These decorations can be made from scraps of fabric and in a variety of shapes and sizes, all from one easy template. Different shapes can be achieved by changing the number of pieces used.
How to Make Fabric Christmas Decorations
You will need: paper and pencil, a cup or glass, scraps of fabric, strong thread, ribbon (optional), beads (also optional), polyester filling, sewing machine, needle and thread.
1. To make the template, draw around a cup or a glass. The cup I used had a diameter of 6 cm. Fold the paper so that the circle is in half. On the fold,make a mark a little way from the circle. Make a second mark on the opposite side of the circle. Mine were about 4 – 5 cm away from the edge of the circle. Draw from the top of the circle to one of the marks, following the curve of the circle a little way, then curving the line slightly the other way. Repeat for the other side.
4. With the right sides together, sew two pieces together along one edge. If you are using more than 2 pieces, add another by sewing it to one of the raw edge of one of the pieces already sewn. Repeat until you have joined all the pieces.
5. Join the last 2 edges, but only half way. Trim seams, clip curves and turn out.
6. Fill with polyester stuffing and slip stitch the opening shut.
7. To make a loop, you could make a loop of ribbon and sew it on.
If your decoration is a squat shape, you could make a loop using some strong thread and some beads. With a needle, thread on a bead, then push the needle through the decoration from top to bottom. You will probably need to squish the decoration so that you don’t end up losing the needle in the middle of it! Pull the thread through, leaving 8 ish cm at the top with the bead on.
Thread on 2 more beads. Draw the thread back through the first of the 2 beads, then back through the decoration bottom to top, then back through the bead at the top. Tie the ends of the thread together.
I made 3 different fabric Christmas decorations using this template.
For the squat one I used 6 pieces and the thread runs right through it and is held at the bottom by the beads. For the longer, thinner one I used 3 pieces. For the white one, I used 5 pieces of felt. I didn’t turn it out and I didn’t use any polyester filling either. I sewed the beads to the bottom and a ribbon loop to the top.
Happy Christmas crafting!