Friday, 23 September 2011

How To: Vintage Felt Baubles

Time for a bit of Christmas crafting, with a tutorial for felt ornaments inspired by vintage glass baubles.


I designed these baubles for Sew Hip last year, but I thought they'd be perfect to share with you all as part of my Crafty Christmas series :)

To make your own baubles you will need:

- The templates at the bottom of this post
- Craft felt in white, grey and a selection of bright candy colours (or whatever colour scheme you've chosen)
- Ric rac, plus matching embroidery thread
- Matching sewing threads for all the felt & ric rac colours you're using
- Narrow ribbon
- A sewing needle, pins, sewing scissors and a large needle


1) First cut out your pattern pieces from the templates provided. For each ornament (a circle or a teardrop) you need to cut out two main bauble shapes in a bright colour (C1 or T1), one wide band of white felt (C2 or T2), one narrower band of a second bright colour (C3 or T3) and one small ‘cap’ piece from grey felt (TC).


2) Position the wide white band onto the middle of one of your bauble shapes so the edges match up. Pin the band in place and stitch around the edges with a line of simple straight stitches in white thread.

3) Next place the narrower coloured band of felt in the centre of the white band, pin or hold it in place and stitch around the edges with a line of straight stitches in matching thread.


4) Cut a length of bright ric rac at least five cms longer than the width of the ornament. Hold it in position so it overlaps the ornament by a couple of cms at each end and slowly sew it in place with matching thread, gradually curving the ric rac to match the curve of the felt band.


5) When you reach the end of the band, fold the spare ric rac over the edge taking care not to distort the shape of the ornament. Trim any excess ric rac and stitch the end in place with small whip stitches. Repeat this for the other end.


6) Thread a large needle with embroidery thread in the same colour as the ric rac and sew two decorative lines a few mms from the top and bottom of the band, following its curve. Use back stitch or, if you prefer, sew a line of straight stitches and then double back on yourself and fill in the gaps between the stitches.


7) Place the small grey cap piece at the top of your ornament and sew it in place using vertical stitches in white or light grey thread. Then turn the ornament over so you can see the back and all your workings.


8) Cut a four and a half inch length of narrow ribbon, fold it to make loop and sew the ends in place at the top of the ornament using small whip stitches.

9) Place the front and back bauble pieces together so the ribbon ends are sandwiched between them and the decorated side of the bauble is facing outwards. Sew them together with a line of straight stitches around the edge in thread the same colour as your main bauble shape. Finally, finish your stitches as neatly as possible on the back of the ornament.


Here are the templates - double click to view full size and print at 100%. I've included a scale so you can check if you've printed them at the right size, but you can obviously print them larger or smaller if you prefer :)

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it for as many ornaments as you like for yourself or as gifts for friends but please don't make any for sale. Please feel free to borrow photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial on your site. Thanks!

Want to make more baubles? You can also try these simple felt baubles decorated with sequins.

For more crafty goodness, check out my books: Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals.


Archie the wonder dog said...

These are gorgeous - another thing to bookmark for Christmas!! Thanks for sharing!

Daiga said...

fantastic, like them!

pj said...

lovely! thank you for the tutorial :-)

kasia | szkieuka said...

These are awesome! I'd love to try them, definitely putting this idea on the list for Christmas. Thank you for sharing!

☼Carolina Artesanías☼ said...


hugs from Chile


Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Very pretty - thanks! I've started making Christmas decorations already but been holding off the tutorial, maybe I should type it up

Édina Cunha said...

Perfect! I love this blog! Thank's for ideia.

Kisses darling

daisyfleur said...

Great project! We love these!

Elaine Almeida said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful ... I am delighted Congratulations!
Elaine Almeida

♥Esmeralda♥ said...

Regards from Spain

Crystal Velvet said...

fantastic tutorial. I have featured it on my blog

hollywoodandme said...

Gorgeous, thanks for the tutorial!

famfa said...

Gorgeous. Would love to have a go. Thanks for sharing your tutorial

Miss Maggie said...

These are lovely. I'm loving the christmas tutorials even though it's only September!

MARIA said...

Lovely!. Thank you for sharing!
Kisses from Spain.
Mª José (majogonga)

Elisi Defteri said...

Very nice:))
greetings from Turkey:))

jaga said...

piekne bombki

Threeundertwo said...

Super cute! said...

♥ I LUV !!!

Made in Suisse said...

Another tutorial on my to-do list, thank for sharing ;-)

Kooky Crafts said...

These look ace! Im going to have to make myself a string of these to hang christmas cards from. Thanks for sharing your ideas :-)

Sarah Lou said...

Thank you for this, they're fab! I made a rough one this weekend without the templates, and I was really pleased with it.
Hopefully these will make lovely presents too.

BugsandFishes said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone! Please do share photos if you make some of these, it would be fab to see everyone's choice of colours :)

blackrose said...

Thanks for sharing...

make handmade said...

So cute and great tutorial! thanks for sharing.

angela said...

Oh I absolutely LOVE this. I just did a blog post about holiday craft ideas and included this. Brilliant! Thanks!!

thisisthecraftyone said...

this is ace :) really like it!

Ulula said...

Gracias, me gusta mucho, tanto la idea como el tutorial.

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

Thank you SOOO much for posting these templates and ideas because you gave me the encouragement/confidence to make some of my own for our very bare tree. I love how they turned out (though yours are way more impressive) and it was awesome to be able to make them for free from stuff I already owned - plus, they are easy to store (and not breakable) so I can save them for next year! I posted pics of the ones I made (and I made the candy cane ones too) and you can see them here if you want: (I linked to you and gave your ill credit in the post - thank you again!) Merry Christmas!

-Mel the Crafty Scientist

Calogero said...

Simply wonderful :-). Thanks a lot.

creadientje said...

Thank you so much for this great idea and tutorial! I made 6 for a friend

Pam Fields said...

I am getting ready to use this pattern for an ornament exchange. My partner wants something retro modern. I think these will be perfect!

I am co-hosting SPARK this month. The theme is Here Come The Holidays and I would love for you to come over and post this link. :)

BugsandFishes said...

I hope your partner will like them, Pam! :) said...

Hi , Laura !!!!!
I am a new follower of your blog !
I love your creations !!!!They are
adorable !!!
My yesterday's post may interest
you because I posted a photo
of your felt baubles and of course I gave the link to your blog.
I do hope you don't mind!! If you
do, please tell me and I will remove it immediately.
Have a nice weekend!!!

BugsandFishes said...

No problem at all, Niki! Thanks for linking to my project :)


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