Give your Christmas tree a touch of class with these cute little Liberty fabric Christmas decorations. You can find Liberty fabric online (I bought mine on eBay) for great prices, and you don’’t need much for these decorations, just some smaller squares in different patterns is enough. Alternatively, you can use other fabric scraps you have lying around.

These lovely decorations also make great little stocking fillers, just fill them with dried lavender instead of polyester filling.

 

here's what you'll need...

  • A selection of Liberty print fabric (or other fabric)
  • Our shape template (download here – opens in new window)
  • Polyester toy filling
  • A basic sewing kit – scissors, pins, needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Some gold elastic ribbon
  • A range of gold embellishments, such as sequin trim, buttons and embroidery thread

Fabric Ornaments Materials

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here's how it's done...

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    Print out our template onto normal printer paper, and carefully cut out the shapes. Fold your fabric in half and pin the shapes to the fabric.

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    Cut round the shapes leaving about an extra 1/2 inch around the template. As your fabric was folded in half, you should now have two of each shape.

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    If you wish to add any embellishments to your decorations, do this now. I added sequin trim to one, a piece of ribbon and a button to another, and used gold embroidery thread to stitch stars on my tree shaped one. You can add details to either one side or both sides of your decorations, it’’s totally up to you.

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    Place your matching shapes together right sides facing, pin and then tack them together neatly.

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    Make a hanging loop using your gold elastic ribbon, putting a stitch in the two ends to hold it together.

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    Slip your loop inside the decoration where the top will be, and push it right in, until the ends are level with the edge of the fabric. Make sure it is inside where you will stitch around, expect at the top where you will stitch over it to keep it in place.

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    Turn it the right way out through the hole you left in the stitching, and start filling it with polyester filling (or dried lavender).

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    Once it’’s nice and full, neatly stitch the opening closed.

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    Feel free to experiment with your own Christmas related shapes and embellishments, we’’d love to see what you come up with!

    * We’ve teamed up with Cotton Traders for their Interactive Advent Calendar, and contributed this tutorial as it’s one of our favourite Christmas crafts to make – a great alternative to buying decorations as they can be made entirely to your own taste!

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By Caroline Rowland on 26.11.13

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