Felt ornaments are fun to make, cheap, and look adorable on top of packages tied up with string. Today, I’m going to show you how to make simple handmade felt ornaments.
Every year, I plan a handmade ornament for my kids to make for Christmas.
This year, I wanted to let the kids use their handiwork skills a bit more, so I opted for a felt ornament. Mittens to be precise.
I shared at the bottom of this post the steps I did so that my little girls could also participate in this activity.
Regardless of whether you want to make these by yourself, or include your kids, this is a very fun and festive DIY for Christmas.
Why you’ll love these simple felt ornaments
- These ornaments are very festive and pretty
- You can make them whatever color you would like, even making different colors for different people
- They are cost effective as the supplies don’t cost much
- You can make a lot of mittens, depending on the size of your mitten template
- This same process can be used to make other felt ornament shapes
Supplies you’ll need for Felt Mitten Ornaments
Steps for making Felt Mitten Ornaments
Gather supplies for ornaments
Projects are always more enjoyable when you have all of the supplies you need for the project on hand.
You will need:
- 2 large pieces of felt of the same color
- 1 small piece of felt for an accent
- Thread for stitching mitten pieces together
- Ribbon for hanging the ornament
- Craft Glue to help glue pieces securely
- Needle for stitching thread
Trace your mitten template on white felt
Trace your mitten shapes on white felt with a sharp pencil or fabric pencil.
You may choose a different color for your main mitten color, but I chose white.
Cut mitten shapes out
Layer your two large pieces of felt (that are the same color) on top of one another so you can cut both the top mitten form and bottom mitten form out at the same time.
In order to make the ornament more substantial, you will be stitching two mitten shaped pieces of felt together, so cutting them out at the same time will make the process go quicker.
Cut them carefully on your lines you traced with your template.
Cut out accent color for the cuff of the mitten
You will need to cut strips of your accent felt for the cuff of the mitten ornament. I chose a sparkly red felt for the cuff.
The pieces I cut were 2 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide.
This allowed for stitching up the side of the accent felt to seal the edge of the cuff.
Cut the ribbon
Cut pieces of ribbon for your ornaments.
The red ribbon was cut to 7 1/2 inches.
Glue the ribbon in between the two mitten cutouts
Use your craft glue to glue the ends of the ribbon to the inside of one of the white pieces of felt.
Place the second white felt mitten on top and press down to seal the glue and secure the ribbon in between the two white mitten pieces.
Glue the accent color on the mitten
Put a layer of craft glue on the rectangular accent felt color you cut out.
Lay your mitten half way up the rectangle and press the mitten down onto the glue.
Fold over the top of the accent color to envelop the top of the mitten
Fold the accent color around the cuff of the felt mittens and press to make the craft glue adhere to the felt.
I placed a heavy book on top of the mittens so the glue would dry securely.
Stitch your mitten cutouts together to seal the edges of the ornament
With an accent thread and needle, stitch around the outside of your project.
I chose a simple stitch, but you can make it as fancy as you would like.
There is simple double knot on both sides of the cuff where the thread begins and end to make sure it doesn’t unravel.
Tips for making these felt mitten ornaments
- Gather your supplies ahead of time
- Trace the mitten template as close together as you can so you can make the most mittens out of the felt as possible
- The best glue is the Tacky Glue in the gold bottle you find at a craft store. It dries clear and has a firm finish so that the felt stays together.
- Embellish your mittens by embroidering, or stitching, the initials of the person who will be receiving the ornament on one of the white felt mittens.
- Add a fun trim to the cuff, possibly a pom pom ribbon to add some fun to the mittens.
- Use this same process to make other shapes of ornaments.
How can you use a handmade ornament for Christmas
These ornaments are so adorable, yet simple enough for your kids to help make.
Add them to your garland on your staircase to add some cheer or top your presents with them as an added touch for those you are gifting to.
Ways kids can help with making felt ornaments
This is a great activity for kids to get involved in.
Depending on the skill level of your kids, you will have a small amount of work to do before inviting them to help, but I promise the prep work doesn’t take much time at all.
If you have older kids, they can do most of this on their own.
I have two younger girls who need some help, still, so I will let you know how I prepared the DIY for them.
- Trace and Cut out the felt mittens
- Glue the ribbon on the mittens
- Have your kids glue on the accent cuff onto the mittens
- Let your kids do the accent stitching around the outside.
It’s okay if the mittens are perfectly stitched. That’s part of the charm of them!
Other Handmade Felt Ornament ideas
This process is so fun and would be easy to replicate with other shapes.
Some other ideas worth making into felt ornaments are:
- Gold Star
- Holly with Red berries
- Christmas Bell
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DIY Felt Mitten Ornaments
- Felt (two colors)
- Thread and needle
- 2 pieces white felt
- 1 piece red felt
- 1 spool thread in accent color
- 1 container craft glue
- 1 spool ribbon
- Trace your mitten shapes on white felt with a sharp pencil or fabric pencil.
- Layer your two large pieces of felt (that are the same color) on top of one another so you can cut both the top mitten form and bottom mitten form out at the same time. Cut out mittens.
- You will need to cut strips of your accent felt for the cuff of the mitten ornament. I chose a sparkly red felt for the cuff. The pieces I cut were 2 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide.
- Cut pieces of ribbon for your ornaments.The red ribbon was cut to 7 1/2 inches.
- Use your craft glue to glue the ends of the ribbon to the inside of one of the white pieces of felt.
- Place the second white felt mitten on top and press down to seal the glue and secure the ribbon in between the two white mitten pieces.
- Put a layer of craft glue on the rectangular accent felt color you cut out.
- Lay your mitten half way up the rectangle and press the mitten down onto the glue.
- Fold the accent color around the cuff of the felt mittens and press to make the craft glue adhere to the felt.
- With an accent thread and needle, stitch around the outside of your project.
- Gold Star
- Holly with Red berries
- Christmas Bell