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Santa Claus Ornament

By: Mary Cosgrove for Kreinik

Featuring a bright star and patchwork coat in high lustre yarn, this plastic canvas Christmas ornament will add sparkle to your Christmas tree. Plastic canvas ornaments like this Santa ornament make great holiday gifts too.

Make a coordinating set with the Star Snowman Ornament or Christmas Elf Ornament.

Santa Claus Christmas Ornament

25 Free Patterns for Plastic Canvas



Find this craft and more Plastic Canvas projects in 25 Free Patterns for Plastic Canvas.




  • Kreinik Heavy (#32) Braid in 003HL Red Hi Lustre (6 yards), 008 Green (3 yards), 005HL Black Hi Lustre 1(8 inches)
  • Kreinik 1/8” ribbon in 100HL White Hi Lustre (5 yards), 092 Star Pink (1.5 yards), 054F Lemon-Lime (1 yard)
  • Kreinik Fine (#8) Braid 100HL White Hi Lustre (1 yard)
  • 10-mesh plastic canvas such as Quick-Count™ by Uniek. You will need to cut pieces for the following: one Santa at 26
  • 45 holes, one star at 7 x 7 holes
  • 1/8” (E) beads: 10 white and one red
  • Plastic Canvas needle (#18) and embroidery/beading needle
  • scissors, small piece of nylon thread (for the ornament hanger)
  • Chart


  1. Carefully cut canvas according to graphs.
  2. Using the color key and photo as a guide, work the star, and Santa’s face, hands and the center and bottom of his coat and the bottom of his hat in continental stitches.
  3. Work the patchwork hat and sides of coat in alternating green and red mosaic stitches.
  4. Add two black cross stitches for eyes. Bring the black braid up at one (+), add the red E bead, and bring the needle down at the adjacent (+), over star pink continental stitch.
  5. Work Santa’s beard in white French knots. Bring the needle up like you would for a continental stitch, wrap white 1/8” Ribbon around needle and go over the bar.
  6. Using white 1/8” Ribbon, backstitch along sides and bottom edges of patchwork coat.
  7. Using Fine (#8) Braid in 100HL, add white E beads to Santa’s coat at the circles. Bring needle up in hole 1, add a bead and then go down in hole 2. Bring your needle up in hole 3, back through the center of the bead and down through hole 1. Work all 10 white beads in this manner.
  8. Overcast sides of Santa’s beard and bottom edges of Santa’s coat with white 1/8” Ribbon. Overcast Santa’s hands with Star Pink. Overcast edges of patchwork hat and coat with red.
  9. Overcast star with lemon-lime and tack edges to unstitched square on right side of Santa’s hat.
  10. Add a small nylon thread to the top center of Santa as the ornament hanger.


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Would love to make this - but where is the graph and color key? It's awfully hard to see what's going on with just the photo as a guide.

The graph is a link and is the last entry in the list of materials. It's a pdf file so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. I didn't seen a color key, but I don't think it would be too hard to figure out from the photo. I don't think it's critical to use the yarn she suggested, even, as long as it's the right size.


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