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Free Handmade Ornament Patterns for the Pet in Your Family

Updated on June 1, 2016
Dogs and cats love Christmas too.
Dogs and cats love Christmas too. | Source

Don't Forget Your Faithful Companion

It's that time of year when those who make handmade gifts need to kick it in gear and get busy. If you haven't decided what you are going to make for those lucky enough to receive one of those gifts you need to do it now.

Every year I craft something for my each member of my small family, including my dogs. Yes. my dogs! After all they are an important part of my family. Where else do you get would you get the kind of unconditional love they give?

This year I decided to make some backstitched Christmas ornaments for everyone. Each with a unique saying just for the one receiving it. Problem. Where do I get patterns for all of these unique sayings?

Actually I found the sayings and made the patterns. This way everyone will have their own personalized ornament.

These are the ones I am making for the animals in our family.

60'' Wide Aida Cloth White Fabric By The Yard
60'' Wide Aida Cloth White Fabric By The Yard

For the person with many ornaments to make the way to buy your aida cloth is buy the yard. This aida is medium to heavy weight, perfect for any project.


Aida cloth

Before you begin, you absolutely have the basic supplies required for this project. Among the supplies you will need is a good piece of aida cloth.

You need a medium to heavy weight cloth so your hard work won't end up looking saggy and baggy.

The aida cloth offered above is the perfect weight to make the perfect ornament.

I like to get the aida cloth by the yard because of all of the stitching I do. It ends up being more cost effective.

For someone who is just starting out, the package of aida cloth is the better choice.

On the left side of this picture you will see some of the ornaments I have made.
On the left side of this picture you will see some of the ornaments I have made. | Source

How This Idea Came About

I've been making hand stitched ornaments for years. They seemed to have become one of the favorite Christmas gifts of those who surround me, both family and friends.

It all started when I needed a little, inexpensive gift of a co-worker. I drove myself crazy trying to think of something small, but meaningful, to get for this co-worker that would reflect her interests.

I wandered around different store trying to get an idea, any idea. It was hopeless, the more I looked the less I found. There just didn't seem to be anything out there that I could purchase that my co-worker and friend would like.

So, I sat down and started a list of all of her interests. Maybe that would spark an idea. It didn't.

One day during lunch I mentioned my dilemma to another co-worker and friend who was clearly amazed that I was having such a problem.

"What's the matter with you" she said. "Why don't you just make her one of your pillow ornaments that are so cute?"

You could have knocked me over with a feather. It never occurred to me. I mean, I had been making them for my own Christmas tree but I had never made any for someone as a gift. It was an inspired idea.

I was rapidly running out of time so I had to come up with an idea of what to stitch real quick. I looked at the list I had made up of her interests and came up with a great idea.

She loved her dogs, she had six of them, and constantly referred to them as her kids. So I made up a stitched ornament that said "Dogs are just kids in fur coats". I backed it with a doggie Christmas print.

She loved it. She actually cried when she opened it. It was the first time anyone had made a handmade gift just for her.

The following Christmas I began making handmade ornaments and have been making them ever since.

Pattern for Dogs leave paw prints..
Pattern for Dogs leave paw prints.. | Source

Dogs Leave Paw Prints

Isn't that the truth. Your pet seems to rapidly wrap itself around your heartstrings and leave it's prints all over your heart.

You can also replace dogs with cats quite easily. It's perfect for either one.

This pattern was stitched on 14 count aida cloth. It's an easy pattern to follow and is adorable when backed with either a dog print, cat print, or Christmas fabric.

Below is the finished stitched pattern.

The Christmas before my mother's dog died I gave this ornament to her. She dearly loved that dog and it broke her heart when it died. I'm happy to say that she still hangs it on the tree at Christmas in memory of her beloved Bart. It seems to help her celebrate with him.

Stitched view of saying.
Stitched view of saying. | Source

Paw Prints

Finished Pattern

I used a medium bright blue to stitch this ornament.

The beauty of this is that you can use scrap pieces of embroidery floss and choose the color you want.

As I said earlier, you can easily make this ornament cat friendly but substituting the word cat for the word dog.

Dog Quotes: Proverbs, Quotes & Quips
Dog Quotes: Proverbs, Quotes & Quips

If you're looking for dog quotes, sayings, jokes, or idioms you will love this book. There are over 500 witquotes to choose from. You'll be sure to find to find the perfect one for you.


Dog Sayings

Sometimes you need a little help coming up with ideas. For a funny, or inspirational saying take a look at the book above. It is filled with the quote or saying you have been searching for.

I tend towards the funny sayings. You will find a boatload of them here.

For the inspirational saying you also have a tremendous amount of proverbs, quotes, or sayings to choose from.

Pattern for saying
Pattern for saying | Source

I'm Too Sexy

This saying is sure to tickle the pet owners funny bone.

This back stitch pattern is stitched on 14 count aida cloth.

Each pattern can be stitched in the color of your choice. I

I like to stitch my sayings in the favorite color of the pet owner.

You will see the finished stitched pattern below.

I can not tell a lie. My husband thought of this one. He thought it described the attitude of one of our dogs, Nina. She had a sway that just wouldn't quit.

