Every year I make ornaments for family and friends, with a theme for my Christmas wrapping. Everyone knows which packages came from me — they have the same wrapping theme and similar ornaments. Since I need to mail most of my gifts, it makes it easy for me to sit down, power out and get everything wrapped the first week of December, so everything can be shipped to arrive in plenty of time. Here are some of the retro ornaments I’ve made over the years.
Classic Sequin and Felt Retro Ornaments
I cut out the red felt in an ornament shape. Then had fun with beads and sequins. After beading it, I hand stitched the red felt to the turquoise felt, so that my stitches didn’t show on the back. As I was stitching them together, I sandwiched the gold ribbon hanger between the red and turquoise felts.
Each ornament I made a little bit differently, with different bead combinations. They were easy little projects to take with me while traveling before Christmas. Here is the wrapping, ribbon and ornament theme for this year!
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Embroidered Felt Christmas Ornament
It’s also fun to just freehand some embroidery on felt shapes to make homemade Christmas retro ornaments. All you need are some felt squares, embroidery floss and needles! Have some fun making quick and easy retro embroidered felt Christmas ornaments! Make any shape, color or theme easily with some felt, embroidery floss, a little piece of ribbon and some poly fill.
First, I cut a basic ornament shape from felt, then I added a variety of embroidery stitches.
I started with two rows of chain stitch.
Then I added some stem stitch lines — not too straight! Sigh. Maybe I should have marked them? I think I need more practice! I haven’t been embroidering for a long time, and it is showing!
To try to fill the space and add more interest, I added some French knots.
And, then added some embroidered stars in the middle.
Finally, the finished ornament design! I don’t think it looks too wonky all finished. Does it?
I added a little poly fill stuffing, then sewed the backing on with a blanket stitch.
Gingerbread Embroidered Felt Christmas Retro Ornament
Nothing sweeter than a little homemade gingerbread man! I had fun making this Embroidered Felt Gingerbread Ornament! My stitches aren’t the best, but the unperfected stitching gives him a little personality!
I free hand cut out two gingerbread shapes from brown felt, one for the front and one for the back. I wanted him to have a heart, so cut out a little red heart to appliqué on his front.
Started with sewing on his little heart with the blanket stitch.
I added eyes and mouth in black thread, and later changed to white and red . . as the black was hard to see.
And, some green buttons were added with the French knot stitch.
And, the finished embroidered felt gingerbread ornament! With the eyes and mouth changed, and a running stitch to sew the front and back together, filled with a little poly fill.
Embroidered Snowflake Felt Stocking Retro Ornament
A quick and easy (and fun) embroidered snowflake felt stocking ornament is to make! All you need are some felt scraps, embroidery thread and a small piece of ribbon — and make some embroidered felt ornaments!
First of all, cut felt out in the shapes you want. I start with only cutting out the shapes for the front, and then cut the back after I complete my embroidery.
I started with my stocking shape, and embroidered the stars first. There are several ways to embroider stars. I find a center point, then make stitches into that point.
It’s easier to see in this image to make stitches into a center point. For an embroidered star you need to make at least 8 stitches, but can do more!
Here is the finished embroidered star, and I decided to add some V shaped embroidery stitches (fly stitch) at the ends so they look more like snowflakes.
Ta-da! One embroidered snowflake complete!
Look! Three snowflakes!
The stocking needed a cuff, so I added one.
I stitched three snowflakes and a cuff for my finished Embroidered Snowflake Stocking Ornament. When the top embroidery was complete, I cut a shape for the back and attached front to back with the running stitch.
Another Embroidered Stocking Felt Christmas Retro Ornament
I started by cutting out a basic stocking shape from red felt, then cuff and toe & heel pieces from blue, with a little green trim! Getting all of your pieces prepared ahead of time makes it quick and easy to put this ornament together.
I used a basic running stitch to stitch the heel and toe pieces to the stocking, and the cuff and it’s trim.
I added chain stitch to form lines like would be like the ribbing on the cuff of a stocking.
Here is a picture of the cuff, now all done.
I added some French knots to add interest to the edge of the cuff. That’s what I love about making these little ornaments – you can just add different elements to make it yours!
And, some lovely embroidered stars on the stocking, to fill in the body of the stocking with some decorations.
I used some blue ribbon for the hanger. Finally, the finished embroidered stocking Christmas ornament, ready for display!
Traditional Embroidered Felt Christmas Retro Ornament
First, I cut out a traditional ornament shape that I’ve added some great stitches to!
I started with the running stitches to do the laced double running stitch.
Then I added the ‘lacing’ to the double laced running embroidery stitch.
Here are French knots on both sides of the laced double running stitch.
I got into a rhythm making French knots and added them into each of the chain links of the chain stitch.
And, some little embroidered stars in the wells made by the double laced running stitch!
Finally, the finished Embroidered Felt Christmas Ornament!
Finally, check out all of the embroidery projects on Create Whimsy!