It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Can you believe it’s our 7th annual, 12 Days of Freebies?! It’s one of our favorite things here at Team Mermaid. We love to say “thank you” to all of you in our Mermaid community this month! We hope these freebies (and our freebies from previous years – 2015, 2016, 2017 2018, 2019, and 2020) make your holiday gift-giving a little less stressful and more merry & bright. We try to come up with useful patterns for you to gift to others (or for yourself 😜) that don’t include a ton of fabric, supplies, or TIME. Don’t forget to come back each day to see what new Freebie we have for you and ‘PIN” them for later to use! 🙂
Today we have a set of retro felt ornaments in 5 different shapes. We’ve done a few felt ornament sets in the past, here and here, and I’m so excited to add to the collection again this year. These are so fun to make and really very simple. It’s a great craft to do while watching tv, sitting in the car pick-up line, or relaxing on the couch. You can make them as simple or as ornate as you’d like and are so easy to customize.
- embroidery floss
- embroidery needle
- ribbon or twine for hanging loop
- polyfill or other stuffing
- optional- embellishments like sequins, beads, bells, rik rack, mini pom-poms, etc.
LET’S GET STARTED!
Step 1: PREPPING
Go grab the pattern here! The pattern is 100% free, but you do need to add it to your cart and checkout. Then, it will always be available to download from your account. The pattern is a no trim pattern; if you need help putting the pattern together, pop over to the faqs and troubleshooting page , check out the blog post here, or ask in our Facebook group .
Print and assemble the pattern. There are 2 pages to print out. The pattern layout is below so you can just print the pages your need for your desired ornament/s:
Alternatively, you can use the projector file if you’re using a projector. I’ve also included an SVG file if you’d like to use your cutting machine (Cricut or Silhouette) to cut the ornaments out. This is my favorite way since it cuts them so precisely.
If you prefer a video tutorial, check it out on YouTube here:
Step 2: Cutting
You’ll want to cut 2 pieces of your ornament. I find it easiest to pin the piece to the felt and use shears to cut instead of a rotary cutter. OR use the SVG file with your Cricut or Silhouette machine.
If you’d like to embellish your ornament, now is the time to do it! If you want a video on how I embellish, see the YouTube video above. You could add lace, rik-rack, trims, sequins, beads, or even use your sewing machine if you have fun stitches on it.
Now layer your 2 pieces on top of each other and blanket stitch them together, leaving a small opening to stuff your ornament. If you’re adding a handing loop, you’ll cut a 5″ (or however long you want) piece of twine or ribbon. Don’t forget to tuck the loop into the top before stitching that area. If you’re not sure how to blanket stitch, I linked a quick video I created last year below!
Through the small opening that you left, stuff your ornament with polyfill. Use a chopstick to help stuff the corners of your letter. Then close the ornament with a blanket stitch.
That’s it! I love these quick ornaments and hope you do too! I can’t wait to see what you sew up 🙂