Tutorial Tuesday: Felt Bow Tree Ornaments

Inspired by Jess and her paper bows over at How About Orange, I made a whole whack of felt bow Christmas ornaments.  The great thing about these ornaments is they are super cute and cost less than a dollar a piece to make.  For tutorial instructions keep reading!


To complete this project you will need:

  • One sheet of felt
  • a ruler and a pen
  • scissors
  • needle
  • thread


  • Cut nine strips of felt (length wise) that are each 3/4inch thick.  I just used the width of my rule as a guide
  • Cut 3 of the strips down to 12 inches, 3 more of the strips down to 11 inches, 2 more of the strips down to 10 inches and the last strip should be 3 1/2 inches long.  (I used the same measurements as Jess from How About Orange)
  • Twist the end of each strip into a loop and join the ends in a figure eight.  I found that it helped me to remember that the backside of the felt twisted to join the front side of the felt. (hopefully that makes sense!)  The felt will hold its shape so you do not need to worry about pinning it in place.
  • Twist each strip into a loop, only leaving the smallest piece.
  • Take the smallest piece and connect the ends to form a cylinder.

  • Begin forming the bow by taking the loops (largest to smallest) and stacking them on top of each other.
  • Used a needle and thread to hand sew each loop together in the center.
  • Attach a felt loop on the back on the back of the ornament so it can hang on your Christmas tree!

There you have it!  Cute and simple decorations that can be used as ornaments, pinned on as a festive broach or used as a reusable bow atop a Christmas gift.

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  1. says

    These are really cute! I want to try some tonight too! I love the idea of reusable bows…and these would be cute pretty much anywhere! (tree, centerpiece, wreath, garland) Thanks for sharing. (PS: Found u on craftgawker)

  2. says

    these are so sweet! just saw these floating around the blogosphere and had to comment on what a good idea they are! they would make the cutest little christmas party headband…

  3. says

    Hey Michael ann: Thanks for the wonderful compliment! I love you idea for creating a head band for the holidays… what a great way to jazz up a neutral outfit!!

  4. says

    Hey Melissa, I have made nine bows so far to top all my gifts with… I will post pictures of my wrapping in the next week or so…

  5. says

    I just made two of these… it took me until the second to get a real hang of the figure eight loops. But… adorable! I cut the strips of felt in my paper cutter. Neat!

  6. says

    I have posted links to one of your tutorials on my blog.  Please let me know if you would like me to remove it and it will be done right away.  Thank you for your tutorial!  Thanks!


  7. Sarah M says

    Hi! I love these so much!! Once I started making them, I couldn’t stop! I made mine all in ivory and added some hot-glued pearls, delicate rhinestones and pretty white feathers. Thanks for making this tutorial so easy to follow!


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