Handmade Christmas Ornaments Made From Felted Sweaters

by Erin Ringwald

Instead of throwing out your favorite felted sweater when it gets a hole in it, repurpose it into something useful. Use the felted sweater to make handmade Christmas ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree or use as package tags on your holiday gifts. Making your own felted decorations takes little time and effort. Leave the finished ornament plain or embellish it with sequins or ribbon to add a more personal touch.

Items you will need

  • Fabric scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Coated, heavy-duty cotton thread
  • 1/4-inch ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • 3-by-5-inch paper
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Yarn
  • Cotton batting
  • Sequins (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Craft glue (optional)

Wreath

Step 1

Cut a felted sweater into 50 1-inch squares.

Step 2

Thread a tapestry needle with 30 inches of coated, heavy-duty cotton thread. Tie the other end of the thread into a knot. Tie three more knots over the top of the first to create a larger knot.

Step 3

Feed the tapestry needle through the center of all 50 squares. Push the squares down the thread until they reach the knotted end. Once all 50 squares are threaded, remove the needle.

Step 4

Tie the loose end of the thread to the knotted end of the thread. Tie two more knots over the first to secure it tightly. By bringing the two ends of the thread together, you create a loop, which gives the ornament its wreath shape.

Step 5

Cut a 4-inch piece of 1/4-inch ribbon and tie it into a bow. Cut an 8-inch piece of 1/4-inch ribbon. Feed the loose end through the center of the loop of felted squares. Tie the loose ends of the ribbon together to create a hanger.

Step 6

Hot glue the bow to the top center of the completed wreath.

Mitten

Step 1

Draw the shape of a mitten on a 3-by-5-inch piece of paper, using as much of the paper as possible. Cut the mitten shape out to create a template.

Step 2

Cut two 3-by-5-inch pieces from the sweater using fabric scissors. Trace the paper template onto the cutout pieces of felted sweater using a marker. Cut out the mitten shapes from the sweater pieces.

Step 3

Put the two mitten pieces together. Use a tapestry needle and yarn to sew the two pieces together using a whipstitch. Leave a 2-inch section of the mitten unsewn. Stuff the inside of the two mittens with a small handful of cotton batting. Use whipstitch to close the open hole.

Step 4

Thread the tapestry needle with a 6-inch piece of yarn. Sew through the mitten 1/2 inch from the edge. Bring the needle and yarn out the other side 3 inches, so that 3 inches of the yarn is on the other side. Remove the needle and tie the two ends of the yarn into a knot to create a hanger.

Step 5

Decorate the mitten with crafting supplies as desired. For example, hot-glue sequins or ribbons to the mitten or apply craft glue to the mitten and sprinkle it with glitter.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hang the completed ornaments on a Christmas tree or attach them to presents.
  • To avoid burns, do not touch the hot glue or the glue gun while it is still hot.

Photo Credits

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