This week's addition to my series of free felt Christmas tutorials is... a Santa ornament!
This Santa (or Father Christmas) bauble is part of a set of cute felt Christmas ornaments I designed for docrafts Creativity magazine last year.
I've already shared the snowman bauble, stripey stocking, reindeer bauble, sparkly star, angel bauble and button heart tutorials. The final project - the jingle bell - will be posted on my blog next week.
To make the Santa bauble, you will need:
- templates (see the bottom of this post)
- royal blue felt
- red felt
- white felt
- pale pink (or other skin colour) felt
- matching sewing threads
- black and white embroidery thread (floss)
- white narrow ribbon
- silver seed beads
- toy stuffing
- sewing scissors (I recommend using embroidery scissors to cut out the small felt shapes)
- sewing needles and pins
To make the Santa bauble:
the templates provided to cut out the following felt pieces: two royal blue bauble shapes, one red body, one red hat, one white beard, one white hat trim, one white hat bobble and one pale pink face.
2. Gradually build up
the Santa picture on one of the bauble shapes, sewing the pieces in
position one by one and using the photos as a guide.
with the body, then the face then the hat. Next, add the beard, hat trim and bobble. Use whip stitch and matching sewing thread, holding or
pinning the pieces in place as you sew.
be sewing around the bauble later on so you can leave the bottom edge
of Santa's body (where it follows the curve of the bauble)
unstitched until then.
3. Add the
embroidered details using half strands of embroidery thread (i.e. for
six stranded thread use three strands), switching to a larger needle if
Use black thread to backstitch Santa's nose and
smile, and to sew a few small stitches close together for each eye.
Tip: if you prefer, you could stitch a French knot for each eye or use black seed beads.
Optional: use pale pink thread to backstitch two lines marking where Santa's ears join his head.
in the background space around Santa with sparkly silver seed
beads, sewing each bead in place with a double thickness of blue sewing
5. Cut a 15cm (6 inch) length of narrow
white ribbon. Fold the ribbon into a loop and sew the ends to the top of
the undecorated bauble shape. Use whip stitch and blue sewing thread,
sewing into the felt not through it.
the front and back bauble pieces together so the ends of the ribbon are
sandwiched between the two layers and the loop sticks out the top above Santa's hat.
Hold or pin the two bauble pieces together
and blanket stitch around the edge, using half strands of white
embroidery thread. Start at the top (where the ribbon loop sticks out),
stitch most of the way round and leave a gap for stuffing..
Add small pieces of stuffing to gradually fill the bauble, stuffing it
lightly so it's evenly filled but still very squishy. Then sew up the
gap with more blanket stitches and finish your stitching neatly at the
The final ornament in this series will be posted on my blog next week.
Want more free felt ornament tutorials? Visit my tutorial archive!
For even more crafty goodness, check out my books: Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals.
Click here to view the template sheet, make sure you're viewing it full size then print it at 100%.