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.

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. :) )

62 Comments

  1. Jill Gardner on November 29, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I love your assortment of jingle bells. I went to the charms & trinkets & seem to have missed it. Is it an Amazon thing?

    Jill

    • Staci Ann Lowry on January 15, 2015 at 7:12 am

      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!

  2. Mary on December 17, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    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 :)

    • Staci Ann Lowry on January 15, 2015 at 7:16 am

      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.

  3. debbie on January 11, 2015 at 12:53 am

    trying t bring the pattern up..

    • Staci Ann Lowry on January 11, 2015 at 3:26 am

      Hi Debbie….Are you referring to the free pattern?

      • Ruth Lloyd on October 13, 2020 at 6:12 pm

        Me to. new computer. Need the free green and red one, Where do I go on the computer to get it.

        • Janelle - Ornament Girl Support on October 15, 2020 at 8:44 pm

          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

  4. Mickey on January 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    What is a kimekomi spatula, and where can they be purchased?

  5. Wanda on March 6, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Do you have any on-line recommendations for ribbon and/or fabrics?

    • Staci Ann Lowry on March 11, 2015 at 1:27 am

      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!

      • Anonymous on October 30, 2016 at 11:41 pm

        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

  6. Bonnie on March 9, 2015 at 3:45 am

    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!

  7. Cheryl Brown on March 16, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    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

    • Staci Ann Lowry on March 23, 2015 at 9:10 am

      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

  8. Beverly Stephens on March 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Staci,

    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!

    Thanks,

    Beverly

    • Staci Ann Lowry on March 23, 2015 at 9:06 am

      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!

      • Beverly Stephens on March 25, 2015 at 2:35 pm

        Thanks Staci! :-)

  9. Tc on March 20, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    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

    • Staci Ann Lowry on March 23, 2015 at 9:02 am

      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. :)

  10. Rebecca on March 21, 2015 at 1:18 am

    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~

  11. Debi on March 24, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    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!!

    • Staci Ann Lowry on March 25, 2015 at 9:32 am

      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!

  12. Lynda on October 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Please help me get the E-book of ornaments to make. I am already a subscriber.

    • Staci Ann Lowry on October 14, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      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! :)

  13. Tina on January 17, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    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!

    • Staci Ann Lowry on April 7, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      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! :)

  14. Marcia Bacon on January 17, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Where did you get your US Marine Corp and US Navy insignia fabric pictured in the Snow globe Ornament Look Book?

    • Staci Ann Lowry on April 7, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      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 :)

      • KIM KIMBERLY on October 24, 2017 at 11:13 am

        Joanns has military fabric?

    • KIM KIMBERLY on October 24, 2017 at 11:18 am

      Joanns has military fabric.

  15. Jackie Herring on February 11, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    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.
    luv ya,
    Jackie

    • Staci Ann Lowry on April 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Aww thank you so much Jackie! I’m sorry I didn’t see your comment sooner! I really appreciate YOU! :)

  16. Belinda on October 5, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    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! !!!

    • Staci Ann Lowry on October 5, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Belinda! I hope you enjoy the pattern! :)

  17. April Buentello on October 29, 2016 at 11:13 am

    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.

  18. jo ann on November 27, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Have the kits # 11. 12. 13. How do I get the pattern to make them
    Thanks

  19. Renee on March 5, 2017 at 10:50 am

    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.

    • Staci Ann Lowry on March 5, 2017 at 11:14 am

      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.

      • Renee on March 5, 2017 at 5:34 pm

        Thank you I would have never guess it was a sateen fabric.

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  21. Pauline Singletary on September 18, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    I can’t open anything. I love your work and will keep trying.
    Thanks for a beautiful product.

  22. Barbara on October 3, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Staci: Where can I find those gold plated straight pins you used? Thanks.

  23. KIM KIMBERLY on October 24, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Joanns has military fabric?

  24. KIM KIMBERLY on October 24, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Joanns has military fabric.

  25. elizabeth schuster on October 24, 2017 at 11:52 am

    staci-
    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!

  26. Anonymous on October 25, 2017 at 9:24 am

    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

  27. Linda Dum on October 28, 2017 at 12:26 am

    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.

  28. Barb on November 2, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    How do I get the instructions for making the ornaments? I receive the kits, but no instructions. Do we pay extra for the ebooks?

  29. Rosemary on November 4, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    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.

  30. Wilma oldham on May 14, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    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

  31. Teresa McDonald on January 24, 2019 at 6:08 am

    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!

    • Staci Ann Lowry on January 28, 2019 at 6:57 pm

      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!

  32. Lorrie on April 17, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Staci
    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! :)

    • Staci Ann Lowry on April 18, 2019 at 10:41 am

      Yay! Thank you so much, Lorrie!! This makes me so glad to read! :) :)

  33. Chris on August 23, 2019 at 10:49 am

    How do you package a finished ornament for mailing?

  34. Jean Witzman on October 29, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    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.

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