Cute DIY Christmas Tree Decorations Tutorial

Let me show you how to make easy, unbreakable (and cute!) Christmas tree decorations that don't run a risk of being crushed to splinters. Useful if you've got a toddler in the family! This step-by-step tutorial has lots of photos and is a perfect beginner sewing project - with a free PDF pattern. And makes a cute Christmas handmade gift (for any age!) Let's make some felt Christmas lights!

And get your totally free PDF Sewing Pattern for these Christmas ornaments. (Yep, totally free, for everybody!)

Felt Christmas Lights ornaments tutorial and Free PDF Sewing pattern. A perfect handmade gift idea and a beginner sewing project!



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There is good chance you'll want to make your Christmas tree safe (and fun) for your toddler, avoiding any thin-glass or similar easily breakable ornaments. We have opted for this solution, leaving the marvellous just-watch-don't-touch glass ornaments in the basement. For now. You might intend to do the same, so this just might be useful to you.

Or you want to make the cutest Christmas homemade gift for your friends - of any age!

Why I'm just crazy about these cute Christmas tree ornaments (And why you'll love them too):

  1. Easy to make. (Felt is even easier to sew than cotton fabrics!)
  2. Inexpensive (You'll need very little material!)
  3. A great felt scrap buster!
  4. Make a great and easy homemade gift!
  5. You can download your PDF sewing pattern for FREE. Yey!

FINISHED SIZE: these felt decorations are 2.5 inch by 4.5 inch, perfectly fitting into a toddler's hand.

Let's start.

You'll need:

  

Felt Christmas Tree Lights ornaments tutorial with a Free PDF Sewing pattern. A perfect handmade gift idea and a beginner sewing project!

  •  felt in your favorite colors (Buy a multi-color pack, not individual pieces, to save money!)
  •  8 inches of satin ribbon of your choice per each ornament piece
  •  some soft toy stuffing material
  • coordinating sewing thread
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • your FREE PDF Sewing Pattern (link here)

I used proper soft and light stuffing poliester (best for baby toys, too!) for some of these Christmas tree decorations, and bits and pieces of fabric scraps for others. Both worked just fine.





Your FREE PDF PATTERN


Yep, totally free - this is the free PDF pattern for homemade Christmas tree ornaments (I call them Christmas Lights). Download it for free from Craftsy HERE.

FINISHED SIZE:

These Felt Light Christmas Tree Ornaments are approximately 2.5 inch wide and 4.5 inch long (ribbon not included), perfectly fitting into a toddler's hand. Not just for toddlers, though. These ornaments will make a great handmade present for grownups too :)

BONUS TIP:

To store them, make an easy zipper pouch. You'll have a wonderful handmade present for your loved ones (aka 2-in-1!) – You can use my free PDF pattern for a zipper pouch. Easy project too! – Get it HERE.)

    Tutorial:

    1) Use the free PDF pattern to cut out the three pieces from felt for each ornament: 2 leaf-like pieces, and one connecting piece. (The connecting piece should be in the same color as the ribbon, here: blue.)
    Free PDF sewing pattern for cute Christmas tree decorations - a perfect handmade Christmas present! This Felt Christmas Lights tutorial is easy and has step-by-step photos. A great beginner sewing project!
    2) Put the first two (leaf-like) pieces together. Using a wide zigzag stitch, sew around the 2 pieces, stopping the sewing when you are approximately three fourths (3/4) around the piece. Leave the piece on the sewing machine. I always leave the needle IN the material, i.e. in the lowest position to prevent sliding when working on it:
    Free PDF sewing pattern for cute Christmas tree decorations - a perfect handmade Christmas present! This Felt Christmas Lights tutorial is easy and has step-by-step photos. A great beginner sewing project!
    3) Now insert the toy stuffing material. Adjust the quantity to your liking, though I advise you leave some room for easier sewing. Using less, not more is just OK for this type of felt decorations:
    Felt Christmas Tree Lights ornaments tutorial with a Free PDF Sewing pattern. A perfect handmade gift idea and a beginner sewing project!
    4) Then close the opening. Secure the stitches: tie a knot and cut off the excess thread. This is how the finished center part of the ornament will look like.
    Free PDF sewing pattern for cute Christmas tree decorations - a perfect handmade Christmas present! This Felt Christmas Lights tutorial is easy and has step-by-step photos. A great beginner sewing project!
    5) Now, you'll need to use the 8-inch long satin ribbon. Fold it in half. For a nice finish, you will use the third, small piece of felt in the same color as the ribon to serve as connecting piece, like you see in the image below. RED markers (short lines) on the PDF pattern: When placing the connecting piece on the center piece, make sure the two red markers on the (yellow) center piece match the two red markers on the connecting felt piece.

