Folded Fabric Ornaments to Sew – Tutorial, Part 1

Folded Fabric Ornaments made by Connor and Beth Ann Williams

Folded Fabric Ornaments made by Connor and Beth Ann Williams

Christmas in July! It’s not just an excuse for a sale – it’s when many of us start (if we haven’t already) sewing holiday gifts for our friends and family members.

I first stumbled across these lovely and unusual fabric ornaments on a post by Katrina, a sewist in New Zealand, at  katrinastutorials.blogspot.com. The links below will take you to my saved pins on pinterest – you can click through to get to the original posts.

Fabric Ornament – starting with a circle  and Fabric Ornament – starting with a triangle

After a google search, I also found this youtube video by Crouton Crackerjacks.

I’ve since found these oraments in a few other places, but I think the links above are the best.

Let’s look at the process for the triangular ornament step by step:

Start with two triangles, approx. 9" on each side. We used the 60 degree lines on our quilting ruler to cut equilateral triangles from an 8" strip of fabric.

Start with two triangles, approx. 9″ on each side. We used the 60 degree lines on our quilting ruler to cut equilateral triangles from an 8″ strip of fabric.

Place the two triangles right sides together and sew with a 1/4" seam, leaving an approx. 1" opening for turning.

Place the two triangles right sides together and sew with a 1/4″ seam, leaving an approx. 1″ opening for turning.

Turn the fabrics right side out and neaten the fabrics at the opening. Topstitch all the way around 1/8" from the edge of the fabric. This will close the opening. (We used cream thread in the bobbin and monofilament in the top so that this stitching wouldn't show in the finished ornament.)

Turn the fabrics right side out and neaten the fabrics at the opening. Topstitch all the way around 1/8″ from the edge of the fabric. This will close the opening. (We used cream thread in the bobbin and monofilament in the top so that this stitching wouldn’t show in the finished ornament.)

Bring the points of the triangle together and tack together with a few hand stitches. (We recommend keeping the thread continous from here on out, but we knotted and cut the thread in the photos.)

Bring the points of the triangle together and tack together with a few hand stitches. (We recommend keeping the thread continous from here on out, but we knotted and cut the thread for the step-outs used in the photos.)

Turn the fabric over.

Turn the fabric over.

Bring the thread through the center of the hexagon and then catch the midpoint of one side of the hexagon, skip one side, and catch the midpoint of next side.

Bring the thread through the center point of  the hexagon and then catch the midpoint of one side edge of the hexagon, skip one side, and catch the midpoint of the next side edge.

Repeat the process until the center points of 3 alternating sides are all brought together in the middle. This will form a triangle.

Continue until the center points of 3 alternating sides are all brought together in the middle. This will form a triangle.

With the same thread, sew a button or charm to the center of the triangle. Knot and cut off the thread. Add a loop of thin ribbon or metallic cord at the top for hanging.

With the same thread, sew a button or charm to the center of the triangle. Knot and cut off the thread.
Add a loop of thin ribbon or metallic cord at the top for hanging.

We used metallic fabrics for these samples, but these ornaments also look great in other fabrics. Get a more old-fashioned look with nostalgic or “country” looking prints, or go for graphic whimsy with fun little polka dots or other trendy textures.

Happy Sewing!

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