Hello,

I'm Chelsea from Sew Darn Neat Craft Blog. This is the first festive blog post I’m writing (and my first tutorial for Minerva) which is so exciting!

I’m the kind of person who wants Christmas to last all year! Today I will be showing you how to make cute felt Christmas tree decorations. These make perfect last minute Christmas gifts and obviously perfect Christmas décor since you can bring them out every year. Without further ado, let’s get on with the tutorial. With this being such a quick project you can easily get these done before Christmas Day.

You’ll need:

Decorations template (available at the bottom of this blog post).

Small amount of toy stuffing. If making these decorations for yourself why not re-purpose an old pillow.

Berisford Dragonfly Metallic Ribbon in Black/Gold

Felt in various colours.

Sewing thread matching felt colours.

Embroidery thread in red, green, black and white.

Jingle Bells

How to make the Christmas pudding:

Print out the decorations template. Use the pieces relevant to the Christmas pudding to cut your felt. There should be 2 circles in brown, 1 berry in red, 2 holly in green, and 1 icing in white. I used this great felt pack of reds, greens and whites. This is an ideal felt pack for any crafter at Christmas time.

First step is to sew your white icing piece onto the front pudding piece. You can either do this by hand or machine. I used plain white thread for this.

Next I placed the two holly pieces onto the top and sewed one short line through the centre on both pieces to attach. I then added the berry piece and sewed a cross through the centre, securing it into place.

This next step was probably my favourite, I sewed a blanket stitch with white embroidery thread onto the bottom half of the pudding securing the front pudding piece to the back. I had never sewn a blanket stitch before but picked it up quickly. There are plenty of helpful tutorials for this on YouTube.

Now grab a generous pinch of stuffing to pad your tree decoration. I then sew the top half of the Christmas pudding using regular sewing thread by doing a ladder stitch. When sewing the top centre I place a 20cm piece of ribbon (folded in half so it is 10cm long) into the top of the decoration as a hanging loop and catch this in my stitching as I go.

And voila! That is how you make this adorable Christmas pudding tree decoration. If you don’t like the way I’ve assembled the pieces you can always use the template and assemble it in your own way.

 

How to make the Red Robin:

Print out the decorations template. Use the pieces relevant to the Red Robin to cut your felt. There should be 2 circles in brown, 2 pupils in black, 2 eyes in white, 2 wings in white, 1 yellow beak, 2 yellow feet and 1 belly in red.

First step is to sew your red belly piece onto the front body piece. You can either do this by hand or machine. I used plain red thread for this.

Next I placed the two white eyes pieces onto the front and sewed around both eyes. When sewing these small circle, if you are doing it on your machine you will need to lift your foot and pivot your work very often. I then added the pupil pieces and sewed around these, securing it into place. (Alternatively you could sew a cross through the centres of both eyes).

Then I placed the yellow beak piece onto the front so that it overlaps the belly piece. Again sew this by machine or hand.

Cut a 20cm piece of ribbon and fold (folded in half so it is 10cm long).

Now, place the feet, wings and looped ribbon onto the back body piece and place the front piece on top. [Add Feet and Wings Pic] The feet, wings and ribbon should be sandwiched between both body pieces. Sew the two body pieces together (sewing the feet, wings and ribbon too) by sewing a straight stitch (or running stitch) in a circle around the edge. Make sure you leave a gap to stuff the decoration.

Now grab a generous pinch of stuffing to pad your tree decoration. I then sew the gap closed using regular sewing thread by doing a straight/running stitch.

That is how you make this sweet Red Robin tree decoration.

 

How to make the Snowman:

Print out the decorations template. Use the pieces relevant to the Snowman to cut your felt. There should be a nose in orange, 2 pupils in black, 1 back piece in white, 1 hat in black, 1 yellow beak and 1 hat sash in red. You will also need black embroidery thread too.

First step is to sew your red sash piece onto the hat. You can either do this by hand or machine. I used plain red thread for this.

Next I placed the two black pupil pieces onto the front circle and sewed around both eyes. When sewing these small circle, if you are doing it on your machine you will need to lift your foot and pivot your work very often. Alternatively you could sew a cross through the centres of both eyes).

Then I placed the orange nose onto the face. Again sew this by machine or hand.

Now, embroider a smile onto the snowman’s face using your black embroidery thread.

Next lay your front face piece, with hat, on top of the back piece. They should line up nicely. Sew these together. When sewing the top centre I place a 20cm piece of ribbon (folded in half so it is 10cm long) into the top of the decoration as a hanging loop and catch this in my stitching as I go. Make sure you leave a gap somewhere to stuff your decoration. Once padded, sew the gap closed.

 

How to make the Bell:

Print out the decorations template. Use the piece relevant to the bell to cut your felt. There should be 2 bell shapes in white felt. If you’d rather you could go more traditional with a yellow or gold bell.

First step is to decorate the front bell piece however you would like. I decided to use red embroidery thread and embroidered a star onto the front.

Next I placed the jingle bell hoop behind the bottom of the front piece and sew into place using thread to match your felt (so white in my case).

Cut a 20cm piece of ribbon and fold (folded in half so it is 10cm long) and sandwich it between the two bell pieces at the top of the bell. Sew around the bell with a running stitch using red embroidery thread making sure to sew the looped ribbon into place. Remember to leave a gap then stuff. Now sew the gap closed.

Here's a picture to show you how I've used these decorations to decorate my fireplace this Christmas. Just simply thread them onto a glittery ribbon!

Pop over to my blog for some more Christmas blog posts and for the Christmas Tree and Candy Cane felt decorations!

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