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 here's a great big list.
(If you are looking for my complete ornament kits though, you can find those by clicking HERE.)
Note! I now offer some supplies, such as foam shapes and charms, right in my own shop. You can find those by clicking right HERE.
- Foam balls. I have 3" Soft Foam balls in my shop.
- Pins. I typically buy dressmaker size pins in bulk, HERE - that's a great deal.
- Styrofoam trees. I use this size in my quilted Christmas Tree pattern, and in our January 2017 Kit, I used THESE.
- 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 pattern.)
- 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. (It's a perfect beginner machine if you are a non-sewer like me.)
- 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. :) )
I love your assortment of jingle bells. I went to the charms & trinkets & seem to have missed it. Is it an Amazon thing?
Actually, my jingle bell assortment is just a compilation from regular craft supply stores over the years, like Michaels and JoAnns….. I’ve bought some at Walmart as well. They are usually near glitter and sequins, but during the holiday season, they tend to also carry some different sizes and colors with their specialty holiday supplies, near the glass ornaments and ribbons and things like that. I hope that helps!
Where do you find your beautiful fabric and stunning ribbons? At Michael’s, Joann’s or do you use an online site? Thank you for taking the time to answer my question :)
Hi Mary…. I’m so sorry for not noticing your question sooner than this. Yes, Michaels and JoAnns are where I get most of my ribbons and fabrics (I like the ribbon at Michaels the best), though I do occasionally buy at other places when I see something I really like. I don’t buy too much ribbon or fabric online, because it’s hard to tell the quality/color/texture, but I do every so often.
trying t bring the pattern up..
Hi Debbie….Are you referring to the free pattern?
Me to. new computer. Need the free green and red one, Where do I go on the computer to get it.
Hi Ruth, are you speaking about the free basic star workshop? If so you can join that here: https://ornamentgirls.com/basic-star-workshop/ If I’m misunderstanding, can you let me know so I can help further? Thanks and happy ornamenting! Janelle
What is a kimekomi spatula, and where can they be purchased?
The only place I know of right now to get the kimekomi spatula is this website: http://www.juho-tougei.com/english/dai_komono/moredetail/hera.html
The site is based out of Japan, so shipping may take a little bit, but I bought mine from there myself, and it didn’t take too terribly long to arrive.
Do you have any on-line recommendations for ribbon and/or fabrics?
You know, I hate to say it, but no, not really. I do occasionally buy some ribbon/fabric online, but it’s been mostly on eBay, and usually when I was looking for a specific brand or pattern that I’ve already used before. I still prefer getting it the old-fashioned way… in person, when I can see and feel the quality for myself.
I know that isn’t a very helpful answer to your question though, so I promise that if I find a good online source in the future, I’ll definitely post it here!
Thousandsofbolts.com is an INCREDIBLE site that I’ve found for fabric. Most of the fabric is about $5 per yard, and I can get approx. 4 ornaments per yard. The Christmas fabrics are absolutely stunning, there are tons of them with gold and silver metallic all over them. I’ve found that the fabric is an excellent quality as well
Awesome! I will check them out. Thank you!
Is there one of your fabric ornaments that you think is easier than the others? Perhaps the best one to begin with before tackling other ones? All of your work is so beautiful!
Thank you for the compliment, Bonnie! I definitely recommend the Quilted Ball ornament first (https://theornamentgirl.com/blog/being-crafty/quilted-ornament-tutorial/)….. it has less “layers” than the other folded fabric projects, and in my opinion is the easiest to keep precise. I hope that helps!
I sure wish I could get to you place on the emails to buy your ornaments I order awhile back but when you put your new ones out I can not seam to get on to buy them could you help me please
Cheryl, I’m so sorry about that. They do tend to go pretty quick when I list them. I am working on keeping a bigger selection in stock, and I hope that will help! Do you happen to follow my Facebook page? I usually post there when I have some available. If not, you can follow that page right here: http://www.facebook.com/theornamentgirl
I recently bought your bought “buy 6, get 3 free” package. :-) Thanks so much for the links for the different items. I looked at Wally World the other night and they do have the jingle bells. But they only had silver and gold and it was an assortment package. The sequins were in an assortment package as well. They now have a Jo-Ann’s close, but it’s not very well stocked according to my sister. Ahhh, the joys of living in a rural area. Going to have to take a road trip to Hobby Lobby (but they don’t have the eggs in that size). ;-) I’ve looked for the styrofoam eggs and it’s hard to find that size without giving an arm and a leg for it. Would a “slightly smaller” size work? Like a 3-1/16″x 2-15/16″… Or would it just throw the whole pattern out of whack? Thanks any help!
