Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns – Penguins & Polar Bears

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

Last year I made a set of felt holiday ornaments with the theme of Christmas Cottage. I really enjoyed the process of designing and sewing them, so I knew I’d do it again this year. I made some loose sketches and chose a color palette so I could order supplies, then began designing the patterns once November started. (Eek, it’s November!!)

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

This year’s theme is Polar Families, inspired by some of the animals Jax and I have been studying in homeschool with our world continent project. There will be four designs: a penguin daddy and chick, a narwhal family, a pair of penguin mates and a polar bear mama and cub. The latter two are featured in this post.

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

What I Used

I am listing all the supplies I’ll use for the 4 ornaments, noting the ones not needed for these two.

These beautiful sequins are a new offering of American Felt and Craft!

These beautiful sequins are a new offering of American Felt and Craft!

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

Penguin Mates

 After I cut out all my pieces, I tacked them into place on white felt with a thin layer of felt glue. I cut a wavy strip of white felt for the snowy ground and tacked it down across the bottom. Then I trimmed down the background felt so there was just a small edge around the penguins.

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

For the penguins, the heart and the top of the snowy ground, I stitched all the edges down with matching floss. (I use 2 strands.) I stitched crystal sequins randomly onto the snowy ground using 2 stitches each.

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears  Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

On the white background, I stitched snowflakes: a plus sign shape of four stitches, all stitched towards the center, then four more longer stitches on the diagonal in between.

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

I cut a length of red ribbon and a piece of orange whip (coral orange) felt to fit as the ornament’s backing. I stitched all the way around, adding stuffing halfway and catching the ribbon loop in the top. I used a blanket stitch.

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

Polar Bear Mama & Cub

After I cut out all my pieces,  I cut a wavy strip of sparrow (light blue) felt for the snowy ground and tacked it down across the bottom dolphin (grayish teal) felt with a thin layer of felt glue. Then I tacked down the remaining pieces, only sticking the base of ear ear down. I trimmed down the background felt so there was just a small edge around the polar bears.

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

For the polar bears, the heart, the scarves and the top of the snowy ground, I stitched all the edges down with matching floss. (I use 2 strands.) I stitched crystal sequins randomly onto the snowy ground using 2 stitches each. For the ears, I made three small stitches in the base of each so the rest of the ear could stick up. On the mama’s scarf, I stitched coral sequins. I stitched dragonfly sequins onto the cub’s. At the bottom of each scarf, I made 4 upside-down V stitches as tassels. The polar bear’s noses are satin stitched. Their mouths are straight stitches. For the eyes, I made a curved stitch, then tacked the curve in place with a teenie tiny stitch wrapped around the center, much like you’d do with the lazy daisy stitch.

Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns - Penguins & Polar Bears

I cut a length of red ribbon and a piece of lemongrass (green-yellow) felt to fit as the ornament’s backing. I stitched all the way around, adding stuffing halfway and catching the ribbon loop in the top. I used a blanket stitch.

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If you make one of these ornaments, I’d love to see it! Stop by our Facebook page, or mention me @iolstephanie on Instagram or Twitter. (If you are private on Instagram, I’ll have to request to follow you to see it.) Happy holiday crafting!

8 thoughts on “Polar Family Felt Ornament Patterns – Penguins & Polar Bears

  1. Regina

    Sorry if this is posted somewhere but is it just one sheet of each color or one sheet each ornament? Can’t wait to make these two!

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  2. Jenny

    I am so excited you put your patterns up. I have been looking forward to it especiallyy the Polar Bears. I LOVE polar bears.

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  3. Nancy Anderson

    Thank you so much for publishing these patterns! I adapted the polar bear one to give to my daughter and her new husband for Christmas. They had hugging polar bears on the top of their wedding cake, and I wanted to commemorate that in an ornament for their first Christmas. I could not have come up with this on my own, but I was able to adapt your darling design. Thank you so much! I tried to show you a photo, but can’t seem to do it from my phone. Sorry I’m not very techy!

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