I get asked a LOT which materials and supplies I use in my quilted ornament patterns and free ornament tutorials, and where to get them, so I thought it might be a great idea to list everything all in one place.
(If you are looking for my complete ornament kits though, you can find those by clicking HERE.)
I buy a lot of my regular supplies at craft stores like JoAnn’s, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby, but I’m including links below for all you online shoppers (which I’m also doing more and more these days), or if you’d just like to see what the product looks like.
If you’re looking for a particular product I’ve mentioned in a pattern or tutorial, and you don’t see it here, please let me know! I’ll keep adding to this list as I think of more supplies that I use.
- Styrofoam balls. I buy these at Walmart when I can, because they seem to be the cheapest (sometimes it’s hard to find them there, though). This is the brand I like (I prefer the rough texture for quilted ornaments).
- Smooth foam balls. I use these to make the non-quilted fabric ornaments, and sometimes the Snow Globe ornaments.
- Pins. If you prefer longer pins like me, 1 1/16″ satin pins work well. (And HERE they are in a ginormous bulk amount, which is what I’ve been buying lately!) If you like shorter pins instead, these are the ones I buy: Gold or Silver (Don’t have a heart attack about the price! It’s for 12 packs of 300….each pack will do about 1 ornament.)
- Styrofoam trees. I use this size in my quilted Christmas Tree pattern.
- Styrofoam eggs. I use this size in my quilted Easter egg pattern.
- Clear glass ornaments. I prefer to buy these use these at Michaels and JoAnns during the holiday season, but you can find them on Amazon during the rest of the year.
- Clear plastic ornaments. I buy these at Michaels and JoAnns during the holiday season, and right after Christmas, when they are nice and cheap. Online, you can get these, which have no caps, or these, which are a little more expensive, but have caps. (Here they are in bulk.)
- Hot Knife. This Dremmel hot knife makes cutting smooth styrofoam balls a piece of cake! (Used for the non-quilted fabric ornaments, like the free “Moonlight” pattern, and the “Elements” and “Why Blend In?” patterns.)
- Eyelets. I bought this kit, to add grommets to the quilted Christmas trees to add charms, jingle bells, and other awesome little trinkets.
- Fabric Punch. I use this hole-punching tool to make the holes in the “branches” of the fabric trees, to add eyelets and charms.
- Charms & trinkets. I buy most of my charms and embellishments from JoAnns and Michaels, but online, I get them from Two Purple Pandas.
- Miniature Seashells. (I use these to make THIS seashell ornament.) I get them from Timber Ridge Studio – she handpicks them from the Gulf Coast beaches – best little seashells ever!
- Glue/Sealer. I use Mod Podge for LOTS of the free ornament projects you can find on this site. (I love Mod Podge!)
- More glue. Beacon’s 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue is my favorite glue of all time. It’s thick and very tacky, and dries clear. It’s not the cheapest glue around, but a little bit goes a long way.
- I use this Pledge Floor Wax for making the famous glitter ornament project on this site. :)
How I Do the Custom Embroidery on my Snow Globe quilted ornaments.
- I use a Brother SE-400 sewing/embroidery machine, which I LOVE.
- I use THESE stabilizer sheets, which fit perfectly in the hoop of my machine.
- I use Embrilliance ESSENTIALS software to create the designs for my custom embroidery. I researched this for days before I purchased, and I have not regretted it one bit. I will be posting some “how-to” articles here on this site very soon, so please check back for those!
- I bought this HUGE kit of embroidery thread, so that I could have a wonderful collection of colors at my fingertips…. Spools half this size are usually between $3-5 each at craft stores, and this kit contains 260 spools with twice the thread on each spool…. so this is a MASSIVE deal.
- (Oh, and I bought 2 of THESE thread racks to hold it all. :) )