Felt Peppermint Christmas Ornaments
I was waiting until we had the Christmas tree up to finish photographing this project, and it’s up, but the only thing that is hanging on it so far is three of these ornaments. Of course there are a bunch of gingerbread boys and a few reindeer just waiting for their turn to be hung up. Tonight’s project is to get the lights on and decorate our little tree. I can’t wait!
For the Fifth Day of my Handmade Christmas series I am sharing a free pattern for some plush peppermint ornaments. Here’s what you’ll need for each one.
Print off the template below, and trace onto red and white felt. You’ll also need a little polyfill stuffing, some ribbon and a bit of yarn (optional). Also, hot glue will make this whole thing MUCH easier. If you are using sheets of felt, you’ll need one of each color to make one ornament. If you are using 72″ wide felt, well you’ll be able to make six of them from a 6″x72″ strip.
Download my Felt Peppermint Ornament Template PDF and print on cardstock. [UPDATE: If you can't download this template, email me at pinksuedeshoe at gmail dot com, or let me know in the comments and I'll send it to you!] Or you can print it on regular paper and then trace onto cardstock or thin cardboard, like the back of a cereal box. Using heavy paper for the template will make tracing the pieces onto felt MUCH easier.
After you’ve cut your pieces out, use just a few dots of hot glue to attach the red swirly piece to your white circle. The hot glue will help hold the pieces together so you can sew them without using so many pins. Be careful not to get any glue where you will be stitching. It will gum up your needle, catch your thread and generally make for a very frustrating experience. Ask me how I know. In the photo above the top left peppermint is just glued together, the right side I stitched down with my sewing machine and the bottom one I used a little yarn to embroider around the edges. It’s my favorite. But I only used the yarn on one side because it took a while.
After you’ve stitched and/or glued each side of your peppermint together, line them up so the red’s don’t overlap too much. This will give you three layers of felt to sew through instead of four, which will be a lot easier. Insert a loop of ribbon for a hanger (or is it hangar?) and sew around the edge with a 3/8″ ish seam allowance. Make sure you leave a few inches open to turn. Then trim the edges close to the seam to reduce bulk and turn your peppermint right side out.
Push all the edges out to make it nice and round. Then stuff it with a handful of polyfill and slipstitch the opening closed.
Add a bow to the top and hang them on your Christmas tree. A cute completely unbreakable ornament that you can use again and again. Tonight is your last chance to enter my SnowDay giveaway!