Hi Beverly…. Yes, that size will definitely work. In fact, you can use any size, and if it’s a big size difference, just adjust your fabric pieces a little bit, accordingly. The pattern will definitely still work. :)
Oh, and as far as the bells…. Walmart carries a little bit better of an assortment when they start putting out their holiday stuff (that’s a little ways off, I know!). But, I do understand your dilemma about JoAnns…. we just moved a few months ago, and I was very excited to see that I would have a JoAnns only about 5 minutes away….. unfortunately, it turned out to be the tiniest JoAnns ever!
Thanks Staci! :-)
Love this page and the great ideas. the hangers are great to know i don’t like the old fashion ornament hooks. do you use the tiny 1″ balls 1-1/2″ balls or 2″ ones, hubby bought me a multy pack as a surprise. LOL he ment well.. Thanks for sharing TC
Aww…. that was sweet of him! You can use any size you want for the quilted ornaments…. just adjust your fabric pieces a little bit, accordingly. :)
Not sure if anyone mentioned the Dollar and 99 cents stores are also a great place to pick up lots of craft supplies for pennies. For example..My local 99 cents stores had Easter Kits with ( 6) 2 -1/2 inch foam eggs plus 4 markers in the kit, in the Easter isle for .99 cents. At Christmas, they had red, silver, gold and green bell bracelets..each bracelet is made of approximately 19 bells. For Trims, Michaels has a $1.00 ribbon bins with cute seasonal ribbons designs. Hobby Lobby puts their ribbons and trims on sale 50% off every other week and they carry Seasonal ribbons year round. Also keep in mind a lot of school and scout supply websites like Making Friends ( http://www.makingfriends.com/shop/PROD/01005 ) and Consumer Crafts have a great selection of durafoam and dylite foam balls and shapes. http://www.consumercrafts.com/store/search?s=foam%20balls&p=1&ps=20.. GOD Bless~
Thanks, Rebecca! :)
your ornaments are gorgeous!!! i am wondering, though, what is the name of the kind of fabric that you use in most of your ornaments? it looks textured and i love it but don’t know what it is. thanks!!
Hi Debi, thank you for the compliment! A lot of the fabric I buy is from JoAnns, and I definitely do often pick the fabrics that are glittered or textured. :) I am bad about keeping track of the brands, but JoAnns is probably where I pick up a good 80% or more of my fabrics. I hope that helps!
Please help me get the E-book of ornaments to make. I am already a subscriber.
Hi Lynda! I just sent you the free Moonlight ornament eBook. Let me know if you don’t get it soon! I hope you enjoy it! :)
My mom and I are pretty new to your site and she has purchased the Snowglobe pattern and she is part of your monthly ornament kit club. We plan on making one ornament per grandkid (19 so far). Is there a trick to cutting each piece so squared? What tools do you use to do this? Thanks!
Hi Tina… I use a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat. That really helps with getting everything even and squared off. I hope that helps, and I hope you and your mom enjoy making the ornaments! :)
Where did you get your US Marine Corp and US Navy insignia fabric pictured in the Snow globe Ornament Look Book?
Marcia, I bought that a few years back at Walmart, believe it or not, and it’s now out of print.. but if you keep a lookout, you can occasionally find the fabric on eBay. I hope that helps :)
Joanns has military fabric?
Joanns has military fabric.
What can I say? You are “Super Woman” and I can remember those days…
enjoy every one of them. Just checked the supply list. I have a hard time printing
it. I think I have almost everything. So guess I am ready to go. You are an “Amazing”
lady and myself and many others appreciate EVERYTHING you do for all of us.
Thank you is so small but it comes from the heart.
Aww thank you so much Jackie! I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner! I really appreciate YOU! :)
Your ornaments are beautiful. I just sent for the free ornament shown on your site.Can’t wait to receive it. I have a friend that makes your ornaments and they have caught my eye! !!!
Thank you so much, Belinda! I hope you enjoy the pattern! :)
Thanks so much for this list of suppliers. I have made close to 100 ornaments since first buying your instructions. People especially like the snow globe ones with a picture of their children or new baby in the center. I’ve made lots of those.
Wow, that’s awesome!!
Have the kits # 11. 12. 13. How do I get the pattern to make them
I am wondering what is the fabric that you use for the center part of the snow globes when doing the machine emboridery for names, etc. I looked on your supply list but didn’t see it mention. BTW, I love your ornaments and have bought several of your patterns. Thank you for all the work you put into your patterns.
Hi Renee.. thank you! For most of the embroidery, I’ve used a white sateen fabric. I like the little bit of sheen, but of course don’t want it to be too stretchy. The next time I am at the fabric store I will check on exactly which one I’ve been buying, and post it here.
