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