Quilty Holiday Ornaments


Hello Everyone,

The month of December can sometimes be a bit stressful with so much to do it’s hard to actually enjoy the holidays as much as we should. It’s time to stop stressing about presents, parties, and preparations. Enjoy the holidays by taking time out of your day to sew something cute. Give these Quilty Holiday Ornaments a try, they will for sure get you into the holiday spirit. We made our Quilty Ornaments with Little Town fabrics and smooth denim from the AGF Denim Studio and paired it with lovely decorative stitches and quilting.

To help make your Holiday sewing a bit easier scroll down to the end of this post to find our Holiday Bundle Fabric Giveaway!

Materials to Make Quilty Holiday Ornaments

  • Sewing machine (we use a BERNINA 350 PE)
  • Open embroidery foot #20/#20C/#20D
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Download the Holiday Ornament Templates here

To make the Tree Ornament

One (1) 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ rectangle from DEN-S-2002-Cool Foliage

One (1) 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ rectangle from LTO-8231- Winterberry Spice

One (1) 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ rectangle from batting

Small decorative red bow (we got ours from the dollar store)

6″ string

To make the Stocking Ornament

One (1) 2 1/2″ x 12″ strip from WND-1538 – Your Heart Pure

One (1) 4″ x 12″ from LTO-8236- Be Merry

One (1) batting 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

6″ string

Three jingle bells (we got these from the dollar store too 🙂 )

To make the Gift Box Ornament

Two (2) 3 1/2″ squares from LTO-9239- Gifted

One (1) 3 1/2″ square from batting

One (1) 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ strip from PE-420- Crystal Pink

6″ string

18″ pink ribbon

We love using Bernina’s decorative stitches in our projects! Use contrasting color threads to make your project pop!

One of our favorite features on our Bernina is the Free Hand System! The Free Hand System is a good way to raise the presser foot temporarily when you want to pivot at the corners make sure to have  the needle down position engaged! When you get to the corner to pivot, use your right leg to raise the foot, turn the fabric to the new direction, release your leg to lower the foot and begin sewing again.

To make your strips on your present ornament attach your Blindstitch foot and line your strip up with the metal guide and stitch as close to the sides of the strip as possible. Make sure your needle is all the way to the left.


Holiday Fabric Bundle Giveaway!

One Lucky WeAllSew fan will win a fabric bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics!

All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question, “Do you have a handmade holiday decoration that has a tradition in your holiday celebration?” The the giveaway is open through Tuesday, December 19!

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the WeAllSew.com blog by Tuesday, December 19 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

Happy Holidays,


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98 comments on “Quilty Holiday Ornaments”

  • My mother made the entire family’s stockings, including those for the dogs, as well as the tree-skirt and advent calendar. She china paints, and had my sister and I make ornaments over the years, in addition to those she’s made for us, at least 1/3 of each of our trees (now that my sister and I have moved out and have our own trees) are covered in handmade ornaments.

  • The handmade tradition in our house is a wall hanging that was made in about 1985. My children were 4 & 5 at the time and their father (my husband) was stationed in Korea that year. We made a wall hanging from a Bucilla kit in which I did the embroidery and the kids worked on sewing the sequins. It has Santa and woodland animals on it. They groaned when I hung it while they were teenagers. That was OK with me and I am still hanging it every year. They are now adults (you can do the math) but I think they still appreciate the memories we created while sewing this Christmas project together.

  • One Christmas, my youngest sister and I made some bread dough ornaments. It must have been over 40 years ago. Most have crumbled, but I still have a few. I hate to put them out as they are so fragile. She is gone now, and I remember her fondly. Especially at Christmas.

  • I’ve been making handmade Christmas ornaments for friends and family for over 30 years. I love the trees and will save this post for next year’s ornament-of-the-year. Thank you for the cute and simple idea.

  • Don’t really have any holiday traditions. But, I always make hand-made Christmas cards for everyone. Sometimes I make a lot of the items that I use for presents. Many people love homemade gifts. I enjoy making them and sometimes it fits my tight budget better than going out and buying things .

