Show off your stitching on this Swedish Dala horse ornament.
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Decorate your Christmas tree with a handmade Dala horse ornament. This Swedish-inspired design requires just a few simple crafts supplies like felt and colorful embroidery floss. Use our free printable template to get the shape and then customize it with your favorite decorative embroidery stitches. We stuck with a color palette of red, white, and blue but you can use any colors to fit your tree. Use your finished ornament to trim your Christmas tree or add it to your holiday gifts as a festive DIY package topper. You can make this easy Christmas craft in just three simple steps!

Dala Horse Christmas Ornament

Make a Dala Horse Ornament

Supplies Needed

  • Transfer paper
  • Red felt
  • Embroidery hoop and needle
  • Embroidery floss: blue, yellow, and white
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 1/3 yard of 3/8-inch-wide satin ribbon: white

Step-by-Step Directions

Follow these easy instructions to assemble your own dala horse ornament. You should be able to complete this handmade Christmas ornament in under an hour.

Step 1: Prepare the Pattern

Trace pattern onto white paper. Using transfer paper, transfer pattern outline, and all-black design lines onto red felt for ornament front.

Get the free pattern

Step 2: Embroider the Front

With white floss, work backstitches for saddle and mane outlines, split stitches for the bridle, and French knots at dots on the mane. Referring to pattern and using yellow floss, work lazy daisy stitches on the mane and running stitches between white saddle outlines. With blue floss, work lazy daisy stitches on saddle and backstitches on the mane. With yellow floss, work straight stitches in a V shape at top of each saddle lazy daisy stitch. With blue floss, work threaded running stitches for belly and chest straps.

Step 3: Assemble the Ornament

Cut out embroidered front. Use the pattern to cut a back from a matching color of felt. With wrong sides together and using running stitches and floss that matches felt, sew front and back together, working close to the edges. As you stitch, stuff shape with fiberfill and catch ends of a satin ribbon hanging loop between felt pieces at the base of the mane.

Comments (14)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
December 10, 2019
The link to the button for felt pattern .pdf is missing. I cannot get the pattern. I would love to make this ornament.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 25, 2019
I would love to make this Dala Horse Ornament but where is the pattern?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 23, 2019
There is no link to the pattern
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 22, 2019
Can’t download Dala Horse Christmas Ornament Where can I fine the pattern ,, pdf I’d=551757 titles get patterns my email mygodin@twc.com
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 22, 2019
Can’t download Dala Horse Christmas Ornament Where can I fine the pattern ,, pdf I’d=551757 titles get patterns my email mygodin@twc.com
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 22, 2019
I would love to make this, but the link to the pdf is not available.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 22, 2019
I can't access the pattern so can't make this one. Other ornament patterns have a clickable box for access.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 22, 2019
Love it, but there is no link for the pattern
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 18, 2019
I can not get the pattern of the Dala Horse Christmas Ornament? Please send me the pattern or add the red line on the page of the pattern on the bottom of the page at said [button-pdf id="551757" title="Get the pattern." /] as you see the red line is missing Thank-You margobe@ymail.com
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 18, 2019
Just what are we expected to do with your [button-pdf id="551757" title="Get the pattern." /] Is there a website or download associated with the above?
Better Homes & Gardens Member
November 7, 2019
There is no pattern for the Dala horse!!!!!
Better Homes & Gardens Member
October 31, 2019
Where is the pattern??
Better Homes & Gardens Member
October 30, 2019
The link to the Dala horse pattern is inoperable. Thanks.
Better Homes & Gardens Member
October 30, 2019
The link to the Dala horse pattern is inoperable. Thanks.