Does someone in your family love Star Wars? I’ve been distracting myself from the news this year by making Star Wars ornaments. It is such a fun and challenging (for me) activity. I highly recommend it. Take a break from the bad news and break out your crafting goods.
I already shared my Chewbacca ornament and my baby Yoda. This time I’m sharing Princess Leia. I tried making her out of a ball ornament, but it turned out really ugly, I put a photo at the end for laughts. I switched back to felt.
Materials For DIY Princess Leia Ornament
I used felt and a few other accessories for my Princess Leia ornament.
- Felt white, tan and brown
- Brown pipe cleaners
- Fabric paint pens black, silver and red
- Needle and embroidery thread
- A glue gun
- A Popsicle stick
Method for Making Felt Ornaments
Step 1 – Draw Out a Pattern and Cut Your Felt Base
I made one felt ornament without a pattern and it turned out too small. It’s really helpful to cut a pattern out of cardboard. I then cut the body out of flesh-colored felt so I could layer the clothes and hair on top.
Step 2- Stitch and Stuff
Use the blanket stitch to seal up 3/4 of the body. Leave an opening so you can stuff some cotton or extra fabric inside. I used two strands of embroidery thread for the stitch, which turned out much better than a single thread. You can see a video tutorial of the blanket stitch here.
Step 3 – Sew on Hair Add Support
I stitched on the hair piece and then decided the neck seemed too flimsy. If you think yours is too thin, you can add a support piece of felt and a Popsicle stick to the back with hot glue. Another way to handle this (in hindsight) is to cut two flesh-colored bodies in the first step. I did this on my second one and it was thick enough that I didn’t need the popsicle stick.
Step 4 – Add Embellishments
I used a brown pipe cleaner for the braids. I attached them with glue. Then I added eyes and a belt with fabric paints. That’s the last step. Use a glue gun to attach a ribbon for your tree. The fun thing is that you can make any ornament you want. It looks a little like a first grader made it, but it’s the experience that counts right? 🤪