Fun Embellishing Christmas Ornaments

Have some fun adding dimension and extra pizzazz to your machine embroidery with embellishments. Whether you use paint, beads, or buttons, there are so many fun ways to embellish Bonnie’s Christmas Cookies

Make sure you take advantage of Bonnie’s fabulous Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale coming soon! In the next few weeks, I will be showing you some fun projects using one of my favorites Sew Inspired by Bonnie designs--Christmas Cookies.

Here are a few ways you can add embellishments to machine embroidery designs to give them more pizzazz and dimension, if you like. Maybe you'd like to make these designs freestanding for ornaments or play food for a Santa Plate? Find out how here.


Picture of machine embroidered mitten at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Beads can add sparkle and extra dimension. Substitute tube beads for the cuff decorations on the mitten cookie. If you don’t want to hand-stitch them, just glue them on.


Picture of machine embroidery Christmas tree design at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Perfect for dotted areas like tree ornaments, crystals make ornaments pop. I’ve used hot-fix crystals as well as Swarovski.

Picture of machine embroidery snowman design at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

They are also great to use for buttons and holly berries. You don’t need a hot-fix wand. I glue all of mine to the surface, using a toothpick dipped in glue to apply them.


Picture of buttons small enough to add to machine embroidery designs.

Buttons are fun to use on machine embroidered cookies. I find that it is easier to run a needle and thread through the button's holes and tie it off on the back, then glue the button to the ornament or machine embroidery, rather than trying to hand-stitch the buttons in place. This way it looks like you stitched the buttons in place when in reality you just glued them.

Just skip embroidering the button dots and add decorative buttons instead.


Stitched areas can be accented with paints. Dimensional paint, like Scribbles, is good for faces and other color accents used as piping on the cookies.

Picture of machine embroidered Christmas star cookie at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

 For larger areas of stitching, like the white accents on the stars, you can even add a light layer of shimmer paint. Paints mimic the shine from decorator icing and just add a playful touch.


Try substituting ric rac for the swirly bands on the gingerbread cookie arms, legs, and heads.

Picture of machine embroidered girl gingerbread man at Sew Inspired by Bonnie

I have also skipped stitching the bow on the little gingerbread girl and replaced it with an actual bow made of ribbon.

What is your favorite way to embellish Christmas ornaments?

Debbie Henry
Sew Inspired by Bonnie

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  • Debbie henry - November 21, 2023

    Thank you for reading, Cheryl!

  • Cheryl Froid - November 20, 2023

    Thank you for all your tips :)

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