Fruit Felt Ornaments for the Tree
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Create these fun and whimsical homespun felt ornaments for the Christmas tree. They’re a great reminder of the fruits of the Spirit.
Please note: I am not a crafter. I am not a seamstress. I am most definitely not an artist. Rarely do the visions in my head actually turn out the way I, well, envision them. In fact, quite the opposite.
This time would be one of the exceptions. One of the rare, beautiful, I-could-almost-squeal-with-delight exceptions.
Several years ago, probably fifteen years ago, I bought my sisters each a set of fruit Christmas tree ornaments and labeled them with the fruits of the spirit. I wanted to recreate that for you because, honestly, I was a little proud of myself for thinking of the idea back in yonder times.
But, lo, there were no fruit ornaments to be had. Not for less than a buck a piece, anyway. So, I did what any sane woman walking the aisles of Michaels would do: I invested in all kinds of craft supplies for a project that had no pattern and no promise of actually turning out okay.
You would totally do that, wouldn’t you?
Luckily for you, the next time you’re wandering the aisles of Michaels you can invest in all kinds of craft supplies for a project that comes with an easy, free printable pattern and the promise that even an ignoramus (that would be me) in the sewing department could pull off.
Please don’t be intimidated by this project. I don’t sew. And I can do this. It took me about five hours from start to finish to conceive the idea, draw the patterns, cut, sew, and finish all nine felt ornaments. Since you don’t have to think up the idea or draw the pattern, it should take you much less time.
I did the sewing during a movie night, so it was fun and creative and relaxing. I didn’t worry that they looked perfect; they don’t. But, that’s part of their whimsy.
How to Make Felt Ornaments for the Christmas Tree:
- Fruit of the Spirit Ornament Printable
- paper or cardstock
- stick pins
- felt in different colors
- embroidery thread
- cotton batting or cotton balls
- thin satin ribbon or Christmas tree ornament hangers
Download and print out the Fruit of the Spirit Ornament Printable. Cut out each of the fruits and the word labels.
Pin each fruit to felt of your preferred color and cut out around the pattern. Cut two of each. There are nine different fruit, but if you’d rather use several of the same fruit in different colors, feel free to do so. On the pattern you will find: apple, orange, pear, banana, grapes, lemon, lime, strawberry, and cherries.
Thread contrasting thread on your needle and sew two of the same shape together. I used a whip stitch because that’s basically all I know how to do, but a blanket stitch would be pretty as well. I liked the look of the contrasting thread, but if you prefer, you can use the same color. It will just give you a different look.
I particularly like how the brown thread on the banana makes it look more like a banana. And yes, I did make a trip to Walmart just to get brown thread.
Once you have most of the individual fruit sewn, stuff it with a little cotton batting or cotton balls. You will use very little so unless batting is something you always stock, I say go with whatcha got.
Once all the fruit are sewn you can add the details. I added seeds to the strawberries, a stem to the orange, stems to the cherries, and leaves to several of the fruit. Just freehand cut some leaves from green felt.
Add a loop of green ribbon for a hanger.
Stitch a label onto each piece of fruit.
See? That wasn’t so hard, was it?
These felt ornaments are a great addition to your Christmas tree, but they are also a wonderful gift to give to friends and family. Plus, they’re pretty fun to make, too. You get such a sense of accomplishment to create something from some random pieces of felt.
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Very sweet,great idea!
My bible study group made these at our Christmas party. First we drew names and then made an ornament with a fruit of the spirit that the person we drew most exemplified. At the end we gave the ornament to our person telling them why we see that fruit in them. These are so easy that we even had time to make ornaments for our members who could not attend. We will mail them out in Christmas cards with a quick note that we are thinking of them.
These ornaments are so cute and easy! Thank you for posting the instructions.
I adore your article. I LOOOOOVE your honest and pure humility. I’m not crafty either. And I have a lot of ideas for craftiness but they rarely actually happen the way I think they will. You have inspired me. I had visions of fruit ornaments hanging on my tree. Along with signs of “patience” “goodness” -all of the fruits of the spirit. I wondered, is this just another one of my strange ideas? Or am I slow and are there people who have already been doing this for years? It is a huge comfort to my heart that you have already been there for me and have taken the steps to walk me through this. I love the soft homemade look. It is much heart warming than the hardware ornaments that are “made in China”.
Have you ever stuffed white tube socks with rice bags to make snow men? You use old baby socks for the hats (the cuter baby socks with designs and colors on them, not the plain white ones). You use old makeup to draw faces on them. If you are interested more, I could direct you to it, I think it is on the same level as this. It made me go out a buy a glue gun. As an option, you can fill old parmesan cheese containers with rice to weight them down, then pull the tube sock over that, and finish it off with the baby sock hat as usual. You make tiny scarfs out of old flannel shirts and wrap them around that snowmans neck. You glue old buttons down the front. The colors you choose for these things, make your snowpeople look like what you want – a boy, a girl, or a child. Maybe you have been thinking of this idea already, ha ha. I’d be glad to share the favor and walk you through what I remember. I did this many years ago, and they look very humble, but they are one of the first things the kids get out when we start decorating the house for Christmas. ha ha.
What a fun craft. Thanks for sharing the idea!
We will definitely be making these ornaments….one of our precious wee ones, especially, is really into the Fruit of the Spirit ever since taking a homeschool co-op class on it! Thank you so much!!
They are super fun to make!
Thank you for putting this together. It is precious and we will have a wonderful time making these!! I may get all the supplies and when friends and family come for Thanksgiving, each person can make some to take home!
I would love to see a picture of that!
Well, I may just figure out how to upload one here, and will do that! 🙂
Feel free to email. Thanks!
Wow – wonderful idea. I’ll be making this soon for next year.
These are very cute. We made felt ornaments last year for the tree. Since I cannot draw we used cookie cutters to make our patterns.
These are adorable! My mom was asking the girls and I to make her some new ornaments…I’ll have to see if I can adapt these so the girls can help, too!
My 5yo daughter was able to do the orange (sort of), so I think that if Gramma doesn’t expect perfection, the kids can probably do the rounder shapes.
This is such a darling idea; thanks for sharing it! And now the possibilities are endless…
PERFECT! I know what I’m sending my brother in law and his family! Thank you. Better yet, it will make a great OT exercise for my 13 year old, so SHE can make them!
Love these! They are beautiful and I can’t wait to whip up a set for me!
Love it, Jessica!
These are precious, I am inspired