Posted On December 11, 2015
Join us this Christmas and learn how to make your very own felt decorations ready to display on the Christmas Tree! We have created patterns for a number of different decorations; gingerbread house, gingerbread man, reindeer, robin, angel, heart and christmas pudding. Why not check out our corresponding YouTube tutorial and sew-along with us – Click Here!
Start by collecting the materials that you will need to create the decorations:
– Felt (variety of colours)
– Ribbon (for hanging and embellishments)
– Stuffing (100% Polyester)
– Embroidery Floss (Black, White)
– Beads / Buttons (eyes)
The following equipment will also be useful:
– Template (download for FREE – click here)
Start by downloading the templates from the website (click here), or draw out your own patterns onto paper or card. Position the card template onto the felt and draw around the template using a pencil.
Cut around the drawn line.
For ALL of the decorations you will require 2 of each template. Either complete the same process of drawing around the template and cutting out the shape, or alternatively pin the first cut out shape onto another piece of felt and simply cut out the second piece of felt (cutting around the first).
You will need to complete the above for ALL of the templates you wish to make. You may also wish to cut out the small embellishments for the decorations that we have included with the patterns.
Think about the finished design of the decoration, you may wish to add embellishments before sewing the two pieces together. To do this you will need to sew the embellishments onto the felt using the same techniques we share later on in the tutorial. For the example of the gingerbread man we added embellishments after sewing the the felt together, this allowed us to wrap ribbon around the limbs of the gingerbread man.
Sewing a Blanket Stitch
We used the blanket stitch to sew around the outside edge of the decorations. The blanket stitch is great at joining two edges together and creates a very neat finish to a project. For more information check out our blanket stitch blog post or watch the YouTube tutorial.
However if you would prefer you are welcome to sew a simple running stitch around the edge of the decorations.
To sew the blanket stitch we used embroidery thread and divided the thread in half (3 threads). Thread a needle and tie a knot at the end of the needle. Start by positioning the needle into the WRONG side of the felt (between the two layers), this will hide the knot from view.
Sew the blanket stitch approximately 1/8″ (3mm) from the edge of the felt and 1/4″ (5mm) in stitch size.
When completing the blanket stitch on the gingerbread start at the neck on one side and sew around the bottom of the gingerbread man. Stop at the neck on the other side to stuff the limbs.
Poke stuffing into the limbs of the gingerbread man to your desired plumpness.
Continue sewing the blanket stitch until you reach the centre of the head.
You will need to add a piece of ribbon to the centre of the gingerbread man’s head, this will need to be added to the centre of all decorations for hanging.
Cut a length of ribbon that measure 4″ (10cm). Fold the ribbon in half with both raw edges meeting.
Position the raw edge of the ribbon between the two pieces of felt. Place the ribbon 1/2″ (1cm) from the edge of the felt in the centre of the shape.
Pin in position.
For ease we recommend completing a running stitch approximately 1/8″ (3mm) from the edge of the felt, and 1/8″ (3mm) in stitch size to hold the ribbon in position.
Add stuffing into the head of the gingerbread man.
Embellish your decoration using your choice of ribbon, braid, beads, buttons and felt. We decided to add ribbon to the arms and legs of the gingerbread man. We also tied a bow using ribbon for the neck of the gingerbread man.
To attach these we used a simple slip stitch or fell stitch using a standard polyester thread (as this is less visible). Watch our YouTube video for a clear visual on how to sew this stitch. We used the slip stitch or fell stitch to attach the majority of embellishments as it is almost invisible. If you don’t feel able to complete the slip stitch why not try a simple running stitch.
We decided to sew beads as eyes and buttons onto the gingerbread man. We used beads on a variety of the decorations for eyes. Mark the placement of the eyes and buttons onto the decoration with a removable pen or pins, to make sure that you get the placement correct.
Using a standard polyester double thread we fastened the stitch into the felt and then stitched through the bead and back into the felt. We recommend you watch the corresponding YouTube tutorial for a visible of this.
For the mouth of the decorations we completed a back stitch. Mark the shape of the mouth onto the decoration with a removable pen. Complete a back stitch or a simple running stitch to sew on the mouth shape.
To complete the gingerbread house we recommend sewing the doors and roof using the slip stitch or fell stitch onto the felt prior to joining the pieces of felt together with the blanket stitch.
Add embellishments such as seed beads and a button using the same technique we used to fasten the beads onto the gingerbread man.
To complete the reindeer you are welcome to sew the heart shape onto the reindeer before or after joining the two pieces of felt together.
We stitched the addition of a bead as an eye and a bell as a nose following the same technique we used to attach the beads onto the gingerbread man.
For the robin we recommend that you sew the belly and wing of the robin onto the main shape using the slip stitch , fell stitch or a running stitch prior to attaching the two pieces of felt together.
Sew a bead onto the felt for the eye of the robin, as completed with the gingerbread man.
To complete the heart shapes we have included the stitching lines that we followed in the template. We decided to sew a button into the centre of the shape. The decoration was completed prior to attaching the two layers of felt together.
Draw the stitching lines onto the felt with chalk or a removable fabric pen.
To complete the decorative stitch, use embroidery thread (3 threads). Thread a needle and tie a knot at the end to start. Why not check out the corresponding YouTube video to see the stitch in action.
Start by moving forwards with the needle on the straight central line (behind the fabric). Bring the needle through the felt about 1/8″ (3mm) from the start, along the straight central line.
Position the needle back into the fabric moving backwards, back into the end of the previous stitch. As completed with a back stitch.
The same technique will need to be completed for both angles. Bring the needle out to the left of the centre line, and then position the needle back into the fabric on the central line.
Complete the same on the other side, try to achieve symmetrical angles.
The angel is slightly different to the other decorations, as our design features numerous parts. Start by sewing the two wing pieces together. When completing the blanket stitch we decided to add beads to the standard blanket stitch, check out the YouTube tutorial or blog post on how to do this!
Start sewing the blanket stitch in the centre of the top of the wings (sharper dip) and sew around the shape. When you near the end you will need to stuff the wings to the desired plumpness prior to finishing the blanket stitch.
Complete the blanket stitch around the head of the angel, joining the two layers of the body together. Include a hanging ribbon if required and lightly stuff.
Position the wings in-between the two layers of felt (body of the angel). The top (sharper dip) of the wings should sit underneath the head.
Pin in position.
To join the pieces together you will need to fasten the body of the angel onto the wings using either a slip stitch, fell stitch or running stitch.
The slip stitch or fell stitch is less visible but must be completed on both sides of the wing to attach it to the body of the angel. Check out the corresponding YouTube tutorial for visuals.
If completing the running stitch this can be sewn through all of the layers.
Once the wings have been attached the rest of the body can be sewn with the blanket stitch. Be sure to leave a hole for stuffing the body of the angel. The angel will need to be stuffed on either side of the wings.
We added the addition of a breast plate to our angel using a slip stitch. We also decided to attach seed beads, sewing them onto the main body using the same technique we used for the eyes of the gingerbread man.