Hand-stitched Pojagi Circle Ornament

pojagi circle ornament with title.

If you’re looking for a special hand-stitching project, this circle ornament is a wonderful choice. It is a quick and easy way to try some new techniques and will give you a piece you can enjoy for many years.

The ornament uses traditional Korean stitching techniques in new ways. The sample is made with lightweight linen and perle cotton, which are easy to work with, but it can be made with other materials as well. Traditional silk is beautiful, but sometimes difficult to find.

Materials & Supplies

You only need a few things for this project


Lightweight linen is a perfect choice for beginners. It is easy to work with and stitch and it comes in a variety of colours. If you know someone who sews, ask them if they have scrap pieces you can have.

  • two pieces 2-1/2″ x 4″ colour one
  • two pieces 2-1/2″ x 2″ colour two
  • two pieces 2″ x 2″ colour three

If you don’t use linen, other fabrics can be used, but look for natural fibres. The fabric needs to be able to hold a crease, so fabrics with stretch or polyester content will be difficult to work with.


Choose the thread weight to match the weight of the fabric. The sample uses size 12 perle cotton with lightweight linen. If you have heavier linen, you will want a heavier thread like size 8 perle cotton.

pink perle cotton

Any colour can be used, but traditionally a contrasting colour is chosen to be part of the design. Your stitches will be visible.

Other Materials

  • Some small piece of lightweight cardboard (like a cereal box)
  • small pieces of batting
  • tacky glue


Only a few basic tools are needed. You probably already have most of them.

hera fabric marker held in a hand.
  • scissors
  • needle (with a large eye like a cross stitch or crewel needle)
  • pins
  • clips (optional)
  • ruler or straight edge
epida designs pojagi ad.

Making the ornament

Stitch the sides

Join three fabric pieces together using the traditional pojagi seam technique. You can see that the fabric size is approximate and the outer edges don’t have to be clean and straight.

linen pieces joined with traditional pojagi seam.

Join the other three pieces in the same way, but IN A MIRROR IMAGE layout.

two mirror image pojagi pieces.

Assemble the pieces

Cut two three-inch circles from the lightweight cardboard and batting.

layering the batting and cardboard for pojagi circle ornament.

Lay the batting and cardboard on to the reverse side of the pojagi piece. The batting will be closest to the fabric.

Trim the corners to reduce fabric bulk.

laying the inside on the back of the pojagi piece.

Fold the edges of the fabric over and glue to the cardboard with tacky glue. They can be held in place with clips while the glue dries if you like.

holding the edges in place with clips for glue to dry.

Once the glue is dry, remove the clips.

finished circle for the pojagi circle ornament.

Repeat with the other piece to make another circle. Before gluing, double check that the two pieces will line up when placed wrong sides together.

aligning the two circles pieces.

Join the pieces

Now the two mirror image circles will be joined into the ornament.

two circles for the pojagi circle ornament.

Place the two circles wrong sides together, lining up the seams.

placing the circles wrong sides together.

Make a hanging loop by braiding three 12″ strands of thread and knotting each end. Tuck this between the circles at the top. You can hold in place with a piece of tape if that is helpful.

hanging loop for the pojagi circle ornament.

Bring a length of thread up in the edge of one of the sides, hiding the knot on the inside.

edge stitching the pojagi circle ornament.

Stitch the two circles together using the Pojagi Edge Stitch.

close up of edge stitch on circle pojagi ornament.

Stitch all the way around the circle.

You’re done!

finished pojagi circle ornament on table.

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Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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