I like to decorate for Christmas each year with a different theme. This year I have a dog-themed Christmas with lots of different dog Christmas ornaments. I have made dog Christmas stockings, dog Christmas cookie ornaments and dog felt ornaments.
Today I am trying my hand at easy, no-sew pet silhouette ornaments. These are the quickest and easiest of all.
These ornaments can be personalized for your pets or you can make them for friends and family as gifts. If you can find an image online, you can turn it into an ornament.
- Small embroidery hoop
- Fabric – this is a great project for using up leftover material scraps. I have lots of leftover small pieces of ticking
- Black Felt – I tried to use denim for the animal shape, but it didn’t have clean enough lines. I saw they sell adhesive felt, which might be really easy
- Fabric glue
- Ribbon – I used a black watch plaid, but there are lots of ribbon options that would be cute.
- Printer and paper
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Search on the internet to find animal silhouettes. You can choose anything you like, whether it is a silhouette of an entire dog or just a dog head. I found the best results by searching for specific breeds, like “french bulldog head”.
Choose background fabric. I tried a bunch of different options and fabrics lighter in color work better.
Using the embroidery hoop as your template, trace a circle around the outside of the hoop onto your fabric
Cut the fabric about 1/2 inch outside the traced line. The extra 1/2 inch allows you to secure the fabric inside the embroidery hoop.
Shrink your desired image to fit the hoop you have chosen then print the image on paper. If the image is intricate you will have more success printing on stiff paper.
Cut the paper image then tape it to your felt and cut around your paper template.
Press your background fabric into the embroidery hoop and tighten the hoop to keep the fabric in place. if your fabric is striped you need to decide if you want the stripes vertical or horizontal.
Place the silhouette in the center of your fabric and determine how you want it oriented.
Apply fabric glue to the back of the silhouette and adhere it to your background fabric. I tried stitching them on, but it didn’t look as good (and took 2x as long as glue).
Add ribbon for hanging. These are that easy. You can make them in less than 30 minutes. The most time-consuming part is finding the shape that you like because there are so many choices.
If you have pet lovers in your family, consider making a few of these this year.