Dec 17, 2009

Handmade Felt Angel Ornaments

Instructions for Making Hand Sewn Felt Ornaments:
Craft supplies:
  • felt various colors (craft supply store)
  • embroidery floss
  • embroidery needles (sharps...meaning a pointed needle tip)
  • stuffing

Taking two pieces of felt, cut out your desired shape. Making sure that as you cut, your top and bottom pieces are identical.

Take one of the two pieces and begin embroidering it. Always leave enough floss, so that you can stitch several stitches in one place before cutting the floss, this will prevent your work from unraveling once cut.

If you do an angel as we did, start with the face details. Once you are satisfied with the details, grab the identical shape and begin stitching around the edge, sewing the two pieces together.

As you sew around the edges, make sure to leave an opening of several inches to insert the stuffing. A pencil (eraser end) can help get into the hard to reach places you want to fill with stuffing.

When you get it as stuffed as you'd like, finish off your embroidery around the open seam. Make a little loop on the top of your ornament with the floss, so you will be able to easily hang it on your Christmas tree or wreath.

My little angel makers are ages 6,7,8 and 10. They need a little bit of help knotting their floss, but everything else they did without help. We used all 6 strands of floss at once for our angels.

King Meemer's angel...(age 7)

Princess Sunshine's angel (age 10)

King Bonkey's angel. (age 6)
I showed him one french knot and then he was able to do the rest himself!

Princess Giggles (age 8)


Saminda said...

LOVE them!! Now I just need a lesson in doing a french knot and I can show these to my kids! ;)

Katie said...

Absolutely adorable!

Kimmie said...

okay a french knot is easy.

slip your needle part way through your felt(I tell my kids to let the needle take a small bite out of the fabric), now rap the floss that is closest to the needle, around the tip 2-4 times. Hold the floss with your fingers (the loops you just made), while you slip the needle all the way out and through the floss. Pull until you have no more loose tail. Now take your needle and go through the center of the rings you made (and were holding). Pull until no thread is left-you will now be in the back of your work.

Start with 2-3 loops around the needle for practice. 4 or 5 loops is what was used for some of the hair knots.

Let me know if this helps.


mom said...

Ohhh, so sweet, Kimmie!

I checked at our little Walmart today and NO felt. I'm so sad! As much as I love where we live, there are limitations and shopping is one of the most challenging. I'll have to add it to my list and shop another time at another place which means probably not this Christmas.

Tammy ~@~

julie said...

Can I come stay at your house for a few days and we can have a crafting party? Wouldn't that be fun?

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