Felt Linzer Sable Ornaments

I was inspired to make these cookies while experimenting with the reverse appliqué technique. Originally, I planned to knit or crochet the middle layer and have an unexpected texture peeking through the cutout. As I was making several of these, I wanted to make a variety of shapes and provide an easier option for those who may not want to knit. Therefore, I used felt in the main directions and knitting in the alternate directions.

Supplies & Tools:

  • Printable template (download here)
  • Felt: assorted colors
  • Needle & thread
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter with pinking blade (or pinking shears)
  • X-Acto
  • Clear monofilament string (fishing line)
  • Mini scissors (to cut in tight areas)
  • Bulky yarn: any color
  • Knitting needles or crochet hook


  1. Print the template and cut out the pieces.
  2. Pin or trace the template onto felt. Cut 2 shapes from ivory felt and 1 shape from colored felt. I skipped using pins altogether since the shapes are pretty basic. I just placed the pattern on the felt and cut around it.
  3. Stack the two ivory shapes together and cut along the edge with a pinking blade on a rotary cutter. You don’t want to cut too much—just enough to shape the edges.
    Note: For the squares, use a straightedge. For the circles, cut it free-handed.

  4. Take one of the ivory shapes and cut out the center shape. Cut the shape freehand or use the template as a guide. I used the star template here, as shown below.
    When cutting the more intricate shapes such as the star or flower, use small scissors or X-Acto as needed. BE VERY CAREFUL when using the X-Acto, and keep fingers away from the blade.
  5. Clean up any fuzzy edges with mini scissors.
  6. Place top layer on the middle layer, and trim the middle layer so that it is slightly smaller than the top layer.
  7. Take needle & thread and sew the top layer to the middle layer, sewing along the edge of the inner cutout.
  8. Cut a piece of clear string that is 10″ and tie the ends together. Place it near the top of the cookie on the back of the middle layer and sew it down with thread.
    Note: Only sew it to the middle layer of felt. By doing this, the stitches will not be visible when the ornament is finished.
  9. Place the other ivory shape behind the top/middle layer and sew together around the sable’s edges.
  10. As you finish, tie off the ends and hide between layers of felt. (For more explanation, click here.)

Alternate Directions:

  1. Knit or crochet a small square or circle from bulky yarn. I knitted my square with the simple knit stitch. (You could also use an old sweater or fabric remnant.)
  2. Using your yarn shape as a guide, cut 2 felt shapes that are just slightly larger than the yarn shape.
  3. Use the pinking blade on the rotary cutter to cut wavy lines along the edges of the felt shapes.
  4. Take one felt shape and cut out the center shape. This is the top layer of the cookie.
  5. Sewing along the edge of the inner cutout, sew the top layer to the yarn shape.
  6. Make ornament hanger by cutting a strand of clear string and tie the ends together.
  7. Glue or sew the ornament hanger to the back of the yarn piece.
  8. Sew the bottom layer to the top/middle layer.
  9. After you tie off the ends of the thread, hide the thread between the layers of felt/yarn. (For further explanation, click here to my tips in this tutorial.)
  10. Now your cookie ornament is done!

Ideas from the elves:

  • Make several, package in a bakery box, and give as a gift.

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