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Fabric Christmas Ornaments Made With Homespun Fabric – 4 Different Tutorials

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.

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! πŸ™‚ For more videos, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

This fabric Christmas ornaments tutorial contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

Follow these tutorials on how to make 4 homemade fabric ornaments for Christmas!

Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament #1

(Fabric Strip Ball Ornament)

How to make a homemade fabric ornament - this homemade ornament is made with red plaid fabric, jute string, and star adornments.
Supplies needed to make a homemade fabric ornament - you'll need fabric strips, jute string, craft glue, scissors, a foam ball, and various rustic decor accents.

Supplies for fabric Christmas ornament #1 (fabric strip ball ornament):

Strips of homespun fabric, laid out on a white table, ready to turn into homemade fabric ornaments

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.

Wrapping strips of homespun fabric around a foam crafting ball to make homemade fabric ornaments.

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.

Applying craft glue to the homespun fabric stripes, which will help adhere the fabric to the craft ball.
Various pieces of homespun fabric with different plaid patterns wrapped around a styrofoam craft ball in the process of making homemade fabric ornaments.

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.

A piece of jute twine tied in a loop, sitting next to a homemade fabric ornament.
Looping jute twine together to make the hanger for our homemade fabric ornaments.
A homemade fabric ornament, the top of the homespun fabric strips tied together with a jute string.

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.

These stars can be a little hard to find, but I get mine on Amazon.  I like the 1 inch size stars for the ornaments. I’ve tried larger ones and I found the 1 inch size is a little easier to glue on.

Use a dab of this glue and hold on the center of the jute bow for about 20-30 seconds.

Applying craft glue to the back of a rustic metal star, which will decorate the homemade fabric ornaments.
Attaching a rustic metal start accent to the top of a homemade fabric ornament.

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!

Attaching the stamped decorative Christmas gift tag to the homemade fabric ornament using jute twine.
An overhead look of our first completed homemade fabric ornament - a round ornament made with various plaid pieces of homespun fabric.
A close up look at the homemade fabric ornament made with strips of homespun plaid fabric.
A close up look at the rustic accent star on this homemade fabric ornament.
A full view of the first completed homemade fabric ornament, made with strips of plaid homespun fabric, twine, and rustic star accents.
A collage shows all the steps for how to make the first homemade fabric ornament - a round ornament wrapped in pieces of plaid homespun fabric.

Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament #2 (Bunched Fabric Ball Ornament)

How to make a homemade fabric ornament using homespun fabric - this fabric ornament is made with red plaid fabric and jute string.
The supplies needed to make the second kind of homemade fabric ornament - a sheet of red plaid homespun fabric, jute twine, craft glue, scissors, a styrofoam craft ball, and rustic decor accents.

Supplies for bunched homespun fabric ball ornament:

A large square of red and green plaid homespun fabric with a styrofoam craft ball and craft scissors sitting on a white table.

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.
A loop of jute twine, tied on a knot.
Creating the hanging string for our homemade fabric ornaments from jute twine.
A foam ball covered in red and green plaid homespun fabric, tied with jute twine.

The knots at the end of the longer jute piece help it not unravel.

A stamped gift tag attached to the homemade fabric ornament, decorated with a single button.
A slightly out-of-focus overhead shot of a homemade fabric ornament - red and green plaid fabric tied with jute string.
A collage of images showing how to make a homemade fabric ornament using red and green plaid homespun fabric, a foam craft ball, and jute string.

Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament #3 (Mason Jar Lid Mini Fabric Wreath)

How to make homemade fabric ornaments - a mini fabric wreath ornament made with homespun fabric and jute twine.
Supplies needed to make a mini wreath homemade fabric ornament - strips of homespun fabric, a mason jar lid, jute twine, craft glue, and scissors.

Supplies for mason jar lid mini fabric wreath ornament:

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.

Tying strips of tan and plaid homespun fabric around a mason jar lid to create a homemade fabric ornament.

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. 

A mini fabric wreath ornament, made with strips of red, green, and tan plaid homespun fabric tied around a mason jar lid.
Strips of red, green, and plaid homespun fabric tied with knots around a mason jar lid to create a mini wreath homemade fabric ornament.

