The halls are decked and the holiday is close, but the kids are a bit restless and need a little care. So, pull out your supplies or shop for a few, invite the neighbors and hold a jolly ornament making party for the kids. Even if you don’t have time until after Christmas, as long as the tree is up it’s still the season. And you’ll have new treasures to pack away for next year, too!

Basic supplies for your Ornament Making With the Kids basket:

  • Fabrics – Christmas colors, but also brights in felt, fleece, cottons, flannels or recycled fabrics.
  • Trims – Ric rac, ribbons, bias tape, braid and cording.
  • Bling – Sequins, rhinestones, glitter, beads and buttons.
  • Scissors – Small enough for little hands, sharp enough to cut fabric.
  • Pins and  a Pincushion – Magnetic pincushions are amazing for easy pick-up if spills happen!
  • Thread and Needles – Quality tools and supplies encourage future sewing and emphasize the joy of creating. For multi-purposes, use Dual Duty Plus XP thread. For hand sewing details, the new Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread is marvelous and easier to thread than several strands of embroidery floss.

Embellished Felt Christmas Trees

Designed by Laura of the Bugs and Fishes blog, this is a fun project for any age. Those who want to learn to hand sew will love these trees. If they’re too young for the sewing, just have the trees sewn and ready to decorate instead. Not all trees are created green, so brightly colored felt or fleece will be delightful, too! Click here for the tutorial and download the templates using the link at the bottom of Laura’s post.

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Quilted Candy Canes

Veronica of the Sew Very blog loves making ornaments and finds them all the better if they evoke a little nostalgia. Her childhood memories of making Candy Cane ornaments with her mom prompted her to design these charming little red and white darlings. Veronica quilted her own fabric, but pre-quilted fabric would be great, too. If you can’t find any, grab your walking foot, be the pre-quilter and prep the fabrics for the little ones to craft into sweet canes.  Click here for the Candy Cane tutorial.

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Hand Ornaments

Capture those sweet little hands forever and create a precious gift while ornament making with the kids. Shea of the Empty Bobbin blog posted this super simple, trace and embellish, hand ornament that’s suitable for any age. Older kids can finish on their own, younger ones may need your help. Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft thread would be perfect for the hand stitching here, too. Be sure to add the year the hand was traced – they’re fun to compare from year to year. Make the hands extra special gifts by including a little poem. Click here for a web page full of “handy” poems, then click here for the Hand Ornament tutorial on the Empty Bobbin blog.

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Fabric Scrap Ornaments

Red, white or bright all over, use scraps, buy fat quarters or recycle clothing for these thrifty Fabric Scrap Ornaments. They’re beautiful on the tree or in a bowl on the table with glass ornaments or pine cones. Use your rotary cutter to pre-cut strips, toss them on the table and let the kids choose as they design. So how do you wrap a straight strip on a round Styrofoam ball? Follow Aniko’s step by step photos and easy directions on her Place of My Taste blog to learn all you need to know! Click here for the tutorial.

Many of these ornaments are hand sewn, but use a sewing machine if the older kids want to learn. Hand sewing will be better for the littlest of your tribe depending on their fine-motor skill development. Once you’ve held your ornament making time with the kids, there are many ways they can be displayed. The tree is great, of course, but think about a garland for the wall or hearth. Or pack up the ornaments and kids, then head to a nursing home to spread a little shine and cheer!

About the Author

Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog,

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