12 Days of Christmas In July ….

12 Days of ChristmasWell, this is definitely not my best work, but my thought was more towards showing you various ideas for creating your own ornaments. I love ornaments that are cute and have a story to them, but I also like ball ornaments, just a simple round ball in various colors. I think they bring light to the tree.

You can literally make ornaments out of anything, wood, spices, herbs, beads, buttons, fabric, the possibilities are endless. The cool thing about using fabric to do it is that your ability to add things like paint, drawings, pictures, pockets, buttons, beads, and many more items to fabric is so easy to do.

In my ornaments today, I used fabric and felted wool.

and several pieces of fabric along with white thread (On purpose) and heat-n-bond lite.

What I did was first look for some basic shapes on the internet, I downloaded them and printed them out, and then cut a piece of heat-n-bond and ironed it to the fabric about a 6-inch square piece, cut the shapes with wrong sides together, and then I also cut a piece of felted wool at about 1/4-inch larger than the shapes.


Cotton scraps at least 6-inches square
Felted Wool, felt, or a fabric that doesn’t do a lot of fraying.
Beads, Buttons, and other things you like to decorate with.
Presser Cloth and Iron
Sewing Supplies

So let me go over the basics…

  1. Find the shapes you wish to use. Keep it simple. Draw or Print 2 of each.
  2. Print them out on freezer paper or a tear away stabilizer
  3. Trace the shapes so you have a layout, it makes it easier to line up the shapes over the felted wool. add another shape about a 1/4-inch larger around the shape you just drew.
  4. Iron your hnb on the 6-inch shapes for each shape. You need two 6-inch squares per ornament, so you’ll also need 2 for hnb also. Leave paper on for now.
  5. Cut out your shapes. Cut 2 of each shape, wrong sides together, your hnb should be on one of the wrong sides.
  6. Cut out felted wool at about 1/4-inch larger. (Felted wool fabric should be a color that coordinates with your ornament fabric) Remove hnb from cotton shapes.
  7. Lay one of the ornament shapes (cotton) onto the layout you drew or printed out. Wrong side with hnb should be on top (so you see it and right side of fabric should be on bottom)
  8. Lay the piece of felted wool on top of it and line it up with the outside edge of the layout.
  9. Lay a pressing cloth over the ornament and press the wool to the cotton.
  10. Lay the other shape onto the top of the felted wool, use straight pins to help you line it up so that both of the shapes lay together on the opposite sides of the wool.
  11. Lay a presser cloth on top once you’ve done that, and iron lightly in place, remove pins and finish ironing.
  12. Straight stitch, Zigzag or use a ladder stitch and stitch around the edges of your ornament so they are stitched down to the felted wool piece.

This is where you now get to decide how you want to decorate your ornaments. If your sewing machine, for instance, has a lot of decorative stitches, this is a great time to put them to use, draw some lines lightly on your ornament, use a color of thread in the top and bottom that coordinates or is in contrast with your fabrics. A good thing to do would be to test first and find some stitches you like so you can decorate them how you want on your ornament.

If your machine has a round buttonhole, use it to create holes for your ornaments and then add your ribbon into each hole and tie it so the ribbon in place for your tree or wreath.

In my examples above, with the stocking and the mitten, you can see the reverse side. In these two ornaments, I simply used decorative stitches to decorate the ornament.

With the round ornament, I added a pocket to the ornament, thus I can add little mini candy canes or Hershey kisses into the pocket. My example is just showing the pocket with paper. To make the pocket, use the hnb paper you peeled off as a template and cut half of the ornament in half, use it to create your pocket template, cutting 2 pieces and a piece of hnb. Iron them together with wrong sides together. Zigzag the pocket onto your ornament.

I used white thread in my samples on purpose so you could see the stitchings easier, thus the reason I said it’s not my best work… however, I also didn’t have time to create new ornaments, all my baubles and beads and such are still packed in boxes and I haven’t had a chance to unpack them yet.

Many of you have commented today on liking the pocket idea, thank you. I would like to point out that the pocket idea is not limited to just the ornament, you can do it to any simple shape where you can simply just cut it in half with your hnb paper that you took off your shape, and following the instruction for the pocket then just stitch around it. Both the glove and the stocking are perfect for this and with the glove you can even angle your pocket so it starts near the top but the opening ends at inside the finger… 

By the way…. I love pockets, I literally add them to all of my projects, even when I make clothing that doesn’t have pockets, they get a pocket. I just love them. 🙂

Todays other stops on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Are:

Tuesday, July 18th

A wonderful giveaway will happen with each day of this hop, Free Spirit fabrics will give away fabric from their new Tula Pink holiday line called Holiday Homies.

