Deck The Halls from Life At Clover Hill

Santa's Cheeks Ornament

Life At Clover Hill

Growing up, there were a few ornaments that I really loved to play with and one in particular was constantly being pulled off the tree by all of us kids. It was a little knitted Santa that when you squeezed his cheeks, revealed a Hershey Kiss tucked inside.




  • Red, white, and pink yarn
  • Plastic canvas
  • Needlework needle
  • Brown embroidery thread
  • Small pom pom
  • Small jingle bell
  • Red thread
  • Regular sewing needle
  • Cardstock (for tag)

How to make it

Step 1: For each ornament, you’ll need three pieces of plastic canvas that are 12 x 12 squares.

Step 2: You fill in the squares doing a diagonal stitch using the needlework needle, following the pattern below.

Step 3: To make the back neat, whenever I started a new colour, I tied a knot at the first stitch and then tucked the tail under the first row of stitches.

Step 4: For each ornament you’ll need one that is solid white, another that is white with the red cap and a third that is white with the red cap and pink face

Step 5: To make the face piece you start with the blank face stitched in red, white and pink. Then you add each feature:

Eyes – Two diagonal stitches in the middle row of pink stitches. Tie off at the back and thread the tails through the stitches in the back.

Nose – Using a regular sewing needle, thread the red thread through the pom pom. Sew to the center of the bottom row of pink yarn and tie tightly at the back.

Beard – Take a strand of white yarn and roll it between your fingers to loosen it up. Restitch over the area for the beard, leaving the stitches loose to create a curly beard effect.

Jingle Bell – Using a regular needle and red thread, stitch the jingle bell to the top of the red hat section. Secure in place with knots at the back.

Hanging Loop – On a piece of cardstock, write or print the phrase “Squeeze my cheeks and I’ll give you a kiss”. Use a small hole punch to punch a hole in the corner of the tag. Using a needlework needle and a strand of red yarn, go through the right side of the top stitch of the red hat section through the underside, string the tag through and then go back through the left side of the top stitch.

Once you have determined how long you want the loop to be, tie it off at the back.

Step 6: Now you’re ready to attach the pieces together! Using red yarn, sew the two hat pieces together.

Step 7: Start from one side of the hat and go all the way around to the other side.

Step 8: Once that is complete, take the white yarn and sew to the bottom of that section, attaching the two pieces.

Step 9: Once you get to the corner, you continue going around, but only with one piece of the plastic canvas. This will cover the raw edge.

Continue around to the other side of the face piece and then stitch the two pieces together again when you get to the other side with red yarn on it.

Step 10: The bottom piece is attached to the bottom of the back piece doing the same technique. Stitch the two pieces together on two edges and then cover the raw edge for the other two edges.

Step 11: Now it’s just a matter of completing the best part……add the chocolate kiss and hang it up!


Amanda Gordon

I live in rural Ontario with my husband, our baby girl, two dogs and a few chickens. We\'re restoring our first home, Cloverhill, a 1903 farmhouse. Join me as I DIY, craft, cook and bake my way into making it our home.
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