These DIY felt ornaments are so pretty and so easy to make! They’re such a classic homemade ornament and with our FREE felt ornament patterns they’re also really simple to make!
Choose from 7 different felt ornament designs: stocking, Christmas tree, candy cane, star, reindeer, snowman, or mitten. Then follow our easy step by step instructions to add a whimsical homemade touch to your holidays!
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DIY Felt Ornaments
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Step 1: Find what you need
- Gather your supplies and materials.
Step 2: Cut out the felt ornament pieces
- Print out one of our 7 free felt ornament templates.Find the PDF link for the stocking ornament in the materials list above, or scroll down to see the patterns for the other shapes below the tutorial.
- Cut out the paper pattern pieces.
- Choose the main colour for your stocking -- we used red felt.Set one piece of felt on top of another.
- Place the main pattern piece on top of the felt and cut through both pieces.
- Cut out the cuff of the stocking on a double layer of white felt. Cut out the heel and toe pieces individually on white.
Step 3: Glue the white felt pieces onto the stocking
- Add a small line of glue to the top of one of the stocking pieces.
- Place the cuff into place, pressing it down so the top overlaps just over 1/8 inch.
- Add the heel and toe pieces to the bottom right and left of the stocking with a little bit of glue.
- Then flip the second stocking piece over and glue on the other cuff piece.It should be on the opposite side from the first, so that the back of the stocking will have a cuff as well.
Step 4: Blanket stitch the stocking together
- Line up the 2 stocking pieces with the white details on the outside. Use a sewing needle and a double layer of red thread (or 2 strands of embroidery floss) to blanket stitch the edges together, starting in one of the top corners.To do this, sew from the front into the back piece of felt and pull the thread through. Leave a couple inches of tail on the thread to tie in later.
- Come back to the front through all the layers of felt.
- Before pulling the thread through, wrap the thread around the needle.
- Pull the thread so that it forms a stitch that's joined right at the edge of the ornament.
- Make the same stitch about 1/8 inch down the side. Don't pull the thread too tightly, or else the edges will start to curl in.
- Continue the same stitch all the way around the edge of the stocking until you reach the other top edge.Don't sew the top of the stocking shut yet.
- Stuff the stocking with poly-fill stuffing.
Step 5: Add an ornament hanger and finish sewing the stocking
- Cut a piece of string about 8 inches long to use as the ornament hanger. We used baker's twine with a metallic stripe.Tie a knot in the string, making a loop.
- Place the ornament hanger in-between the stocking layers, knot end down beside the stuffing.
- As you stitch across the top, closing off the ornament, hold the hanger out of the way to stitch around it, as needed.
- Finish stitching across the top and tie the beginning and end of the thread into a double knot.
- Cut off the extra thread close to the knot.
- Your felt ornament is complete!Follow the same basic stitching method of all 7 of our felt ornament patterns.
- Use a pencil or knitting needle to push the stuffing into small areas of the ornaments.
- If you’re worried about the pattern piece moving as you cut through the felt, pin the pattern piece to the felt or trace it with a gel pen or chalk.
- Looking for more Christmas ornament shapes? Check out our Christmas tree templates and star templates!
Download our free felt ornament patterns:
Click on the links below to download our free, printable felt ornament patterns! The PDF files will open in a new window. Then simply print the templates on 8.5 x 11 (letter size) printer paper.
What do you stuff felt ornaments with?
We used poly-fill, a polyester stuffing to stuff our felt Christmas ornaments. But you don’t have to buy special stuffing. Use the stuffing from an old pillow you have lying around the house. Or use the stuffing from an inexpensive pillow from the dollar store.
You can also use stuffing from an old teddy bear, or stuff the ornaments with cotton balls or bits of scrap fabric. Make sure the fabric is cut small, or else your ornaments might look bumpy.
Do I have to sew these felt ornaments?
If you don’t feel comfortable sewing your felt ornaments, you definitely don’t have to! You can use hot glue or fabric glue to stick the felt together. Check out our felt dragon post for more instructions on how to do this.
What type of felt is used to make felt Christmas ornaments?
We used inexpensive soft craft felt to make our felt ornaments. This worked well for us to keep the craft inexpensive while making a lot of ornaments.
Sometimes cheaper felt can pill if you touch or play with it a lot. So you may want to use wool felt, especially if you’re giving these ornaments as a gift. It’s more expensive, but it will hold up better, giving you a DIY ornament that should last for decades.
What else do I need to decorate my felt ornaments?
The stocking in our step by step tutorial is made only of felt and thread, but a few of our other ornaments have some non-felt accessories that you might want to add.
Any of the ornaments would look nice with snowflakes or other shapes embroidered on them. The stocking and mitten would also look cute with a faux poinsettia or holly branch glued to them.
These felt ornaments are SO CUTE! They look great hanging on the Christmas tree, or used as a gift topper. Felt Christmas ornaments are easy for sewing beginners, and they also make an awesome homemade gift.
Use one or all 7 of our felt ornament patterns that are free and ready to print. We love how cheerful these felt ornaments are, and we think you’ll love them too!
Here’s even more DIY ornament ideas:
Our book Low-Mess Crafts for Kids is loaded with 72 fun and simple craft ideas for kids! The projects are fun, easy and most importantly low-mess, so the clean up is simple!