Being given away are layer cakes, design cakes, and a fat quarter bundle. Simply leave a comment on each blog each day and Sarah will draw names from a hat. At the end of the hop, she will offer the grand prize of the fat quarter bundle by putting all the names in her hat and drawing again. Sorry, only one prize per person.

I’m not someone who likes to ask for comments, but to be entered in the giveaway, you do have to leave a comment. Be sure you use a working email address also.

Enjoy your day, and we’ll see you soon.

Marry Christmas From Seams To Be Sew

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160 Responses to 12 Days of Christmas In July ….

  1. AvatarBonnie L Thiem says:

    I love anything Christmas.

  2. AvatarKaren D Martin says:

    Fun idea–these would be awesome gifts!

  3. An easy idea to decorate a tree. Thank you for sharing.

  4. AvatarSarah J says:

    So adorable- I bet my daughter would like to sew these for gifts!

  5. AvatarJocelyn says:

    Very cute!

  6. AvatarRoseanne says:

    These ornaments look so cute and not too difficult to make. Thanks for sharing with us.

  7. AvatarJanet says:

    Cute ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  8. AvatarKathy S. ~ Ohio says:

    Sometimes the scheduler I use for WordPress doesn’t work for me either (for our guild blog). Someday I’ll even figure out how to get the time to be correct to my time zone… Shahann@yahoo.com

  9. well these are nice and simple! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Avatarhelen says:

    what an original idea. I can see the pocket used to hold my scissors, threads and epp pieces over christmas

  11. Cute little ornaments! I like the pocket idea too. It would be a fun way to give a gift card too.

  12. AvatarMaxine Shaw says:

    I think these ideas for ornaments are a great idea. The pockets would be perfect for gift cards.

  13. AvatarMaryBeth says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  14. AvatarSarah Craig says:

    You did a beautiful job with this tutorial, and such cute ornaments! Thanks for helping make the hop a success!!!

  15. AvatarBarb N says:

    Very crafty idea for Christmas – thanks for sharing!

  16. AvatarLeslie K. says:

    Thanks for the cute ideas!

  17. AvatarPam Pollock says:

    Great project. I love ornaments.

  18. AvatarTamara says:

    I could see using these as an applique on a sweatshirt or stocking endless possibilities

  19. AvatarJaney says:

    The pocket idea is great when participating in exchanges. What a great idea for our guild! Love Tula Pink. And your site, too. Lots of fun ideas and projects. Thanks.

  20. AvatarSusan M says:

    Love the idea of the pocket! Thanks for sharing your tips.

  21. AvatarJeri Niksich says:

    I love so many ideas I’ve seen on various blogs BUT I can’t figure out how to make my printer to print in actual size. There isn’t an option for it and even my grown kids can’t figure out how.
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

  22. AvatarDelaine says:

    This is a clever way to make some quick ornaments or gifts. Thanks!

  23. AvatarCarolyn says:

    Cute ornaments – love the added pocket, great idea!

  24. AvatarBrandy says:

    Oh, I love the pocket on the round ornament! Such a great idea, thank you Marian!

  25. AvatarTina says:

    Great idea for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.

  26. AvatarPat Evans says:

    I’m playing catch up today. The pockets are a great idea. Thanks for participating.

  27. AvatarTIRZAH says:


  28. AvatarSharon says:

    Fabric ornaments always make nice gifts.

  29. fabric ornaments are a grea idea – thanks

  30. AvatarGloria Cotten says:

    I love the pocket idea in particular — a valuable and useful tip! Thanks!

  31. AvatarKelly O. says:

    the pocket ornament is my favourite! great idea!

  32. AvatarKathleen says:

    Cute ornaments! Love the one with the little pocket.

  33. AvatarDonette Beimborn says:

    What a cute idea!

  34. AvatarJan Altomare says:

    I’m a pocket girl too. Thanks for sharing.

  35. AvatarKaholly says:

    Very clever! Would make cute sets for gifties!

  36. AvatarChristi says:

    These would be nice gifts.