Stitched view
Stitched view | Source

Sexy Fur

Every time I think of this saying I think of the song from a few years back "I'm too sexy for..."

This is a fun saying for the pet lover who has a pet with an attitude.

It works equally well for a cat or a dog.

365 Days of Cats: Quotes for the Cat Lover (Annotated) (365 Days of Happiness Book 2)
365 Days of Cats: Quotes for the Cat Lover (Annotated) (365 Days of Happiness Book 2)

There is a wealth of sayings and quotes that can be used to make that special ornament for the cat lover.


Cat Sayings

For the cat lover these are a terrific collection of sayings.

The book above includes a wealth of sayings that are perfect for using on a stitched ornament.

Sometimes it is hard to think of the perfect saying or quote. A few minutes spent reading any one of these books is sure to help you come up with one that is tailor-made for you.

Pattern | Source

Deck the halls dog

Your pets wishes for Christmas are stated clearly here.

What dog wouldn't want Santa to leave them a mound of biscuits?

Your cat would equally love to have a mound of catnip.

Simply change the word biscuits to catnip and you'll please them both.

All of these patterns are stitched on white 14 count aida.

The stitched dog version of Deck the Halls is below.

This is my yearly doggie ornament. Every year I made a Dog ornament for my own tree. This year I thought this one was the perfect one for me. Merry Christmas to me.

Stitched pattern
Stitched pattern | Source

Deck the Halls

Your pet's wishes will be out there for all the world to see.

This is the perfect gift for a dog lover. Tie it to a Christmas wrapped bag of dog biscuits and you've got a gift they will never forget.

For a cat lover change the word biscuits for the word catnip and tie it to a wrapped bag of catnip and they will love you forever.

Pattern | Source

Dear Santa Paws

They try to be good, really they do.

Show your pet you understand with this cute little note to Santa Paws.

They are good so much of the time, surely they are allowed a mistake every now and then.

Let Santa know they are terrific pets.

This stitched piece came into being when I saw an ornament that said "Dear Santa, I was good", I started thinking about how to change it around to fit a favored pet. Dear Santa Paws was the perfect switch. I liked it so much that I made an extra one for me. My Mother-in-law loved it. She thought it was perfect for her dog Sheba.

Picture of finished stitched piece.
Picture of finished stitched piece. | Source

Santa Paws

They really do try to be good.

Christmas time is the right time to announce just how good they've been.

Proudly hang this ornament on you tree to show how special you pet is to you.

Pattern | Source

Live, Love, Bark

Show the world your dogs philosophy.

Live, love ( love that unconditional love), and bark is a perfect description of their lives.

This colorful design is sure to please the dog lover in your life.

To make it purrrfect for the cat in your life, change bark for meow and the biscuits for simple fish.

Look below to see how cute this pattern looks when stitched.

I came up with this particular piece when Julia Roberts movie "Eat love, pray" was popular. My brother loved it when he received it one Christmas.

Stitched version
Stitched version | Source

Live, Love, Bark

Make you dog feel like a movie star (it worked for Julia Roberts).

Stitch up this adorable ornament to glorify your dogs life.

The cat friendly version is Live, Love, Meow.

After all, they spent all year loving you. Give a little love back.

Pattern | Source
Stitched piece
Stitched piece | Source

Cats Christmas

It's true Cats Love Christmas too.

So do dogs.

Change cats to dogs and you've got both of them covered.

Show your pet or a pet owner that understand just how important Christmas is.

Stitch in your favorite color and back with the perfect fabric and you will have created a much treasured gift.

I stitched this for a life long friend who is a cat lover. Even though she no longer has the cat she still hangs her ornament on her tree every year.

Back stitch alphabet pattern
Back stitch alphabet pattern | Source

Free Alphabet Pattern

What's a saying without an alphabet pattern. Here you will find an alphabet pattern will suit you. I blended different patterns to make my own alphabet pattern. You'll be able to do this yourself once you get the hang of it. Remember practice makes perfect.

Backstitching is an art, an easy art but still an art. The first part of cross stitching I learned was the backstitch. It's easy, quick, and not as frustrating as some of the stitches you come across.

I was about nine years old when my grandmother decided it was time I started learning the fine art of needlework. I was all thumbs in the beginning and begged her to let me stop.

After a few days I found myself able to backstitch a word that you could actually read. That was the beginning of a life long love affair with stitching. I will be forever grateful that my grandmother didn't give up on me.

The moral of the story is - if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Or, to paraphrase, don't give up until you make it work. If you give up too early you'll never know the delights you will miss.

I found two website sites that contain a whole bunch of free fonts patterns that are perfect for your saying ornaments. The first one is, it has ten different alphabet patterns. The second site is New England Classic Stitch and it is loaded with different font patterns for you to choose from.

E&S Pets 35358-40 Soldier Dogs Ornament
E&S Pets 35358-40 Soldier Dogs Ornament

What could be cuter than a dog soldier. This colorful, hand painted ornament will be loved by any dog lover.


Ornaments For Your Pet

If you find you are all thumbs when it comes to stitching, don't despair. There are tons of beautiful little ornaments out there that any pet lover would enjoy receiving.

