Woodland Christmas from Ric Rac: National Sewing Month 2013

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National Sewing Month 2013

Woodland-Christmas-1Hi, my name is Jodie and I blog at vintagericrac.blogspot.com. I am excited to be part of National Sewing Month, although I might need a National Sewing Year to finish off all the WIPs in my sewing room. I am foremost a toymaker but I dabble in all kinds of sewing and have been known to turn out the odd quilt or garment or practical item on occasion.

I have created this cute little holiday DIY ornament that you can make up in traditional colors, or mix it up with some earthy colors to create a little woodsman. It’s such a cute Christmas craft idea and they make even more adorable DIY gifts! Have fun!

If you have a Google Account (you can make one for free), here is the link to a Google Doc to download the whole tutorial including the pattern pieces: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3POraACAxjpUEtmRUpFb0hmNEE/edit

This little Santa and his tree have been designed to be hand sewn. All embroidery is done with two strands of stranded embroidery thread.

DIY Ornament



Cut for Santa:

  • 1 Base
  • 1 Body
  • 1 Hat
  • 1 Hat Brim
  • 1 Face
  • 1 Beard
  • 1 Mustache
  • 1 Belt to be cut on fold

Santa Construction:

Using the pattern placement guide, pin the beard in place .

Sew small seed or rice grain stitches at random over the beard .Woodland-Christmas-3

Place the face on top of the beard and pin in place.

Thread your teeny buckle onto belt and slide to the middle. Pin belt in place on Santa.


Backstitch face in place – I cheated and didn’t sew the very top as it will be hidden under the hat.

Pin mustache in place on top of face and seed stitch the moustache.

Add two single wrap French knot cheeks and two double wrap French knot eyes to your face.


Fold Santa along fold line right sides out and blanket stitch the center back seam, catching the belt ends as you sew.


Pin base in place and blanket stitch ¾ of the way around. Stuff Santa and blanket stitch the base closed, adding more stuffing as needed.


Hat Construction:

Pin hat brim to hat and sew small seed or rice grain stitches to secure it to hat.


Fold hat in half right sides out and blanket stitch center back seam.


Place hat on Santa’s head.

Pop your hat on.

Cut for Tree:

  • 1 base
  • 1 tree bottom
  • 1 tree middle
  • 1 tree top

Tree Construction:

Fold tree bottom in half along dotted line and blanket stitch the center back seam. Stuff and blanket stitch base in place.

Fold tree middle in half along dotted line and blanket stitch center back seam

Fold tree top in half along dotted line and blanket stitch center back seam.

Stack your tree pieces onto each other

Decorate with French knots, chain stitch – in fact, anything you fancy!

Requirements for Santa:

  • 7 ½ inch square of red felt
  • 4 ½ inch of white felt
  • 2 ½ x 7 ½ inch strip of brown felt
  • 2 inch square of skin coloured felt
  • 1 teeny buckle
  • Black, red and white embroidery thread
  • Hobbyfill

Requirements for Tree:

  • 6 ½ inch square of dark green felt
  • 5 x 3 ½ inches light Green felt
  • Red embroidery threads
  • Hobbyfill

Finished size approx: 5 inches high

For more sewing inspiration, visit Jodie’s blog, Ric Rac!

Have you started your Christmas sewing yet?



  1. Linda Knoles says

    I’ve made a good start on Christmas sewing, but keep getting sidetracked by other projects that people want done.

  2. Kathy Gates says

    I sure have started, I shopped yesterday for fabric to make 2 of my grandchildren Minky throws for their beds. I love making things for my grandkids. Thanks so much for this cute tutorial and this awesome giveaway! 🙂

  3. Chiara Aldridge says

    Yes, I have started on Christmas gifts. I haven’t started buying them, but I have lots of ideas for them.

  4. Kathy says

    Have not started Xmas shopping yet. Have knitted a few things but shopping no, like to wait until at least after Halloween! One holiday at a time I say. The little woodland santas are cute though.

  5. Pam says

    These creatures are darling! Yes, I started my Christmas sewing in August. (That doesn’t mean I’ll finish it in time though) 🙂

  6. Angie says

    No, I have not started on any Christmas projects yet, but i have purchased a few gifts for the grandkids. I would like to tell Jodie I love her project she shared with us… they are sooo cute!! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Susan M Dayton says

    I started a couple of little projects. Don’t think I’ll get around to the bigger ones till after Oct. Hope I can get everything done.

  8. Cathy says

    I’ve just started sewing casserole carries for all the women in the family for Christmas
    The Bernina would really help.

  9. Diane Reddy says

    Will be starting this week, in process of geating sewing room ready. I usually make my gifts by sewing aprons for kids and adults, quilts for bothe and baking homemade sausage bread, cranberry bread a tradition. Also sew dresses for younger girls. This is alot cheeper andmore meaningful since we had 4 children and now we have 13 grand children from 19-4.

  10. Linda says

    I just started a few Christmas projects…I’m giving “green” gifts this year…things that are either reclaimed and recycled or things to reduce our waste. Good luck on your projects everyone!

  11. Teressa says

    Certainly have started my Christmas sewing. Lots of projects finished and lots left to do.
    Just pray time is on my side and I don’t get behind.

  12. says

    I have lots of ideas as well as lots of fabric that would look great for the woodland santas and tree! I have not had any time to get started yet.

  13. Susan Falwell says

    I have not started Christmas sewing yet, finishing my knitting/crocheting Christmas projects first (they take a little longer, I can sew faster). Love these Woodland Santas and those trees are adorable.

  14. Louise says

    These look so sweet! I am definitely going to have a go. I haven’t started yet but my Mum has made some Christmas Heart door hangers and some garlands already!

  15. says

    I’m done with my Christmas gifts and decorating for this year, but I start next Christmas on Jan. 1st. for next year. This will certainly be on the first to do next years list. BettyLou

  16. Avril says

    Yes I have started Christmas gifts my 2 adopted little girls 7 and 8 ask if I could make mummy a present from them so I’m now doing some pretty aprons , great farther Christmas and tree wii make them one .Avril

  17. Susan Soares says

    I started my Christmas sewing in July! Started with sewing draw string gift bags and sewing tags for bags. Embroidered a few items and framed in hoops. I have a workroom filled with patterns, miscellaneous items and material for gifts and decor.

    Had to stop to get ahead of halloween costumes and decor. They way I am going I assume everyone will probably end up with a stuffed pumpkin for Christmas!

  18. Kellie says

    Still finishing Halloween at this point. Will be making a new robe for my son and a blanket for my granddaughter

  19. heather g says

    Yes ,i have started my xmas sewing and am always looking for new ideas, i think my prayers have been answered with your patterns and ideas.

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