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Make a Felt Mitten and Ice Skate Ornament

Personalize your evergreen with these playful felt mitten ornaments, perfect for the ice-skating enthusiast.

What You Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Fine-tip pen
  • 4-inch square of lightweight cardboard
  • 8-x-14-inch piece of felt
  • Contrasting pearl cotton
  • 3-3/4-inch length of 3/4-inch-wide white fur trim
  • Polyester fiberfill

Download Pattern

How to Make It

  1. Trace the mitten pattern onto tracing paper; cut out the shape.
  2. Trace the shape onto cardboard and cut out.
  3. Fold the felt in half lengthwise to measure 4 x 14 inches.
  4. Use a fine-tip pen to trace the cardboard mitten onto the folded felt; up to four mittens will fit.
  5. Machine-sew through both layers of felt on the traced lines, leaving the straight edge unstitched. Cut out the mitten close to the stitching and on the top line.
  6. Blanket-stitch on the curved edges of the mitten using pearl cotton.
  7. Hand-sew fur trim around the top of the mitten, trimming the fur as desired.
  8. Add a pearl cotton hanging loop.
  9. Stuff the mitten with fiberfill.

What You Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Fine-tip pen
  • 4-inch square of lightweight cardboard
  • 8-x-14-inch piece of felt
  • Contrasting pearl cotton
  • Large paper clip
  • 4-inch length of narrow trim
  • Polyester fiberfill

Download Pattern

How to Make It

  1. Trace the skate pattern onto tracing paper; cut out the shape.
  2. Trace the shape onto cardboard and cut out.
  3. Fold the felt in half lengthwise to measure 4 x 14 inches.
  4. Use a fine-tip pen to trace the cardboard skate onto the felt, aligning the fold line of the pattern with the folded edge of the felt; up to six skates will fit.
  5. Machine-sew through both felt layers on the traced lines, leaving the straight edge unstitched.
  6. Cut out the skate close to the stitching and on the top line.
  7. Use pearl cotton to make long straight stitches over the center front of the skate for laces.
  8. Tie the pearl cotton into a bow at the top of the skate.
  9. Slide a paper clip into the skate at the bottom fold for the blade. If necessary, make a tiny opening with a scissors tip to insert the paper clip.
  10. Hand-sew trim around the top of the skate.
  11. Stuff the skate with polyester fiberfill. Add a pearl cotton hanging loop.
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