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These Christmas Ornaments Are Fun to Make!

by Beth Cooper

Sewist’s Name: Joyce Minnis from J. Minnis Designs

Type of Project: Christmas Ornaments

Pattern: The Charming Pocket Angels, Christmas Butterfly, Patchwork Angel Bells, Charming Tiny Totes, and Christmas Wreath, all by J. Minnis Designs

Featured Date: 12-6-23

Do you love making handmade Christmas ornaments to decorate your tree or for a special ornament exchange?  I do. I have been creating unique handmade Christmas ornaments for over 40 years.  These 4 patterns are just a few of the special ornaments I would love to share with you.  

Some are beginner friendly like The Charming Pocket Angels and The Christmas Butterfly.  The Patchwork Angel Bells and Charming Tiny Totes are a little more detailed but still fun!  Full color photos and detailed instructions will guide you along.  A special poem to copy for gifting makes these ornaments unique and very special. 

You can turn your quilt scraps into beautiful ornaments to decorate your tree or use as package tie-Ons. If you have leftover layer cake squares, charm squares or borders from your quilts these ornaments are fun to make and stitch in between your larger Christmas projects. You will love making them year after year.

First is The Charming Pocket Angels. It uses charm squares, and lining fabric. The pocket of her dress holds gift cards, special heartfelt messages, and candy too. The pattern makes 12 if you use a new untouched Christmas charm pack and lining. A 1” wooden bead for her head or a Styrofoam ball. Ribbon and charm crosses complete her look. She has a poem to include with her. Patterns are available at Shabby Fabrics, Annies, QBPN and Etsy.

The Charming Pocket Angel (with a Chocolate)
The Charming Pocket Angel (with a Mint)

Stitch a beautiful set of Christmas Butterflies to decorate your tree, mantle, or wreath. This is a beginner friendly stitching project that will amaze your friends and family. Special folding instructions with full color photos will guide you. Chenille stems, ribbon and pearls adorn this beautiful butterfly. Tiny bonus butterfly instructions are included in the pattern.

Children will love helping make their bodies using pearls and chenille stems. Plus, they are not just for Christmas, they make up beautifully in spring and fall colors to clip in wreaths and as plant pokes. A special poem is included for gifting. The Christmas Butterfly pattern is available on Shabby Fabrics, Annies, QBPN and Etsy. Scraps of border prints were used to make this set of butterflies.

Christmas Butterfly
Christmas Butterflies

Quilt a set of Tiny Tote Bags to decorate your tree or fill it with special treasures. They hold gift cards in their pockets and tiny treasures. Start with a charm pack, lace trim and lining fabric. Fusible fleece and interfacing. Yes, they are real tiny totes fully lined with handles. If you love making and giving tote bags, this ornament will amaze your friends and family. Full color photos and instructions will guide you along. A charm hanging from the handle completes the bag. Charming Tiny Totes Pattern available at Shabby Fabrics and Etsy.

Tiny Tote Bag Ornament

Stitch a dozen Angel Bells to decorate your tree, mantle or use a centerpiece on your dinner plate. These patchwork angels will bring joy to anyone that holds them and hears the angels bell ring. Start with a pack of charm squares to make a pretty patchwork dress, sparkling fabric for wings, 1” gold bells, ribbon and a cross. A wooden bead for her head and chenille stem to connect the bell create this one-of-a-kind angel bell ornament.

A poem to copy for gift giving is included in the pattern with full color photos. Pattern and kits on Shabby Fabrics.

The Charming Angel Bells Ornament
Charming Angel Bells Ornament (side view)

This is my newest ornament pattern, The Christmas Wreath.  It’s made from strips of fabric with batting.  Folded into box pleats and beaded.  It is my latest ornament pattern available at QBPN and Etsy. 

The Christmas Wreath Ornament

Thanks so much for letting me share my ornament patterns! They are so fun and easy to make. I hope you all enjoy them.


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