Another easy, no-sew fabric Christmas ornament made from an old shirt

Today I’m wrapping up the Mad for Plaid & Paisley ornament series with my favorite – the Patchwork Fabric Ornaments. I bet you’re familiar with the technique used to make these no-sew fabric ornaments, but the variations are endless. My favorite detail is the velvet ribbon, which adds a lovely and luxurious contrast to the cotton fabric. If you’re on the hunt for easy and inexpensive ornaments you can make – no sewing involved, check out the Wrap & Go Ornaments and Rag Ball Ornaments featured this week, too.

Classic DIY Ornaments -- no-sew, too.

Patchwork Fabric Ornaments by Patty Schaffer.

Three differnt, DIY fabric ornaments all made from old shirts! No sewing required!

To make a Patchwork Fabric Ornament, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” balls
  • Tissue paper
  • Old shirts in plaid and paisley prints
  • Ribbon: Satin ribbon and velvet ribbon, 1/2″ wide
  • Buttons
  • Pearl head pins in red
  • Fabric glue
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; rubber bands; sharp pencil; bamboo skewer; putty knife or kitchen knife
Nobody will guess that these are made with second-hand shirts! Easy, no-sew fabric Christmas ornaments on

The velvet trim adds a little luxury to these ornaments made with second-hand shirts.

To make a Patchwork Fabric Ornament:

1. Wrap two rubber bands around the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, dividing the ball into four equal sections. Using a sharp pencil or bamboo skewer, score a line right next to the edge of each rubber band. Remove the rubber bands.

2. Insert a putty knife or kitchen knife along the scored lines, creating a deeper groove. Hold your putty knife or ruler straight up and down to deepen the groove, and not widen it.

3. Place tissue paper over a section and trace along the scored line. Add ¼” all around the pattern and cut out. This will be your pattern for the fabric pieces.

4. Patty used two different fabrics for each ornament. Determine which two fabrics you’ll use, and using the pattern, cut two fabric pieces from each.

5. Center a fabric piece over one of the sections on the foam ball. Using the putty knife or a sharp knife, push the edges of the fabric piece into the grooves on the foam ball. Repeat with the other three fabric pieces. If needed, add a dab of fabric glue to hold the fabric in place.

Pretty details on easy, no-sew fabric ornaments. has the tutorial.

Add your velvet ribbon, and then the hanging ribbon, and top it off with a button.

6. Pin and glue velvet ribbon around the ornament, covering the grooves.

7. Knot together the ends of an 8” length of ribbon. Pin and glue the hanger to the top of the ball.

8. Top off the ornament with a large button, pinning it in place with pearl head pins.

Like I said, the variations on this ornament are endless. Change up the fabrics and trims and make these Satin & Brocade Tucked Fabric Ornaments.

So pretty! These DIY ornaments are great stash busters.

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

Or, there’s the creamy Classic Fabric Christmas Ornament.

So simple and so elegant, and an easy DIY, too.

Rebekah Meier designed this week’s collection of classic Christmas ornaments, including this Fabric Ornament.

And one more variation, the Zipper & Fabric Christmas Ornaments.

Love the zipper trim on this easy, DIY Christmas ornament.

Zipper & Fabric Ornament by Kathleen George.

You just can’t go wrong, especially if you add a little velvet ribbon!

I want these easy, DIY ornaments on my tree! Great DIY gift idea, too. you have a favorite ornament from Mad about Plaid & Paisley series? Was it the Wrap & Go Ornaments, the Rag Ball Ornaments or today’s Patchwork Fabric Ornament? I’d love to know. Or, just tell me about the ornaments you’re making this holiday season.

Happy ornament crafting!


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23 Responses to Another easy, no-sew fabric Christmas ornament made from an old shirt

  1. Marsha Readus says:

    Awesome idea! I plan to make several of the ornaments. Do you have any ideas for making ornaments with the 3 – 4 inch clear plastic balls?

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much for stopping in. You could stuff your ornaments with the leftover scraps from these ornaments, or use paper shred, glitter, confetti, ribbon, jingle bells, pompoms, strips of music paper or scrapbook paper, buttons, etc. If you searched on Pinterest, I bet you’d find oodles of ideas! Happy crafting! Sharon

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  4. Rawinia a Clarke says:

    Great loved the crafts. Thanks for sharing

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  6. Susan says:

    Hi Sharon! I wanted to let you know that your adorable ornaments have been selected for the Inspired by You Friday Features! Hope on over to take a look and we hope to see you again next Sunday.

  7. thismakesthatblog says:

    These ornaments are adorable! Love the idea of using plaid fabric, zippers and those pins on the buttons are fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Inspired by You. I pinned it to our group board. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and please check back on Friday to see if you have been featured and visit us again next Sunday.

  8. repurposingjunkie says:

    These ornaments are so beautiful and crafty!!

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  13. Georgette Tischer says:

    Just a thought with this idea…you know how you keep things from a loved one that passed? Well maybe make a few for the family out of something they wore…its not just a shirt you are keeping around but now it is an Ornament to take out every year and remember…I think I will do this with a Shirt of my Mom’s… make one for each Grandson for their tree too! Thanks for the inspiration !I hope I helped someone with this idea too!

  14. CraftyB says:

    Love the plaids – so festive!!

  15. Holly Dillaway says:

    Love these!!! Merry Christmas to you cousin! Holly

    • Sharon says:

      Aww, thank you. It’s not my handiwork, however. Patty Schaffer made these beauties. I bet you have lots of fabric scraps you could use to make these, Holly. And a very merry to you, too! Sharon

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