  37. AvatarKathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Thank you for your designs!! Very cute!

  38. AvatarBeth T. says:

    Pockets are always fun–these would be a cute way to add notes to the Christmas tree, or gift cards if you’re so inclined.

  39. Although I don’t celebrate Christmas I do know many who do. This can make a nice gift!

  40. AvatarBeth says:

    Definitely fun ideas. I am finding it difficult to think Christmas with the hazy/hot/humid weather in my area.

  41. AvatarLINDA says:

    Cool ornament ideas. I like that the size can easily be scaled up or down, too.

  42. AvatarHilachas says:

    Such good ideas. Can’t wait to try them.

  43. AvatarHeatherK says:

    Cute ideas. So many ways to personalize and play with that idea.

  44. AvatarNicole Sender says:

    I also like pockets! Love your ornaments!

  45. AvatarMelody Lutz says:

    Super cute and thinking about doing some with my 11 year old niece! Thank you for sharing your creativity.

  46. Thanks for joining in the early holiday fun on the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!!

  47. AvatarKathy E. says:

    I am one who likes pockets too and making them a fun shape is even better! These are very sweet ornaments and simple to make, too. Also, easy to store! duchick at gmail dot com

  48. AvatarNancy A says:

    I can’t get along without pockets also. Cute idea.

  49. AvatarJanice says:

    Great idea for an ornament exchange!

  50. AvatarDeb F says:

    The pocket is great. I could also see using the “pocket” for a bell shape where the pocket is facing down and a little treat is dangling by a ribbon inside. Thanks for taking time to be part of this Christmas in July hop, it is such fun.

  51. AvatarDiantha Howard says:

    Cute ornaments. I like the pocket idea too.

  52. AvatarAnna says:

    Very cute hun tytyty for sharing. COULD BE SOMTHING TO WORK ON WITH GRANDSON…. happyness04431@yahoo.com

  53. AvatarJoanne H says:

    What neat ideas. Thanks for sharing them today!

  54. AvatarDeb W says:

    I agree with everyone else, love the pocket idea! A great way to hide a little something, something!

  55. AvatarCecilia says:

    Great projects, thanks for sharing.

  56. AvatarAnn says:

    So cute!

  57. AvatarNancy says:

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing them.

  58. AvatarSandra Walker says:

    Very cute projects! I like pockets too; made 10 wheelchair quilts for seniors in wheelchairs and the one seniors’ residence asked for a pocket to be attached to the quilt, so all 10 got pockets! Very handy.

  59. AvatarLois W says:

    Thank you for cute idea. Pocket is great place to put gift cards or cash.

  60. AvatarVicki H says:

    I’ve not worked with felted wool before, this would be a good project to start with. Thanks.

  61. AvatarMary says:

    Thanks for the cute ornaments.

  62. AvatarMary Furber says:

    What a cute and easy idea. These would be very useful as gift tags, too! Thanks

  63. AvatarSusan says:

    What a great idea, Marion. I, too, like the pocket, and can see making a two sided stocking, as well. These wouldn’t take much time and would make great package ties, too. Thanks for sharing another creative idea!

  64. AvatarMary says:

    So cute and do-able!

  65. AvatarMary says:

    Cute and do-able!

  66. AvatarPatty Morris says:

    Another wonderful idea for the holidays – glad it is only July giving me 4 + months to get ahead! Thank you for the blog hop!

  67. AvatarPam Jolly says:

    Great ornaments. Thanks.

  68. AvatarSusan says:

    I love the idea of pockets on ornaments- could put a special treat inside! Thanks for sharing your ideas

  69. AvatarWendy says:

    The ornament with the pocket is so cute and clever! And if it was filled with chocolate, even better! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  70. AvatarKathy h says:

    Love your ornaments. Great ideas for my grandkids.

  71. AvatarTonya Reichard says:

    What a cute and simple decorating idea! My 4-Hers would love something like this. Thank you for sharing.

  72. AvatarSandi says:

    Your ornaments are adorable! For some reason I never thought about making ornaments but will try some this year. I love your pocket idea. Thanks for sharing.

  73. AvatarDeborah Meyer says:

    Nice idea! Love the pocket, could use it for a gift card and hang it on the tree. Just when they think they have opened it all, they have one more thoughtful, homemade gift!

  74. AvatarLinda Smith says:

    What a fun idea. I am with you, if I start now, I might have a few ready by December!!

