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!)
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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):
- Easy to make. (Felt is even easier to sew than cotton fabrics!)
- Inexpensive (You'll need very little material!)
- A great felt scrap buster!
- Make a great and easy homemade gift!
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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 :)
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 :)
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.)
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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