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Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Use scraps of Christmas fabric and classic holiday motifs (made from cookie cutter shapes) to stitch simple ornaments. This project is so quick and easy, which makes this pattern ideal for gifts, last-minute decor, and even as a holiday activity for kids!

We've shared some ideas for adapting this pattern in other designs, favorite tools, and a video tutorial below, so keep reading!

Pattern Details

  • Finished ornaments: approximately 4" square

  • Techniques used: Basic sewing methods

  • Difficulty: Beginner

Our Favorite Supplies for Ornaments

Here's a list of the materials and tools we use to make these ornaments.

Pinking Shears: Use pinking shears to cut fabric without fraying. You can use them to prevent unravelling thread when your project has raw edges or to cut seams to prevent bulk.

Air-Erasable Marker: Mark cutting or sewing lines on fabric with this fine-tip fabric marker. The marked lines will disappear naturally after a few days or you can use the eraser to get rid of the marks immediately.

50 wt. Aurifil Thread: This 100%-cotton thread is low-lint and comes in a variety of colors. We suggest getting a neutral color (such as cream or light gray) that will blend with a variety of colors, so you don't need to switch thread between each ornament.

Wonder Clips: This pin alternative holds bulky layers in place and is easy to remove when sewing. You can also use these clips to hold binding in place while sewing!

1/8"-Wide Satin Ribbon: We used this ribbon, which comes in a variety of colors. We chose the vanilla color.

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Cookie Cutters: The cookie cutters we used were purchased about 20 years ago, but there are a lot of cute sets online. Look for cookie cutters that are about 4" tall and that have gentle curves and points that you can easily trace and sew.

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Video Tutorial

Lindsay walks you through stitching an ornament.

Project Ideas

This pattern can be made in a variety of fabrics and styles. Although our instructions use a single print of fabric, you can also piece simple patchwork before cutting out the shapes, or embellish the ornaments with embroidery, buttons, or sequins. Lindsay cut shapes from an antique quilt as a meaningful gift for her family members. Read more here.

If you make these ornaments, be sure to share them on social media using the hashtags #HappyHourStitches and #CookieCutterOrnaments.

Thanks for joining us for "happy hour",

Lindsay and Elizabeth

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