I never tire of Christmas stories. Today I’m giving them a place on my tree, as Felt Christmas Book Ornaments. I’ve included printables if you’d like to make them too. These ornaments can also be used as a garland or you could even use them as gift tags or gift card holders.
The books I chose: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, The Night Before Christmas, and The Velveteen Rabbit. On the inside of each book, I’ve chosen a favorite line, plus some images inspired by the stories.
I made my ornaments as part of the Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop! Be sure to visit the links at the bottom of this post to see the rest of the ornaments. Thanks to Diana at The Girl Creative for putting the blog hop together!
- Craft Felt
- Rotary cutter, ruler, self-healing mat
- Sewing machine and thread
- White or Cream cardstock
- Mini Christmas Book Printables
- Paper cutter, craft knife, or scissors
- 2-inch round hole punch
- Baker’s twine and tapestry needle
- Xyron 3-inch Sticker Maker
Directions First, download and print out the Mini Christmas Book Printables onto cardstock. There are four pages in the printable: two for the story pages, one for the cover, and one for the images that you’ll stick on to the first and last page.
Cut out the printables. The book pages (first two pages) should be about 3 inches tall each (some might be a bit taller than others, sorry!) and the width of your paper. Cut out the book covers (3rd page) simply by cutting a square or rectangle around each one. Then use a 2-inch hole punch for the last page. I ran the round images through my Xyron 3-inch sticker maker and adhered them to the back of the page piece. This way, when the book opens, you aren’t greeted with a blank page and you have something on the last page too. Cut out a piece of felt that is slightly taller and wider than the page, so if you’re using regular craft felt sheets, you can cut right across from edge to edge and add about 1/4 inches at the top at the bottom. Time to sew the cover and pages to the felt piece. First, I sewed the cover. Fold the felt in half and center the cover piece. Open the felt piece, and stitch the cover piece on all around. I used a zig zag stitch. Fold the page piece in half and center it on the other side of the felt piece. Straight stitch down the fold to secure it to the felt. You can stop here… …or you can add more stitches on the front and back cover for more embellishment. To add the hanging sting, thread some baking twine through a tapestry needle. Carefully poke it through at the inside fold and wiggle it through until the eye and the twine come out completely. Don’t yank too hard! Pull it through and tie a knot, and you have your hanging string. Do the same with the other books. Feel free to change up the stitches. I love that these classic stories will be a part of my tree this year. My girls love them too, they keep grabbing them and reading them to their animal friends.
Find more ornaments from my fellow creative bloggers by clicking the links below.