Don’t forget your dog this Christmas! Make them their own dog bone keepsake ornament to hang on the tree with this free template and tutorial.
This easy sewing project is easy to customize with your pet’s name and the date. They can be made in any color or pattern to match your tree since you choose the fabric too.
How do You Make Dog Christmas Ornaments?
It only takes a few supplies, our free template, and less than 30 minutes to make your own dog bone Christmas ornament. It’s even faster with a sewing machine, but hand stitching works just as well.
Read on to find out exactly what you need to make this fun craft, step by step instructions to make your own, and even a few more festive crafts for the holidays. You’ll find ideas for yourself and for gifts.
How to Make a Dog Bone Christmas Ornament
Begin by downloading the free dog bone template below.
Step 1 – Cut Bone Shape
Cut out the template, and trace it onto the fabric of your choice. Then cut out the fabric shapes. You will need two bone shapes to make one ornament.
Step 2 – Assemble Ornament
Place the bone shapes with right sides together. Clip to hold.
Step 3 – Add Hanger
Cut a 7″ length of twine or ribbon, and fold it in half.
Step 4 – Prepare to Sew
Align the open ends of the twine or ribbon at the top center of the bone. Clip it in place, and fold the remaining twine/ribbon onto itself so that it stays in the center of the bone.
Adding another clip can help hold it away from the edges where you will be sewing in the next step.
Step 5 – Sew Around Bone
Sew around the perimeter of the dog bone with a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave the straight space at the bottom of the bone open for stuffing.
Because you are sewing around curves, you may need to stop and raise your presser foot several times as you move around the bone. Stitch slowly for the best curved result.
You can also sew the pieces together by hand. It won’t take much time at all for such a small project.
Step 6 – Press
After sewing, press the bone flat with an iron.
Step 7 – Turn Right Side Out
Now turn the bone right side out by reaching through the opening and pulling the twine or ribbon.
Step 8 – Press Out Curves
Use a turning tool or chopstick to gently press out the curves. Take care not to poke through the fabric.
Step 9 – Stuff It
Insert fiber fill into the opening to stuff the bone. You can use the turning tool or chopstick to press stuffing into the curves.
Step 10 – Stitch Closed
Use a hand needle and thread to stitch the opening closed with an invisible stitch, also known as a ladder stitch.
Step 11 – Decorate
Finally, you can decorate your dog bone ornament with more ribbon tied into a bow, pieces of garland, a tag for your dog’s name, etc. Get creative!
Don’t forget to pin this project for later too!
- Download and print free template
- Cut out template and trace on fabric of choice
- Cut dog bone shapes from fabric - two for each ornament
- Place dog bone shapes on top of each other with right sides together
- Clip to hold
- Cut 7" length of twine
- Fold twine into loop
- Place loop between fabric layers with ends at top center of bone
- Clip to hold
- Fold remaining twine into center of bone
- Clip to hold
- Sew around perimeter of bone with 1/2" seam allowance, leaving 2" opening at bottom center
- Turn right side out
- Stuff bone with Poly-fil
- Hand stitch to close with ladder stitch
Add additional ribbon bows, holly, or tag with your pet's name on it to personalize each ornament
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