Fabric ornaments are easy to make and a great way to use up fabric scraps or to recycle old clothes. I reused old oven mitts, red knit stockings and a felted wool knit hat.
- fabric scraps as stuffing
- sewing machine *
* You can also hand sew the ornaments with running stitches.
Cut out hearts, trees, stars or other shapes. I think mushrooms or candy canes would also look cute. For one ornament you’ll need two pieces of fabric.
You can embroider the ornaments with lace, ribbon, patchwork or hand embroidery. I embellished some of the recycled oven mitts ornaments with lace scraps and colonial knots. And for the gingham fabric heart I used a chicken scratch embroidery sample which I made some years ago.
With right sides together, sew the ornaments together with a straight stitch, leaving a small opening.
Clip corners and curves – note the small opening at the right – and turn the ornaments inside out.
Use leftover fabric scraps for stuffing.
Using a mattress or ladder stitch, hand sew the opening closed.
Thread a length of yarn through the ornaments for hanging and the DIY stuffed fabric ornaments are finished! 😀
I used a zigzag stitch for the recycled red stockings star.
I also used leftover fabric from curtains (behind the Christmas tree) and Christmas reindeer pillows for the fabric ornaments.
The soft fabric ornaments are great as kid friendly christmas tree decorations.
I used the fabric ornaments to decorate the curtain rod – here are pictures. And here you’ll find more of my tutorials: felt heart ornaments and sweater to pillow refashion.