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Free Elf Ornament Pattern

Make this sweet little elf ornament! Hang her on your tree or attach her to a package for someone special. :-)

It’s a free pattern!

Here she’s a Christmas elf. But she doesn’t have to be! I made a couple of “everyday” pixies that you can see here, along with their holiday friend.

Elf Girls - free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Make a bunch of them in a rainbow of colors!

And did I mention they’re posable? They have a pipecleaner “skeleton” so you can bend and pose them however you like. This little cutie is sitting on a spool of thread.

Elf Girl - free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Want the pattern? Here’s the link to download it. It’s free!

Download the free Elf Ornament pattern here.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Best,
Wendi
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A Happy Snowman Felt Ornament Pattern

Happy Snowman Felt Ornament Pattern

Here it is – the last ornament in the 2014 Christmas Club collection!

I saved the snowman for last – hoping that at least some of us might have snow by now. Ha! We’ve had two snows already – and I know some of you have too.

Here’s the whole collection. . .

2014 Christmas Club Collection from Shiny Happy World

And now that the whole collection is out, you can no longer sign up for the club. But you CAN buy the whole collection – all twelve patterns for $29.99. That’s less than $3 for each ornament!

Get the pattern collection here.

You can also get the pattern for just the snowman.

Merry Christmas!

Best,
Wendi
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Gingerbread! A Free Felt Christmas Ornament Pattern

Gingerbread House - a free felt Christmas ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

This project is part of the 2014 Crafty Christmas Tutorial Link-Up over at Bugs & Fishes. Go check out all the fun projects!

As much as I love to cook, and as much as I love the flavor of gingerbread, and as much as I love candy and fussy details – I’ve never made a gingerbread house. Until now.

Maybe the problem is that I know a real gingerbread house is not really edible, even thought it’s made of edible goodies.

No such illusions with this little house made of felt and embroidery thread! You get all the pretty decorations and fanciness and it will last for years. Plus you can make it on your couch in front of the fire instead of in the kitchen. 🙂

Here’s what you’ll need. . .

  • scraps of wool felt (I used Tahitian sunset for the gingerbread and lavender, grass skirt, blue bayou and fuchsia for the decorations)
  • matching embroidery thread (I used DMC floss in white, 3858, 3746, 550, 907, 699, 326, 601, 603, 3846)
  • 1 sheet of Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy (optional, but recommended – will make two ornaments)
  • small amount of polyester fiberfill stuffing (a few cotton balls will do if you don’t have it)
  • scrap of string or yarn for the hanging loop

Throughout the pattern, the links go to video tutorials teaching that skill. If it’s a new stitch or technique for you, just click through to see how to do it!

Here’s how to make it. . .

1. Print the pattern. You can download it here. It’s formatted to give you the pieces for two houses – make one for yourself and one for a friend. Print the pattern at 100% size onto a sheet of Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy (aka The Magical Embroidery Stuff).

Gingerbread House - a free felt Christmas ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

2. Peel the backing off and stick the stabilizer/pattern transfer onto the felt. I used Tahitian sunset for the gingerbread, fuchsia for the pink lollipops on the sides of the door, grass skirt for the green stick candy sills, blue bayou for the door, and lavender for the purple candy.

Cut the pieces out on the lines.

Embroider the designs right through the stabilizer.

Gingerbread House - a free felt Christmas ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

I used the following stitches and colors. . .

  • For the snow along the roof I used U-stitch and 4 strands of DMC #white.
  • For the snowflakes I used 2 strands of DMC #white.
  • For the center window I used backstitch in 2 strands of DMC #white, with French knots in the same color below it.
  • For the candycane stripes on the windows and door I used whipped backstitch. Backstitch the lines first with 4 strands of DMC #white, then whip with 2 strands of DMC #326.
  • For the lollipop sticks on the sides of the door I also used whipped backstitch. Backstitch the lines with 4 strands of DMC #699, then whip with 2 strands of DMC #907.
  • For the swirls on the purple candy I used chain stitch and 2 strands of DMC #550.

Gingerbread House - a free felt Christmas ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

3. Soak off the Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy. I soak mine in cold water for at least an hour, then rinse off the mushy stabilizer under cold running water. Don’t rub it to remove any stubborn bits – just hit them with a kitchen sprayer if needed.

