Handmade felt ornaments are a wonderful project for families around the holidays. Depending on the age of the child they can be simple or elaborate.
For the very young child an adult can do the cutting of the pieces. This pattern is from a book that should be in every family's craft library: Feltcraft, Making Dolls Gifts and Toys by Petra Berger. The pattern is for a child's soft ball but I have adapted it for this ornament. When I was teaching in a Waldorf kindergarten with children ages 2-6 we made these balls each year.
You need 6 oval shaped pieces in the colors of your choice using wool felt. This is a perfect medium for young sewers. It is easy to push a needle through and does not fray.
The sewing can be a simple overhand or running stitch for preschoolers, or older children can be taught the blanket or chain stitch and/or combine the stitch of choice with beads.
After sewing the six pieces together you add a loop to the top to hang it from and some ribbon to the bottom. Stuff with sheep's wool and it is very festive! Make as many as you want for your tree, mantle, stairway, or window.
These ornaments are in my stall at Craftfest and in my Etsy shop.
This post is part of a blog tour from Creative Connections, sponsor of Craftfest and publisher of Creative Crafters Magazine. I have an article in the October issue about my peg dolls. Check it out.
Schedule of Craftfest BloggersI hope you visit these participating blogs!
Saturday 16th November
One post Sharon, The Old Button -
Sunday 17th November
One post Tania, Cola Creations -
Monday 18th November
AM post Vicky, Vicky Myers Creations -
PM post Jill, Fabrilushus -
Tuesday 19th November
AM post Heidi, Hectic Eclectic -
PM post Jane, Loopy's Place -
Wednesday 20th November
AM post Jane, Jane Cameron -
PM post Lisa, Designs By Lisa -
Thursday 21st November
AM post Sarah, Sew Jewellery -
PM post Kristin, Pastelesta -
Friday 22nd November
AM post Louise, Elsie May & Bertha -
PM post Karen, Bridgits Bell -
Saturday 23rd November
AM post Michelle, Shelly Berry Originals -
PM post Joy, BeadedBazaar -