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

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of fabric gift tags.

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

These quilted hearts are perfect to make from sentimental scraps or cutter quilts. Tutorial by Elizabeth of Quilter’s Candy.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas Using Hoops

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).

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of cross stitch ornaments on a tree.

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.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of cross stitch ornaments.

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.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of cross stitch ornaments.

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

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of Scandinavian felt ornaments.

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

If you are a cross-stitch fan (or have always wanted to try, but prefer to start with a small project) Bev of Flamingo Toes designed the cutest collection of free cross-stitch hoop-art ornaments. You can find three different sets of  free patterns here, here, and here.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a felt ornament.

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.

No-Sew Hoop Handmade Christmas Ornaments

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a hoop ornament.

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.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of doily ornaments.

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. Felt is so forgiving and easy to work with.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of felt scotty dog ornaments.

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. They were also really simple for young kids to help with – matching thread will hid uneven stitches. It’s a good confidence booster for a beginning sewing project.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of hand stitched felt ornaments.

 Here are a few more intermediate and advanced options. You can pretty much never go wrong with a classic red and white Scandinavian motif like the ones in this tutorial.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of ribbon candy ornaments.

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

Orange Bettie walks you through the steps to make this darling felt House Christmas ornament. Wouldn’t it be fun to take this idea and make a custom felt house representing a favorite house either current or from the past? Or make your favorite State using this idea from Crafty Staci.

Another house variation using felt gingerbread house with this tutorial from Ameroonie Designs.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a felt sewing machine ornament.

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.

No-Sew Christmas Ornament Ideas

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of thread spool ornaments.

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.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of a fabric no-sew ornament.

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

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of fabric Scandinavian stars.

These Scandinavian Folded Stars are also made with fabric. If you would rather see a video demonstration, Mister Domestic will walk you through the steps on his YouTube Chanel.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of origami star ornament.

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

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: image of wooden cut out ornaments.

One more fun quilt-y 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.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: collage image of handmade Christmas ornaments.

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! A lot of these projects are also kid-friendly and would be a fun family project at home this month.

Handmade Christmas Ornament Ideas by popular Utah quilting blog, Diary of a Quilter: collage image of handmade Christmas ornaments.

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

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Do you have any sentimental handmade Christmas ornaments? Share in a comment below!

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9 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!

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    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!

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    Carla Toppass
    December 3, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing so many neat ideas and projects

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    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.

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    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!

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    Ruth
    December 8, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Always wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing

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    jgasreltibbetts
    December 5, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Can’t wait to try these out. May be a great way to usher in the Christmas Spirit. Thank you.

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