Years ago, my sister made me an adorable Santa Claus door hanger. I loved it so much that I made one for each of my friends and co-workers the next year. Each year, as I unpack my Christmas decorations, I stumble across the pattern, and think, "I should put that idea on my blog." Well, I've finally done it! Now you can make these fabulous rustic Santa Claus door hangers for yourself (and for your friends). I wish I knew who created the original pattern, but it's been over 18 years since I first got it. 18 years, and it's still as cute as ever!
How to Make Santa Claus Door Hangers
If you can sew a blanket stitch, you can make this craft. If you can't sew a blanket stitch, check out this video to learn how. It's super easy.
- Burgundy and cream felt
- Cream embroidery thread and needle
- Small scrap of cotton cream fabric
- Small scrap of plaid cotton fabric
- Buttons of various sizes, shapes and colors
- Jingle bell
- Craft wire
- Pattern (download below)
- A scrap of cotton batting, or an extra piece of felt
- Fabric glue
- Pink chalk
- Black fine-tip fabric marker
- A pencil or pen
Open the printable pdf Sant Claus door hanger pattern by clicking on the download button below.
- Print and cut out the Santa Claus door hangers body and beard patterns. Trace the body pattern two times onto burgundy felt. Trace the beard one time onto cream felt. Cut out the shapes.
- Cut a piece of batting slightly smaller than the body shape to fit in between the two body pieces. Don't go out and buy batting just for this project. You can use a piece of felt for padding if you don't have a scrap of batting.
- Stack the body pieces with the padding in the middle. Use embroidery floss (three strands thick) to sew a blanket stitch around the outside edge of the body shape. (See the link above the materials picture if you don't know how to sew a blanket stitch.)
- Sew a blanket stitch around the outside of the beard piece and a simple whip stitch along the inside edge (where the face will show through).
- Cut a small piece of cream fabric just larger than the face hole in the beard. Using a small amount of fabric glue, attach the fabric to the back of the beard piece so that it completely covers the hole. Only glue at the top and bottom of the piece so that you can move the beard to add pink cheeks.
- Once the glue dries, use a Q-tip and pink chalk to add tiny pink cheeks to the face. (Just gently pull the beard back so that you don't get chalk on it.) Add eyes with a black fabric marker.
- Cut a small square of plaid fabric for the patch on Santa's suit. Using six strands of embroidery floss, stitch on the patch with large, sloppy stitches. Only stitch through the top layer of Santa's body. (You can also do this step before blanket stitching the body, if you prefer.)
- Stitch one button onto an edge of the fabric square.
- Cut one inch strips of cream felt for the puff ball on Santa's hat. Stitch them together with one strand of embroidery floss or cream thread, and attach them to the top of Santa's body with fabric glue or thread.
- Glue or stitch Santa's head onto the body just below the puff ball.
How to Create the Hanger
To create the hanger portion of this Santa Claus door hangers craft, you will need craft wire and a pencil or pen.
- First shape the wire into a ring. Then wrap portions of the wire around the pen or pencil to create loops and swirls in the hanger.
- String buttons and a jingle bell along the wire on one side.
- Poke a hole through Santa's body on each side of his beard (though the body, not the beard) about ⅔ of the way down the beard.
- Slide the ends of the wire through the holes you punched, and adjust the length of the wire.
- Finish by curling the ends of the wire so that they will stay in place.
You're done! Now you have an adorable gift for a friend, teacher or neighbor. (Will you give it away or keep it for yourself to decorate your home?)
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