Today is National Pickle Day so it seemed only fitting that I give you a free pattern for a Christmas pickle ornament. Why a Christmas pickle? It seems to be based on some sort of German legend that has perhaps been debunked. I don’t really know. But what I do know is Christmas pickles are hilarious and adorable and I needed to make one as soon as I found out about them.
This pattern is very quick and easy. Just three pieces and a bunch of french knots. Need help making french knots? Here’s a 20-second video that explains it perfectly. Or skip the french knots and use seed beads or dots of fabric paint to add bumps to your pickle. Whatever you do, you must sew a pickle as soon as possible.
Also, a pickle in a Santa hat is pretty irresistable.
Get your free pattern as a PDF download right here.
P.S. What do you call a frozen pickle hanging from the roof?
Leave me a pickle joke, okay? It’s really no big dill.
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aaaaand I just found a Christmas gift for my pickle-obsessed husband. Thank you Abby!
This is too wonderful! I have had a number of glass pickles in my life, but this one is even better!
Awesome, Holly! Happy pickle sewing!
Excellent! I checked around before I designed this pattern and there didn't seem to be very many sewing patterns for pickles. I hope you enjoy it!
BWAHAHA!!! I’m still chuckling. My DH thinks I’m nuts. I can’t wait to tell the kids that joke. He’s so cute, I just may have to make him.
I'm glad you liked my joke 🙂 I told it to my kids at breakfast and got one smirk. I think it's a pretty good one, though!
Ahahaaaa-amazing pickle. That is great! And where do you find glass pickles? ha. I looked up pickle jokes and apparently there are tons, who knew?
Q: What does an agreeable pickle always say? A: I relish the idea. Q: What happens when you get some vinegar in your ear? A: You suffer from pickled hearing!
Oh my gosh its so cute! Look at it’s little santa hat!
That’s so nice of you, now I know what I can make for my friends 🙂
I'm glad you like it, Kim.
OMG, This is so awsome! I started my fist garden this summer with the main reason to make pickles. They were the best we’ve ever had. I’ll have to make this for my best friend and I.
Ow, that's awesome. I'm imagining that homemade pickles from veggies you grew yourself must be amazing.
Marije - MonsterMatti says
I need to make one pickle as soon as I can. Well allwright then 🙂
I made one today and put the pictures on my blog http://www.monstermatti.nl/blogitem/9200497132057393357#Comments
Hope you like it, I made somethings a little differend, like adding bells and orange.
Thank you for the patttern!
I love your orange pickle and the little bells are adorable. Great job!
O. Jolly says
Really brought a smile to my face! 😀
I'm so glad. I enjoyed chatting with you at Crafterminds!
I love him! An orange pickle. So perfect! And he has such a happy face 🙂
Handmade in Israel says
He’s adorable! Such fun!
perfect timing! thank you for this! the glass ones break so easily.
Pegg Macko says
OMG, I’ve now found the ornament that I can add to each of my childrens’ collections. Different pickle hats on them, of course. Thanks sooo very much for your work and free pattern.
You are picklicious!
Very cute but I have to tell you, it’s funny that nobody in Germany ever heard of that pickle legend. I only read about it on american blogs and website.
But well it doesn’t matter. I love your pickle!
Greetings from Germany,
Stefanie – I had a suspicion that was true. That's okay! A pickle as an ornament is hilarious anyway!
So glad to hear it, Pegg!
That's a good thing about a felt pickle. It won't shatter!
thanks for sharing this cute pattern!
greeting from Austria
You're welcome, Elenor from Austria!
We don’t do a tree, but I think I might make a plush pickle anyways just because he’s so cute 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
A pickle is awesome anytime and anywhere, right!
Deni Breitenbach says
Love this! Thanks for the pattern.
What happens when you get some vinegar in your ear?
You suffer from pickled hearing!
Ha! Awesome. Thank you.
Hello, I used your pickle pattern and made some alterations and turned it into a narwhal for my nephew.
You can see it here (in grainy pictures), if you’d like: http://remymade.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/narwhal/
I also linked back to your pattern on my blog so you’d get the credit. Thanks for the free pattern…it is brilliant and super cute…just like all your work!
