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Folded Fabric Ornament | Handmade Christmas Decoration

These DIY fabric ornaments are a must-sew kind of project for all sewing enthusiasts who like to give their homes that special holiday charm. It doesn’t matter how skilled you are at sewing, it’s a project for beginners and experts alike! They are fun and easy to make, and they take a short amount of time just like the Christmas tree napkins and the Christmas stocking wine dispenser.

If you realized that you need these decoration pieces, just follow our folded fabric ornaments instructions and you’ll have them in no time!

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to Make Folded Fabric Ornaments

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How To Sew Folded Fabric Ornaments

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Sewing Christmas Ornaments INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Prepare the pattern

Download and print the Christmas ornaments pattern. Make sure to print it at 100%, no scaling at all! The pattern is designed to be cut on fold!

TIP: If you don’t have a printer, find something circular with about 8 inches diameter to serve as a pattern, or cut one out from paper and make a pattern yourself.

folded fabric christmas ornaments pattern

STEP 2: Cut out the fabric

The first thing you’ll need to do is to cut out two identical pieces of fabric, one from each fabric you have. Fold the fabric in half, pin the pattern on the fold and cut out according to the Christmas element pattern. Remove the pattern and unfold each piece. You will have two round pieces of fabric.

TIP: Don’t forget to wash both fabrics thoroughly and iron them well before you cut them. This prevents them from deforming later on after you wash them.

STEP 3: Start sewing the folded fabric ornament

Place the two fabric pieces on each other with their right sides facing inward. Align the edges and use pins or clips to secure the layers in place.

Sew all around the circle with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Leave a small opening unstitched so that you can turn the whole thing later on. Remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitch.

STEP 4: Turn the folded Christmas ornament

Turn the entire thing through the opening you left. Flatten everything out and fold the edges of the opening inward a bit. Press them and topstitch the opening shut.

STEP 5: Start forming the folded fabric Christmas ornament

Decide which side you want to dominate and then fold the round fabric piece in half, making sure to keep that side on the inside.

Take a needle and a thread and run it into the corner, at the beginning of the fold crease. Don’t cut the thread!

Run the needle into the opposite corner, in the same manner. Tighten the thread until the entire circle is folded. Join the two points with the threads going through them by making a stitch or two over the point where they touch.

Without cutting the thread, repeat the process on the two remaining corners.

When you finish, you should get something that looks like a filled dumpling from a Chinese restaurant, with four petal-like upright corners.

Tie up a thread around the threads in the center where the petals touch.

STEP 6: Finish the Christmas decoration

Press the center of the ornament with your palm so that it touches the back layer of the fabric. It will look like a pinwheel

Now you need to flip all four corners inside-out so that your desired fabric takes over as dominant.

Make sure to align everything and make it flat and straight. You can press the whole thing with your iron.

STEP 7: Add the finishing touches

To finalize the ornament, you’ll be sewing on a button and adding a hanging loop.

If you have some kind of button-like decoration, sew that onto the center of the ornament. Any pretty button will do though, so use whatever you wish. You can also leave the ornament as it is, without the button.

The last thing to do is to add a loop so that you can hang the ornament. You can use a decorative string and a tapestry needle and run them through one corner of the ornament. Then just tie up the string.

You can also make a fabric loop by folding a thin fabric piece lengthwise twice and stitching its ends to the corner of the ornament.

Your new handmade Christmas fabric ornament is complete! Here’s the back looks. So pretty!

I hope you liked this tutorial! Try making a few of these unique diy fabric ornaments for your loved ones and tell us what they thought! If you have some suggestions you’d like to share with us, write them out in the comment section below. We appreciate the feedback! Have a wonderful Christmas!

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Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 29 comments
Denise/My Home of All Seasons - November 21, 2020

So cute and a great tutorial! These would make such great neighbor gifts. Thanks so much for sharing!

