A Home Sewn Christmas: How to Make Your Own Christmas Decorations

6th December 2019

Get out your sewing kit, grab your family and be creative this Christmas with these festive makes. Fill your home with handmade decorations using fabrics in different colours and textures to bring a personal touch and festive feeling to your celebrations that you can reminisce upon each year.

There are an endless amount of design options to choose from when it comes to making fabric ornaments; within this blog, we are going to explore how to make 3D Christmas trees and Christmas wreaths.

If you’ve got any fabrics leftover from recent projects, now is the time to dig them out and make something beautiful out of them!

Handmade Christmas decorations

Bring Festive Charm with a Handmade Christmas Tree Decoration

These magical 3D Christmas trees can be sewn by hand or by sewing machine. Place them as fabric centrepieces for decoration on the mantelpiece, dinner table or on your Christmas tree to spark conversation.

Follow this step-by-step guide to make your own:

1. Following a Christmas tree template, draw around the tree template on the wrong side of the fabric. Cut two tree templates in two different fabrics to allow for a range of colours – making sure that you are not creating too much wastage.

2. Interface the cut-outs to ensure that the fabric does not fray. Interfacing can be purchased at a little cost from any craft or fabric shop.

3. Match the two alternate materials to each other and place the face sides together and sew around the edges, leaving the bottom of the tree unsewn ready for the eco-friendly stuffing.

4. Once the edges are sewn, place the pair of Christmas trees on top of each other and insert your favourite festive ribbon. Then sew a line down the middle, leaving 1cm at the bottom to allow the bottom edge to be folded inwards.

5. Next, fill the Christmas tree to the brim with eco-friendly stuffing, leftover fabric scraps or yarn to make your handmade creation complete. If you want to add that extra bit of festive magic to your home, why not include Christmas scents in your stuffing such as cinnamon, roasting chestnuts or gingerbread while you’re in the spirit.

6. Seal the eco-friendly stuffing into the tree with a few stitches.

7. Your 3D Christmas tree ornament is now ready to be placed in situ.

Deck Your Door with a Handmade Christmas Fabric Wreath

Christmas fabric wreaths are perfect for bringing festive cheer to your front door or mantlepiece this year that’s elegant with classic style and have the potential to be a real show stopper. Use a range of colours combined in contrasting textures to make a wreath that will stop even Santa in his tracks!

Would you like to make one of these for yourself? All you need to do is weave long strips of different fabric colour combinations through a wreath wireframe and then ease out the loops to create a bunching effect. Then, complete the wreath with a ribbon or hanging hook.

If you want some further inspiration for your handmade Christmas wreath, take a look at these fabric wreaths that have been made using some of our classic fabrics from the Ian Mankin archive. Once you’ve chosen your fabrics and you’re singing along to Christmas carols, let your inner creativity spark and help you create the most beautiful, bespoke decorations!

Don’t forget to consider using fabrics that you were otherwise going to throw away – recycling unwanted waste materials makes any handmade creation even more special! If not, why not take advantage of our selection of Ian Mankin remnants. If you would like to purchase our fabric remnants, contact our London showroom on 020 7722 0997 or email

Thinking all this sounds like too much hard work? We have a stunning selection of Christmas Table Linens, Christmas Sacks and Christmas Stockings available to purchase on our online Christmas Shop that will make your home feel truly festive.

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