Thank you I would have never guess it was a sateen fabric.
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I can’t open anything. I love your work and will keep trying.
Thanks for a beautiful product.
Hi Staci: Where can I find those gold plated straight pins you used? Thanks.
Joanns has military fabric?
Joanns has military fabric.
I haven’t been able to do one ornament. I’m so disapointed in getting these ornaments. I printed out the E-books, I’ve tried the pinwheel and quit after the fourth row. It don’t look right. I didn’t think it would be this hard to do. SOoooo the other kits are just laying here in their boxes.
I did try to buy the pink October Kit, as soon as you emailed me, no luck it wouldn’t go thru. Very disapointed!
I love everything about Ornament Girt except the yellow type. It may just be me, but I find the yellow color print so hard to read, particularly on this page of ornament supplies. Thank you
I tried to order the half and half ebook and some styro foam today from your supply page and the page wouldn’t accept my personal information when I went to checkout. I deleted it and typed everything back in twice and I never did get it to accept the information so I could check out. u Stac
Thank you Staci Ann.
How do I get the instructions for making the ornaments? I receive the kits, but no instructions. Do we pay extra for the ebooks?
How do you pick the fabric design for the ornaments? I’ve just started and find that even though my fabric designs are cute you lose a lot of the detail once everything is folded and layered.
When will be posting information on the embroidery machine. I have the brother machine I would like to learn how to make ornaments. Thanks Wilma
i just want you to know that i have eyed your site for over a year now. will be starting my first ornament the first part of february. Will try to get into your club also the 1st of february doing the digital only. Hopefully you will have a spot. I am so looking forward to doing this. Have already watched the free videos you sent me. Have ordered some fabric from my favorite quilt shops. Ordered a few packets of the polystyrene balls from the site you suggested. and working on getting the rest of the supplies the end of this month. I justed wanted you to know how much i appreciate the free tutorial you offered. It was awesome and easy to understand each phase of the ornament.
Thank you so much, hopefully soon to be a Club Ornament Girl!
Teresa, thank you so much! I’m so glad enjoyed the free tutorial, and also SO SO GLAD to hear you’ll be joining us in the OG club on the 1st! Can’t wait to see you there!
I am so happy with this site! Your ornaments are AMAZING and SO glad I found the SOFT shapes! Saved my hands, for sure!!! Just wanted to let you know! :)
Yay! Thank you so much, Lorrie!! This makes me so glad to read! :) :)
How do you package a finished ornament for mailing?
Staci, Will you be having the halo for the whimsy angel and next two sold by themselves? I have the kits but hate to break them up. Or can you let us know the best place to order them online or stores?
Thank you for all the hard work and awesome imagination you and your staff in coming up with new designs. I love them.
Also, would it be possible to list the size of the embellishments used on the ornaments so we can obtain the correct size for the extras we might make.
Again thank you.
Where do you get your heart shaped Styrofoam and what size is it?
Hi Audra, we have these specially made. They are typically any where from 3 1/2 to 4 inches. We don’t currently have any in stock. So sorry for any inconvenience.
I want to make snowman ornaments for my family next Christmas. Where can I purchase the 3″ pins the hold the snowman together?
Hi Laura, sure thing! You can find them here: https://theornamentgirl.com/blog/3-inch-silver-pin Thanks so much!
I was wondering what size of gold beads did you use in the welcome kit tutorial and where did you find the gold pins and the black pins?
The gold beads are approximately 3mm. The gold pins are can be found online by searching for sequin pins. We don’t have an exact source we can provide you with but the ones we use are about 3/4″. I hope that helps get you started!
Thank you for the info. I have one more question. I am having trouble finding the black and orange sequins for the snowman and the 3 inch pins. Do you have a special location for these?
Hi Karen, you can find 3″ pins here: https://theornamentgirl.com/blog/3-inch-silver-pin . One of my favorite source for sequins is https://www.ccartwright.com/sunshop/ They have pretty much anything you can think of. If you are looking for the orange beads for the snowman noses, we have those in our supply shop here: https://theornamentgirl.com/market/product-tag/snowman-noses/
I hope that helps!
I was wondering if you sell or know where to get ornament caps. Not the traditional gold caps, but the large antique bronze you see on big ornaments? They are usually glued on the ornament… I hope you know what I mean. Thank you for any help!
Hi Elliot, are you looking for the tops that are used on ornaments to attach a hanger? We don’t use those in our style ornament, so I don’t have a source I can provide. I’m so sorry! If you are looking for large bead caps to embellish your ornaments, I would start with jewelry supply stores like Fire Mountian Gems. You can find bead caps in many finishes and sizes there. I hope that helps!