This is so awesome, Amy! I would never have imagined it, but the pickle shape can so easily become a narwhal! I love it!
Thanks very much! It’s no where near as awesome as your designs, but it’s a small start, and I am dreaming big!
Lindsey G says
I absolutely love this! I can’t wait to make one!! My boyfriend and I were at pier 1 and he saw a glass one and he didn’t know what it was so I told him the story and that I would hide one in his tree this year! This is so perfect thank you!
I'm so glad!
For my husband’s family’s christmas party this year, we have to make whatever we bring as our white elephant gift…
I think I might make a pickle.
That sounds perfect, Emily!
Jessi G. says
I LOVE this ornament! I don’t know when I’ll have time, but I might make one for each of my bell choir members, and to wrap them I’ll put them in a mason jar along with a small print out of the legend. It’ll be a change from the actual pickles they get every year from me! I have enough pickle ornaments now to almost fill their own tree (you make pickles long enough, people bring you anything pickle related…which i LOVE!). Can’t wait to get started!
Packaging them in a pickle jar is a BRILLIANT idea!
Can you please e-mail me the pattern I am unable to open it…errr thank you 🙂
Arlo Atwell says
I happily came across your pickle pattern on Buzzfeed yesterday it gave me an opportunity to take a break from my own plush creations. I wrote and posted images on my blog.
Thanks so much for sharing,
I love your pickle! His Santa hat is adorable and I like how the little embroidery stitches created puckers like a real pickle!
Julia @ FaveCrafts says
What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of handmade felt ornaments! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/felt-christmas-ornaments/
This will make a perfect, treasure hunt starting in a socking of my pickle loving son. How fun.
Life is like a pickle, it’s up to you to decide how sour yours will be.
Awesome pickle! Defifitely making ,like millions, of it!:D
What is black, green and white?
Answer: Pickles crossing the zebra crossing!
British American says
I absolutely love this! Thank you for the pattern. I wanted a pickle a few years ago after seeing a friend who did this tradition. But the only one I found at the store was super glittery and it would shed each time you touched it. I forgot to even look again this year and my kids even asked if we could have one. So now I will make one for next year. Felt is so much better and more personal and less breakable too.
I would really like to make this but I do not understand how the center piece is attached and is confusing me about what parts of the other two are sewn.
Nevermin. After taking another close look at the finished and pattern, I now understand.
Amie Plumley says
Hi Abby! I just posted my kid-friendly version of your pickle ornament on the Sewing School blog. I left out the inside piece and just made a simple stuffie. Love it! Thanks for the inspiration! xo-amie
Oh, so cool! I have on my to-do list this week to make up a new version in fleece! Gotta love a good pickle ornament.
We are German and hide a pickle ornament in our tree on Christmas Eve. Then on Christmas morning, the first kid to find the pickle gets to open the first gift of Christmas! It’s gets a little rough as the kids have gotten older, so a soft pickle will be a great addition!
Mary Green says
What instrument does the cucumber play in the high school band?
The pickle-o !!!
Nancy Dill says
Love your pickle! We have several glass and plastic ones on our tree. We have a lot of fun with our last name. Tshirts that say “Dill with it” and “I’m kind of a big Dill”. And who else has Duct tape with their name on it?!
What’s a pickle’s favorite show? Dill or no Dill.
I am trying to download the pattern but keep getting an error page. It just won’t load for me. Is it possible to email me the pattern?
Also, I am Brand New to sewing. I just purchased a Brother sewing machine and want to start making plushies since they are my favorite.
Which pattern would you suggest be the first one I tackle out of those you have?
Feel free to email me, Robin: abbyglasseberg @ comcast dot net You could look through my free patterns and sew the soft blocks. They are quite easy!
Ingrid Mijares says
No conocía esa tradición. Me encantó. El pepinillo está muy bonito. Gracias por compartir. Te deseo unas felices fiestas y un nuevo año lleno de muchos proyectos y metas cumplidos. Te envío muchas bendiciones para ti y para tu bella familia. Saludos desde Venezuela!!!
P.D.: Estoy corta de tiempo para coser, pero este proyecto se ve muy fácil y rápido de hacer, así que me animo. ❤
Ha ha! Love this pattern and the pickle joke! Thank you!