• BlogNog: Felt Monogram Ornaments

    Today’s a special BlogNog day, we have three! Last up we have fabulous Dana from MADE sharing these adorable felt monogram ornaments. Welcome, Dana!

    Hello friends! I’m Dana from MADE and I’m happy to be part of the Blognog party! With Christmas approaching (rather quickly) the words simple, handmade keep coming to mind. Because nothing says Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, or “thanks for being you” like a handmade gift. Even that hard-to-shop-for or “she has everything” kind of person appreciates a piece of art that came from your hands. And with busy schedules, no one needs to be up till 2am sewing. So here’s a simple gift to make and give…..

    A, B, C family ornaments.
    Creating a gift for an entire family is a tricky one. It’s hard to please everyone (and usually we end up pleasing the mom). But everyone seems to love ornaments. So for this family gift, there’s an ornament for each person with their initial on the front, a family letter ornament (“w” for our name “willard”), and a star to go on top.
    So pop in your favorite holiday movie and let’s start making.

    First, choose some colorful felts. I prefer the blended wool felts that come on a bolt at the fabric shop because they are finer quality and come in more interesting color options. You only need 1/8 of a yard of each color.
    Trace ornament shapes on to felt and cut out two pieces for each ornament (a front and back). You can draw your own shapes or print shapes from your computer. For the circle I traced a glass cup.
    For this tutorial I’ll show the Letter ornament. Of course the options with felt are endless, so have fun with it! You can create all sorts of cute ornaments with interesting shapes and colorful thread.

    Okay, the letters.
    Decide which letters you need for the family and print them from your computer in a word doc, or by other method. If you have a letter stencil for that works great too. Cut the letters from paper, trace them onto cream colored felt, cut out the felt letters, and you’ve got the letter H (for Henry) all ready to go!
    Using a sewing machine and matching thread, sew the Letter to the Front piece of the ornament. This can be done by hand as well. Next, sewn a hanging loop in place. I used skinny satin ribbon. You can use colorful twine (such as Divine Twine), rope, yarn, whatever catches your crafty eye. So, oton the Back piece of the ornament, sew down the loop. You can also use a glue gun.
    We’re almost done here! Easy, right?!
    Time to sew the front and back together. This can also be done by a machine but I prefer hand sewing here so it has a more handmade look.
    Using embroidery thread of crochet yarn (pictured above), thread a needle and you’re ready to go. Start first on the Back piece, piercing from the inside of the ornament out (this will hide your knot inside of the ornament). Then place the Front piece on top and come back up through both pieces. Continue stitching up and down around the ornament. Make your stitches wider on the top side of the ornament and smaller on the back. You can also use a whipstitch but I prefer the up-down look. Simpler.
    Continue all the way around with the stitching, leaving a small opening for stuffing batting inside (do not tie off your thread, leave it hanging and attached, ready to sew again). Use any kind of batting (or you can go without. I prefer the 3 dimensional look) and stuff a bit of fluff inside. Then press the front and back together and sew it closed. Tie a small knot in your thread and you’re done!
    One letter H for baby Henry. I made a set of ornaments for his family last year and I’m happy to add on to the collection.

    Merry Christmas!

    For more tutorials and simple DIY ideas, please visit us at MADE.

      
  • 20 comments

    1. eljah*B said… November 15, 2011 7:36 am

      LOve this project! This past Saturday evening, my friends and I did this as our craft night project. It was so fun! I'm sharing it today with my Eljah*B shop fans:) Thank you so much for providing a great tutorial!

    2. Anonymous said… October 19, 2011 10:49 am

      What font did you use for the letters?

    3. Christine @ Following Phubie said… December 29, 2010 8:07 am

      Check out the felt monogram ornaments that I made for my party using your tutorial: http://phubie.blogspot.com/2010/12/peppermint-holiday-party.html

    4. Christine @ Following Phubie said… December 16, 2010 6:33 pm

      Why didn't I think of these. So cute and easy. Great as gifts or gift tags.

    5. Mink Boutique said… December 13, 2010 12:11 pm

      What an adorable and special idea!

    6. M@riSa said… December 11, 2010 1:44 pm

      I love these, it's such a nice idea to use as Christmas ornaments :)

    7. Liz Stanley said… December 9, 2010 10:14 am

      Jemm, even places like Michaels or Joannes usually has 8 x 11 squares of felt in lots of different colors. I don't think you need to use real wool felt, I use synthetic for everything.

    8. Jemm said… December 9, 2010 8:19 am

      LOVE this idea. So cute and simple. I'm concerned I won't be able to find wool felt in cool colors where I live though.

    9. aweekfromthursday said… December 9, 2010 8:15 am

      Those are super cute! Thanks for the tutorial. I hope to be able to try them.-heidiwww.aweekfromthursday.wordpress.com

    10. Casey said… December 9, 2010 8:08 am

      These ornaments are darling! Excellent idea!!!xo,Caseywww.blondebargainbabe.com

    11. Liz Stanley said… December 8, 2010 10:25 pm

      Rubi, yes! do it!

    12. Damaris @Kitchen Corners said… December 8, 2010 6:45 pm

      Dana is my hero!

    13. rubi said… December 8, 2010 4:44 pm

      i went into kate's paperie and anthropologie today and decided to make my own christmas ornaments….i've had lack of motivation since then but these blognog posts have sealed the deal.thanks!

    14. fric and frac said… December 8, 2010 4:36 pm

      Those are adorable!Jenfric and frac

    15. Ashley said… December 8, 2010 3:14 pm

      Beautiful idea, Liz! Who wouldn't love to see their monogram on a Christmas tree?

    16. Delia said… December 8, 2010 2:51 pm

      So beautiful Dana and easy!

    17. Brooke said… December 8, 2010 2:02 pm

      very cute!

    18. Pam said… December 8, 2010 1:25 pm

      That is such a cute idea! I love the little poof between the felt pieces, it adds great dimension.

    19. Kathleen said… December 8, 2010 1:24 pm

      I love these, very cute!

    20. Whatever Dee-Dee wants said… December 8, 2010 1:16 pm

      I love these ornaments. They are so cute!

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