  75. AvatarPatty says:

    Love the idea! Since I have several trees and all sizes I’m thinking miniature ornaments for my table top tree.

  76. AvatarSherree Shaw Chmitlin says:

    I would like the round one. It would be great to make for small gifts with a hidden gift in the pocket.

  77. AvatarGloria says:

    I particularly like the round one with a pocket – could hold so many small things. I’m thinking it could be used for small presents at a Quilt Group lunch.

  78. AvatarPatricia says:

    Cute cute ornaments, thanks.

  79. AvatarDanice says:

    Oh how cute! Thank you for the tutorial.

  80. AvatarLINDA says:


  81. AvatarLaura says:

    Like how you used the decorative stitches on your ornaments.

  82. AvatarKim says:

    These ornaments look awesome! Great ideas.

  83. AvatarJayne P says:

    This is a great way to use up those small pieces of left over fabric. Thank you for sharing your ideas

  84. AvatarBarb K. says:

    I’m enjoying all the various ideas–hard to pick what to try first!

  85. AvatarBarb K. says:

    I’m enjoying all the various ideas –so many hard to pick what to try first!

  86. AvatarWendy says:

    Cute and easy ornaments, thank you!

  87. AvatarPatricia Anderson says:

    Cute ideas, thanks!

  88. AvatarSandy Wootten says:

    Thanks for sharing your Christmas ideas with us. Also all you great blog hops.

  89. AvatarPeggy Gibbs says:

    I’ve made some ornies in the past that I still hang on my tree.

  90. AvatarJanet says:

    Great idea to use a pocket on the ornament. Kids like surprises!

  91. AvatarVicki in MN says:

    I like that you utilized your built in stitches on your DSM for the mitten!

  92. AvatarLisa Marie says:

    Homemade ornaments are the best! Each year as I decorate the tree I enjoy looking at all the different ones we’ve made over the years.

  93. AvatarLori Smanski says:

    Your ornaments are wonderful. I especially love the pocket one. thanks for sharing

  94. AvatarPam Arbour says:

    Lots of good ideas! Thanks,

  95. AvatarJanis T says:

    I make ornaments for my grandkids every year, I like the pocket idea!

  96. AvatarHeather says:

    I like the pocket idea. Great for gifting a small surprise!

  97. AvatarJane says:

    Great ornaments, coasters even or hot pads too with adjusting the sizes accordingly. Thanks for sharing.

  98. AvatarTonia Conner says:

    depending on the size chosen these would be cute coasters as well.

  99. AvatarSusan says:

    Nice! I could see lots of ideas for ornamentation on these – just like decorating Christmas cookies.

  100. AvatarSusan says:

    I like ornaments that remind me of different events, places, etc. and that have a story behind them.

  101. Cute idea for an easy peasy Christmas ornament!

  102. I’ve still got to finish my Christmas quilt from last July. All of you guys are way ahead of the game!

  103. AvatarRochelle says:

    A good idea for some unique ornaments. Every time I put up my ornaments, I am filled with great memories of the times they were made, or the people who made and gifted them. Thank you

  104. AvatarAllison Evrard says:

    I love the ornaments. Thanks for the tutorial!

  105. AvatarSherry V. says:

    Thank you for the fun tutorial.

  106. AvatarSusan Spiers says:

    Very pretty-even with the white thread! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  107. AvatarBrenda Hulsey says:

    I enjoyed the visit with you. Thanks for the wonderful ideals for Christmas!

  108. AvatarMary says:

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  109. AvatarKaren Thurn says:

    I think this would be a neat way to take a child’s simple outline drawing and put it to fabric. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

  110. Avatarcarolyn montgomery says:

    the round ornament would be perfect for gift cards.

  111. AvatarLoris Mills says:

    Cute idea! and keeping it simple! I love the use of the embroidered stitches 🙂

  112. AvatarCarol W says:

    I like the round ornament for little gifts.

  113. AvatarNancy says:

    These are a great idea..we get it, even if it’s not your idea of your best work! Hope you get your computer glitches worked out. I admire all you accomplish…wish I could be so productive!

  114. AvatarSusan says:

    Great ideas for ornaments! I would never think to use a round buttonhole! That’s using your noggin! I especially like that you laid out the steps one after another. I tend to get in a hurry, jump the gun, do something out of order and end up with a mess. Thank you for the great ideas and steps to help me to slow down, get organized and hopefully not make mistakes. Great job!

