Night Before Christmas Ornament Kits (SOLD OUT): Older Kits Now on Sale!

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On the night of December 24, Santa will be getting ready to visit one little house tucked under some great big oak trees in a sparkly little city in the great Pacific Northwest. . . .

Introducing my new 2013 ornament-making kit: NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS


It has a Nestled Child, all snug in her bed with her kitters . . .


There is a mouse we call Notevena, and she is definitely stirring . . .


And there's that everpresent little dream I dream each year: How I would love (for my baby girl) to wake up to the new-fallen snow!


Each Night Before Christmas Felt Holiday Ornament Craft Kit contains materials to make one of each of the three ornaments, including:

16 pieces of wool blend felt in assorted colors
Coordinating DMC cotton embroidery floss
1/4 yd imported French gingham ribbon (for hanger)
1/4 yd imported French cotton lace (for hangers)
1/2 yd imported French cotton ribbon (for curtains)
Beads and sequins
Stitching instructions
Pattern templates
Illustrated embroidery tutorial

You will need to have your own:

Wool batting or Polyester Fiber-fill
Sharp embroidery needle
Dressmaker's chalk pencil or fabric marker
Dressmaker's wax-free chalk tracing paper
Tiny needles for sewing on beads
Sharp fabric scissors and paper scissors
Kitty-puppy foot warmers
Television to watch streaming Netflix documentaries
Someone to cook dinner and bring it to you because these will take you a while


We have also put together limited editions of previous years' kits, including 2012's kit, WINTER CABIN:


There is a Lighted Window, to welcome all passersby . . .


There is a Western Bluebird, to provide the winter song . . .


And there is a Whistling Tea Kettle, to make the Earl Grey . . .


And 2011's kit, SWEET HOME:


It includes a Blue Door, with a wreath to welcome you home . . .


A Glowing Candle, to light the night . . .


And a Wild Bunny to keep you company . . .


We also have 2010's kit, SNOW DAY:


It includes a Red Wool Coat, to keep you warm and dry . . .


A traditional Norwegian Selbu mitten, to keep your hands toasty . . .


And a Polar Bear, far from the Arctic Circle, peeking out from behind the trees.


2009's ornament-making kit, WALK IN THE WOODS, is also available:


It includes the Cozy Cottage, with the wood fires burning:


The Snowy Tree, sparkling with ice crystals:


And my favorite, the Little Deer, who watches shyly from the trees:


And last but not least, the first, 2008's kit, ICE SKATING AFTERNOON, as well!


There's the Hot Cocoa Cup, to warm you up:


The Ice Skate, with pom-pon for good measure:


And lastly, the Gingerbread Girl, the sweetest of all:


Please click on the links for each of the kits above to take to you the web shop pages, which list what's included in each and what you will need to have. Each ornament kit costs $30 each, plus shipping.

About the skill level needed to complete these: In previous years I said that, while I don't think of these kits necessarily as a children's or a beginner's project, if you have some experience working some basic stitches, these ornaments take more time and patience than skill. I will include directions on transferring the designs to the felt, and basic diagrams for completing the types of classic embroidery stitches you will need to know — backstitch, lazy-daisy stitch, satin stitch, French knot, and blanket stitch — but once you are comfortable working those stitches, if you just take your time and settle in, you will be fine. Someone asked which the easiest kit is, and I have to agree with Lori (I think it was my dear Lori) who said the Walk in the Woods kit is the easiest. Snow Day is the hardest, I think.

If you are interested in ordering any of these kits, the very best advice I can give you is do not wait to place your order. We will ship them out as fast as we can. In previous years, these kits have sold out every year long before Christmas. This year we are doing a slightly larger quantity than we usually do for the new kit, but a lot larger quantities of the older kits. Even so, once these are sold out, it is very unlikely that we will be re-issuing these kits again. This is it!

