Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas 2017 Gift Three: Stuffed Ornaments

For our next gift this Christmas we have a gift for my son.  Stuffed Christmas ornaments.

See, my son LOVES and I mean LOVES the Christmas tree.  And he loves the ornaments on it.  The result of this adoration is that every year about three or four ornaments bite the dust as he plays with them obsessively, chews on them and otherwise just decimates them.  So, I end up trying to make new ornaments for the tree every year.  I've found that the stuffed ornaments tend to last the longest out of all of the ornaments because they are just so tough, so I was happy to be able to make these as part of the "recoup the lost ornaments" plan this year.

As I was digging through the multitude of sewing and crafting things I had I stumbled across a baggie I had bought at the thrift store for .25 that contained vintage style Christmas ornaments that you cut out and sew together.  Panel projects, by the way, are a GREAT way to get your feet wet if you are trying to build up confidence using your sewing machine as the outlines for them are pretty basic.  At least in my experience these projects go pretty quick.

I decided to sew the ornaments from the baggie together and see what I ended up with.  I only had one ornament without a back that I put aside for maybe another type of ornament later or something, but otherwise I had both sides for the other ornaments.  So, I quickly sewed them together on the sewing machine, stuffed them with some filling from an old pillow that had come out of the dryer too lumpy to put back onto a bed, and voila!  Another Christmas gift done (and the way the son ran into these and was trying to play with them already...I think it's safe to assume he'll like them *laugh*).

I really like how the ornaments turned out and love the vintage look to them.  I think they'll make a great addition to the tree this year :).

Total Cost to Make Gift:  Well, originally .25, when I spent that .25 I'm not sure, but if you want to count that you can.  Otherwise, nothing.  The stuffing was recycled pillow fluff and the thread was gifted to me by my step mom, as was the embroidery floss I used to make the hangers on the ornaments as well.

Total Time to Make Gift:  About an hour if you include son wrangling and stuffing the ornaments time.


  1. Those are adorable. I bet they will be a hit with your son. He can love on them all he wants!

  2. Cute! Reminds me of when I made panel stuffed Nativity figures.

  3. This sounds like the perfect gift! You are so handy!

  4. You've been making some great gifts, it's just too bad the kids have stumbled upon them all already!