Handmade Christmas decorations from felt fabric

Handmade Christmas decorations: step-by-step guide and free pdf pattern download

Create A Unique Christmas Home Decor From Felt Or Recycled Fabrics Now!

For me, Christmas equals creation. I adore handmade decorations, gifts, greeting cards, and homemade food. I like to create and decorate and also – to receive handmade gifts.

And it’s even better if I can make these Christmas decorations from recycled materials!

Christmas gifts and tree branches

In this tutorial, I will show you how to embroider and sew a handmade Christmas decorations. This tree ornament will be a great home decor accent and a wonderful gift for your loved ones.

Christmas tree ornament House

DIY Christmas ornament From Felt Or Recycled Fabrics

Step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial

Tools and Materials


  • Embroidery needle, big enough to accommodate your chosen thread.
  • Sharp big needle, big enough to accommodate a ribbon.
  • Scissors. Shears for the fabric and small sharp embroidery scissors or snips.
  • Some pins.
  • Pencil, friction pen or other tool for pattern transfer.


  • Brown felt fabric or some old knitwear (I used an old wool sweater, that’s why my decoration does not look like gingerbread cookie. It is more like a chocolate one :))
  • Some white yarn. Knitting yarn or pearl cotton will do.
  • Ribbon or cord for hanging ~30 cm (12 inches).
  • Toy stuffing (polyester filling or cotton wool).
  • Wooden or plastic bead with a large hole, big enough to accommodate a ribbon.


Download and print the pattern.

Cut out the paper House shape from a printed pattern. Place the model on the felt material, pin it, and cut it out. Don’t trace the embroidery pattern, as it will be almost impossible if you will use knitwear fabric. Instead, draw the shapes by hand with a white marker or chalk. The forms are simple, so it will be easy! If your material is light-colored – use a water-soluble pen. 

As an alternative, you can use water-soluble stabilizer for the pattern transfer. Learn more about this method in the article “The Ultimate Guide to Water Soluble Stabilizers for Hand Embroidery“.

For more information about other various pattern transferring methods and tools read “How to transfer embroidery pattern to the fabric” on this Blog.

Handmade Christmas decoration pattern transfer

For this Handmade Christmas decorations project, you will use these hand embroidery stitches:

Embroider handmade Christmas decorations

Remove the tracing marks from the embroidered shape. If you used a Friction pen, you would quickly remove the tracing with a hot hairdryer of an iron. Water-soluble pen marks will be canceled with a wet wipe. The chalk pen is cleaned rapidly with some rubbing.

Put both parts together and sew them with a Blanket stitch, using the white yarn (the same as you used for embroidery).

At the bottom, leave a hole for stuffing.

Assembling handmade Christmas decorations

Stuff the toy stuffing (or cotton wool) in the gap until the decoration is padded but not too firm. Then, finish sewing and close the hole.

Thread a ribbon into the large sharp needle and pass it through the felt material at the top of the House.

Put a wooden bead on top.

Finish to sew handmade Christmas decoration

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Wool Blend Felt | One Yard
Wool felt fabric
Embroidery Scissors Etsy
Embroidery Scissors
Bohin Embroidery Needles Etsy
Bohin Embroidery Needles
DMC Pearl Cotton #8 thread on Etsy
DMC Pearl Cotton #8
Friction Pens Etsy
Friction pens
Satin Ribbon | Double Sided
Satin Ribbon
Wool filler on Etsy
Wool filler
Wood Beads Assorted on Etsy
Wood Beads

Your Handmade Christmas Decoration Is Ready!

Handmade Christmas decorations from felt fabric of various shapes sizes and colors
Handmade Christmas decorations from felt fabric of various shapes, sizes and colors

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