Lay the pieces flat on a towel to dry. Do not wring, twist or even smoosh them. Just set them sopping wet on a towel and let them be. I promise they’ll dry. 🙂

(If you’ve never used Sulky Sticky Fabri-solvy before, I ramble on endlessly about how awesome it is and why I love it so much and how I use it here.)

Gingerbread House - a free felt Christmas ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

4. Layer the small applique pieces onto the house. The stitching makes such a nice guide to help position everything!

I usually just hold them in place while I stitch them down, but this time I experimented with using a fabric glue stick. I used Prym brand and it stuck really well, but there was also a noticeable hardness to the glued bits. It wasn’t so hard that it was difficult to sew through – especially since I was mostly just sewing around the edges and I put a dab of glue in the middle of each piece – but I’d be careful not to use too much.

Gingerbread House - a free felt Christmas ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

5. Use whipstitch and matching thread to applique each piece in place.

Here’s a video showing how to do whipstitch applique.

Add a tiny bit more detail stitching because there wasn’t enough already. Really – if you can’t go overboard on a gingerbread house then when can you? It’s supposed to be slightly insane. 🙂

I added little diagonal stripes on the green stick candy with 2 strands of DMC #699. I also added little starbursts in the centers of the pink lollipops using 2 strands of DMC #603.

Gingerbread House - a free felt Christmas ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

6. Layer the ornament front and back together and whipstitch all around the edges.

Whipstitching the edges of the felt is a little different that whipstitch applique, so it has its own video. You can watch it here.

Leave the bit under the door open for stuffing.

Gingerbread House - a free felt Christmas ornament pattern from Shiny Happy World

7. Add a few pinches of stuffing through the hole, then switch to matching blue thread and sew up the opening.

Thread a 10″ piece of string through the peak of the roof and tie a knot to form a hanging loop.

Finished!

Like all Shiny Happy World designs – you’re welcome to sell items you make with my patterns, but please don’t sell or distribute the patterns themselves.

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This ornament is the same style and size (and difficulty level) as all my other holiday ornament patterns. Here are the first ten ornaments in this year’s Christmas Club collection.

Christmas Club 2014 - twelve felt ornament patterns

*happy sigh*

I do so love handsewing felt. 🙂

Happy stitching!

Best,
Wendi
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A Pretty Felt Bird Ornament Pattern

 A pretty felt bird ornament - easy pattern from Shiny Happy World

I seem to be slightly obsessed with pretty, patterned birds – but they’re so much fun to stitch!

This felt bird ornament is the tenth ornament in the Christmas Club collection. We’ve only got two more to go! Here they all are so far. . .

Christmas Club 2014 - twelve felt ornament patterns

You can still join at any time! The Welcome PDF that you get with your order has a link to access all the patterns that have gone out so far.

The Club is closed now, but you can still get all the patterns!

Get the entire 2014 pattern collection (at a discount!) here.

Get just the bird pattern here.

See all the felt Christmas ornament patterns here.

Merry Christmas!

Best,
Wendi
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A Matroyshka Doll – felt Christmas ornament pattern

Matroyshka Doll - felt Christmas ornament pattern

All the detail stitching and bits of applique in this matroyshka doll were So Much Fun! I love a rich little project like this one – lots of detail for fun stitching, but it’s small so I can finish it in a couple of nights. 🙂

This is the ninth ornament in the Christmas Club collection. Here they all are so far. . .

The first 9 Christmas Club ornaments.

You can still join at any time! The Welcome PDF that you get with your order has a link to access all the patterns that have gone out so far.

The club is closed now, but you can still get all the patterns!

Get the entire 2014 ornament collection here.

Get just the Matroyshka doll pattern here.

Find all the felt ornament patterns here.

Merry Christmas!

Best,
Wendi
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A Red Rocket – felt Christmas ornament pattern

Red Rocket - a felt ornament pattern in the 2014 Christmas Club collection

I love this retro red rocket Christmas ornament! We have a collection of tin rockets and robots and this felt version fits right in with that vintage toy feel.

