After the year I made a million Christmas mice, I definitely warmed up to the idea of using felt in making Christmas ornaments. It’s really easy stuff to work with, and–if you buy wool felt and stuffing–pretty darn eco-friendly. I decided to whip out my felt reserves again this year with this incredibly simple collection of teardrop Santas (or Oak and Holly Kings, if you want to be so inclined). All you do is cut out a couple tear drop shapes, some flesh-toned circles, and some white beards, glue (or sew) the circles onto one tear drop and tack down the beard with a few red stitches. Add a cute little button to the belly, and sew two drops together, and you’re done! Should these little fellows appeal to you, here’s what you’ll need:
- This Santa Pattern, which is a printable .pdf. All the words are in German, but it’s easy to figure out what is what.
- A few scraps of felt in an assortment of colors. Shades of red, green, and blue will all be especially ‘holiday’ themed. Darker greens don’t show up very well in trees, though.
- Thread to match the body colors
- A few scraps of felt in flesh tones
- A few white scraps of felt
- Bright red embroidery floss
- Black embroidery floss
- Fabri-tac fabric adhesive
- Fabric paint OR blush for cheeks
- A chopstick
- An assortment of small buttons
To begin, cut out all your body shapes, faces, and beards. Glue the faces to half of the body shapes using Fabri-tac or sew them into place, either with a straight stitch on a sewing machine or hand sewing with a blanket stitch. Give the face red cheeks either by wetting a scrap of fabric or a Q-tip, dabbing it in a drop of red fabric paint, blotting off the excess, and dabbing the scrap onto the cheeks or by carefully working a little bit of blusher into the fabric with a Q-tip. Using black embroidery thread, sew eyes onto the face. I think using 1-3 parallel stitches here gives a cuter look than using french knots, but do whatever you like. Using red embroidery thread, affix the beard to the face with 3-4 to form a smile Sew on a button below the beard.
Using a straight stitch on a sewing machine or hand sewing with a running stitch, sew two teardrops together, right side out, leaving a chopstick-sized hole. Use a chop stick to push batting through the teardrop layers, then sew up the hole.
Thread an embroidery needle with ribbon or red embroidery floss and push it through the top of the tear drop in order to create a hanger. Knot off the thread, then put the ornament on your tree.