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Easy No-Sew Christmas Ornament from Fabric Scraps

Easy No-Sew Christmas Ornament

This cute, no-sew Christmas ornament from fabric scraps could very well be one of the easiest crafts I have ever done.  I can’t even remember when I made the one in the picture, but a crafty friend showed me how to do this many years ago. 

The ornament has a quilted look, like a crazy quilt, but there is zero sewing involved.  

Now, even though our Christmas tree is not really country inspired, this little quilted guy fits right in. Our tree is  always crazily eclectic (well, kind of like me!), and my favorite ornaments are the ones my kids made when they were little. I add red and white beaded garland and lots of candy canes to the tree, so there is a definite red and white theme going on every year that helps tie all of the ornament styles together– the salt dough bride and groom from our first Christmas together, fingerprint ornament from my once kindergarten boy, baby’s first Christmas ornaments, crystal icicles that were a gift from my friend, and on and on.

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You will need:

A small styrofoam ball
Small fabric pieces

Scissors

Butter knife

Cord or ribbon

Tack or pin

Here’s how to make it:

  • Cut fabric into small pieces of various sizes. (I think my pieces were a couple of inches and less.)  Little squares or oblong pieces work well, but any shape really.  Differing sizes will give the ornament that fun, crazy quilted look.
  • Using a butter knife, gently tuck the edges of the fabric pieces into the ball. Continue tucking each piece into the ball, (using a groove from the previous piece to start the the next one), until it is covered.  Be gentle toward the end, as some kinds of styrofoam can break apart easily if you’re not careful.
  • Cut a few inches of coordinating cord or ribbon, form a loop, and pin it into the ornament to create  the hanger. You can also just glue the ribbon onto the ornament.

That is literally all there is to it. Simple!

I can imagine some of these ornaments on a themed tree, with fabric chosen to match the theme– vintage style fabrics, music pages, candy cane fabric, calico, etc.  For a gift, you could make one with fabrics that relate to the gift recipient’s hobbies or style. 

This would be a fun activity to do with kids.  Have fun with it! 

Easy No Sew Christmas Ornament

The items below are similar to the supplies I used for the project. (I made mine many years ago, so they aren’t identical.)

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40 Comments

  1. I think I just might be able to pull this one off, Pam! Love it! If you haven't already, be sure to stop by my blog and enter my Christmas banner giveaway…I'll be picking a winner later today!

  2. Looking at it, I would have never guessed that it would be so easy to make! Thanks for showing us! That is really cute!

    Thinking of you and your family this week…praying that all is well! Hugs!

  3. Oooh, I love it! I'm going to have to trust you that it's a simple as you say because I have two left thumbs with any crafts/gardening.

  4. I was recently in a Christmas shop while on a weekend getaway and say a bowl of these types of ornaments. They were soft to touch, smelled amazing and were colorful and festive. To see how easy they are to make is motivating for me, an uncrafty kind of gal as I am. Thanks for sharing at Christmas in July. Always love seeing new posts.

  5. Mind. Blown. I never would have guessed how you got this look without sewing it! Thanks for sharing the secret to making quilted ornaments. #HomeMattersParty
    Pinned!

  6. How pretty and easy!! Thanks so much for linking up at #AThemedLinkup 6 for All Things Christmas. Shared.

  7. Congrats! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 7 for Christmas Trees and Ornaments from my previous linkup for All Things Christmas!

  8. wow, that is fantastic! I might have to change the colors of the photo to feature it, hope you don't mind, thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, and happy holidays!

  9. I've always loved these kind of handmade ornaments Pam and these ones are super cute.
    Thank you for sharing this project at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted the be featuring your quilted Christmas ornaments at tonight's party and pinning too.
    Hugs,
    Kerryanne

  10. Oh, I love how easy these are to make… and your tutorial is great, too, Pam! Kids would love making these, and feel so accomplished, too! I'm featuring your quilted Christmas ornament at Tuesday Turn About this week! Pinned!

  11. I love that this is a no-sew project but I am a terribly visual person so it would have been great to see a few pics of the "how to". I love your idea Pam. Thank you for joining Meraki Link Party. We hope to see you again.
    Naush

    1. You are so right, Naush – Photos of the "how to" would be helpful. I, too, am a visual person, so I understand. I made this one so long ago, before I blogged, so there weren't any photos as I was making it. I have actually considered making another one, so I can photograph the process! It's so simple, though. You really can't go wrong. Once you start pushing the edges of the fabric into the ball, it all comes together quickly.

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