My daughter loves her pets (cats and gerbils).. and her imaginary pets (bunnys and puppies). She also loves to sew. So (last year!) we had this lovely little Felt Animal Ornaments sewing session. Sewing with kids is a great time to spend quality time together. I find that she can do quite a lot herself already (she is 8) but does need help with things like cutting or smaller fiddlier bits. But never the less, making little felt animal ornaments like this, is a great way to sew together. They are quick to make. Look adorable. Use odds and ends of felt AND make the cutest little gift or keepsake. I love them.
Felt Animal Ornaments DIY – Supplies
- Felt scraps in different colours
- Ribbon for hanging
- A little stuffing (you can use cotton wool or odds and ends of wool/ yarn)
How to make your Felt Animal Ornaments
As this was a “personal” sewing session with my daughter, I didn’t take any process step photos. However, they are pretty much the same as these cute little bunny brooches we made a while back. Just make sure you add a ribbon for hanging, before sewing your bunny shut. You can watch the video on autoplay for this! However add written instructions for you below too!
Step by step instructions for how to sew felt animal ornaments with kids
The pattern of our felt animals is a little different from the bunnies in the video – we basically added felt eyes and a felt nose and sewed those on with just a stitch or two (the ones on the video where glued on/ stitched on).
Firstly – create your pattern. You will need to cut from felt:
- 2 ovals for the face
- 2 sets of ears (bunny, cat or dog ears)
- 2 sets of eyes
- one nose
You will also need to choose some ribbon for hanging.
Adult sewing part
I sewed on each eye with one stitch – the stitch being in a contrasting colour to make it the eye’s highlight. I also used thicker thread for this (embroidery thread).
I also sewed on the nose with one stitch.
For the cat we also added an eye patch.
For the dog, I sewed on two lines to make the dog’s mouth.
The child’s sewing
Prepare the needle and thread for your child.
They can then do a running stitch all around the outside of the felt animal ornament.
If you need to, pin the ears and ribbon in place to help with positioning.
Sew 3/4 of the way around.
Add a little stuffing.
Sew shut and knot off.
Your felt animal ornament is finished!
Aren’t they super cute?!
More great Sewing Projects for Kids (including felt star ornaments and felt heart ornaments to give at Christmas):
And more wonderful DIY Christmas Ornaments:
The felt bunny brooch tutorial is also available on youtube: