October 3 ~ Handmade Holiday Inspiration

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Every day this month we’ll share a little Handmade Holiday inspiration! Even if you don’t have time to participate in each of the {No Excuses} Holiday Sew-Alongs we think you’ll find something fun to make. The tutorials feature fun items to top presents, decorate your home, trim the tree and more. If you start now you’ll be ahead of the game!…

Felty Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial by Julia, Julia Crossland

We love the rainbow effect! Lots of greens would look cozy and woodsy too. This same approach would be fun with favorite fabrics paired with some thick fusible interfacing.

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110 Responses to October 3 ~ Handmade Holiday Inspiration

  1. Jeanette says:

    I love this cute ornament! I guess its time to start working on gifts

  2. Greeblygreebly says:

    This is so cute! It would be a great project for kids and a nice way to use up felt scraps (And we have a lot of those!)

  3. MarciaW says:

    Nice idea for a tree

  4. jennifer says:

    So cute. Will have to find The time to make some.

  5. Sara says:

    I LOVE this tree and could totally do this while sitting on the couch, watching tv and waiting for this baby to arrive. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Kate says:

    I reckon this would be the ideal project for our playgroup! Thank you again for lovely inspiration!

  7. Ginger says:

    Very cute and what a neat idea.

  8. Jayne says:

    That is the cutest tree! What a fun project for anyone…

  9. Heidi says:

    Hmmm, I have some thick white felt scraps, it might be time to dig out the dyepot.

  10. Very cute – I’m in an ornament swap and this is just the thing that I need. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Heidi Anderson says:

    so simple and cute! what an easy project to kick off the busy holiday sewing season!

  12. Anya says:

    Love it!! So cute – I must get some of that wonderful felt!

  13. Ellu says:

    It is really nice to see the tree in rainbow colours! Good idea!

  14. Martha says:

    Too adorable! I love the less traditional colors.

  15. Stacey says:

    Really cute! Loving the Christmas vibes at SMS : )

  16. Glenys says:

    So cute! Can’t wait to try it.

  17. Beth T says:

    That is darling. I have a thick pile of felt and now I know where to start. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Holly Atherton says:

    I have seen these felt trees before but then forgot about them. I am glad for the reminder and now plan to make some this year. Looks fun.

  19. Jessica says:

    I love the nice thick felt, and I LOVE the idea of doing it in shades of green. So cute!

  20. Sarah says:

    I love this! I’m going to start saving these ideas and make them with the kids I babysit =)

  21. Cass says:

    Oh, so cute! I’ll definitely be making some of these with the felt squares that I’ve been hoarding!

  22. That tree is simply adorable! I’m gonna make a bunch! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. VickiT says:

    What a cute little tree. My Granddaughter would love to have something like this.

  24. Kerri says:

    Just put this is on my to do list with the kids.

  25. Ruth says:

    so cute. great idea for a hostess gift for those holiday parties!

  26. susan alexander/wilson says:

    AAAAAAAAAAaaRRRRRGHHH!!! Cutest project ever, and I just gave away a GIANT bag of felted wool scraps yesterday. YESTERDAY. Holy smokes.

  27. Anna says:

    It’s fantastic!! So much so that I’m trying to work out how I can get to the fancy felt shop in our city in the next few days… And generally when I’m inspired, it rarely translates to action. This piece is brilliant. And looks do-able!

  28. Karen M says:

    I love the cute tree ornament. What a great idea to start sewing for Christmas now! Maybe I will actually get somethings made!

  29. Bree says:

    Cute “who vill ” feel to the tree topper love it

  30. fullertonregan says:

    Look at how precious that is! What a lovely idea!

  31. carole says:

    Going to try this with my son. I like the garland idea.

  32. Danya says:

    This is so sweet! With a hollow trunk it would make a nice tree topper too ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Larissa says:

    Oh, as a HUGE fan of Wonderland I’d LOVE “Everything Alice!”

  34. Elane says:

    I am going to pick up a bunch of felt the next time I am in craft store so I can make this with my grandkids. It will be craft day at grandmas. Thanks for the great idea.

  35. amy dame says:

    i love these little trees! last year i made some with fabric yoyos, this year i’m going to find myself from thick felt, i think. they’re super cute.

  36. Emmmylizzzy says:

    Oh boy, it’s that time of year again!

  37. Denise says:

    I love that I can use up my little scraps for this projects!

  38. jenny says:

    definitely checking out this tutorial!

  39. Kristin H says:

    Such a cute idea! I’m thinking it’d be great in so many different color schemes.

  40. Mhairi says:

    This is the project I have been waiting for. My son loves to help sew so I will be making a lot of these with him. A big needle with wool should make it easy for him and fun to hang on the tree too.
    Thanks for the great tutorial

  41. kelly_jeanie says:

    How sweet! Such a neat little tree.

  42. Ohhh how gorgeous! I’ve been looking at making some tree ornaments this year, and this one is perfect – something the kids can help with as well. And I’ve always wanted to learn about sewing with oilcloth. thanks for the opportunity ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Sarah says:

    Super-cute, love all the different colours (although it would be easy to do with a slightly more traditional Christmas theme too!)

  44. Jessica E says:

    I can’t wait to start Holiday Sewing!! This idea is so cute for ornaments, or even string a bunch together for some garland ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for inspiring to start!!

  45. Maggie barber says:

    Love this!

  46. Jess says:

    Ooh, I love this! Buying felt for another project is on my “To Do” list this week, I’ll have to keep this adorable little tree in mind, too! I think this looks like a project I could help my kids make and then they could give them as gifts. I’m envisioning a purple one for my sister …

  47. Michelle B says:

    OH Thsoe are soooo cute! I am always looking for great ornaments to give as gifts for Christmas!

