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Making Christmas tree ornaments from scraps of flannel

 

Gather up all your leftover scraps from the chevron quilt we made earlier this week and let’s have some fun! To make the chevron quilt we used Northcott’s striking Toscana collection of flannels, super soft and warm!

As you can imagine, making ornaments is one of the best way to use scraps, enjoy your creativity and make awesome decorations for your home or for gifts. The best part is kids can make them too! Even if they can’t sew, there are some other steps with which they can help.

 

Flannel ornaments on table with buttons on them and ribbon to hang.
Create beautiful Christmas ornaments from scraps of flannel.

 

materials

scraps of flannel, all colors (I used the vibrant flannel from Northcott’s Tuscana collection)

bits of batting (optional)

ribbon

buttons, rick rack or other embellishing items

 

Colored scraps of flannel on table.
Scraps of Northcott flannel to make Christmas ornaments

 

instructions

Much like engaging in coloring Zentangle drawings, creating templates of ornaments or Christmas designs is very soothing. There is great freedom in drawing. If you’re uncomfortable drawing them then look for free coloring pages. But let me tell you this, ornaments are fun and whimsical. If you have never drawn a design, this is your time to try!

Draw the template onto the wrong side of fabric. With right sides of flannel together, cut out the shape.

Now remember a tree doesn’t have to be green! Or it can be green on one side and purple on another!

You have a few options here. You can sew right sides together and leave an opening and stuff with a bit of batting and slip stitch the opening closed.

Another option is to sew together right sides out using a decorative stitch. And yet a third option is slip some batting into the middle, leaving some hanging out and then sew with right sides out and have some batting showing around the edges.

 

Small tree ornament made from green flannel with small red buttons on it hanging from a cedar tree.
Christmas tree ornament made from Northcott flannel and embellished with buttons.

 

Try adding pieces of flannel on to make a trim. As well use rick rack and buttons for embellishing.

Either at the end or when sewing together add in the ribbon for hanging.

 

Two tree ornaments in the shape of balls hanging from cedar trees.
Ball ornaments made from Northcott flannel and embellished.

 

Now go and have some fun and make your tree and gifts beautiful by creating some flannel Christmas ornaments!

 

This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4:  Options on finishing the quilted snowman table runner

I am a quilter who loves quilting outside the box especially when it comes to 3D and embellishments. My work has been published in books and magazines and I currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Quilters’ Association. When I am not in my studio, I am working as a Social Media Manager.

10 Comments

  1. Steph Campbell

    What a great idea! Now I know what I will make with all my scrap pieces!

  2. JessZ

    Great idea to use all those scraps!

  3. Cheryl

    This are really cute for a kids tree.

  4. lee

    What a sweet idea!

  5. Anna brown

    Very cool idea to do with my grandson matt……

  6. Cecilia

    Cute ornaments and great tutorial. Thanks!

  7. Jessica C

    these are super cute !! Thank you for sharing with us ! 🙂

  8. Juana Esparza

    Too cute. I will try making these ornaments.

  9. Judy Thomas

    I have been doing that while watching tv for the past 2 weeks and now I have so many that I am selling them too 🙂

  10. What a great idea. I may now have a project to do with my grand nieces and nephew.

    Paul

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