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Felt Peppermint Christmas Ornaments

December 3, 2010

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!

Felt Peppermints on Tree

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.

Felt Peppermints supplies

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.

Felt Peppermint Template

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.

Felt Peppermints Embellishments

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.

Felt Peppermints Sewing

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.

Felt Peppermints Stuffing

Push all the edges out to make it nice and round. Then stuff it with a handful of polyfill and slipstitch the opening closed.

Felt Peppermint

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!

36 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2010 4:15 pm

    I swear… they really are getting cuter and cuter!

    genius, you are. 🙂 I love your stitching.

  2. December 3, 2010 4:52 pm

    Oh, this is fun, I have just made two cakes with this pattern on top in red sugar sprinkles for the cake walk at school tomorrow. I really wanted to make peppermint flavored icing but I was told that ‘kids think that’s just gross, mom’ (accompanied by eyeball rolling – I really don’t like the eyeball rolling).

    Anyhoo, your little peppermints look good enough to eat! Great little project, thanks e.

  3. Annie permalink
    December 3, 2010 8:19 pm

    Those are so cute. I really like the yarn embellished one the best.

  4. December 4, 2010 12:45 pm


    Each of your projects is more adorable than the next. I think I love this one the best! Who know that felt could be so fabulous! Quick question about the stitching: yarn? As in yarn off a skein? Also, do you think embroidery floss (maybe six strands) would look as cute? Also maybe a pretty machine stitch? I’m thinking mass-production here for Christmas next year. If I start on December 26th, I think I can get a hundred of these little beauties made by then. What do you think? Downloading your template now.

    xo -El

  5. December 5, 2010 7:54 am

    super cute!!!

  6. December 8, 2010 5:23 pm

    This is SO CUTE!

  7. December 16, 2010 7:15 pm

    These ornaments will be perfect for my peppermint Christmas party. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  8. December 29, 2010 9:05 am

    See the felt peppermint ornaments that I made for my party using your tutorial:

  9. December 8, 2011 9:17 am

    These are sooo cute! Just printed off your pattern and plan to make several! Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

  10. sonali jayatunge permalink
    September 16, 2012 4:48 am

    i just love christmas and enjoy making ornaments out of felt and try out something new every year thanks for your ideas!

  11. Katie permalink
    September 20, 2012 7:51 pm

    why is it impossible to change the size of the template? even if i try to scan it, save it to my computer, copy and paste, none of it works for me to be able to change the size. any help for this? i want the ornaments to be much smaller. they’re super cute and i want to be able to make them! frustrating!

    • September 21, 2012 3:43 am

      I am sorry you are having so much trouble! I just saved it as a regular old file, I wasn’t trying to make things so difficult! When you print it can you change the settings in your printer to print it at 50 (or whatever)% reduced? If you can’t do that, you could try printing it with 4 copies on each sheet, so that it is reduced by half, making it much smaller. If you have a copy feature on your printer/scanner you could also print it fullsize and then make a copy and reduce it to whatever size you are looking for. And I’m sorry you are having so much trouble, I bet they will be so cute tiny! I might have to make some baby peppermints myself!


      • Katie permalink
        September 21, 2012 9:58 am

        Thanks for the suggestions! Also, when I was telling my husband about it last night, he said that we might be able to do it on his computer rather than mine, because he has different programs than I do. I’m gonna try again tonight when I get home from work! 🙂

  12. Katie permalink
    September 22, 2012 11:58 am

    So…I printed your template and for some strange unknown reason my scanner was not scanning the entire page, only sections of it. So what I ended up doing was tracing your template by hand, scanning the traced page, then shrinking that down to size on the computer in a Word document and printing it off on cardstock. Very strange and a bit complicated…BUT I made my first mini peppermint last night and it is absolutely ADORABLE!!! So I just wanted to say thank you for such an awesome idea! I make ornaments every year to give as gifts to friends/family, and this is the one I am going to make this year. I’m thinking to also make some green peppermints. So anyways, it was totally worth all the hassle in the end lol! Thanks!!! 🙂

  13. December 23, 2015 6:15 am

    Thank you for this tutorial , I used it , not exactly the same, here

  14. sharon permalink
    March 11, 2017 8:26 pm

    Good evening I was trying to download peppermint template and it would not download

  15. April permalink
    March 26, 2018 12:08 pm

    What is the size of your finished ornament? Thx!


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