  • How cute are these! I have made ornaments in the past but have none on my tree now. I think I’m going to get busy and make some. We did string popcorn as kids.

  • These are super cute! Will definitely have to make some as gifts. My Christmas tree skirt was a handmade quilted gift from my mother-in-law. It’s so nice to have homemade items around the house.

  • I have started making a photo ornament with a photo of my grandson and son and daughter-in-law with Santa. My grandson is 2 1/2 and is expecting a baby brother in Jan. This will be the 3rd year for these ornaments. I got the idea from We all Sew, 2 years ago. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  • We don’t decorate anymore; we lost just about everything in Katrina. We still have a cross-stitched Christmas village my dear cousin made for me (1 every year) and handmade Christmas stockings.

  • Each year when I was a child there was a new ornament for the tree for each kid. Of course, the ones that were made over the years too have special meaning. For me, I try to do something new, or just a little bit different, every year and perhaps that is a kind of handmade tradition itself!

  • Our traditions include using my Grandmother’s star as a tree topper. This star has been topping trees since the 1920s! We also include the stockings that I made. This year we are adding to our traditions with a quilted Christmas tree that includes mini lights added to the quilt.

  • The handmade decorations are the ones that mean the most to me–the stocking that my late grandma made for me as a kid, the wall hanging I won at a quilt guild holiday party, and the adorable marzipan angel garland I bought at a craft fair.

  • I have lots of handmade holiday ornaments! Some made by me, some by my grandmother, and some by family and friends. We try to display all of them at Christmas every year.

  • I love putting my handmade ornaments out each season that I have been making since I first got married 46 years ago. There are memories in each and every ornament and I remember making them as if it was yesterday.

  • Adorable, I love your Christmas tree ornaments!! I would love to hand make the majority of our Christmas tree ornaments, it is way more fun and meaningful that way! My mom made everyone in the family stockings, and we still use them to this day, they are wonderful!!

  • We have handmade ornaments on our tree–cloth, quilted and stuffed ornaments that I made when my son was born, and TONS of ornaments my son and daughter made over the years with clothespins, popsicle sticks, yarn, construction paper, you-name-it! All of this comes together to make a beautiful and memory-filled Christmas 🙂

  • Since I was a little girl ,stringing,popcorn and cranberries for the tree.We then would make a string or two for our little birds and some other critters looking for food in the snow. We have made a addition to our,tradition and its now making them,sharing with neighbors and they in return,gets them in the spirit too!

  • My tree wears handcrafted quilted ornaments made by me and friends. I also use stockings I made the first year my husband and I were married 42 years ago. I like seeing them hanging there.

  • My mom taught me to sew and bought me my first sewing machine, a 1230, in 1992. Our tree is decorated with crocheted angels made by her, and the tree skirt is and stockings are all personalized with sequins that she hand sewed. My mom is 86 and lives with us, and she can no longer sew because arthritis has limited her abilities. I am so glad we have these cherished items made by my mom, and that she passed her love of sewing to me while she still could.

  • I began making Christmas ornaments in 1980 using my grandmothers old singer tredle sewing machine. Today I love to hang wall quilts for decoration in our home.

  • We use ornaments that we made for our trees – Mom brought us up that way. We eah had one with our color/name on it as wewent out on our own we ahd our homemadae tree ornaments as reminders of home. I made gingerbread ITH ornaments this year.

  • The first year my husband and I were married, we had absolutely no money for decorations. I painted some walnuts to look like strawberries and also crocheted some snowflakes. Each year I would make decorations, but the strawberries are my children’s favorite after 40 years.

  • What a cute little project. Too late for me to use this year, but I can envision them for next year personalized and attached either to the tree or to packages. The give-away bundle is so yummy I am drooling!!

  • My mother made Christmas trees out of nylon tulle in the 60’s. They have held up remarkably over the years. I am not sure which magazine she got the “pattern” from, but she made them out of white, pink and blue.

