Easy Christmas Ornament from Fabric Scraps

This cute little ornament could very well be one of the simplest crafts I have ever done. I can't even remember when I made the one in the picture, but a crafty friend showed me how to do this many years ago.

Now, even though our Christmas tree is not really country inspired, this little quilted guy fits right in. Our tree is  always crazily eclectic (well, kind of like me!), and my favorite ornaments are the ones my kids made when they were little. I add red and white beaded garland and lots of candy canes to the tree, so there is a definite red and white theme going on every year that helps tie all of the ornament styles together-- the salt dough bride and groom from our first Christmas together, fingerprint ornament from my once kindergarten boy, baby's first Christmas ornaments, crystal icicles that were a gift from my friend, and on and on.

You will need:

A small styrofoam ball
Pinking Shears
Small fabric squares
Butter knife
Cord or ribbon
Tack or pin

Here's how to make a quilted ornament:

Cut fabric into small squares.  I used a pinking shears, so that the edges wouldn't fray.  I think my squares were about 2 inches, but if you want more sections on the ornament cut them smaller, and for less sections, cut them larger.

Using a butter knife, gently tuck the edges of the squares into the ball. Continue tucking squares       into the ball, until it is covered.

Cut a few inches of coordinating cord or ribbon, form a loop, and tack it into the ornament to form  the hanger.

That is literally all there is to it. Simple and sweet.

I can imagine some of these ornaments on a themed tree, with fabric chosen to match the theme-- vintage style fabrics, music pages, candy cane fabric, calico, etc.  For a gift, you could make one with fabrics that relate to the gift recipient's hobbies or style. 

This would be a fun activity to do with kids.  Have fun with it! 

I'd love it if you would pin this project!

Linking to:

You're Gonna Love it Tuesday
Made By You Monday
Inspire Me Monday
Handmade Tuesdays
Ladies Only Blog Share
Made in a Day
Pretty Wednesday
Well Crafted Wednesdays
Party at My Place
Slices of Life
Handmade Mondays at Sum of Their Stories
LouLou Girls


  1. I think I just might be able to pull this one off, Pam! Love it! If you haven't already, be sure to stop by my blog and enter my Christmas banner giveaway...I'll be picking a winner later today!

    1. April, it's SO easy, it's almost embarrassing. :)

  2. Looking at it, I would have never guessed that it would be so easy to make! Thanks for showing us! That is really cute!

    Thinking of you and your family this week...praying that all is well! Hugs!

    1. Thanks for the prayers, Mrs. Smith! Things have been a bit stressful.

  3. Love this! I think this is one I can do with my grands!

    1. Yes, it would be great to do with the grands, Kathy!

  4. Cute and so simple!!! Thanks for sharing...

  5. Oooh, I love it! I'm going to have to trust you that it's a simple as you say because I have two left thumbs with any crafts/gardening.

    1. Thanks Tamara! Yes, it really is that simple, promise.

  6. It is so cute and festive! I love it! :)-Ashley

  7. ♥love homemade ornaments. thanks for the instructions for this one. have a terrific Christmas♥

    1. Thank you Dawn. I hope you have a terrific Christmas too!

  8. That's a very cool idea. And it's a nice addition to a tree, with a true personal touch.

  9. I was recently in a Christmas shop while on a weekend getaway and say a bowl of these types of ornaments. They were soft to touch, smelled amazing and were colorful and festive. To see how easy they are to make is motivating for me, an uncrafty kind of gal as I am. Thanks for sharing at Christmas in July. Always love seeing new posts.

    1. Hi Michelle! These really are simple to make. I was very surprised! Thanks so much for hosting the linkup.

  10. Mind. Blown. I never would have guessed how you got this look without sewing it! Thanks for sharing the secret to making quilted ornaments. #HomeMattersParty

  11. Cool hack! Love the sewn look of the ornament, Pam. #HomeMattersParty

  12. I just love these. They make a great gift! #HomeMattersParty


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