  48. Christine M says:

    Cute tree!

  49. Lynn says:

    That tree is adorable! I’ll have to give it a try!

  50. Cayce says:


  51. Sonja says:

    Cute! The kids and I could do these…hm, I need more hours in my day! ;0)

  52. lynn says:

    love this! it’s on my list!

  53. Betsy says:

    Love it! And simple for little fingers-we’ll have to give it a shot.

  54. Lauranie says:

    Oh my goodness…LOVE!!! Our Girl Scout Troop has an ornament swap on Dec 3…how FABULOUS will these be!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  55. margie says:

    This is so cute … love the colours!

  56. susan mzf says:

    adorable ornament – can’t wait to try this in so many colors!

  57. Stacy says:

    That tree is so beautiful and cheery! Thanks for sharing!

  58. JJ says:

    Love them!

  59. Lisa Uotinen says:

    Wool felt is the thing this Christmas!

  60. jen says:

    love that felt tree! so cute!

  61. Anne Marie says:

    Love this ornament – sounds quick and easy – what I love.

  62. Louby Lou says:

    Handmade Holidays is always one of my favourite blogging events, and what a great start!!!

  63. Alli says:

    That’s so cute! I wish I could make one, but I don’t have a stash of nice wool felt — only the thing acrylic stuff. Shucks!

  64. Stacey says:

    Adding this to my pin board Deck My Halls!

  65. Laurel says:

    this is a great project! Thanks for sharing. I haven’t one like this before

  66. Jayne says:

    I’m not posting cause I want to win anything-I just really like the use of color on this idea. The texture of the felt is nice and I love the star on top ๐Ÿ˜€

  67. Laura W. says:

    beautiful! Love felt projects.

  68. Anna Dorothy says:

    i’m hoping to make some of these! they’d be great ornament gifts!

  69. Julia says:

    I love this ornament! I’ll definitely have to try it out myself.

  70. Lindsay says:

    This is cute–I love how sewing with felt gives a cute handmade look to ornaments and other holiday things!

  71. Margaret says:

    What a great tree–and a great project for a rainy day. Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  72. Erika says:

    ohh, these are so cute! i love that the kids can help make them.

  73. Katrina H says:

    This looks easy enough for even me to try! I don’t normally do felt but this would be a nice project.

  74. Malisa says:

    This is so cute!

  75. rwebb says:

    love it! I bet the kids could this too!

  76. LindaSonia says:

    I am in love with this felty christmas tree – sooo colorful!

  77. Lorrie says:

    What a cute idea!

  78. Miet says:

    Very cute, and not too complicated. I like it!

  79. i’m looking forward to seeing all the inspiration! that felt ornament is adorable!

  80. Jennifer says:

    So pretty and vibrant!

  81. Danielle says:

    That is so cute!!

  82. Sydney says:

    Wow! I don’t normally like much Christmas-y things, but this is really nice!

  83. Diana says:

    Very cute and colorful! Looks like a great projects for kids!

  84. carolyn says:

    I’m going to get all 4 of my kids in on this one! What a great add on to a gift tag.

    Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. Debbie says:

    cute and easy, i will have to give a try! thank you!!

  86. Christina D. says:

    This is so cute. I have some nieces that could probably help with this!


  87. Megan Saillant says:

    Love these little tree ornaments!

  88. Anne-Marie says:

    Such a cute tree ! Keep the ideas coming ( October is going to be a busy sewing month – looking forward to the start of today’s sew along !

  89. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Very cute and looks easy too-always a plus!

  90. Kate says:

    That is stunning! Love that it is so simple, yet so striking!!

  91. Chelsey says:

    I love this Christmas Ornament! This is a great idea for my daughter and I to make together for her first handmade ornament.

  92. Lauri says:

    Absolutely adorable! My kids are going to want to make this for sure!

  93. Kathy H says:

    That is a really cute felt tree. It would be great to use up he scraps from some of my other wool projects.

  94. Tanya says:

    Just sweet, this will be something I will be making with my daughter!

  95. Annie says:

    Wouldn’t those trees look great strung on a garland across a mantle, too? I may have to go felt shopping this week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  96. Blossom says:

    Very cute!

  97. krystina says:

    This is adorable!

  98. Katy says:

    Ooh, looks very modern and cool. Wonder how many shades of felt my LFS has…

  99. Julia says:

    This looks like something my daughter can make for her teacher. Thanks for sharing!

  100. Janet says:

    Love this! Temps will be in the 80″s today, but this makes me feel a little bit like christmas!

  101. Kerry says:

    These will look so pretty slightly smallter and hung on the Christmas tree!

  102. Stephanie says:

    Oh, this is so simple and sweet! Love it!

  103. Beth says:

    Very cute! I could see a whole forest of these . . .

  104. joy says:

    I don’t have thick felt or easy access to any but I do have yoyo’s!
    Never thought to use them like this but some colorful yo yos would be terrific!

  105. Sue Vaughan says:

    I love this felt Xmas tree, Very very pretty. Sue x

  106. Kati says:

    Fun Felt tree! I think this would be cool in a larger size too!

  107. sheila says:

    This is so cute. I plan on making 3 and hanging them in the opening that seperates my living and dinning room.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Sheila

  108. Kris says:

    Love the ornament, thanks for the giveaway chance!

  109. SUPER cute tree ornament! I bet this would be adorable with stacked fabric yo-yo’s too.

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