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Fabric 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 Christmas ornaments using fabric today. You can make one homespun fabric 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 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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four homemade fabric ornaments on a white background ...with a text overlay that says... 4 tutorials DIY homespun fabric christmas ornaments

Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament (Fabric Strip Ball Ornament)

a round fabric covered homemade ornament with twine tying excess fabric at the top ...with a text overlay that says... DIY homespun fabric christmas ornament
supplies are laid out on a white surface, there is fabric, twine, craft glue, scissors, a Styrofoam ball, some decorative tags, and small star shaped accents

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

plaid fabric strips laid lengthwise on a white surface

Step One: 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.

a hand holding two fabric strips around a styrofoam ball at right angles to each other

Step Two: 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.

a styrofoam ball with a single fabric strip around it, and another laid underneath it with glue on the second fabric strip
a hand holding many fabric strips over a styrofoam ball, nearly covering it

Continue attaching your fabric strips until the entire foam ball is covered.

Step Three: 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 fabric covered ball with a tied loop of twine next to it
a hand holding a single string of twine through a loop of twine
a homemade ornament covered in fabric with twine tying it off on the side

Step Four: Glue on rustic metal star (optional)

This part is option, 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.

a bottle placing a bit of glue on the back of a small star shaped piece of metal
gluing a small star shaped piece of metal on to twine that's tied around a homemade ornament covered in fabric

Step Five: 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!

a hand tying a decorative tag to twine tied to a handmade ornament
a top down view of the completed ornament. it is round, covered in fabric, with twine holding the excess fabric on the top, with a decorative star and tag
bottom view of the completed ornament, it is round and covered in fabric
close up of the tied twine and small star decoration on the top of the ornament
full view of the completed ornament
composite image of five angled views of the completed ornament ...with a text overlay that says... DIY homespun fabric ornament

Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament (Bunched Fabric Ball Ornament)

a homemade christmas ornament wrapped in plaid fabric with twine tying off the top and a decorative tag ...with a text overlay that says... DIY homespun fabric christmas ornament
supplies are laid out on a white surface, there is fabric, twine, craft glue, scissors, a Styrofoam ball, some decorative tags, and small star shaped accents

Supplies for bunched homespun fabric ball ornament:

a styrofoam ball sitting on a square of plaid fabric with scissors next to it

Step One: Cut your fabric in a square

I usually use 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 Two: 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 Three: 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 twine on a white surface
a hand holding a string of twine through a loop of twine
a ball covered loosely in fabric with twine loosely wrapped around the extra fabric

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

a close up of a decorative tag that says it's the most wonderful time of the year
top down view of a ball wrapped in fabric and tied off with twine on top
a composite image of each step in making a handspun fabric ornament ...with a text overlay that says... DIY homespun fabric ornament

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

a small fabric wreath ...with a text overlay that says... DIY mini fabric wreath christmas ornament

supplies on a white surface, supplies are a mason jar lid ring, scissors, fabric, twine, and craft glue

Supplies for mason jar lid mini fabric wreath ornament:

Step One: 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.

fabric strips tied to a mason jar lid ring, covering the metal with fabric

Step Two: 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 fabric wreath, with a center ring and decorative frayed edges
close up of the edges of the completed wreath ornament

Step Three: 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.

twine tied around one edge of the wreath ornament

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

close up of twine tied around the edge of the wreath ornament creating a loop to hang the ornament

Step Four: 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.

close up of a twine bow with a button on the front, attached to the wreath ornament
front view of the completed homemade fabric wreath ornament
composite image of five photos, each showing the wreath ornament in progressing stages of completion ...with a text overlay that says... DIY mini fabric wreath ornament

Homespun Fabric Christmas Ornament (Fabric Wrapped Candy Cane Ornament)

two fabric candy canes with a fabric bow and decorative tag ...with a text overlay that says... DIY homespun fabric candy cane ornament
supplies laid out on a white surface, supplies are two plastic candy canes, long strips of fabric, twine, craft glue, scissors, and a decorative tag

Supplies for fabric wrapped candy cane ornament:

Step One: 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 Two: 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.

close up of gluing the end of a fabric strip to the end of a plastic candy cane

a plaid fabric strip wrapped in a spiral halfway up a plastic candy cane

plaid fabric wrapped in a spiral all the way up a plastic candy cane, leaving only the tip exposed

Step Three: Glue candy cane 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 candy canes in an x formation on a white surface

Step Four: 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 of a twine loop tied to the top of a fabric candy cane
close up of the top of a fabric wrapped candy cane, with a button at the top of the curve of the cane

Step Five: 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.

two fabric wrapped candy canes laying on top of each other, with a decorative tag that says wishing you a very merry christmas
close up of twine tied around two fabric candy canes, also holding on a decorative tag that says wishing you a very merry christmas

Step Six: Finish off with crinkle ribbon bow

First of all, this Tim Holtz Crinkle 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 cream colored fabric ribbon

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

close up of the finished ornament with cream colored ribbon tied into a bow around it
finished fabric wrapped candy cane ornament, with a decorative tag that says wishing you a very merry christmas

close up of the decorative tag on the finished ornament, it says wishing you a very merry christmas on it
a composite image of six pictured of the homemade fabric wrapped candy cane ornament in progressing stages of assembly ...with a text overlay that says... DIY homespun fabric ornament

There you have it!

Did you like these fabric 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?

four fabric ornaments laying on a white surface ...with a text overlay that says... DIY homespun fabric ornaments

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

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

How to Make Fabric Ornaments Made With Homespun Fabric

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

I’m so excited to show you how to make your own fabric ornaments. We’re going to go over 4 different kinds of Christmas ornaments using fabric today. You can make one homespun fabric Christmas ornament or, better yet, make them all! These fabric ornaments make GREAT Christmas gifts.

Tools

  • Scissors 

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.

27 thoughts on “Fabric 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. 🙂 These are all very cute ideas that I will be doing. I have a primitive rag Garland in the same design as my ornaments. 💗

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