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Christmas Button Lace Ornament Tutorial

Christmas Button Lace Ornament Tutorial

This Christmas Button Lace Ornament Tutorial is an updated version of Lace Bear Ornaments that I used to make and sell at Christmas craft fairs back in the late 80s, early 90s.

I made dozens of them during those years and I remember them selling well… which helped pay for our Christmases in those early years when my husband, Dave was a master corporal in the army.

Each of our children were given a pair of the Lace Bear Ornaments to add to their handmade Christmas ornament collections that I started for them when they were little. As a military family, they don’t have the same kind of Christmas memories that a lot of young people do.

But each year when they decorate their tree with ornaments, handmade by Mom, they’ll be able to remember hanging those same ornaments on the Christmas trees of their childhood.

Want a downloadable copy of this tutorial? The PDF can be purchased in my shop for $5.00.

Two Lace Bear Ornaments with small flocked bears and ribbon in the center

Today’s tutorial is designed to encourage beginner sewing skills in your children but don’t let the word sewing scare you away. If your child can thread a needle, they can make these Christmas Button Lace Ornaments.

I’ve purposely kept the instructions super simple so that if this is their first sewing experience or even your first sewing experience, it will be a good one.

The ornaments would be great for children, say tweens and teens who have a bit of experience sewing to make several as gifts for their friends and family or even to do what I did and sell them to earn money for Christmas.

Welcome to Day 4 of the Fourth Annual 12 Days of Christmas Series!

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It’s Day 4 and we are sharing Kids Christmas Craft Ideas!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out all the other DIY Christmas Ideas I’ve shared click the links below:

Day 1: How to Make a Christmas Wreath Kit featuring an adorable Hedgehog Wreath

Day 2: Quilted Hourglass Candle Mat Tutorial

Day 3: Ring in the Holly Days Advent Calendar Tutorial

Day 4: You are here. 🙂

Day 5: Delicious Mini Puff Pastry Cone Appetizers

Day 6: Dresden Charm Ornament Tutorial

Day 7: How to Make a Christmas Floral Arrangment

Day 8: How to Make a Mason Jar Embroidery Kit

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Materials needed to make the Christmas Button Lace Ornaments


Items needed to make the Christmas Button Lace Ornaments

The lace pictured in the center above is actually 3½” eyelet lace. I cut it down to 2¼” wide to use in making several of the Christmas Button Lace Ornaments.

For each ornament, cut 12″ to 14″ of the eyelet lace. I simply counted out 12 scallops.

Cutting about 12 inches of eyelet lace for each Christmas Button Lace Ornament

Fold the eyelet lace in half wrong sides together.

Eyelet lace folded in half with the short ends place together

Thread the needle with approximately 18″ of white thread and tie a knot in the end. Trim the thread close to the knot. (I’ve used red thread for demonstration purposes.)

Sew the short ends together using a basic running stitch as pictured.

Sewing the short ends of the eyelet lace together for the Christmas Button Lace Ornament

Tie a knot to secure the stitches but Don’t cut the thread.

Knot tied to hold stitching in place at the end of the eyelet lace

Sew a running stitch all the way round top of the eyelet lace through one layer only.

Sewing the running stitch on the top of the lace for the Christmas Button Lace Ornament

It will look like this.

Gathering stitch sewn at the top of the eyelet lace to make a Christmas Button Lace Ornament

Pull on the thread to gather the lace into the center. Tie another knot to secure the gathering in place.

Gathering stitches on the lace drawn closed and knotted

The lace portion of the ornament is complete.

Lace gathered for the Christmas Button Lace Ornament

If your child has enjoyed sewing to this point and they want to try sewing on the button, they can sew on the button now.

However, if they don’t want to try sewing on the button, it’s perfectly okay to glue the button to the center front of the ornament.

We want this to be a pleasant learning experience for them.

If gluing the button, you’ll need to wait for about an hour for the glue to dry enough to handle the ornament again.

Sewing the button on the Christmas Button Lace Ornament

Once the button is on the front, apply hi-tack glue to the center back,

Applying glue to the back of the Christmas Button Lace Ornament

Press the white button in place and hold for several seconds until the glue grabs the button. Allow to dry.

