Meet and Make: A Sewn Ornament from Cathie Filian + 18 Days ’til Christmas Giveaway

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From now through Christmas day, we’re featuring a project here on the FaveCraftsBlog, along with a question for you to comment on. From those comments, we’ll pick a daily winner and you’ll receive a Gift from Santa’s Sleigh! How’s that for a great way to celebrate all month long?!

This week’s Meet and Make is a chat with Cathie Filian and a fabulous ornament she whipped up for our readers! If Cathie looks familiar, it might be that you saw her on her TV show Creative Juice or countless other TV appearances, or read one of her books, or saw one of her products developed in partnership with Plaid. She’s creative, she’s fabulous, and she’s shared 10 fun facts AND a project. And, of course, if you leave a comment on this blogpost, you’ll be entered in today’s giveaway!

First, the 10 fun facts:

  1. My maiden name is Bush; I could retire tomorrow if I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if I was related to George 1 or 2. My married name is Filian – an Armenian name. (My hubby is half Armenian/half Russian) Our name means Elephan
  2. I worked in film (in the costume department) for almost 10 years. One of my early films was Bottle Rocket and my last film was Vanilla Sky.
  3. My grandmother taught me how to sew at 8 years old – My first sewing project was a pair of pj’s.
  4. I prefer wine over beer, skiing over snowboarding, cream over chocolate, green over blue and I love popcorn.
  5. I have a Mark Ryden art collection. I also have a fondness for dolls and art with big eyes. My family supports me in my never-ending quest for the best big-eyed dolls and I thank them very much.
  6. Lifetime movies on Saturday are a guilty pleasure of mine.
  7. I knew my great-grand parents.
  8. Steve Piacenza and I are as thick as thieves. The first time we went out for drinks (1999) we sang karaoke in Korea Town. We sang, “I got you babe.” The rest is history.
  9. I love shopping at the dollar store…you never know what you might find.
  10. I have a dog named Max! He is a Chihuahua / Corgi mix. I like to dress him in costumes.

On to the project!

Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments

by Cathie Filian


  • 12 x 12 square of green felt
  • Scrap ribbons
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Paper triangle (3.5″ wide X 4.5″ tall)
  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Hand sewing needle
  • FolkArt acrylic paint (Coffee Bean)
  • Wood spool
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot glue


1. Ribbon Plan
Working on one end of the felt square, position the scrap ribbons in straight lines. You will need a 6″ section of sewn ribbons. Mix and match colors and styles.

2. Sew the first ribbon
Sew the first ribbon to the felt square. You can sew down the center or down the sides of the ribbons.

3. Continue sewing
Continue sewing the ribbons until they are all attached.

4. Pin a pattern
Create a paper pattern of a triangle that measures 3.5″ wide along the base and 4.5″ tall to the point. Pin the pattern over the striped ribbon design.

5. Cut out, leaving a edge
Cut around the triangle shape, leaving a seam allowance for sewing.

6. Place right side down
Create a backing by, placing the triangle right-side down on the plain green felt. Cut out.

7. Sew around the edge.
Sew around the outer edge. Be sure to leave an opening for turning and stuffing.

8. Clip the corners
Trim the side seams and clip the corners to remove bulk.

9. Turn right-side out & stuff
Turn the tree right-side out and stuff with a plastic grocery bag.

10. Hand sew
Hand sew the opening closed.

11. Hand sew loop
Hand sew a loop to the top of the tree to form a hanger.

12. Paint a spool
Paint a wood spool coffee bean brown. Allow to dry.

13. Add hot glue
Add hot glue to the top of the spool.

14. Press down.
Center the tree over the spool and press into the hot glue.

Thanks, Cathie for this fabulous ornament!! So, are you making ornaments this year? Leave a comment below – one lucky commenter will receive a Gift from Santa’s Sleigh. Hurry. You only have until Midnight central time to enter. Tomorrow will be another day, another featured project, and another giveaway!

P.S. Since our comments require approval before they are live on the site, your comment will be included as an entry even if you don’t see it on the page. Also, we only include one comment per person, but you can make more than one comment if you want!