All six patterns are also now available as downloadable PDFs HERE. A list of the specific felt colors and piece sizes and floss colors you need can be found HERE. You will need that list, so don't forgot to click on it (and a link to it is available on each of the product pages, as well). If you are purchasing a kit, you do NOT need to purchase a pattern. Printed patterns come in each of the kits.

I also have new supplies like glue (though we can't ship that internationally; see below), sewing needles and tiny needles for adding beads, wax-free chalk tracing paper, and water-erase fabric markers that will help you make these ornaments. You can find them all HERE (and the specific items you need for each kit are suggested in the sidebar for each kit, too). I have a limited supply of these items, so if you are interested in them please order soon before they sell out!

We do ship internationally. Please read my information about that HERE. The only thing we cannot ship internationally is the fabric glue, because it is prohibited. If you are overseas and you do accidentally put it in your cart, we will refund that part of the order and ship the rest of your things.

Because we are shipping so quickly, PLEASE make sure that your shipping address is correct when you place your order. In some cases, we are shipping orders the exact same day the order is placed, so it's important that you check your address on your end properly before submitting your order, because once it's out there, it's out there! If you do need to change your address, or anything about your order, or add things to your order, etc., please email me immediately. I will not be able to change your original order for you (because the system won't let me), but what I will do is cancel the original order and have you place a new order with everything you need in it. Because of the volume of orders that come in very quickly and the number of people that are helping me with this project, this is the only way that works for us to minimize mistakes on our end. I do not accept phone orders, or checks in the mail.

Okay. I will stop talking now. Thank you again, I truly and sincerely thank you, for your interest and enthusiasm for these kits for all of these years. Your generosity and your excitement mean so much to me, and it is a privilege to be able to make these kits and patterns for you. I love this job and I truly thank you for kind words and your purchases, every single one. Thank you. Xoxoxo

***UPDATE: To anyone who was trying to order the digital PDF of the Night Before Christmas pattern and was getting charged shipping, I made a mistake on the web site and had something check-marked that I shouldn't have — you should NOT be charged any shipping on digital patterns. This is fixed now and I apologize for the frustration (and thank you to those of you who let me know!). Sorry about that!


Just ordered the new ornament kit... so excited!!

These kits are so lovely. I've been drooling over them for years and this year I finally have time to do one. I know once the kits are sold out this year you probably won't be reissuing them again this year, but will you make them again for next year? I'm just curious if I should get more to put away for future years because I want one of each set eventually.

Man, I wish I could buy these already done. Can you do that? Just sit around and make them for us? :) They are all gorgeous. I love that this year's kit is a little homage to Amelia.

I've just ordered your newest kit! I'm so is my birthday present to myself. :-) love the set, hard to say which I like best. All 3 are so sweet! Congratulations on getting it all put together. This has to be a huge undertaking.

I just ordered the new kit and I can't wait to receive it! I have all the kits and am slightly embarrassed to admit that I do not have them all completed. Now that I am retired, I am working my way through them. I am currently working on "A Walk in the Woods" and am enjoying the stitching very much. I did complete the "Ice Skating Afternoon" ornaments and love how they turned out.

audrey scalzo says: October 03, 2013 at 08:47 AM

uhuhuh i ordered one of each :) i will be working hard to get them done by christmas. i think a table top tree will have these beauties....
Alicia, you have out done yourself but i am glad you did!! haha

I hope I like making ornamanets because I just ordered all of them. I had some birthday money buring a hole in my pocket. Now I just need a dog and a fireplace. Do you have any documentaries you recommend?

Yippie yippie yippie, just ordered mine!

Am I understanding you correctly, chances are you won't do the kits again? I know I'm a noodle but not only do I love the kits but I love all of this! The sneak peeks, hearing about your little cottage industry putting the kits together and that fun floss thingie you guys created, and of course your charming designs and kits. I'm sure it's a monumental task with the arrival of your sweetest baby pie and one you may have tired of, but fingers crossed you will continue with your ornament patterns, even if you cease kit production ...