You wouldn't believe the selection. There are ornaments for every breed and type of pet imaginable. All you have to do is look online.

Christmas shopping at it's best. You don't even have to get dressed or leave your house. No fighting crowds looking for just the right gift.

You can buy unique ornaments that show your love for a pet or pet owner in many, many places online. Here are just a few of the cutest ornaments I've seen.

There are many, many sites that sell adorable, personalized, hand made ornaments. My favorite is zazzle. There are many creative, talented artist that place their crafts on this website and you are sure to find the perfect ornament for you or your pet loving loved one.

Another great place to find creative ornaments for your pet or dog lover in your life is Lenox. They make beautiful ornaments.

So you see, you can still get special ornaments without making them yourself.

E&S Pets orn219-3 Santa's Pals Christmas Ornament
E&S Pets orn219-3 Santa's Pals Christmas Ornament

Cute isn't it? It comes personalized with your cat's name. What a great gift for the cat lover.


How To Make Hand Stitched Ornaments

This is a terrific tutorial showing you how to make an ornament once you have finished stitching it.

It an easy way to show off your stitching and make the perfect gift for your pet lover friends and family.

Using a hoop to frame your backstitched saying is a fool proof and sewing free way to frame your saying.

Simply place you stitched piece face down, a piece of coordinating fabric best side up, and affix the frame to it. Tie a matching piece of ribbon at the top and you have a handmade ornament.

Adorable stitched ornament
Adorable stitched ornament | Source

How To Make a Hand Stitched Pillow Ornament

There's nothing like a handmade ornament to make someone feel special.

What better way to show someone you care than to take the time to crate a handmade ornament just for them.

So, lets get busy and make that beautiful handmade ornament for the loved ones in your life.

Supplies needed:

*Your specially stitched saying

*A piece of coordinating fabric cut the same size as your stitched piece

*About 6" of 1/8" to 1/4" ribbon that accents stitching color and fabric

*Stuffing (it doesn't take much)

*Thread to match the fabric

*And of course a needle

NOTE: You can either hand sew or machine stitch the ornament together. If you only have a couple to do it is much easier to just hand sew them.

Lets get started:

* Hold stitched piece wrong side up and attach ribbon to piece. Some people like to attach both ends in the middle and some like to place each end of the ribbon an equal amount of distance from each end. It's your choice. I also like to attach the ribbon to the wrong side of the fabric so the ends don't show.

*Place right side of cut fabric and right side of stitched piece together and stitch around the edges of the piece. You need to leave an area unstitched so you can later stuff your ornament.

*Turn piece right side out. Make sure you turn the corners out too. Gently stuff the ornament until it looks puffy. This will take only a little stuffing. You do not want to stuff it too firm.

*To finish ornament, turn unstitched area inward and make tiny stitches along area to close.

*You now have a beautiful, personal, handmade hand stitched ornament.

NOTE: I like to add some little touch at the point where each end of the ribbon is stitched. The perfect little touch is a dog or cat button. Simply stitch on the front of the ornament just below where the ribbon comes out of the top of the ornament.

The video below is a wonderful tutorial on not only how to make a mini album but also how to made a pillow ornament.

Dogs Love Christmas too

Of course they love Christmas and so do cats.

It's a great time to show a little love back.

Wrap up a few gifts just for that special pet or pets in your life.

By the way, this saying is adorable stitched on a stocking.

Yes, my dogs have stockings. Doesn't everybody's pet have a stocking?

How do you like my stitched sayings?

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      Susan Hazelton 19 months ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @always exploring I love to cross stitch I've been doing it for years. I hate to hear when someone is allergic to pets, they miss the unconditional love they receive.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 19 months ago from Southern Illinois

      this is such an adorable hub. I love animals but am allergic, so I must love at a distance. Thank you for sharing your talent. BTY, I can't hem a pair of slacks. Lol.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @mcstacy: mcstacy, thanks for your comment.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks kiwinana71. What's also great is, people love to get these as a gift.

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      mcstacy 4 years ago

      I don't have a pet. But, these are great gift ideas for a pet or pet lover. Great lens.

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Nicely presented, cross stitch is a great way to make inexpensive gifts, I like your idea very much, nice verses that suit the occasions.

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @artbyrodriguez: Thanks, I had a good time putting it all together.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      What a wonderful idea to pass on to your readers. I really enjoyed reading about how you came about making these for those special pets. Nice article!

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @suepogson: They try to be good anyway. Maybe I should make an ornament that says, "Dear Santa Paws, I tried to be good".

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thanks. I'm not sure my dogs know what it is all about but they sure do love getting gifts.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      Lovely ideas - so cute ... Could my dogs or cats honestly tell Santa Paws "I was good"?? Probably not ... Do they get Christmas pressies? you bet!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      So many adorable ideas of handmade gifts for pets. :)

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      @SusanDeppner: Susan, thanks for the visit and the wonderful comments.

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love your stitched sayings, and I especially love the story about the gift for your coworker. How very special! Thanks for the inspiration - I really must stock up on cross-stitch supplies!