Friday, 19 October 2018

Happy Fir Trees: Felt Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Make some happy little felt fir trees to hang on your Christmas tree this year!

 
These cute felt tree ornaments are a variation on the Halloween candy corn ornament tutorial I shared a few years ago...

http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-felt-candy-corn-ornaments.html

... just in fir tree colours, and with brown trunks added to complete the tree shape.

These ornaments are really fun and easy to sew, and would make a great addition to your decor this Christmas. For less cute ornaments, you could leave off the smiley faces and just make plain trees. You could also add seed beads or embroidery to make your fir trees into decorated Christmas trees.


You will need:

- Felt in three shades of green
- Brown felt
- Black seed beads
- Sewing thread to match all the felt colours
- Black sewing thread
- Narrow ribbon
- Toy stuffing
- A needle and pins
- Sewing scissors
- A ruler and pencil
- The template sheet from the candy corn ornament tutorial

To make a fir tree ornament:

A. Follow steps 1-5 of the candy corn instructions, using three shades of green felt (darkest at the bottom, lightest at the top) instead of yellow, orange and white felt.


B. Cut two rectangles of brown felt (each measuring 1.5 cm x 2 cm) for the tree's trunk. Place these on top of each other and sew them together along three sides with whip stitch or blanket stitch and matching brown sewing thread, leaving one of the short sides unstitched.


C. Stuff the trunk with a tiny piece of toy stuffing, then sew it to the bottom of one of the tree pieces. Use whip stitch and green sewing thread, sewing into but not through the green felt. Also add a ribbon loop to the tree, as in step 6 of the candy corn ornament tutorial.


D. Join the front and back of the tree ornament together then stuff it lightly with toy stuffing, as in steps 7 and 8 of the candy corn ornament tutorial. Start your sewing at the side of the tree ornament, not the bottom, so you can sew past / through the trunk before you begin stuffing the ornament. Turn the ornament back and forth as you sew past the trunk to help keep your stitching neat on both sides.

Your finished ornament(s) will look something like this:


These trees would also make cute brooches: just add a brooch clasp instead of a ribbon loop!

This tutorial is for non commercial use only: you can use it to make as many felt ornaments as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a couple of photos if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to this page on my blog, and do not reproduce my entire tutorial / share my templates on your site. Thanks!

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