Holding the button in place on the back of the ornament while the glue dries for a few seconds

I was having so much fun making these Christmas Button Lace Ornaments that I ran out of white buttons for the back, so I went rummaging through my craft supplies and came across some small metal disks that I think might have come from Pillsbury cookies several years ago. So if you don’t have white buttons, you can use something like this on the back of the ornament.

You could even cut small circles from card stock.

Edited to add: Jan commented that she uses felt circles for the back of her ornaments. So if your child has mastered the running stitch and sewing on the button and is ready to learn another stitch, you can show them how to whipstitch circles of felt in place of the button.

That would also allow the ornaments to be attached to pins to make brooches. They could also be made into hairclips as well.

Showing that a metal circle can also be used for a backing for the Christmas Button Lace Ornament

To make the hanger for the Christmas Button Lace Ornament cut approximately an 8″ length of white embroidery floss.

Thread it through the top of the ornament.

Adding an 8 inch length of white embroidery floss to make a hanger for the Christmas Button Lace Ornament

Tie a knot in the floss to hold it in place.

Tying a knot in the embroidery floss close at the top of the Christmas Button Lace Ornament

Then knot the two ends of the floss together. Trim the floss close to the knot and the ornament is ready to hang on the tree.

Finished Christmas Button Lace Ornament with the embroidery floss hanger added

Don’t you just adore these ones made with bear buttons

Three Christmas Button Lace Ornaments with bear button centers

The buttons on the ornaments below came from 2 different packages of novelty buttons. The snowmen were in a package by themselves and the rocking horse and toy soldier were in another package.

Three Christamas Button Lace Ornaments with snowman, rocking horse and toy soldier buttons

The flower buttons make really pretty centers too.

Three Christmas Button Lace Ornaments with flower button centers

As do the different tree buttons.

Three Christmas Button Lace Ornaments with tree button centers

All of these Christmas Button Lace Ornaments are going to make really pretty gift toppers that people can add to their trees after they open their gifts this year!

12 Christmas Button Lace Ornaments with a variety of button centers


I hope you’ve enjoyed my contribution to the Kids Christmas Craft Ideas – Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Series.

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  • ColleenB. ~Tx.
    August 13, 2021 10:25 am

    Wonderful tutorial. Nice to see the step by step instructions. Thank You
    Instead of ornaments, a person could glue a magnet on the back and place on your refrigerator.

  • Sam – Raggedy Bits
    November 30, 2018 7:15 am

    How cute are these!! A tree for full of these ornaments would be so beautiful!!

  • Jessa
    November 28, 2018 3:15 pm

    I love these lace ornaments, it’s a perfect project to do with my daughters!

  • Rachel
    November 27, 2018 2:11 pm

    These are so very pretty! I love the ones with the trees in the center – especially that gold tree!

  • Jenny
    November 27, 2018 6:43 am

    These are adorable! I love the teddy bears.

  • Rachel
    November 26, 2018 3:37 pm

    Simple and delightful!

  • Laura
    November 26, 2018 2:23 pm

    What sweet ornaments! They remind me so much of a hairbow I used to wear when I was little with lace and a bear in the middle!

  • Kathleen
    November 26, 2018 12:47 pm

    These are really cute! Thanks for sharing.

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 26, 2018 1:13 pm

      Thank you Kathleen!

  • Marie InteriorFrugalista
    November 26, 2018 11:54 am

    These are so pretty and thanks for a wonderful tutorial too!

    • Super Mom No Cape
      November 26, 2018 1:12 pm

      Thanks so much Marie!

  • Super Mom No Cape
    November 26, 2018 10:21 am

    Hello Jan… I’m glad I was able to show you something new. 🙂

    And I like the idea of using a felt circle for the back. Thank you for mentioning that. I’m going to add that to the post as an option.

  • Jan
    November 26, 2018 8:26 am

    Excellent tutorial.
    I make these a lot so I almost didn’t read it, but sewing the ends of the lace together first is so much easier.
    And for the back I’ll frequently cut a circle of felt. I stitch it around the edge, just catching the back of the ruffles. For an ornament it only has to be big enough to cover raw edges. If I’m putting a button on front, I’ll add it last and stitch through the felt.
    With a lager piece of felt you have a base for a pin or a hair clip if you want.
    Now I have to go through the rest of your tutorials and see what else I don’t know.

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