Fuzzy Pillow Ornaments
These mini pillows are adorable handmade Christmas ornaments. They can be used to decorate many things in addition to your Christmas tree; they can be hung on a banner or can be suspended in the air in a window or doorway with fishing line. They are also wonderful handmade gifts.
If sewing is not really your thing, you can use stencils and paint instead of sewing the appliqués. In lieu of Christmas characters, use block letters to spell out holiday verbiage, such as “PEACE” or “JOY”. These ornaments will make a nice addition to your holiday decor!
Supplies & Tools:
- Printable template (download here)
- Felt: white, green, red, brown
- Straight pins
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery floss: white, red, green, black
- Batting or Poly-fil®
- Print out template and cut out pieces. Be sure to cut out two squares for each ornament that you are making.
- Cut a 3.5″ square of batting. Set aside.
- Cut a piece of ribbon that is 4″ long. Set aside.
- Pin the template pieces to felt. If you don’t have pins, you could also trace the template with a marker.
- Cut out felt pieces. Remove pins and set aside.
- Sew appliqué to square with white floss. (See additional instructions below for gingerbread and button appliqués.)
- Cut a length of embroidery floss (about 24″), and separate floss into halves. (Floss is usually comprised of 6 thinner strands. Separate the floss in half so that there are 3 strands in each piece of floss. See the Elfy Hints below.)
- Thread needle with floss.
- Pin appliqué to square, if desired.
- Sew appliqué to the square.
- Embellish with buttons, beads, or sequins.
- Attach ornament hanger:
- Fold ribbon in half so that it creates a loop.
- Pin ribbon to felt square so you can sew it when sewing the pillow together.
- Begin sewing squares together:
- Stack the felt squares.
- Sew three sides only. As you sew along the top edge, be sure to sew the ribbon loop.
- Remove pin that was holding the ribbon and set aside.
- Fill pillow with batting or Poly-fil®.
- Continue sewing to complete the pillow.
- Tie a knot in thread, feed into pillow, and trim the thread. For more details on this technique, see my instructions here.
- Sew bow tie and buttons to gingerbread man. Use red or green floss to sew the buttons and the bow tie.
- Sew a running stitch for mouth and knots for eyes:
- Cut a length of black floss.
- To sew the eyes, poke needle up (to the front of felt) and tie a VERY loose knot in the floss, near the felt.
- Place felt on a flat surface.
- Put needle in the middle of the knot loop and point the tip of the needle into the felt (where the floss meets the felt).
- Pull the floss to tighten the knot. (But not too tight! You want the knot to be a little loose).
- Sew a few stiches to fill in the knot and to secure it to the felt.
Note: You could use a button if you prefer, but I did not have buttons small enough for eyes. So, I used black floss instead. Since I wanted the eyes to be full and round, I did not separate the strand of floss like I did in step 6 (above).
- Add any other decorations that you would like.
- Sew appliqué to square.
- Follow steps 7–11 (above).
- Select buttons that you are using and arrange them on your felt square. Rearrange as needed.
- Move buttons off felt, but keep it in the tree shape.
- Begin sewing tree, one button at a time.
- Use embroidery floss to sew buttons. (When using multiple strands of thread, you only have to sew each button once.)
- Continue adding buttons, and be sure that the thread is pulled taut in between buttons.
- Follow steps 7–11 (above).
Ideas from the elves:
- Decorate your pillows with beads, glitter, rick rack, or sequins.
- These cuties can be made from fabric as well. I recommend using interfacing to reinforce delicate fabrics, and fusible webbing for adding fabric appliqués.
- Add appliqués to Christmas cards for a special handmade touch.
- If you don’t have floss, you can use multiple strands of sewing thread. Note that using thread can produce a slightly different effect than floss. I have noticed that the individual strands of thread tend to separate while I’m sewing. I can usually correct it by nudging the strands over with my fingernail or needle. I don’t mind the inconvenience of correcting a few stitches when it saves me a trip to the craft store.