Adding a Ribbon Hanger to a Felted Ornament

Last post, I demonstrated how to attach a ribbon hanger to felted ornaments using my “tab” method.  This tutorial is a follow-up and offers an alternate way to attach ribbon hangers to felted ornaments using my “hidden” method.  I prefer this method myself; there are no extra felted shapes to attach and the knot holding the ribbon hanger in place remains hidden and out of the way.  Therefore, allowing only the ornament, itself, to be on display!

The blue ornament below has a small, cute bow on top.  And the purple ornament has a simple loop.  Both of these looks are achieved using my “hidden” method with very slight alterations between the two.

needle felt ornament balls

For both looks, the first step involves hollowing out a small hole on the underside of a felted ball.  This is achieved with a small pair of scissors.

how to add a ribbon hanger to felted Christmas Ornaments

First,  I will demonstrate how to achieve the “simple loop” look and last I will demonstrate the “cute bow” look.

The “Simple Loop” Ribbon Hanger

Thread a decorative ribbon on a large yarn needle.  Push the yarn needle into your felted ball through the hole in the bottom.  Then, pull the yarn needle through the top, center of the felted ball.  If the ribbon offers resistance, grab a pair of pliers for some extra force.  Now the felted ball should have the ribbon going straight through it.

how to add a ribbon hanger to a felted ornament

Next, push the yarn needle through the top of the ball and pull it out through the bottom.  Both ends should be on the underside of the felted ball and a loop should be on the top.  Tie a knot with the ends of the ribbon.

Needle Felted Ornament Tutorial

Almost Done!  Simply trim the ends of the knot, and pull the knot firmly inside the hole.  Now the simple loop hanger is complete.  The only thing left to do is use some imagination and decorate the ornament!  Use care while felting over the “hidden” knot; you do not want to carelessly break your fragile felting needle.

Needle Felting Ornament Tutorial

The “Cute Bow” Ribbon Hanger

Thread a decorative ribbon on a large yarn needle.  Push the yarn needle into your felted ball through the top, center of the felted ball.  Pull the yarn needle out through the hole in the bottom.  If the ribbon offers resistance, use the pliers once again! Then push the yarn needle up through the bottom hole and pull the yarn needle out of the top, center of the ball.

Adding a Ribbon Hanger to Felted Ornament

Now the ribbon loop is on the bottom, and the two ribbon ends are on the top.  Pull both ends, so that the loop becomes embedded in the bottom hole.  Make sure that the ribbon ends are even, then tie a cute bow leaving enough space between the ball and the bow to create a “hanger”.  The final step is decorating your ornament.  Once again, be careful while felting over the “hidden” loop!

How to Add Ribbon Hanger to felted ornament

Now it’s time to get busy creating your felt ornaments.  Happy Felting!

Needle Felt Ornaments

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Attaching a Ribbon Hanger to a Felted Ornament

Today I’m sharing a tutorial on how to add ribbon, string, or yarn to a needle felted ornament.  Afterall, everyone needs a way to hang their handmade ornaments on the tree!  I use two different methods to accomplish this task and today I will show you step by step how to do my “tab” method.  The “tab” method allows you to change up your ribbon from time to time.  That way if the ribbon gets dingy or a new pretty ribbon at the craft store catches your eye, you can freshen up your old and beloved felted ornaments.
needle felt tree ornament
I start by wet felting a ball.  You can use my tutorial on the washing machine method, if you would like to save some time.  If I have plans to make a few ornaments, I wet felt a handful of balls at one go!

Now, that we have a felted ball for an ornament blank, we can begin!  Grab a tuft of wool in the main color that will be used.  Lay the tuft flat.  Starting from one end, roll the tuft up into a soft log.  Then needle felt the log, turning as you go to maintain roundness.  Be sure to felt only the middle of the log and leave both ends unfelted.

how to attach hanger to felted ornament

To attach the log to the blank ball, simply spread out one of the unfelted ends and felt it onto the ball.  Then do the same thing with the other unfelted end.  Now the felted log has become a tab which can be used to attach ribbons and such.

attaching ribbon to a needle felted Christmas ornament

Once the tab is firmly attached, wrap the blank ornament with the main color and felt it into place.  Attach a decorative ribbon and your ornament is ready to go!

how to add a ribbon to a felted Christmas ornament

I was inclined to add a bit of adornment to the front of my ornament.  These ornaments are relatively quick and easy to make.  And handmade ornaments add so much charm to an otherwise “commercial” time of year.  So get creative and get felting!

Needle Felt Ornament with Star Pattern

I will shortly have a follow up tutorial on an alternate way to add a decorative hanger to your felted ornaments.  So check back in a few days, if you are interested.