Kisses under the mistletoe – it’s a holiday tradition, but what if you can’t find any mistletoe? Make your own DIY felt mistletoe, of course!
I don’t need an excuse to kiss my (not-so) baby girl, but a mistletoe hairclip adds a bit of fun to her holiday outfits. Whether you make a hairclip or ornament, here’s how to sew felt mistletoe:
Here’s the version I made years ago modelled by my sweet, little girl:
Who can resist kissing those chubby cheeks?
The tutorial has been update and now includes a printable template and video tutorial. Watch the video below or scroll down for the step-by-step photo tutorial.
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- Printable template (Download it here – you must be logged in to access it)
- Green Felt
- White seed beads
- Red ribbon
- Reynolds Freezer Paper
- Small hair clip (optional)
- Thread – green, white and red
- Hand-sewing needle
How to sew a Felt Mistletoe – step by step
Cut out one leaf bunch and three individual leaves from green felt.
The easiest way is to trace the pattern pieces onto Reynolds Freezer Paper, iron onto the felt and then cut out. The freezer paper peels off easily and can be re-used.
Pinch together one of the leaves of the leaf bunch pattern piece…
…starting from the inside of the leaf (to hide the knot)…
…stitch along the stem to create a cylinder, pinching as you go.
Repeat for the next leaf, sewing from the top of the stem down to the leaf.
Slide the needle under the previous stitching to get back to top of the stem. Don’t pull too tight!
Repeat the pinch and stitching for the third leaf, and slide the needle back to the top of the stem.
Roll and pinch the long stem of the felt mistletoe into a cylinder…
…and stitch into place.
Pinch one of the small felt mistletoe leaves to curl it up…
…and stitch into place part way up the stem.
Place along the side of the main mistletoe stem…
…and stitch into place.
Repeat for the last two leaves, placing them higher up the stem each time.
Using white thread, sew the white seed beads onto the stem, in groups of 3-5.
How to attach a hairclip to felt mistletoe
Cut two pieces of felt slightly larger than the hairclip.
Sew one of the felt pieces to the back of the felt mistletoe.
Make a small cut in the other piece of felt for the prong of the hairclip to slide in.
Slide the prong of the hairclip into the hole.
Stitch the hairclip piece onto the other piece on the back of the mistletoe. Here’s how it looks from the front:
You can leave it like that, or make it even cuter by adding a red bow.
Get the instructions for how to tie a perfect bow here.
If you’d prefer a felt mistletoe ornament rather than a hairclip, add a hanging loop of elastic or ribbon. A bunch of three sprigs makes a cute ornament. Watch the video at the top of the post to see how I did it.
Looking for more Christmas sewing inspiration? Find all the best Christmas sewing projects here.