How to make 5 easy & festive fabric Christmas ornaments (no sewing required!)

How to sew some cute, crafty Christmas tree ornaments (1974)

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These homemade fabric Christmas ornaments are a quick and easy way to add a personal touch to your holiday festivities

If you’d like to add some homemade crafty touches to your holiday decorations this year, take some inspiration from this vintage article: Five fabric Christmas ornaments from 1974 that are just as cute today.

Making fabric Christmas ornaments out of sewing material scraps is a fun and easy way to get crafty, and it’s also a great way to repurpose materials that might otherwise go to waste. Plus, with a little creativity and some simple hacks, you can make these ornaments without even having to break out the sewing machine.

Who said you had to sew?

If you’re not one for sewing, experiment with some no-sew options like fabric glue or fusible tape. Both of these products can be found at most craft stores and are perfect for assembling these fabric Christmas ornaments without having to sew. Alternatively, you can try using a hot glue gun to adhere your fabric scraps, just be careful not to burn yourself or your material!

There are many different ways to make fabric scrap ornaments, from traditional shapes like balls and stars, to more unique and creative designs. You can even get the kids involved and turn it into a fun family activity.

Whether you opt for a classic, traditional look — like these patchwork-quilt-inspired fabric Christmas ornaments — or something more modern and trendy, these retro Christmas crafts will add some homemade cheer to your holiday décor.

Cut, stitch & trim: You can sew up a yule tradition all your own (1974)

A grandmother friend of ours has fashioned — each year since she was a child — an ornament for her Christmas tree, creating throughout the decades a personal holiday tradition.

The key, of course, is that this custom be an expression of one’s own handiwork. Since every custom, by necessity, must have a date of origin, we offer here a way for you to inaugurate your own family tradition with tomorrow’s “heirlooms” from today’s rag bag!

How to make cute fabric Christmas ornaments (1974)


Make some cute, crafty fabric Christmas ornaments (1974)

Here are tree ornaments you stitch yourself from scraps of fabric. These patchwork ornaments were designed by Puckihuddle, updated with contemporary fabrics.

Stockings (top left), each 6-1/2 inches high, are made from two different patterns, one for the base, the other for a contrasting collar, trimmed with lace. They’re all finished with grosgrain tabs to hang them with. Fill them with paper (for shape) or with candies.

Christmas stocking ornaments

The three-dimensional prisms are each made of eight pieces of fabric, four in one size and four in another, with the matching squares stitched together and seamed down the middle. They’re each 8-1/2 inches high, tapped with satin bow and tab for hanging.

Cute Christmas tree ornaments - triangles

A forest of trees, 6-3/4 inches high, each one made of six triangles. Back one triangle to another and overlap the resulting three triangles to form the tree.

The trunk is two tiny pieces of brown. Vary the trees with contrasting fabrics as we do here: red and white variations of the same print, or three different patterns in the same color.

How to sew cute Christmas tree ornaments (1)

Two wreaths, topped with wide satin bows, are each mode of six patches sewn together, then wrapped around a 4-1/2-inch diameter cardboard or Styrofoam base and stitched together in the back.

How to sew cute Christmas tree ornaments (2)

Quilted Christmas ornaments you can sew

Choose fabrics from your own “rag bag.” Ours are from Boussac of France, & Vice Versa, Quadrille and Brunschwig & Fils, available through decorators; the ribbons are by Burlington Ribbon Mills.

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