To accompany the Felt Christmas Tree I shared with you yesterday, today the easiest set of felt tree ornaments ever! It's totally cheating and the minimum of effort, but they make great mini felt ornaments which are a perfect size for your felt tree, and totally toddler safe too.
Each of these mini ornaments is just 2 inches tall and you don't need to collect lots of colors of felt or cut out lots of teeny tiny felt shapes to make them. Let me show you how to create a whole bunch of ‘cheater' felt ornaments for your toddler's tree.
- White felt
- An iron
- Some string, cord or very thin ribbon
- An inkjet printer
- Iron-on transfer paper
- The So Sew Easy felt ornaments pack
- Optional – Polyfill
Have you ever used this iron-on transfer paper before? It's genius! I used it in a previous project, the toddlers dry erase coloring place mat and it was then that I got the idea for how to make some easy felt ornaments for toddlers too.
How to make the easiest ever felt Christmas tree ornaments
Decide which of the sets of ornaments you would like to make. There are 4 sets to choose from:
- Christmas characters
- Retro ornaments
- Patchwork Christmas
Open up your pack of the Iron On Transfer Paper. I've used both the Avery and the Epson versions and they both work the same way. Read the instructions carefully and follow them for the best results! Don't leave it to cool too long before removing the backing paper.
Print the sheet you want to work with onto the transfer paper. I found it easiest to cut up the design and fuse each one individually rather than try to do the whole sheet at once, so cut small squares of your white felt.
Iron the design onto the felt then peel off the backing paper. Cut around your design leaving a small margin. Place another piece of felt underneath and cut around so it's the same size and shape as the decorated piece.
Thread your needle with 2 or 3 strands of white embroidery floss. Join the two pieces of felt with a small blanket stitch around the edge or a simple line of running stitches. At the top, add in a small cord or string to hang and make sure to catch it with your stitches.
If you like, leave a small gap and fill lightly with some Polyfill to give the ornaments a bit of dimension – or leave them flat. It's up to you. Finish sewing all the way round and then repeat for the next one.
Don't they look so cute! Quick and easy to do too with the minimum of materials. Very toddler friendly.
This ornament pack comes with the 4 sheets of mini 2 inch tall designs, to use on your fab felt tree. It also comes with the same ornament designs in a larger size so you can use them on a regular tree too if you like. All free.
Help yourself to the sheets to print out to make these cute ornaments.
If you reading this in July, there's still lots of time and you can make a few of these until you have a whole bunch ready to decorate your tree in December. I'd love to see what you make. Please do upload your completed projects to the pattern page on Craftsy or share on the Facebook page.
Keep reading the posts over the next week as I share the fab felt and fabric ornaments made and designed especially for you by some fabulous and talented sewing bloggers as part of the So Sew Easy Christmas in July feature. If you haven't already, why not sign up to the newsletter so you don't miss a thing!
You are so generous to give us these patterns. I’ve been looking for Nativity characters for a quiet book page. Thank-you SO much.
Hi, I have recently stumbled across your blog via Pinterest, and I am so glad I did! You have some wonderful ideas and you must have taken ages writing these tutorials, so thank you. I love these christmas decorations and the ease of making them with my daughters, Last year I tried making christmas felt decorations with them but drawing and cutting out every little thing was soooooo time comsuming I lost the will to live! ha ha ha
I know what you mean. The very intricate felt decorations are beautiful, but demand a certain sort of patience and skill which I can’t find the time for!
How can i order the package they are adorable
Hi Rose, I don’t make these to sell simply because the postage from my small island would be SO expensive. You can make these yourself with the templates and instructions. Click on the big download button in the orange box to get the printable graphics and instructions and have a go at making them yourself. Its very easy. Let me know if you need any help.
These are simply adorable, a great project for Christmas. Thank you!
This is so cool & will make for some cute toys, fun if filled w/ crinkly plastic and/or small squeaky things & given to a baby or toddler for Christmas!! Maybe it would steer them away from the tree?!!
That’s a great idea to make them crinkly, but watch out for adding small things that can be swallowed if it comes open. My friend is urging me to make some soft toys for her baby on the way, but has been reminding me not to add things like buttons which could come off.
What a great idea, it looks so simple! I like to use fabric markers for felt, but have never used transfer paper before! Will try!
Great idea! Fast and fun!! Thanks so much for the downloads!!!
These are adorable! Thanks for sharing, I think my girls will enjoy this project. They would make fun Christmas gift toppers, too.