{How To} Holiday Ornaments- Mini Trees

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With Halloween behind us, it is now time to start gearing up for the holidays.

I am so flattered that my friend Erin from My Very Educated Mother has asked me to join in on her No Ugly Ornaments Challenge. Each Week on Thursday, during the month of November, I will share a very simple “how to” for creating a fun holiday ornament.

Here is my 1st one.

Christmas Ornaments Mini Trees - The Sewing Loft

This project is for sewers of all levels.

Skill Level- 1 Button


  • scraps of fabric 4 1/2″ x 4″
  • 10″ piece of ribbon
  • scrap of felt
  • poly fill
**Since I know that many of you like to print out a hard copy of the article to use as a reference while sewing, I have created an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing and ad-free. Find more here. The blog post and video are totally free to read, print, and sew! The PDF tutorial & download for $2 is totally optional.

Basic Instructions:

  1. Draw a long triangle (aka – tree) that fits your scrap of fabric. Cut 2 pieces for each tree.
  2. Fold your 10″ piece of ribbon in half and sandwich between the right sides of triangle.
  3. Pin in place and straight stitch the long sides of triangle. Leave the bottom open.
  4. Stuff with poly fill. Fold ends under to clean finish and insert your folded strip of felt.
  5. Straight stitch everything closed.
Christmas Ornaments Mini Trees - The Sewing Loft

Click here for more of the No Ugly Ornaments Challenge. A new ornament will be posted every weekday during the month of November.

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P.S. You can find a ton of adorable holiday decor and ornaments in my mega round-up here.

100+ Christmas Ornaments Patterns Rounded Up in one place. The Sewing Loft


  1. Kerrie Marquart says

    I just love these little trees! Can’t wait to try them! Thanks! Kerrie

  2. Karen - The Graphics Fairy says

    These are super cute Heather!!! I love your skill level button too, darling idea!

  3. Hi Heather — thanks for linking up at the T.G.I.F. Linky Part at Craft Junkie Too — I’ve spotlighted your project on my facebook page….
    You can visit my blog http://www.craftjunkietoo.com and grab the Featured Me button for the blog if you’d like. 🙂

  4. Those are absolutely adorable! I love all the bright fabrics! I”m going to have to make some of these!

  5. folkhavenkaren says

    These are so bright and happy! What a wonderful gift tag idea!

  6. Really cute, thinking about doing too !

  7. gameplanner says

    I love how bright those are! And that they are quick and easy. What fun decorations.:)

  8. OMG!!! Those are so stinking cute!! I love the bright fabric you used. I love your blog. I’m your newest follower.
    Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

    P.S. I have a linky every Monday. Would love for you to stop by and link up.

  9. Gorgeous colours – I love non-traditional shades.

    Would be brilliant if you could share this at my Christmas Link up – happening now at:


    Would be great to see you there!

    Rosie x

  10. Lavender Dreams says

    How precious! I can’t wait to make some new ornies this year! ♥

  11. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says

    These ornaments are so cute, cheery, and brightly colored!! Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

  12. So pretty! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! (and red during the holidays!) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-15.html

  13. Atelier Ullizee says

    Looks great, thanks for the instructions!

  14. Felicia @ All Things Fee says

    Adorable! I have the perfect fabric for these!

    Thanks for sharing at Calling All Crafters!

  15. ACreativeDream says

    Cute, cute, cute!

  16. Dee @ A Lapin Life says

    Adorable ornaments and super how to.

  17. LoeLaLoep (Heidi) says

    Oh, these mini trees are sooo cute!

  18. These are adorable! I love ornaments that the kids can’t break if they drop on the floor. I’d love for you to share with my readers if you have a moment. Thanks so much for sharing! http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/11/taking-timeout-thursday-no-6.html

  19. Sooo sooo sooo cute. I’m going to try to make some. Thanks!!

    I posted a tutorial on felt ornaments:

  20. I love these! I have an ornament exchange parter and this would be perfect!

    Thank you for linking up to A Pinteresting Link Party. 🙂

  21. Perfect! I think I can do this – I’m not very experienced in the sewing area so I need all the practice I can get! I’m hoping to build my skill to a level I can make a slipcover. These are adorable…love them.

  22. These are very cute! Thanks so much for linking up to Things I’ve Done Thursday!!

    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear

  23. Jenna @ SewHappyGeek says

    Thanks for linking up to Manic Monday! Just wanted to let you know that I featured your link today: SewHappyGeek Feature Friday

  24. Great crafty ornament! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Very beautiful work.

  26. Adorable! These would be perfects on my son’s little trees in their rooms. Thank you so much for sharing on Taking A Timeout Thursday! I hope to see you back this week 🙂

  27. great ideas! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  28. Angie Countrychiccottage says

    Adorable as always Heather!

  29. Birgitta Johnsson says

    Jättebra grejor och trevligt att man kan använda sina tygbitar.

  30. christine Mark says

    All look so cute. Thanks for sharing such an amazing article. It is very informative and useful for me.