  • My father built a manger we would set up under the Christmas tree each year. He no longer is here to spend Christmas with us, but his spirit is present as this special Nativity is still set up each year.

    • I have always been adding some type of handmade items to the presents at Christmas. Be it Christmas tags, fabric trees, hand painted wrapping paper, stamped pictures in embroidery hoops. When my girls were old enough to craft, they joined in a second generation with me. I’m happy to share that a third generation now shares the handmade tradition started in the late 50’s. I made ornaments before but never sewn ornaments.
      Thanks so much for your post. This will be this year’s choice. !

  • My mother made a set of three crocheted angels, and my sister and I take turns using them on our trees. It’s my year to have them on my tree this year! I also have some folded paper stars that we made with our mother when we were kids; those were dipped in paraffin and sprinkled with glitter. They aren’t in perfect shape, but they have to go on the tree!

  • These are such cute ornaments — just the thing to tuck into my Xmas baskets!

    Hmm, I have quite a few handmade ornaments I love. Made by my daughter when she was little (now 31), I have a 6″ paper chain…from my son (now 34), an ornament made by melting a plastic cup containing a small number of colored plastic beads! I also have a few treasured ornaments made by my late mother, including a little feather bird, sitting on a gold nest made from spray-painted steel wool.

  • We have several handmade ornaments that I made with my son when he was little (he’s now 25). This year, he insisted that we use them on garland that we drape over our windows. It was very sweet of him to remember and want them shown in a focal point. He has also hinted that he wants to make something with his cousin’s little ones this year. 🙂

  • I cross stitch normally. However, this year I have been sewing by machine and I want to try to make two quilts and matching pot holders. But, you have amazing tree decorations! I’m going to add to the list. Thank you. I like your blog.

  • Many years ago, when my daughter was a toddler, my mother sewed a set of colorful felt Christmas ornaments in the shape of various animals. Every year since then, they’ve appeared on the tree. Now that I have grandchildren, they have the honor of placing their great-grandmother’s hand made ornaments on our tree. I teared up this year while decorating the tree, as we lost my mother before Christmas a year ago. The magic that is Christmas will live on in the minds and hearts of future generations.

  • In the 80’s I made a quilted tree skirt and still use. I also add a home made ornament each year for tree or for decorating. Looking back at my sewing skills is entertaining.

  • I have a huge box of ornaments that I’ve made beginning 50 years ago. There are cross stitch ones, crewel embroidery ones, ones made of an Elmer’s glue/bread dough clay, beaded ones, felt stuffed animals…I’m sure I’ve forgotten some of them but my memory is jogged each time I put up the tree and unwrap each ornament. It’s a wonderful time to reminisce.

  • I’m looking forward to making an ornament for each of my 5 grandkids with my new machine.
    I have ornaments that my 2 kids made 30+ years ago and that my mother made for all of us before she died at the age of 92.
    they bring back great memories.

  • I have a Christmas Wall hanging I put up every year. It’s a series of trees the first begins with one ornament. The last one has a star and presents under it. My family enjoys it. I hate taking it down.

  • We have lots of homemade ornaments we’ve collected over the years, specifically those made by our kids (now adults). We wait for them to come home to hang them on the tree! It means so much to them and they love to look at their “handiwork”, cracking lots of jokes about their talents in kindergarten, etc. Great times for all!

  • We have many handmades on the tree…some date back to gifts received from my former patient’s family when I was a nurse!!
    My stockings for each family member that I made…embroidery and quilting, are used each year!!
    Awesome memories, past and future!!!
    Thank you!!

  • Our holiday traditions started with cross-stitched stockings for each family member. Now that I am starting a family of my own, we have a quilted advent calendar that I made that is a picture of a Christmas tree with tiny ornaments to hang on the picture every day. To me it was a way to have a fun countdown to Christmas without adding any extra candy into the mix.

    • Hello jghise, the 1 1/2″ by 12″ strip mentioned in the tutorial is used as the strips on the Gift Box ornament. Follow along in the video tutorial and you will see the instructions for how to create the strip starting at the 3 minute 50 second mark. Happy stitching!

  • For my oldest son’s first Christmas, he was 3 months and 4 days, I created a cloth angel. She is covered in lace and has lace covered wings. I am very proud of her and she has been on top of our tree ever since that year. James, my son, will turn 42 in September and the angel will turn the same around Christmas. Several ornaments handmade for James’ first Christmas will keep her company.

  • I always make one handmade ornament for each grandchild every year. Cross stitch or black work or pieced quilting. Whatever my fancy that year. Up to 8 now!

  • I made my children Christmas stockings many years ago from a printed panel–they had a lot of use!
    More recently I made a folded fabric ornament that was very pretty.

  • My tree is FULL of handmade ornaments made by me, my children, my sister and husband and dear Navy wives from our 26 years in the US Navy. It’s such a joy to decorate our tree and remember everyone who made each ornament!

  • I have made a variety of handmade ornaments over the years. I have painted, cross stitched or sewn them. Those are still my favorite ornaments on my tree.

  • Love to make a hand made ornament to put on each gift to friends and family. This has become a tradition for me and all look forward to receiving one each year. Sharing with the sewing group at church so we can make ornaments to give away!

  • My husband and I had been married for just a few days before our first Christmas. His aunt had given us Christmas tree decorations as a wedding gift. We bought a small tree and put the decorations on it plus some candy canes. We realized we had no angel for the top of the tree. I had a small doll in a frilly dress so we made cardboard wings covered in pieces of cotton balls for her and made a halo out of paperclips. That was 50 years ago. Over the years I made her a new dress with lace trim and wings made from lace. She has graced our tree every year since. It is not Christmas without her on top of the tree.

  • 46 years ago my husband and my first tree together was decorated with handmade ornaments one of my students gave us as a wedding gift. Through the years we have added to the collection with gifts others have made for us, children’s creations and projects I have done. Every year we take them out, we have the joy and remembering the time and the giver.

  • I make a handmade ornament for all of my grandchildren each year so they will have a good supply of ornaments for their own trees when they go off on their own. I did the same for our own children except that since we were a military family, the ornaments were usually purchased and related to either where we were living at the time or to some place we had visited.

  • My mother knitted all of our Christmas Stockings, with our names and various Christmas items on them, which we display every year! She even knitted a stocking with a “?” on it when I was pregnant with our first child. She also knitted a stocking for our first minitiare poodle with her name and a bone on it. As she has now passed on it is a great reminder of her love each year as we pull out our Christmas decorations.

  • Years ago when my kids were very little, I made a large green felt Christmas tree. I stuffed it with a couple of layers of batting and thread-painted with white thread to mimic snow covered boughs. I also put large red buttons on it to represent lights. Then I made multiple felt ornaments and attached ribbon to them to hang over the buttons. Our house was small as well, and rather than worry about them knocking over a live Christmas tree, this satisfied their curiosity of moving objects around. I loved seeing them enjoy the magic of Christmas and the tree and ornaments still exist today as my daughter now has it for her home.

  • This year I did decide to cut back on the commercialism we get buried under & am making some ornaments as gifts as well as package additions that recipients can re-use how they’d like. I’m filled to the gills with ‘buy, buy, buy, buy, buy, buy’ etc. so instead, I’ve decided to make & ‘give, give, give, give’ items with memories. Its the season to love, not just to buy things. Feels wonderful to spend my time this way. Quilted some great pin cushions to fill with ground walnut shells & am making a seam press roller for a friend who tailors. I guess I just wanted to give more of myself to others than boxes of things from stores. Hope everyone likes what they get though. 🙂 Barb

  • My favorite handmade Christmas ornament is one made by my mother many years ago. It is a little bird sitting in a nest. The nest is made from a puff of steel wool, sprayed gold. The ornament is suspended in a circle made with a bright red chenille stem. My mother told me folklore said, a bird on your Christmas tree brings happiness in the new year!

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