DIY Christmas Memory Ornament

Merry Christmas memory ornament

Remember when you were younger and your mom made Christmas ornaments out of fabric and an embroidery hoop? Well, today I’ve got a new take on that with a DIY Christmas memory ornament.

Sadly, my father-in-law passed away a few years ago.

I was lucky enough to get a few of his shirts and use them to make teddy bears for the kids.

So I thought that it would be fun to  use the scraps to make  a few ornaments for the adults!

Jingle all the way memory ornament

While I wanted the ornament to be a fun memory of my father-in-law, I also wanted it to be pretty and match all of the adults decor.

You know… not my Mama’s embroidery hoop ornament!

I decided the best way to do this was to use his shirt and add some fun Christmas decor!

Creative Craft Hop

Today is the Creative Craft Hop so you will find lots of craft inspiration here!

I’d like to thank Sara from Birdz of a Feather for hosting this hop. It is always so much fun!

Also, if you are hopping over here from Anne at The Apple Street Cottage, welcome! I am so happy to have you here.

ornament supplies


Old Shirt or piece of clothing                                            Iron

3″ embroidery hoops      

Iron On transfer – you can order these from etsy or make a few for yourself

Iron On transfer vinyl – if making the transfer yourself

Hot glue



Paint brush

Antique Wax


Merry Christmas iron on

Step 1

Cut 4″ squares from your shirt.

Design and cut out your Iron on.

I chose to use a design I bought on-line and cut it out on my cutting machine.

However, if you don’t have a cutting machine there a ton of place to purchase one.

ironing an iron on

Once you have your design, it’s simply a matter of just ironing it!

I used this cute little iron, but you can use a regular house hold iron too!

stirring a hoop

Step 2

My embroidery hoops were made of unfinished wood.

Using an Antiquing wax, I painted on a layer of wax and then wiped it off to create a stained wood look.

Placing an iron on into a hoop

Step 3

Making sure your design is centered place your fabric into the hoop.

cutting off excess fabric

Once you have the fabric securely in the hoop, flip it over and cut off any excess fabric.

adding felt to the back of an ornament

Step 4

Using about 5″ of ribbon, make a loop and glue to the top, back side of your ornament.

This creates a hanger for the ornament.

Lay your ornament onto a piece of felt, trace around the ornament.

Then cut the circle of felt out.

You will then hot glue the felt circle onto the back of the ornament.

embellishing an ornament

Step 5

Now for the fun part – the embellishments!

I glued on two tiny pieces of  greenery, added a red bow and some bells to finish off this ornament.

Jingle all the way memory ornament

I think my DIY Christmas memory ornaments turned out pretty cute, don’t you?

Now please join me in heading over to Terrie’s at Decorate and More With Tip  to see what craft she has made!

Also, here’s a list of the other crafter so that you can visit them also.

DIY Retro Beaded Christmas Tree Garland

DIY Sparkling Holly Tree Centerpiece

Repurposed Napkin Ring Mini Wreaths

Holiday Napkin Rings

Fairy Light Pom Pom Wreath

Aluminum Can Art

Leaf Shaped Dinner Roll Idea

Until next time….


DIY memory ornament

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  1. What a lovely idea Tammy to make teddy bears and then use the scraps; now I really wish I had saved some of my dad’s and FIL’s shirts too! These really are so cute.

    1. I plan on making quite a few of these to hand out to all of the adults at Christmas this year. It’s been really fun making them.

    1. I have several shirts so the plan is to make several of each one so that the family can choose ones that match their tree or decor the best! Fingers crossed they like them.

  2. Tammy, my oldest daughter gives me embroidered cross-stitch hoop ornaments each year that I treasure. I really love your smart short cut to create a similar look! Have a blessed Thanksgiving,
    Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

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