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Memorial Ornaments Tutorial {A Cricut Fabric Craft}

Earlier this year my cousin(by marriage)’s grandmother passed away. She asked if I could make some memorial ornaments similar to the bird memory ornaments that I made from my Papa’s clothing. The clothing she brought was a few Hawaiian shirts with wooden buttons, a red sweater, and a floral nightgown. I asked about them, and apparently she just really loved to wear bright colors and patterns. I love that! We decided on some simple fabric hearts as the design. Since I had to make so many, I turned it into a Cricut fabric craft, but you can do it with or without a Cricut.

memorial ornaments tutorial

And of course I had to dress up each of the ornaments with hand stitching and buttons. The buttons and lace that I added were from the shirts and nightgown. I love how they all turned out, and I hope my cousin’s family does too.

Cricut Fabric Craft - Fabric Heart Christmas Ornaments

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Supplies Needed:

Memorial Ornaments Tutorial

Step 1: Cut a piece of Heat n’ Bond slightly smaller than your piece of fabric. Iron it, shiny side down, onto the back of your fabric. I’m using my Cricut heat press here, but you can use a regular iron. Do this whether you are using your Cricut or not. The Heat n’ Bond makes it so the raw edges of your fabric don’t fray.

using Cricut heat press with heat n bond

Step 2: Peel off the paper backing.

using Cricut heat press with heat n bond

Step 3: Use your Cricut or some scissors to cut out the heart shapes. Sorry, I don’t have a pattern for this, but any heart shape you like will do. You’ll need a piece for the back and a piece for the front. If you want to make your memorial ornaments the same as mine, cut a smaller heart out of the middle of the front piece.

cutting fabric on cricut maker
Cricut Fabric Craft - Memorial Christmas Ornament Tutorial

Step 4: Place the front heart on top of the fabric you want to use for the middle, iron it on, and cut around the outside. I might have been able to do this with my Cricut by layering all of the fabric beforehand, but I was working with limited a limited amount of fabric that I didn’t want to mess up.

Cut Fabric on Cricut Maker
Fabric Heart Christmas Ornaments

Step 5: Embroider a running stitch around the heart opening. I used 6 strands of embroidery floss for this because I really wanted it to stand out.

Fabric Scrap Ornaments

Step 6: Cut a 5 inch piece of ribbon, fold it in half, and sew it to the back piece of the ornament on the non-print side. Go back and forth a couple times to make sure it’s secure.

Memorial Ornaments Tutorial

Step 7: Put the front and back of the ornament together and sew a 1/4 inch seam around the edge. Leave an opening about a couple inches long on one of the flat sides.

Memory Ornament Tutorial

Step 8: Stuff the heart with fiberfill through the opening then sew it shut. You want it full, but make sure you can still close it. You’ll need to push the fiberfill aside a little, sew it, and then fluff it back up.

DIY Memorial Christmas Ornaments
Handmade Christmas Ornaments

That’s it! I hope this memorial ornaments tutorial was helpful, and condolences to you for whomever you have lost that you’re making them for. Such a special gift to give after a loved-one has passed away.

DIY Memorial Christmas Ornaments
Memorial Christmas Ornament Tutorial

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Monday 29th of November 2021

This is a wonderful idea. As a quilter, I've always thought of making a memorial quilt from clothing, but this would allow many loved ones to have a sweet memento. It could be further embellished with embroidery, and it could be displayed year round if desired. Thank you for the tutorial!

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