I’m so excited to show you how to make your own fabric ornaments. We’re going to go over 4 different kinds of fabric Christmas ornaments today. You can make one Christmas ornament or, better yet, make them all! These fabric ornaments make GREAT Christmas gifts.
I know what you are thinking. WHAT?!? We haven’t gone trick or treating yet, I know. Ok, don’t shoot the messenger here. I’m not the one that had out the Christmas decorations in July…. ahem, Hobby Lobby. I’m looking at you.
As we move into the Holiday season over here, I thought today I would show you how to make some easy DIY fabric ornaments. These can also make great handmade gifts for Christmas.
I am not a seamstress… I don’t even own a sewing machine. So I don’t wander down the aisles of the fabric section very often, but when I do… it’s almost always for homespun fabric.
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What is homespun fabric?
Well, according to this article in Our Pastimes, It’s a weave fabric and gets its name because it is similar to the style of fabric that women used to spin at home… hence the name homespun.
Homespun fabric is bound to have some small imperfections and nubs woven into the fabric. Each thread is a different color and it’s typically a plaid pattern.
Another characteristic of homespun fabric is that the print is the same on the front and the back.
I love using homespun fabric for Christmas decorations and ornaments. I even incorporate homespun fabric into my wrapping sometimes (think fabric ribbon and bows)!
The rustic colors of the fabric, which is usually found with hunter and olive green, burgundy, and tan lend themselves well to primitive Christmas decorations.
Today I’m sharing tutorials for 4 different kinds of homespun fabric Christmas ornaments.
UPDATE – I did a LIVE video tutorial on Hometalk’s Facebook page showing you how to make these fabric ornaments. You can check it out below! 🙂 For more videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.
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Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament #1
(Fabric Strip Ball Ornament)
Supplies for fabric Christmas ornament #1 (fabric strip ball ornament):
- Homespun fabric
- Foam ball (I use 3” ones) – (UPDATE: Shout to a viewer named Kelly here. She gave me the great idea during a live video of using whiffle balls purchased from the Dollar Store instead, it’s probably cheaper!)
- Glue (I love 3-in-1 Craft Glue. Hot glue would work too!)
- Jute twine
- Mini metal star *optional (I used 1”)
- Stamped paper tag *optional
- Scissors (these ones work GREAT on fabric!)
Step 1: Cut fabric into strips
For this ornament, you’ll want to cut your homespun fabric into strips about 1 inch wide and approximately 12 inches long or long enough to wrap around the ball with about 3 inches on each side at the top. I love the Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors for all my crafting needs.
I like to use 3 different patterns. You’ll need about 5-6 fabric strips per ornament.
Step 2: Glue on your fabric strips
I spread some 3-in-1 glue on the fabric strip and wrap around the foam ball, bunching your fabric ends at the top. You can also use another type of crafting glue or hot glue.
Continue attaching your fabric strips until the entire foam ball is covered.
Step 3: Make jute twine hanger
To make the hanger, I make a circle of jute about 6 inches tall.
Next I take another piece of jute twine about 14-18 inches long. This will be your bow, so the longer the twine, the larger the bow. You can always cut off extra string.
Run this longer piece through the smaller circle and then tie around the fabric bunches at the top of your ornament. You can adjust the smaller circle so the knot is in the back of the ornament and hidden. Then tie it tightly and finish off with a bow.
Step 4: Glue on rustic metal star (optional)
This part is optional, but I love the extra rustic charm it adds to the fabric ornament.
Use a dab of this glue and hold on the center of the jute bow for about 20-30 seconds.
Step 5: Attach a stamped Christmas tag
I like the extra touch of Christmas that the stamped tags add. I just use a Christmas stamp with a fun holiday saying on a kraft paper tag and tie on one of the ends of the bow.
Lastly, you can tie knots in the end of the jute so it doesn’t unravel!
Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament #2 (Bunched Fabric Ball Ornament)
Supplies for bunched homespun fabric ball ornament:
Step 1: Cut your fabric in a square
I usually use a piece about 12” x 12” square. Just make sure when you bunch the fabric around the ball that it covers the entire foam ball.
The larger the square, the more fabric you’ll have bunched at the top. I love the Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors to cut the fabric.
Step 2: Bunch and glue your fabric on ball
I usually spread some 3-in-1 glue all over the foam ball and then wrap the fabric around and bunch at the top.
Step 3: Make your jute hanger
Next, make the hanger exactly how you made the one in the 1st ornament.
- To make the hanger, make a circle of jute about 6 inches tall.
- Next take another piece of jute twine about 14-18 inches long. This will be your bow, so the longer the twine, the larger the bow. You can always cut off extra string.
- Run this longer piece through the smaller circle and then tie around the fabric bunches at the top of your ornament.
- You can adjust the smaller circle so the knot is in the back of the ornament and hidden.
- The tie it tightly and finish off with a bow.
The knots at the end of the longer jute piece help it not unravel.
Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament #3 (Mason Jar Lid Mini Fabric Wreath)
Step 1: Cut homespun fabric
I was actually looking for a way to reuse the scraps from the fabric strip ball ornament (1st tutorial on this post) and that’s how this idea came about!
Your strips will need to be about 1 inch wide and 4-5 inches long. You can play around with different lengths to see what you like best for these fabric ornaments.
Step 2: Tie fabric on to mason jar lid ring
I just did a simple tie around the ring to attach the fabric to the mason jar lid… similar to the first step of tying your shoelaces. Continue to fill in around ring until it’s all covered.
Step 3: Make jute hanger
To make the hanger, I made a circle of jute about 3 inches wide around the ring and secured with a dab of glue.
I finished it off my tying a knot on the top.
Step 4: Attach jute bow and button
Next I just made a little jute bow and glued it on to the front of the mini wreath using my 3-in-1 glue.
Then I glued a cute little button to the center of the bow. Knot the ends of your jute bow to prevent unraveling.
Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament #4
(Fabric Wrapped Candy Cane Ornament)
Step 1: Cut fabric
Cut your fabric into strips approximately 1 inch wide. I love using the Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors for cutting fabric and other craft projects. Alternatively, you can also rip the fabric for a more rustic look!
Step 2: Glue and wrap fabric around candy canes
I apply the 3-in-1 glue all over the candy cane and wrap fabric starting from the bottom.
Step 3: Glue candy canes together
Just apply a dab of glue where the candy canes meet and hold until glue has set (about 30 seconds or so).
Step 4: Make jute hanger
I cut a piece of jute about 6 inches long and tie around to the top of the candy cane. Tie a knot and secure it in the back of the ornament with a dab of glue. Apply a button to the front for an extra added rustic touch.
Step 5: Tie on stamped tag
Cut a small piece of jute (about 3 inches) and tie a loop around the candy canes where they criss-cross.
Step 6: Finish off with crinkle ribbon bow
First of all, this seam binding ribbon is the BEST! To make it look the way it does in the photo I get it wet and pour some coffee over it (yes… I said coffee!).
Then I let it set for about 15 minutes or so. Ring it out and let it dry overnight. You can totally dye it other colors using ink or dye. I use this stuff on everything! Isn’t it awesome?
You can tie this cute bow over the jute loop holding the tag to cover the knot in the back.
There you have it!
Did you like these fabric Christmas ornaments?
I’ve given these fabric ornaments to just about every single person on my Christmas list over the years, so it’s safe to say that they make GREAT Christmas gifts.
Which homespun fabric Christmas ornament was your favorite? Do you have any other ideas for how to use homespun fabric this Christmas?
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If you love these homespun fabric Christmas ornaments, you’ll love these other projects:
- Cut fabric on strips.
- Glue on your fabric strips.
- Make jute twine hanger.
- Glue on rustic metal star (optional)
- Attach a stamped Christmas tag.