Christmas Cotton Batting Ornaments Holiday DIY

Victorian Santa Ornament

For many years I have been enchanted by the holiday decorations of the Victorian era. This all started when I worked at a Christmas shop back in the late 90’s. It was then that I started creating my version of the Victorian spun cotton Christmas ornament. My version isn’t technically “spun cotton” but, rather cotton batting. I found that making spun cotton was too messy, and it was hard to get a consistant result quickly. I hope that the Santa ornament featured in this post will inspire you to create. May it bring a whimsicle sparkle to your holiday season. 

Pattern & Vintage Santa Paper Scrap 

The first step is to download the pattern and the Santa paper scrap (faces). 

PRINTING

Standard copy paper is ideal for the pattern. Please set the scale to 100% when printing. I’m working on a better solution for future patterns. Double check your printed pattern-the hood should be about 1.5″ tall x 3.25″ long.

For printing the Santa paper scrap; it’s best to print it onto a piece of 4×6″ glossy photo paper. In your print settings; indicate the size as 4×6″, indicate that you are using glossy photo paper, and set the print quality too high. The image featured in the download is from my personal collection.

VICTORIAN SANTA

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VICTORIAN SANTA PATTERN

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   Let’s Put Our Santa Together

Heat Up That Glue Gun!

Next, Gather up the supplies that you will need for the figure (shown above) & use the pattern to cut out the cotton batting pieces.

STEP 1

With a dot of hot glue, attach the a 3.5″ piece of 20 gauge stem wire to the styrofoam ball. 

STEP 2

Glue the edge of the cotton batting piece (labeled “body”) to the wire post. 

STEP 3

Roll the cotton batting piece about 3/4 of the way. Then, glue on the legs to each side. Make sure there is a gap at the top.

STEP 4

Continue to roll the cotton batting around the legs until you run out of room. Then, secure the edge with hot glue. 

STEP 5

Clip the shoulders, exposing the inside. With hot glue, place the arms in the space that was created. 

STEP 6

Add an extra bit of glue and, pinch the top closed. 

STEP 7

Glue on the paper scrap face

STEP 8

Fold the legs back and secure them with glue close to the body. You’re done!!

“ANTIQUE” THE TRIM

For this step, I have found that the following two colors work really well. This step takes extra time but, it’s worth it! Make sure you “antique” all sides of the chenille pipe cleaner.

SANTA’S COAT

Santa’s coat can be sewn by hand or with a sewing machine. If you choose to sew it by hand, I would recommend making two stitch passes. This will ensure that you don’t have any unsightly gaps in your seams.

With pinking shears, cut the bottom hem of the coat and the front decorative panel (shown below). I like to use rounded pinking shears, but you can use the serrated too.

The great thing about sewing with cotton batting is that it is very easy to shape. If your seam looks a little wonky, or the pieces don’t match…all you have to do it give it a gentle pull. Tip; for turning the arms inside out I recommend this be done with the (wrong end) of a pen or pencil.

ADD THE TRIM

Hot glue is the easiest way to attach the “antique” trim. THIS IS ALSO A GOOD TIME TO SEW ON THE ORNAMENT HANGER.

GLITTER!!!!

For glittering cotton batting, I like to use spray-on adhesive. It distributes the glue evenly & it dries within a few hours. Usually, I will glitter and come back to it the next day. Spray then glitter.

There are a few precautions you should adhere to when you are working with spray adhesive.

WEAR GLOVES

Wear gloves!!! This stuff is hard to get off of your hands! After you have sprayed the ornament with adhesive then you can sprinkle the glitter lightly over the ornament. The glitter really stays on so you don’t need to “over glitter” with the expectation that some of it will fall off.

SPRAY OUTSIDE

Please refrain from spraying indoors!!! Once the “adhesive fallout” gets on your tabletop it will never come off. I like to walk out in the yard and spray away from my brick patio.

DRY ON A CERAMIC PLATE

Please allow the ornament to dry on an old ceramic plate that you plan not to use with food again. OR, you could hang the ornament to dry from its ornament loop.

USE KITCHEN TONGS TO HOLD THE ORNAMENT WHILE YOU ARE SPRAYING IT.

Tip; I like to hold the ornament with an old pair of kitchen tongs. For this project, I cover the legs with paper and hold the ornament with my kitchen tongs over the paper. This does two things; it protects the dark color of the pipe cleaner and it keeps the tongs from sticking to the ornament. (this step is shown in the previous image)

EMBELLISHMENTS

The greenery, confetti stars, flower stamen ( berries) that I used for this project can be found online or at your local craft store.

LET’S TALK SUPPLIES & TOOLS

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Cotton Batting

Hobb’s Heirloom Cotton Batting https://amzn.to/3hWgxlH

Cotton batting is a readily available material. It can found at your local craft store, fabric shop, or quilting store.

Sewing Supplies

New threads can be pricey so I like to use vintage threads that I find in antique shops. I also like to set needles, pins, and my needle threader on a magnetic sheet. This keeps them from getting lost or stuck in someone’s foot.



SCISSORS 101

When I was a teenager I thought my Mom was too fussy about her scissors. Now I realize that she was absolutely right! Good scissors are expensive and you can prolong their usefulness by being careful with how you use them. Many of mine are vintage. Getting them resharpened can be expensive but, it will save you money in the long run and it’s great for the environment. Shown in the photo below I have three different types of scissors that you should invest in.

Fabric Scissors

Fabric scissors should only be used for fabric. I like to have the handle of my fabric scissors be a different color than the rest of my scissors. If they are all the same then, I know I will need to label them accordingly. If for some reason you ruin your scissors…by mistake or someone uses them for cutting wire…you could try to have them resharpened. If you don’t want to do that, then you can relegate them to the utility drawer for cutting whatever.

Utility Scissors versus Paper Scissors

I like to keep these 2 types of scissors separate. A utility scissor can be used for paper cutting or wire cutting. I like to use them to cut stem wire and chenille stems. Paper scissors should only be used for paper. The goal is to keep your cuts precise.

Pinking Shears

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Rounded Pinking Shears https://amzn.to/2CvXVJ0

Standard Pinking Shears https://amzn.to/2CAMO1v

I love pinking shears! The traditional ones come in two forms; serrated and rounded (rounded shown above). The one above is only used with fabric. Please, don’t buy the cheap plastic pinking shears…they’re awful. They only last for a short time before they start gumming up your paper projects or cutting the fabric poorly.

NEEDLE NOSE PLIERS & JEWEL PICKER

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Jewel Picker https://amzn.to/2NtNmIW

Both of these tools aren’t necessary for this project but, they are helpful. They are useful in all sorts of projects. Both of them are always readily available in my tool box.

I hope you liked this post! I had so much fun creating this Santa Pattern for you. I hope that you will enjoy making it. Please comment if you have any questions!

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I hope this post has inspired you to create! Have a wonderful, fantastic day!


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