When Love Patchwork & Quilting approached me about contributing to their Quilty Advent Calendar series I immediately knew what holiday-themed project I wanted to do and if you've been following me for awhile it might look familiar...A few years ago, when I was working at a local craft/fabric store (RIP Scrapbooks Etc ), I was asked to make some projects for their holiday display and the Santa Ornament was one of them! Still one of my favorite Christmas projects that I've made and one I've been meaning to put online for a while now. This was the perfect opportunity to finally do it!
I've written step-by-step instructions below that include visuals AND if you scroll to the very, very bottom you'll find a condensed printable version of the pattern with the templates too! (There might be a fun surprise down there also ) And make sure to check out the other projects and giveaways happening during the Quilty Advent Calendar series on Love Patchwork and Quilting's blog! So many great projects and prizes have been shared so far!
To make the Santa Ornament you'll need:
- 4” x 5” piece of fabric for Santa’s Hat
- 1” x 5” piece of white felt for trim on Santa’s hat
- 3” x 5” piece of white felt for Santa’s beard
- 10” square piece of linen for Santa’s face and backing
- 2 small (approx. 1/8” in diameter) black beads for eyes (French knots in
black embroidery thread or drawing the eyes on with a fabric marker
would work too)
- Large white pom-pom (approx. 1 1/4” in diameter) for top of Santa’s hat
- Small red ball (approx. 1/2” in diameter) for Santa’s nose (I used an artificial berry that you would
find in the floral dept of the craft store, but you can substitute it with a red button or small red pom-pom too)
- 6” piece of ribbon for hanging the ornament
1. Using the Santa’s Beard Quilting Template printed at 100% or "Do Not Scale", a water-soluble pen (I am using a Frixion pen) and a light source, trace the quilting design onto the 3” x 5” piece of white felt. Hand or machine sew the design onto the felt.
2. With a 1/4” seam allowance, piece the front of the ornament together in this order (from top to bottom): 4" x 5” piece of fabric, 1” x 5” piece of white felt, 1 1/8” x 5” strip of linen and 3” x 5” rectangle of white felt. After it is pieced the front of the ornament should measure 5” x 6 1/2”.
3. With a water soluable pen and the Santa Ornament Template, trace the outline of the Santa ornament onto the pieced ornament front. Make sure to mark the placement of the eyes too. Cut out along the marked edge.
4. Hand sew the eyes on with black thread. I recommend sewing the bead on with two strands of thread and loop it through several times. The beads can become loose when you're turning the ornament right side out, so it is important to make the beads as secure as possible. Loop the two raw ends of the ricrac together, and with a basting stitch, attach the raw ends to the top of the ornament.
5. With the front of the ornament and backing right sides together, stitch around the perimeter of the ornament using a 1/4“ seam allowance. Make sure the ricrac is tucked in between the backing and front of the ornament, but out of the way when you're sewing these two pieces together. Leave a 2-3” gap along one side of Santa’s hat for turning right side out later. Trim off the point on Santa's hat to reduce bulk making sure not to cut through the stitches.
6. Turn the ornament right side out, stuff with batting, and hand stitch the opening closed. Using hot glue, attach the white pom-pom at the top of Santa’s hat and the red nose centered just below his eyes.