This is the seventh ornament in the Christmas Club collection. Here are the first six. . .

half of the felt ornaments in the 2014 Christmas Club collection

You can still join at any time! The Welcome PDF that you get with your order has a link to access all the patterns that have gone out so far. Get all the details and sign up here.

The weekly club is closed now, but you can still get all the patterns.

Get the entire 2014 Christmas Club pattern collection here.

Get just the red rocket pattern here.

Find all the felt ornament patterns here.

Merry Christmas!

Best,
Wendi
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A Cute Kitty – felt Christmas ornament pattern

Cute Kitty - a felt ornament pattern in the 2014 Christmas Club ciollection

I love this cute kitty felt Christmas ornament! This is one you can whip up in no time – which makes it super easy to make more than one. How about one in smoky grey? Or a black cat for Halloween? Play! (Or fill one with catnip and let your cat play. But don’t hang that one on the tree!)

This is the sixth ornament in the Christmas Club collection. We’re halfway there! Here’s the collection so far. . .

half of the felt ornaments in the 2014 Christmas Club collection

You can still join at any time! The Welcome PDF that you get with your order has a link to access all the patterns that have gone out so far. Get all the details and sign up here.

The club is closed now, but you can still get all the patterns. 🙂

Get the entire 2014 Christmas Club collection here.

Get just the kitty pattern here.

See all the felt Christmas ornament patterns here.

Merry Christmas!

Best,
Wendi
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A Dapper Felt Gingerbread Man Ornament

Gingerbread man Ornament from the 2014 Christmas Club pattern collection

I love this cute felt gingerbread man ornament – with his dapper pinstriped pants and his fancy snowflake buttons. 🙂

The pattern includes suggested felt colors to make chocolate and sugar cookie versions. Wouldn’t it be cute to make a bunch with different colored outfits and string them together into a garland?

This is the fifth ornament in the Christmas Club collection. Here are all five so far. . .

5 ornaments in the 2014 Christmas Club pattern collection

The club is closed now, but you can still get all the patterns!

Get the full 2014 Christmas Club collection here.

Get just the Gingerbread Man pattern here.

Find all the felt ornament patterns here.

Merry Christmas!

Best,
Wendi
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A Not-So-Itsy-Bitsy Spider – a new handsewing pattern!

I originally designed this spider as a best friend for Nellie the Pig. She was made of light grey felt with a friendly smiling face – not scary at all. This is the perfect little spider to send up the water spout when you’re singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider with a group of preschoolers. 🙂 You can see that spider here.

I named her Aranea after one of Charlotte’s daughters who decided to stay behind with Wilbur.

However – I decided that a spider pattern just wouldn’t be right without a slightly spookier version. I wanted to show you another version that would be perfect for Halloween decorations – something you could scatter around a table. 🙂 This version skips the embroidered face and uses Licorice felt for a slightly-hairy-looking, almost-black spider.

This is definitely NOT the spider to use with your preschool class. It’s surprisingly realistic looking! Jo suggested adding a hair clip to the bottom of the body for a spooky barrette.

And now the pattern is available in the shop! It’s a PDF pattern, so it will be delivered instantly by email.

Get the felt spider pattern here.

There are also materials kits available in both colors. Choose the kit option from the drop down menu above the add to cart button.

This will only take an evening to stitch up and it’s all hand sewing so you can take it anywhere.

Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi
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A Cute Dinosaur for Your Christmas Tree

A dinosaur! Ornament #2 in the 2014 Christmas Club collection from Shiny Happy World

One of the many things I love about felt ornaments is that they’re impossible to break. That makes them perfect to give to even the youngest kids! And I love, love, LOVE the way little felt toys look hanging on a tree. 🙂

The second ornament in the 2014 Christmas Club is a cute little dinosaur – very easy to make. He was so easy and fun to make that I’m tempted to make a whole bunch in a rainbow of colors. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Here are the first two ornaments in the Christmas Club collection.

The first two ornaments in the 2014 Christmas Club collection at Shiny Happy World.

You can still join at any time!

The club is closed now, but you can still get the patterns!

Get all the 2014 Christmas Club patterns here.

Get the dinosaur ornament pattern here.

Get the Santa ornament pattern here.

Merry Christmas!

Best,
Wendi
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