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.

Tie a strip of jute twine around the mini wrath ornament to create a loop for hanging the ornament.

I finished it off my tying a knot on the top.

A loop of jute twine neatly tied with a knot around a mini fabric wreath fabric ornament.

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.

Add a cute jute twine bow and button to the top of this homemade fabric ornament, made with strips of homespun fabric.
A look at another completed homemade fabric ornament - a mini fabric wreath made with strips of red, green, and tan homespun fabric tied around a mason jar lid
A collage of images showing how to make a mini wreath homemade fabric ornament, using strips of homespun fabric and a mason jar lid.

Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament #4

(Fabric Wrapped Candy Cane Ornament)

How to make homemade fabric ornaments - two plaid-wrapped candy canes tied together with ribbon to create a homemade fabric ornament.
Supplies needed to make candy cane homemade fabric ornaments - two candy canes, strips of red and green plaid fabric, jute twine, scissors, and craft glue.

Supplies for 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.

Applying craft glue to the plastic candy canes to adhere strips of plaid homespun fabric to create candy cane fabric ornaments.
Wrapping a strip of red and tan plaid homespun fabric around a plastic candy cane to create homemade fabric ornaments.
Wrapping a strip of homespun fabric around the curved cane of a plastic candy cane to create homemade fabric ornaments.

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).

 

Two fabric-wrapped candy canes sit crisscrossed over each other, held together with craft glue.

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.

Close up look at the tied jute string hanger attached to the candy cane fabric ornaments.
Attaching a single button the to jute-string hanger on the hook of the homemade fabric candy cane ornaments.

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.

A stamped gift tag and a piece of jute string tied around the homemade fabric ornaments
A stamped gift tag attached to the fabric wrapped candy cane ornaments with jute twine.

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?

A pile of crinkled up seam binding ribbon, which will be tied around the candy cane fabric ornaments.

You can tie this cute bow over the jute loop holding the tag to cover the knot in the back.

A look at the completed homemade fabric ornaments made with homespun fabric strips wrapped around candy canes, tied with ribbon and a stamped gift tag.
A close up look at the decorative Christmas gift tag tied around the homemade fabric candy cane ornaments.
A collage of images showing how to make homemade fabric ornaments, made with homespun fabric, jute string, and a stamped gift tag.

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?

How to make four different homemade fabric Christmas ornaments using handspun fabric, jute string, and craft glue.

Make your own fabric Christmas ornaments. Grab your supplies from Amazon!



If you love these homespun fabric Christmas ornaments, you’ll love these other projects:

Primitive Christmas Trees With Homespun Fabric
Rustic Christmas Advent Calendar
Believe Christmas Sign
How to Make Fabric Christmas Ornaments Made With Homespun Fabric

How to Make Fabric Christmas Ornaments Made With Homespun Fabric

Yield: 1
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Add a festive homemade touch to your Christmas tree this year with these 4 homemade fabric Christmas ornaments! Learn how to make 4 different fabric ornament designs, all using the same affordable crafting supplies.

Tools

  • ScissorsΒ 

Instructions

  1. Cut fabric on strips.
  2. Glue on your fabric strips.
  3. Make jute twine hanger.
  4. Glue on rustic metal star (optional)
  5. Attach a stamped Christmas tag.

11 thoughts on “Fabric Christmas Ornaments Made With Homespun Fabric – 4 Different Tutorials

  1. I really like all of them. So cute! The wreath one would work with different size wood embroidery hoops, too. There you’d get 2. Of course if you’re using bigger hoops (how cute would that be?) you’d probably need wider & longer strips. I don’t own a sewing machine either. Any sewing I do is done by hand (mostly ornaments). It’s hard when you don’t sew & you love fabric to find non sewing ideas.

      1. You can make them using round shower curtain rings as well. I’ve been using them for crafts for years. The method shown is the way I make my primitive flowers, minus one step. I am starting my Christmas ornaments now. πŸ™‚ These are all very cute ideas that I will be doing. I have a primitive rag Garland in the same design as my ornaments. πŸ’—

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