[Note: The giveaway is now closed, but feel free to leave your comments if you like! See all of our Christmas Countdown posts here!]

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  1. susan powell says

    Cranberry velvet and dark green ball ornaments, no breakage there. Love the idea of stuffing with plastic bags.

  2. marie hamnett says

    What a fantastic idea, i love it and it’ll be great to do with my two little kiddies, they love trying new things and adore working with ribbons…im sure by xmas there’ll be quite a few of these hanging around my lounge for santa to see…Oh and wouldnt it be great to add a press stud along the side seam so you can hide little pressies in them too. im thinking diamonds hint hint to the hubby. Thanks for the great idea x merry xmas to u all x

  3. Joanne Keith says

    I love this project! I must have enough stuff hanging around to make at least 100- Thank You!

  4. conniemelancon says

    Love this ornament! thanks for the tutorial. I do try and make a few ornaments every year.

  5. says

    This ornament is adorable … my girls are participating in an ornament exchange at their 4-H club this month and these trees would be perfect!

  6. Sherron says

    What a wonderful idea! My son is learning how to sew (he is 9 years old) and this will be an easy project for him to do. Thank you for the terrific inspiration!

  7. Suellen Shemwell says

    So cute. A good rainy day craft for kids, and you can make several at the same time. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try this out.

  8. Michelle says

    Cute idea! My kids have an advent calendar & instead of goodies in it – I have written different things to make for each day, like popsicle stick snowflakes, or taking old ornaments & redoing them so they are pretty….Love the ideas from here & Cathie!

  9. Kara J says

    This is a really wonderful idea! I am always looking for unbreakable ornaments with a one year old and 2 cats around. Thanks for the idea!

  10. shari peters says

    I love to make handmade ornaments. Every year I make one for each of my grandchildren. By the time they are grown they should have enough ornaments for their own tree.

  11. Lorinda says

    Your tree is so cute! And I love this idea because it gives me a chance to use up all those little bits and pieces of trim that I couldn’t bring myself to discard. I think it would make a cute display to have several different sizes of tree lined up large to small or mixed. I may sew on some tiny seed beads as lights and use up some of the mixed leftover beads I’ve accumulated over the years. What fun!

  12. Darby Lohrding says

    I have so many projects going on for the holidays right not and making ornament’s is not one of them…well at least at this moment! Check back with me in Jan and I’ll bet ya I did make an ornament or two after all!
    Thanks so much!
    darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

  13. Gaye Miller says

    I’ve just joined the Fave Crafts site and this is my first project I chose to look over. I love it. It’s so simple, yet so “eye-appealing”. This will definitely go on my “To Do Soon” list.

    I think I’m going to like it here. 🙂

  14. Ruth Dejam says

    I’ve been knitting and crocheting ornaments for a garland. So far, I have sweaters, mittens, snowflakes, trees, wreaths, and bulbs. I’m thinking about tackling gingerbread men but so far, they’re all pretty cute and fast to make.

    Love this craft. I think it will be a good thing to do with my nieces. Happy Holidays to everyone!

  15. Molly says

    I hadn’t thought about making an ornament, but now that I’ve seen that adorable ribbon tree… I’m thinking I’ll be making the tree from this post! 🙂

  16. Martha Patterson says

    I am making oranments as christmas gifts for my niece. There will be one special one as this is the first year that she is married.

  17. Navneet says

    Thanks for sharing this project which is easy to do, easy on pocket and the result looks smart and beautiful!!

  18. Navneet says

    Thanks for sharing this project which is easy to do, easy on pocket and the result looks smart and beautiful!! I am surely going to make this

  19. Chris Port says

    Cute idea. a fun thing to do with the grandchildren, and an fun way to use those plastic bags up.

  20. nangy says

    Too Cute!!I am always looking for crafts to make with my grandkids,we will be making these this week end.Thanks for sharing!!(miss Creative Juice)!!!!

  21. Carol Anderson says

    My tree is full of all handmade ornaments, from myself, and my son, and thats why I love my tree.

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