Monday, 14 November 2016

Christmas Ornament Tutorial: Sew a Felt Santa Bauble

PLEASE NOTE: this project will be removed from my blog at the end of November, after which it will be available as part of a printable pattern from my shops. Please make a copy of the instructions and templates if you'd like to save a free copy before then! :)

This week's addition to my series of free felt Christmas tutorials is... a Santa ornament!

felt 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.

felt Christmas ornaments
 felt Christmas ornaments
felt Father Christmas ornament

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

felt Father Christmas ornament

To make the Santa bauble:

1. Use 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.

Start 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.

Tip: you'll 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 needed.

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.

4. Fill in the background space around Santa with sparkly silver seed beads, sewing each bead in place with a double thickness of blue sewing thread.

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.

6. Place 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..

7. 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 back. 

felt Santa ornament

This tutorial is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many felt ornaments as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a photo or two 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 post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

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felt Santa ornament templates

felt Santa ornament tutorial


Studio Wien-art said...

Oh Santa en his friends are very nice!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks guys! I hope some of these will be making their way onto a few Christmas trees this year :)

Miaismine said...

Thank you for sharing! I pinned these to my Christmas board as a reminder to make them!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Yay! I hope you'll have fun making them :)