Quilty Advent Day 1: Easy embroidered Christmas decorations

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Read on for the template and instructions for how to sew these sweet seasonal messages with embroidered details. This post includes a free embroidery pattern for a Season’s Greetings hexie. Scroll down to get started!

For today’s Quilty Advent Calendar post we’re bringing you the first design in Mollie Johanson‘s series of sweet embroidered hexie ornaments. We’re huge fans of the holiday season but it can get a bit hectic, so this is the perfect excuse to curl up with some soothing hand stitching to unwind!

You will need

For one ornament:

  • Linen: 412in square
  •  Print fabric: 412in square
  • Felt: 312in square
  • Six-stranded embroidery floss
  • Embroidery hoop: 3in
  • Thin card

Finished size

  • 3in square


  • EPP = English Paper Piecing.

Download our Season’s Greetings hexie template here

Quilty advent calendar day 1 hexie

How to sew your hexie decoration

Cutting out

Step one: From the felt cut one (1) 112in hexagon using the template.

Step two: From the thin card, cut two (2) 112in hexagons using the template.

Embroidering the motif

Step three: Choose the motif you’d like to make and then transfer the pattern centrally onto the linen square with a water-erasable pen.

Step four: Embroider the design with three strands of embroidery floss throughout. Use French knots for eyes and dots, scallop stitch for mouths and scallops on the snowflake, fly stitch for evergreen branches, wrapped backstitch for the candy cane stripe and backstitch for everything else. When the embroidery is finished, remove any pen marks.

Creating the layers

Step five: Take one of the card hexagons and lightly glue it to the back of the embroidered linen square. Mollie recommends using washable glue for this to make it easier to remove the template later. Make sure that the embroidery is positioned centrally on the hexagon and that the hexagon is orientated so its points are at the top and bottom.

Step six: Cut the fabric around the hexagon leaving a 38in seam allowance. Baste the hexagon around the card as you would for EPP, stitching across each fold, without stitching through the card.
Step seven: Repeat step 5 with the second card hexagon and the print fabric.

How to sew holiday hexies A

Step eight: Carefully remove the card hexagons. It helps to gently fold the card first so you can slip it out, corner by corner. Take the 112in felt hexagon and place it between the wrong sides of the two EPP hexagons. The EPP hexagons should match up. Make sure the felt hexagon is centred with the EPP hexagons but rotated so that its straight edges are top and bottom.

How to sew holiday hexies B

Constructing the decoration

Step nine: Pin or clip the layers together and stitch around the edge using running stitch and three strands of embroidery floss. Hide the knots between the layers.

How to sew holiday hexies C

Step 10:  Thread a needle with cotton or other thread to make the hanging loop – Mollie recommends using perle cotton for this. Pass the needle through the top point of the decoration, catching the seam allowance of either the front or back hexagon. Tie a knot about 212in from the top of the decoration and trim the ends to finish.

How to sew holiday hexies D

Check out the rest of our advent calendar series!

Liked this project? Take a look at the rest of our Quilty Advent Calendar series for the rest of the embroidery patterns in this set.

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