Make a Felt Monkey Ornament!

Junior is obsessed with monkeys. I suppose this isn’t uncommon with 17-month old boys, but ever since he learned the Spanish word (mono) at daycare he loves to point out monkeys wherever he sees them represented. ”

Exchanging ornaments is a family tradition, so for Junior’s second Christmas it made sense for him to have his very own monkey hanging from a (Christmas) tree.

Enter Etsy, where I found an adorable little mono that served as inspiration. I whipped up my own version on a Friday night, leaving Mr. JC free to watch “Big Break Ireland” and “Family Guy” to his heart’s content. It was a win-win.

monkey ornament tutorial


  • Dark brown, light brown, and black felt squares
  • Erasable marking pen
  • Regular pen (the erasable pen was not visible on the dark brown felt)
  • Dark brown thread or embroidery floss to match the dark brown felt
  • Needle (make sure the hole is wide enough for embroidery thread)
  • Tiny white pom-poms (not pictured; they were a last-minute addition)
  • Red embroidery floss or ribbon (not pictured)
  • Fabric glue
  • Monkey face template (I used this one, but this one is also cute)
  • Card stock to make the pattern
  • Stuffing

felt monkey ornament supplies

Make it!

  • Download the monkey face template and adjust the size using MS Word or similar program. Print two on a single page of card stock.
  • Cut around the outer edge of the face. Trace it twice onto the dark brown felt to create both the front and back of the ornament.
  • Cut out the inner portion of the face on the other template and trace onto the light brown felt.
  • Cut out the inner ear and eye pieces and trace onto the light brown and black felt, and cut.
  • Glue the face pieces (light brown inner face and ears and black eyes) onto one of the brown felt “outer faces”.
  • Glue tiny white pom poms to the eyes, and secure with a single stitch.
  • When the glue dries, sew the face to the other piece of brown felt using a whip stitch technique. Leave an open hole to put the stuffing in, and stitch closed.
  • Loop the red embroidery floss through the top or glue on ribbon.

felt monkey ornament process

Learn from my mistakes:

Nobody’s perfect, and this project took a bit longer and could have been a bit better if I’d known these tricks in advance:

  • To avoid pen marks (even the disappearing ink left a bit behind), iron freezer wrap (shiny side down) on the felt. Trace your pattern onto the freezer wrap. Cut out the shape, then peel off the paper.
  • To avoid losing your mind and eyesight trying to thread a needle with embroidery floss, use the trick seen in this helpful video which shows how to separate embroidery floss threads. I really wish I’d seen this before. I need a new eyeglass prescription after all the thread/needle wrangling!

felt monkey ornament tutorial Junior was very excited to hang his little monkey on the tree! Although, two minutes later he was equally happy to remove it and every other ornament within his reach.

Do you exchange ornaments in your family? Have you made a special one for your kiddo this year?

I’ve linked up at…

Centsational Girl’s Holiday Craft Party


  1. Very cute! What a fun project. Thanks so much for linking this up to Dare to DIY

  2. what a cute idea to do for the kids! I’m going to try my hand at crafting a stocking for baby J this afternoon…wish me luck!

  3. This is adorable! My little guy would be crazy for this as well.

  4. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  5. How cute is this?! Stopping by from Newlywoodwards. Love it!

  6. I think the end result is totally worth the embroidery floss stress! Sorry my fancy technique wasn’t too helpful… But really, Junior will always love the monkey his mom made for him. So sweet!

  7. That would be a fun project for the dude! Thanks for the idea!

  8. That little guy is just so cute. I’ve never had much of a problem with threading 6 stand embroidery floss, but then I use a different kind of needle with a much bigger eye for my embroidery.

  9. So cute! Little Dude also loves monkeys. He and your Little Guy would have so much fun together!

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