Shelbee on the Edge - November 21, 2020

This is so adorable! I have a fairly large collection of handmade fabric ornaments. They are some of my favorite ones! I love the rustic old fashioned vibe of them. Thanks for linking!


Marielle - November 21, 2020

This is such a cute idea. That flip is genius! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. Have a great weekend!

Create With Joy - November 21, 2020

Such a beautiful handmade ornament – makes me wish I knew how to sew!
Thanks for sharing at inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!
Congrats for being one of our Featured Guests this week! #462

Lydia C. Lee - November 22, 2020

Cute! And looks easy! #Dreamteam (feel free to add to the #XmasLinky on this Friday)

Clare M - November 22, 2020

I have two crafty teenagers who will enjoy making these. #KCACOLS

Linda Kilsdonk - November 23, 2020

What an adorable ornament. Not being a seamstress, I shared your link with my sister, who is a whiz at sewing. Thanks for sharing! Love it! Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

Grandma's House DIY - November 23, 2020

I’ll be featuring you when the next party starts – thanks for much for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go blog hop!

chickenruby - November 25, 2020

Thank you for sharing another easy sewing project with us at #pocolo

    Helen - November 26, 2020

    I’ll be back with even more Christmas ornaments. I’m on a roll. 🙂

Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs - November 27, 2020

This is beautiful! And such a simple craft too. Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC.

Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

Amy - November 29, 2020

These are adorable!

Carly Crawford - November 30, 2020

Gosh I really miss having a sewing machine sometimes. I wasn’t the best at it, but sometimes you just want one to be able to do these fun little crafts. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

    Helen - November 30, 2020

    Hey Carly, this one is an easy sew, with a bit of determination you can whip up one by hand

Naush Samama - November 30, 2020

Such a fantastic ornament and an easy tutorial to follow. Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party.

Ruth Angotti - December 2, 2020

I Love your videos you make everything look so easy to make. A big plus for us newbies. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but when I click on download the pattern for the Christmas ornament the only thing that comes up is “Where can we send your free file.” Can’t understand what I’m doing wrong, never had this happen before. I’d love to try and make this ornament it’s so cute.

Thank you for all you are doing,

    Helen - December 3, 2020

    Hi Ruth, thank you so much for your kind words. The ornament is super easy to make
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Emma Dowey - December 3, 2020

So cute and actually does sound easy to do! #KCACOLS

Richella J Parham - December 3, 2020

This is darling! What a cute ornament. Thank you for offering such detailed instructions. I have very rudimentary sewing skills, so I appreciate the tutorial.

Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    Helen - December 3, 2020

    Thank you so much for the feature Richella!

Dana, A Mamanista Life - December 4, 2020

These are super cute, sending love xx #KCACOLS

Kim L. - December 5, 2020

Am I correct in guessing an 8″ circle to start gives a finished ~4″ ornament? I’m thinking it would be really cute to slide in a square trimmed photo on the back for the Grandmas. I may change the fabric colors to pink/floral and give them for Mother’s Day.

    Helen - December 6, 2020

    The finished ornament is ~3.5″.
    I love your ideas! You can definitely slide in trimmed photos for the grandmas – they’ll love it

Lowell - July 24, 2021

I made 50 of the Origami ornaments last year to give to friends and family as gifts. They were smaller but worked out well. I got the pattern from the internet. Fun to make. I used a bowl to trace around and it measured 6-1/2″ diameter.

    Helen - July 25, 2021

    Wow! That’s a lot. These are soo easy and fun to make, and they make wonderful gifts

Demetria - September 5, 2022

Hi, I love this. Can I ask where you got the printed fabric, I really like it!

    Helen - September 11, 2022

    Oh, that was a tablecloth mom gave me, and I decided it’s perfect for this project

Adrianna - December 21, 2022

These are so adorable and fun to make! I had my husband make some buttons out of a tree branch and they look so rustic and charming! I will definitely be making more as gifts.

    Helen - December 23, 2022

    Awesome idea! You have a crafty hubby
    Have you tried making buttons out of avocado pits? I love them


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