15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 7, Felt Ornaments

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When my husband and I got our first tree I bought a bunch of light green and red ornaments from Target that came in big packages and were pretty generic.  They were great for the first few years, but as we’re getting older and our family is expanding, we have started to get more personal ornaments.  As much as I like the matchiness (yes, I just made up a word) of the green and red ornaments, the other ornaments had meanings for us that those cheap, unbreakable ones from Target did not.  Each year I replace a few of the old ones with new ones that give our tree it’s own personality.  Now that we have a toddler, I decided our tree needed some more toddler friendly homemade ornaments.  I love the way felt ornaments look, and they aren’t breakable, a big plus in my book!  They’re also really easy and cheap to make!  I used felt scraps I already had, and I already had the red and green grosgrain ribbon.  I bought the red and gold ric rac and the blue ribbon at Joann for $.89 each (70% off Christmas ribbon!), so the grand total for this project was $1.78!  I sewed my felt ornaments, but you could just as easily use hot glue them if you’re not into sewing.

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15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 6, Felt Pillow

 

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Happy Friday!  Today I have a Christmas pillow inspired by this pillow.  Pillows are great for beginners, they are so easy!  Here is how I made this holiday pillow.

First I made a template in Photoshop for the felt letters, if you would like to download the template I made, you can get it here.  Cut out the letters for your template.

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Trace the letters backwards onto your felt.  The reason you will want to do it backwards, is so that you will not have any pen marks showing after you cut out and sew on the letters.

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After you have traced and cut all the letters out of the felt, place them on your fabric and pin in place.  I used white cotton fabric and each piece was 9.5″x13″.  If you have a pillow that you would like to create a cover for your fabric pieces will be a little different.

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Sew the letters into place.

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I have to admit, this was not my finest sewing job.  The letters are a little crooked, and at first I thought I was going to have to redo it.  But after stuffing, you can’t really tell that some of the letters are crooked, so that worked out well!  Next pin the right sides of the fabric together.

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Sew around the edges, leaving a space of about two to three inches unsewn.

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Trim excess fabric from the edges and corners.

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Turn the pillow right sides out and press.  Make sure you poke the corners out all the way, I use a chopstick to do this.

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Stuff the pillow and slip stitch the opening closed.

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