Parental supervision is recommended
Make a gingerbread man or create a guinea pig to hang on the tree. Felt turns into fun for kids with this Felt Ornament craft.
What you'll need:
- Needle and thread
- A few pins or small safety pins
- Fiberfill or cotton balls for stuffing
- Assorted buttons, trims and fabric paint, depending on your project
- Tacky craft glue
- Wiggle eyes, optional
- Small Jingle Bell, optional
- Ribbon or yarn to hang the ornament with
How to make it:
Read all the directions below to determine what you'll need for your project.
You can print out this pattern.
Use brown felt, buttons for eyes, and buttons down the front of the boy. A piece of gathered eyelet trim can make a cute skirt on a girl. You can also use white fabric/craft paint to make 'icing'.
Decorate the front (and back, if you wish) of your gingerbread person. If you used paint, let it dry.
Attach a ribbon loop to top of the head for hanging. Attach it with some small stitches to the wrong
Stuff, and then sew the last part shut.
Here is the guinea pig pattern.
Using markers, trace pig on felt. Cut out two for each ornament. Trace and cut two ears from black or pink felt.
Glue on ears and eyes. Draw nose with marker or puff paint and let dry. This is also the time to do any custom painting, if you want to add extra markings to make it look like your special piggy.
Sew two pieces together, right side facing out.
Leave opening on bottom large enough to lightly stuff with fiberfill.
Stuff pig enough so it is slightly plump but still remains flat. Stitch the bottom section closed.
Attach yarn just behind head for hanger. Add bell to base of hanger. You're done!!
This guinea pig project and pattern was sent in by Penny, who used it with a 4-H club.
You might want to write your name and the date on the back of the ornament with fabric paint, and maybe a short message. Hang your ornament up, give it as a gift, use it as the tag on a gift, or use it to mark place settings at your holiday table (write the name of the person you are giving it to on the back instead of your name).
- Non-sewers can use fabric paints to decorate the felt. Be sure to let them dry before gluing the front and back of the shape together around the edges instead of stitching. Be sure to leave an area open for stuffing, and let the glue dry all the way before stuffing and gluing the opening closed. You can also glue a cardboard shape slightly smaller than the felt shapes between the front and back layers of felt instead of stuffing. Just be sure to use a good, thick craft glue.
- The ornaments can also be cut out of craft foam and decorated with fabric paints, buttons, pom-poms and the like.
- Create your own patterns using cookie cutter shapes.
- Here are directions for a Felt Christmas Tree.
- Here are directions for Felt Ornaments.