Tinsel Tuesdays: Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments

These ornaments are truly a Christmas classic. The technique for making Tucked Fabric Ornaments has been around forever, but like a classic designer dress, they’re always in style. A little tweak here and there, like updated fabrics and trims, and you’re ready for any occasion. These elegant Tucked Fabric Ornaments are dressed up in sage green and gray, but you can accessorize them in countless ways.

Easy tutorial for making these classic ornaments on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” ball
  • Fabric: Gray and sage satin and brocade
  • Quilt batting, thin profile
  • Trims:
    • 3/8” silver braid
    • 3/8” grey and green satin ribbon
    • 3mm pearl strands
    • Ribbon roses
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; sharp pencil; table knife or 1” putty knife; craft pins; optional: sharp nail scissors

To make Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments:

1. Position three rubber bands on the foam ball, dividing the ball into six equal sections. With a sharp pencil, score the foam ball along each rubber band, marking six equal sections. Remove the rubber bands.

2. Using the pattern, cut:

  • Six pieces of quilt batting
  • Two pieces of brocade fabric
  • Two pieces of gray satin fabric
  • Two pieces of sage green satin fabric

3. Center and glue the quilt batting onto each segment on the ball.

So pretty! These DIY ornaments are great stash busters. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You can dress these ornaments up or down with your favorite colors, fabrics and trims.

4. Center a fabric piece over one section. Position the edge of your table knife or putty knife over the scored line, and push the fabric seam allowance straight into the ball. Hold your knife straight up and down for a crisp “seam” line. Keep the fabric as smooth as possible as you tuck in the seams.

5. Repeat Step 4, tucking in the remaining sections around the ball. Once the ball is covered, if you see any bits of excess fabric or threads, carefully trim them away with nail scissors.

6. Pin and glue ribbons, braid, or other trims along the seam lines. Add ribbon roses, bows, etc.

7. Knot together then ends of an 8” length of ribbon, forming a loop. Pin and glue the knot into the foam ball. Optional: add a bow at the base of the loop.

Stash Buster Ornaments -- a great way to use up your scraps and DIY a handmade gift. CraftsnCoffee.com

Kathleen George designed these Tucked Fabric Ornaments.

I bet you already have some fabrics in mind for these, right? And who on your gift list wouldn’t love to have one (or two) of these classic ornaments? Have you made or given these ornaments before?

I’ll have a new Christmas craft next Tuesday . . .

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.Happy crafting.


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12 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments

  1. rfnancy says:

    I have always wanted to make these but never knew exactly how, Yours are Beautiful!!

  2. studiorose says:

    I’ve never tried these, and they look like a lot of fun! You’re right; so many fabric choices buzzing in my mind. I’ve been into the French look lately, so maybe some ticking and lace?

    • Sharon says:

      Ooh, that would be really pretty! I think you could add a French twist to these. If you give it a try, I want to see a photo of your French-inspired ornaments. Thanks! Sharon

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    These ornaments are so pretty! They look almost victorian, yet have a modern side too. They look very rich and would be a joy to hang on any tree!

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks, Angie. Kathleen George creates beautiful crafts. I agree — they’re really rich looking, and the colors are updated for today. You could really make these however you like, which is part of the fun, don’t you think? Sharon

  4. Sar Tann says:

    I love, love , love these ornaments. Much better looking than the store bought type, very elegant. 🙂

  5. Debbie Kaste says:

    Love the satin ornaments, Sharon. So pretty!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Thank you! They’re a favorite of mine, too — such an elegant and understated (and unexpected) color scheme. Have you ever made these ornaments? Sharon

  6. These are absolutely gorgeous!! What a statement they would make on a tree or hani=ging in a window or off a mantle!

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