Unlike glass, metallic, and breakable tree ornaments sold in shops at Christmas time, handcrafted decorations made from fabric are tactile, homely, and durable. This makes them perfect for households where young kids are running around — and snooping under the tree — in eager anticipation of Santa's arrival.
While fabric ornaments have been around for a while, our DIY scented version will take things to the next level. Feel free to fill them with fragrant spices of your own choice, although classic Christmas scents such as cloves, orange peel, and cinnamon will never fail to evoke the spirit of Christmas.
What You'll Need
- Sewing machine
- Spices such as cinnamon sticks, cloves, or orange peel
- Pine needles (if desired)
- Stuffing (we used polyester)
- Download Christmas ornament templates of your choice, or create your own.
- Place fabric on a flat surface and fold in half with right sides together. Lay template on fabric and cut out shapes.
- Arrange ribbon, braid, or felt on the patterned side of each shape; pin and stitch in place. Pair shapes with right sides together.
- Cut a 6-inch length of ribbon and fold in half. This is what the sachet will hang from.
- Position ribbon at the top edge of each shape, tail ends out, and the loop tucked between the two pieces.
- Pin around the edge of each shape, leaving a 1-inch gap on one side.
- Break cinnamon sticks into small pieces. Place cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, and pine needles in a bowl; stir to combine.
- Machine stitch around the edge of each shape leaving a 1-inch opening on one side for turning out and stuffing.
- Turn the shape right side out and half fill with stuffing. Add a few pinches of spice mixture and continue stuffing until plump. Hand stitch the opening closed.
This article was originally written by Francesca Newby and Tahni Messan. For more, check out our sister site, Homes to Love.