No-Sew Folded Ribbon & Fabric Christmas Ornaments

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Learn to make these traditional no-sew Christmas ornaments with ribbon and fabric. Add a modern flair with bright, fun fabrics, ribbons, and buttons.

As part of my red and white Christmas ornament project, I found several ideas for no-sew ornaments with folded ribbon and folded fabric. This technique – which has been around for decades – has stood the test of time because they are so pretty, easy, and fun to make.

The supplies used for these ornaments were:

Folded Ribbon Ornaments

Here is one side of an ornament made with four different 7/8″ ribbons. I had to figure out what I was doing before I took photos. The next pictures will show completing the other side.

I found the center of the opposite side and pinned a 2″ white ribbon strip.

I learned, from doing the other side of the ornament, that for one of these ornaments with folded ribbon in the center I needed:

  • Ten 2″ strips for the center (white ribbon)
  • Sixteen 2″ strips for the second round of ribbon (red and white stripe)
  • Sixteen 2″ strips for the third round of ribbon (white ribbon)
  • Sixteen 2″ strips for the fourth round of ribbon (red and white polka dot)

Note: If a square of fabric is used in the center (see next ornament), only three rounds of ribbon are used)


The ribbon is folded in half, then a pin is placed in the center on the fold nestled into the space where the other points come together in the center. One side is pinned to hold the ribbon in the middle. Another pin may be used to secure the point on the side. Repeat on the other side.

This process is repeated with eight points formed on each the next three rounds of ribbons. Here is a view from the side. Please note how nicely the two sides meet in the middle – because this is the only time it happened while making the next few ornaments!

My first no-sew folded ribbon ornament finished and on the tree!

Wanting to try something different, I used 3″ pieces of 1-1/2″ ribbon with a piece of fabric centered on a  3″ Styrofoam ball. The sequins are from Buttons Galore 28 Lilac Lane Premium Sequins Candy Cane.

I added a cute snowflake button and red ribbon – number two is on the tree!

Folded Fabric Ornaments:

Next, I tried folded fabric ornaments using eight (16 for both sides) 2-1/2″ squares of three  fabrics and a 3″ stryofoam ball. I chose a cute snowman fabric, cut 2-1/2″ square, to fussy cut for the center and added three rounds of fabric squares. A 3″ square for the center would have been better.

Similar to the folded ribbon ornaments, the following number of fabric squares in needed:

  • Ten 2-1/2″ squares for the center if folded fabric points meet in the center; only two 2-1/2″ to 3″ squares if the centers are a fussy cut fabric such as the snowman above
  • Sixteen 2-1/2″ squares for the second round
  • Sixteen 2-1/2″ squares for the third round
  • Sixteen 2″ strips for the fourth round (only for ornaments with folded points in the center)

The fabric is folded a bit different from the ribbon. Fold the square in half and half again. Finger press. Open the square and place a dressmaker pin in the center from the wrong side.

Fold in half once. Finding the center, fold each side to the center. If there is a stripe, pay attention to the way the square is folded. I chose the effect on the left.

Here are the first four squares in place. Note that I did not anchor the outer points with pins yet. This cut back on the number of pin used a lot.

Rounds 1-3 are finished – ready for the other side.

Knowing where to start the ribbons on the background fabric so that the folded ribbons meet halfway is tricky – hence the problem of going over the midline on one side. I found I could just trim what I needed to on the second side; the ribbon covers the mistake.

I was excited to find a matching snowman button and snowman ribbon!

I was on a roll, so I made one more folded fabric ornament with a fussy cut snowman in the center.

Number four is on the tree! These were a lot of fun to make – but I went through hundreds of dressmaker pins!




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Ann works in Customer Service and Social Media here at CreateForLess, and has a passion for quilting. Ann has been an avid quilter for over 20 years and a quilt instructor, quilt designer and pattern writer for over 7 years. Ann's crafting interests include quilting, applique, paper piecing, machine quilting, crazy quilting, general sewing. Basically if it involves quilting...she loves it! Ann is blessed with a supportive husband and two great children (a college-age son and grown daughter) who tolerate appearing in public with her despite the inevitable thread on her clothes.

8 thoughts on “No-Sew Folded Ribbon & Fabric Christmas Ornaments

  1. Carol Yohe

    I have one of these ornaments that my husband’s aunt gave us 45 years ago. Now I am making them with my non-sewing friends. Thanks for sharing this pattern

  2. Melanie

    I love your tutorial and your ornaments are so neat and pretty. I’ve made a few myself with both ribbon (wired edge work great!) and fabric. Thanks for mentioning that your edges don’t always meet perfectly. Mine sure don’t!

  3. Helen Grigg

    I would love to make the top ribbon ornament, however, the two inch ribbon doesn’t fold like what is pictured..can you let me know what I am doing wrong? These are beautiful and would love to make these as gifts.

    Thank you!

  4. Sue

    What is the size of the center square (the white snowman on the red fabric? Also how far down do you start the white triangle?

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