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Embroidered Pennant Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Sew an easy embroidered Christmas ornament, in the shape of a modern pennant! Fabric paint and freezer paper makes this stencil easy, and it looks fresh and modern.

I have a fun embroidered Christmas ornament tutorial to share! If there is one emotion I want my kids to experience around the holidays, it is joy! This ornament will serve as a good visual reminder for that goal, instead of succumbing to exasperation when the lights won’t untangle and the kids knock over the tree.

If you’re looking for more free Christmas ornament patterns and decor ideas, you can see all of mine here!

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I’m joining in on a fun, month-long blog hop for different handmade ornament ideas so you’ll definitely want to scroll to the bottom and see what else was shared!

Here it is hanging, my kids loved helping hunt down a twig to serve as the hanger after watching me embroider it. You can make one of these in a weekend, only because you need to let the paint dry before you start stitching. It would be easy to switch up the style with different colors or fabric choices! What other words would you put on a pennant ornament?

Handmade Christmas Ornament Tutorial




1- Cut two main pennant shapes out of the cotton fabric – use the iron and press down the top “hem” based off of the pattern’s dashed line.


2-Print the template and trace/cut the stencil out with freezer paper – if you aren’t familiar with the material or technique, check out this post explaining it! Iron it down and paint with fabric paint in the bare space. Let dry and peel off the paper.


3-Let the fabric paint dry and use a simple back stitch to outline the letters.


4- Sew the two main body pieces together, wrong sides together. Sew a line straight across, approximately 1.25″ down from the top. This will create a channel for the dowel/stick to pass through.

Push your stick through the channel, break off ends if desired, and tie the ribbon ends to each end of the stick. You’re done with the Christmas ornament tutorial! If you’re looking for more handmade ornament tutorials, you might like my felt ice skate ornament, fabric scrap ornament, or felt reindeer ornament.

Check out all the ornament tutorials shared in the hop by clicking through below!

Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:

Day 1 – Pet Scribbles (teal pinecone) | Day 2 – Yesterday on Tuesday (glittery popsicle stick snowflake)
Day 3 – Cupcakes and Crinoline (pom pom diorama)| Day 4 – An Extraordinary Day (birch and pinecones)
Day 5 – Celebrating Everyday Life (boughs in a jar)| Day 6 – Hunt and Host (time capsule)
Day 7 – Love of Home (diffuser clothespin) | Day 8 – Celebrate Creativity (embroidered elf)
Day 9 – Petticoat Junktion (silver bells)| Day 10 – What Meegan Makes (monogram)
Day 11 – Atta Girl Says (bingo cards)| Day 12 – Sweet Pea (sparkling snowflake)
Day 13 – Exquisitely Unremarkable (sock angel)| Day 14 – Imparting Grace (recipe card)
Day 15 – In My Own Style (brown paper star)| Day 16 – 504 Main by Holly Lefevre (deer head)
Day 17 – Inspiration for Moms (amaryllis) | Day 18 – The Chelsea Project (golden paint)
Day 19 – I Should Be Mopping the Floor (jute embroidery)
Day 20 – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia (grapevine wreath)| Day 21 – Hearth and Vine (kissing ball)
Day 22 – Shabby Art Boutique (vintage angel) | Day 23 – Remodelando la Casa (wooden tags)
Day 24 – Domestically Speaking (wood slices)| Day 25 – Swoodson Says  (here!)
Day 26 – Stone Gable (pinecone star) | Day 27 – My Creative Days (embroidery hoop)
Day 28 – The Crafting Nook (flocked pinecones)| Day 29 – Knick of Time (farm buckets)
Day 30 – Lovely Etc. (farmhouse)| Day 31 – Live Laugh Rowe (button tree)

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  1. Stephanie, your ornament is adorable. I would love to have a whole tree of JOY ornaments and I think it would be fun to have a tree decorated in plaid. This ornament hits both!!!

    Thanks so much for joining us this year. And thanks for switching gears at the last minute. You are the best!! xo

  2. What a short, but sweet message this ornament shares! If the world only had more joy, what a better place. Right? I totally love the plaid and the way you stitched the letters. It’s a must make for me!! Thanks so much for sharing! Susie from The Chelsea Project

  3. This is adorable! Oh my word, I just love this ornament. Plaid is my all-time favorite for Christmas, and I like anything that proclaims “Joy.” Thank you for the tutorial; these would be awesome to make for yourself or for gifts!

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