I absolutely love making and receiving handmade decorations for the Christmas tree - there’s something so special about each ornament having a story, or knowing it has been made with care and love!
I also enjoy cross stitch, and it is a fun and relaxing way to unwind on an evening - especially in the run up to Christmas when you want to craft, but also want to stay cosied up on the sofa. My guilty pleasure this last month or so has been cross stitching and hand sewing in front of Downton Abbey on Netflix!
This ornament is a quick and easy make, perfect as an addition to your tree, or as a gift for friends and family (if you can bear to part with them!), and uses a small amount of aida, felt and fabric scraps for stuffing.
Download the chart below and read on to get started!
You will need:
15cm x 15cm piece of aida
15cm x 15cm piece of felt
Ribbon (cut to desired length)
Embroidery floss in red and green
Small metal bell (optional)
Fabric scraps or toy stuffing
Basic sewing kit
Sewing machine (optional)
Vellum or tracing paper (optional)
Download the chart here
Stitch your design, following the chart. Trim and secure any loose threads in the back of the design.
Create the template to trim your aida. I used graph paper to make a trapezium 12cm tall, and then 4.5cm at the top, and 10cm at the base. I then joined the sides. I traced this shape onto some vellum to make positioning the design centrally easier. Trace around the shape.
Trim the ribbon to the desired length and pin in place centrally, right sides together on the aida piece.
Pin the felt piece, right sides together on top of your aida piece, sandwiching the ribbon in between.
Machine stitch or hand sew around the edge using a 1cm seam allowance. Leave a gap for turning on the long bottom edge of the decoration.
Turn the decoration out, poke out the corners and press using a pressing cloth.
Chop up your fabric scraps fairly small, and use this to stuff the decoration.
Slip stitch the base closed. To finish, tie a bow with a small bell attached to the hanging ribbon of the decoration.