Elf Pillows On Point Ornament — Block Variation #1

HST Pocket Ornament
HST Pocket Ornament

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©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. December 2009. All rights reserved.

Please read entire pattern carefully all the way through before beginning.

This simple little block features a nifty pocket. When you finish your ornament, you might
want to tuck a gift card, piece of chocolate, note or other sweet surprise in the pocket.

Idea: Tuck a gift card or other sweet surprise in the pocket!

Materials required for each block:
• Focal Fabric – one 5 inch square*
• Pocket Fabric – one 5 inch square* (contrasting)
• Coordinating sewing thread

*You may choose to make your block any size. Whatever size you choose, simply cut the same size pieces of fabric for focal fabric and pocket fabric.  I recommend blocks no smaller than 3″ and no larger than 6 1/2″.


1. Place fabric squares on your work surface.

Block Variation #1 Fabrics
Block Variation #1 Fabrics

2. Fold pocket fabric with wrong sides together (right sides out) diagonally so that the corners meet–this will form a triangle.  Press with iron.

Pocket Fabric Folded and pressed
Pocket Fabric Folded and pressed

3.  Place pressed/folded pocket fabric on to focal fabric, matching up corners and baste raw edges using a 1/8th inch seam allowance.

Folded pocket fabric basted on to focal fabric.

4.  Cut one 5” fabric square out of your choice of a coordinating or contrasting fabric for the ornament back. Note, if you have chosen a different size block, cut that size fabric for the back.

5.  Find ornament finishing instructions on this blog entry:  https://www.sewthankfulblog.com/?p=1299

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11 thoughts on “Elf Pillows On Point Ornament — Block Variation #1”

  1. Thanks much for the cute idea! Do you have the pattern for placemats that use fat quarters and a yard of fabric for the backs?…..can end up with 4 different placemats. A quick project and oh, so cute!

  2. I can see possibly using these for the tooth fairy to find a tooth in and to put something like a quarter or the like in? What do you think Mommys and Grandmas?

  3. Just what I needed for some last minute co-worker gifts, more than just a gift card. And I have so very many left over blocks. A Big thanks.


  4. This would be the perfect way to show case some of the smaller scale Christmas machine embroidery designs!

  5. Very unique way to give a gift card. I think I will make some with froggy fabric and a solid for grandaughter and I also do embroidery and will put her name on it and year and she will have an ornament for next year. She was also dancer of the year this year at 10 years old. Perhaps can find a way to compliment that with a gift card. Thanks for this project as well Tracy.

    🙂 Vic

  6. Perfect answer to this morning question: How will I present gift cards this Christmas?

    I am going to make a combination of the two pillows so I can use some Christmas blocks and buttons while adding the pocket to the back. Thanks!

  7. Love the Elf Pillows on Point with the pocket! WHAT a cute idea. As late as it is, I may have to go and make one before I go to bed.

    That would be great fun. Would be cute to use as an Advent Tree with the little blocks dated on the pocket!! Obviously that idea will have to hold until next year, though!!

    Thanks for your cute ideas. Amazing how much I have learned since I started piecing and quilting three years ago.

    Merry Christmas!
    Jackie in San Antonio where we DID NOT get any snow today!!

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