Happy happy upcoming First Birthday to Amelia! It's been such fun to see her growing and her smiling face.

Audrey I too ordered each kit! Early birthday present to myself. I plan to have a small tree with just these ornaments on it, it'll be fabulous! Thank you Alicia for the inspiration and availability of previous years kits!

Yay! I just ordered two, one for me and one for my mom. I think we will have a few cozy evenings this fall working on these to get them done in time for Christmas. Thank you!

Sunflowerfairy says: October 03, 2013 at 09:05 AM

Thank you for another beautiful kit Alicia (and to all your helpers:-).

I just ordered the new kit, but I'd like to do the six of them... It was a hard choice. Won't you re-issue any of them? I hope I can still buy another one this year. I want to star a Christmas tree for our family but I'd like he ornaments to be meaningful - and beautiful Thank you.

The new kit is so lovely! The beads hanging on the headboard are my favorite part, I think. I have the same question as NM: do you mean not released again this year (I hope), or not again EVER? Really, ever?! Why oh why? ;)

Either way, thanks for making such a fun thing for us for so many years already; I'm sure I can only imagine the orchestration behind the scenes.

The girl in her big warm bed is such a beautiful ornament! Just dreamy. Makes me wish I could sew!

You do such a PERFECT job in designing these ornaments, Alicia! The proportions you arrive at stir the heart like magic! Just right. Brava!

I've been in love with the Snow Day kit since it first came out and this year I've decided to treat myself to it.

I plan on making little decorations for our tree every year until my daughter (another Amelia) has her own family and then I'll hand them down to her.

Just placed my order and I'm so excited to start my holiday season with this wonderful project. Thank you for such a sweet collection!

Thank you, Thank You, so excited about getting my new kit, I did it again, I ordered the kit but couldn't wait, got the pattern PDF, I'm like a little kid. My early present to myself. Thanks to all who spend time getting these kits together, don't see how you all find the time, but we are lucky that you do. Thanks to Mimi for sharing her Mom with us.

Annie Vennerbeck says: October 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM

It was soo good to see all the kits again. I remember them so well...each beautiful detail- (the shutters- the snow- the curtains)! Such simple and expressive designs (I should probably order up some) - and they point clearly to how long I have had your beautiful blog in my life. Wonderful! And you designed so many before Amelia was even a whisper - can you even imagine it?
Best of luck with the staggering stack of orders in the workroom. And bless that Andy.
Happy Season
Happy Holly Daze.
Annie in New Hampshire

So lovely to see them all together. You have a beautiful collection there, you should be very proud of what you have achieved. Your success is very well deserved Alicia.

So very excited for my ornament kit to arrive! :) I've coveted them for years and this year decided to treat myself! Can't wait to have them hanging on my tree! :) xxxx

I made my purchase! This is one of my Christmas traditions making your hand-made ornaments. Love them all! God Bless!


I ordered my new 2013 kit first thing this a.m. but I had to come back this afternoon and say thank you to Greta, and Andy and of course Alicia who make this yearly tradition so much fun for so many of us!!!! I especially love wee "Mimi's" face in her gorgeous bed ! Thankyou, Thankyou!!! p.s. Could Clover have a little bone treat? Thankyou Xox

It is just too much! Such a good day for me - a Posie kit coming my way and the Scandal premiere tonight..yeah me! (oooh! it was so very hard to decide, but I really want to get an entire one done before getting the next and my craft budget is a little stretched at the moment with all of the goodies I am hoping to cook up by christmas).......I got the ice skating set I have been eyeing for years now and getting the courage up to bring home, but oh the new kit is darling and walk in the woods just gets me and that polar bear is pretty cute and I love the bird...and the tea kettle...well, you get the picture ;) so I hope they all will be offered every year...
Thank you for such a sweet perfect treat - I am surprised it doesn't have any calories...because it is just that good. Happy days, Paulsons - you totally rock.

So happy to have added 2 new sets:)

I love Amelia in bed..
Who can resist?♥

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.