    Free PDF sewing pattern for cute Christmas tree decorations - a perfect handmade Christmas present! This Felt Christmas Lights tutorial is easy and has step-by-step photos. A great beginner sewing project!
    6) Fold the felt endpiece in half, encasing the satin ribbon - you'll sew over it, connecting the ribbon with the main (yellow) ornament part; start sewing at the top (you'll catch the ribbon), then continue all the way around the small (blue) connecting piece.
    Christmas tree decorations from felt - step 6
    7) Nearly finished:

    Free PDF sewing pattern for cute Christmas tree decorations - a perfect handmade Christmas present! This Felt Christmas Lights tutorial is easy and has step-by-step photos. A great beginner sewing project!
    8) Secure the stitches: tie a knot and cut off any excess sewing thread. Done!

    Free PDF sewing pattern for cute Christmas tree decorations - a perfect handmade Christmas present! This Felt Christmas Lights tutorial is easy and has step-by-step photos. A great beginner sewing project!
    Repeat as many times as you want. Each piece will go faster and at the end, you'll get yourself a nice little felt Christmas tree decorations collection.

    Felt Christmas Tree Lights ornaments tutorial with a Free PDF Sewing pattern. A perfect handmade gift idea and a beginner sewing project!
    This idea might help you keep the tree as beautiful as you'd like it to be, while enabling the kids to play with the ornaments, rearranging them and moving them around the tree, allowing for a good portion of sensory and creative play activities for kids.
    Felt Christmas Tree Lights ornaments tutorial with a Free PDF Sewing pattern. A perfect handmade gift idea and a beginner sewing project!
    Try them out - these DIY ornaments are easy to make, it's a beginner level project. And they don't take a lot of time to complete. Believe me, I spent 90% of the time taking photos of these cuties and only 10% actually sewing them :)

    Pin For Later:

    Felt Christmas Tree Lights ornaments tutorial with a Free PDF Sewing pattern. A perfect handmade gift idea and a beginner sewing project!



    Want More Free Patterns and Tutorials?

    Feel free to check out some of my FREE PDF patterns on Craftsy. They are all linked to my free tutorials on the blog, so it will be super easy for you to use them to sew something cute for yourself:

    Click here to get to my other PDF patterns on Craftsy.

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    Or check out my newest (and cutest) addition to Craftsy patterns:


    DIY Mini Fabric Bin - just the cutest little bin to sew! It's an easy beginner sewing project. Get your PDF pattern on Craftsy.



    Happy sewing!




    7 comments:

    1. This is a great idea Damjana, one I will definitely need next Christmas which gives me lots of time to make them!

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      1. Alison, I'm glad it's a useful idea for your family. Enjoy! Damjana

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    2. these are cute I need to make them. thanks

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    3. These are cute. Thank you for the sewing tip about keeping the project on the machine while you stuff. Genious!

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      1. Heather,
        thank you for visiting. It's often the details that make a job easier, isn't it? ;) Have a great weekend, Damjana

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    4. Hurrah, this is the thing which I was searching for, what a cool stuff it is!!! christmasvill.com

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