  115. AvatarShelley says:

    A great project-thank you for sharing it.

  116. AvatarAmy says:

    Cute hot pads, Marian. They would make adorable Christmas presents.

  117. AvatarChiska says:

    That looks like it would be really fun to play with!

  118. AvatarBonnie Browne says:

    Thanks for sharing. They are really cute.

  119. AvatarJeanna says:

    I always wondered when I would ever use the round button hole feature on my machine. This is a perfect application for it.

    These ornaments are a nice project…quick and easy, too.

  120. AvatarVerna A. says:

    This is a great place to use those decorative stitches on my machine! I will have to try these; I like to have a few new ornaments each year.

  121. AvatarJean says:

    Cute projects

  122. AvatarDawn F. says:

    Those are cute! Thanks for sharing!

  123. AvatarEileen says:

    Cute ornaments, and I like the idea of adding a pocket for extra goodies!

  124. AvatarRenea Yarolim says:

    Thanks for sharing your cute projects.

  125. AvatarGene Black says:

    This is a novel way to make ornaments. These ideas could also be used to embellish a decor pillow.

  126. AvatarCheryl says:

    Nice tutorial.

  127. AvatarCarol C. says:

    These turned out so cute — a great idea for using some of those wonderful decorative stitches on my machine! Thanks for sharing!

  128. AvatarChris says:

    I need just pull out fabric and learn all the decorative stitches on my machine! Thanks for the ideas.

  129. AvatarDebbie says:

    You’ve given us lots of great ideas, no reason to apologize! I think I might make really small ornaments. I have a tabletop tree that is challenging to decorate as everything looks too big.

  130. AvatarCharlene Whipp-Stelly says:

    Cute idea. Excellent instructions. Thanks for sharing.

  131. AvatarJudy Rogers says:

    they are so cute

  132. AvatarChristine says:

    Those are so cute! I always have a tiny tree in the kitchen and these ornaments would be great. Thank you for the ideas.

  133. AvatarAshley says:

    Such a simple and fun way to add a handmade touch to your tree! Thank you for creating and sharing this tutorial with all of us!

  134. AvatarAshley says:

    Such a simple and fun way to add a handmade touch to your tree! Thank you for creating and sharing this tutorial!

  135. AvatarAshley says:

    A simple and fun way to add a handmade touch to your tree! Thanks for creating and sharing the tutorial with all of us!

  136. AvatarKate says:

    Great decorations, they will be good for decorating presents too. Thank you.

  137. AvatarClaire says:

    great ideas thanks!

  138. AvatarSelina says:

    Great idea for ornaments. Couldn’t be easier. Thanks

  139. AvatarNancy says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!!

  140. Brilliant! Quick, easy, inexpensive way to get started on Christmas tree ornaments!

  141. Avatarjann says:

    Really like the pocket on the round ornament…such a good idea..a little larger, you could put cards in and other candies.

  142. AvatarJennyM says:

    I can see tucking a gift card into the round ornament. Fun idea.

  143. AvatarJan says:

    I have just learned how to machine embroider so these are perfect projects for me.
    Thanks. Janice.snell@gmail.com

  144. AvatarLiz Horgan says:

    These are adorable!! Thanks for sharing!

  145. AvatarNona says:

    Cute ornaments. Thanks for sharing.

  146. AvatarAnne Marie says:

    Cute ideas – these would make quick little gifts!

  147. AvatarKaren says:

    Cute idea! You can use these ornaments so many different ways. Thanks for sharing!

  148. AvatarMichele T says:

    Every year I like to make ornaments for our own tree and for family and friends!! Yours are cute!!

  149. AvatarLinda W says:

    Another great Christmas idea. I’m getting inspired to get going on my Christmas projects, just hope the momentum lasts.

  150. AvatarMarilyn says:

    Cute ornaments! I especially like the round one with a pocket for little treats.

  151. AvatarK T says:

    Great idea–looks like you can have a lot of fun with decorative stitches with this!

  152. AvatarDarlene says:

    Another cute project.

  153. AvatarPat T. says:

    Thank you for sharing! I can see these given as gift tag/gift decorations… And the pocket variation adapted as a gift card/small gift holder…!
    (I like that they can be decorated and personalized for each gift recipient!)
    Thanks, again!
    Pat T.

  154. Very nice idea! I’m thinking that if any one has a serger, that would work great around the edges as well! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

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