So this is not my idea but I thought it was a good one.
Cut some simple shapes either by hand or I used SNC and basic shapes cut at 4inch high.
Lay on top of some felt slightly bigger add a piece of ribbon or jute twine in-between the two layers and stitch in place, then carry on working your way down the shape using decorative stitches from your machine.
I also used a blanket stitch around the outside edge, then I cut the felt away around the shape. On the oval shape one I trimmed close to the stitches but on the triangle I left about 2mm of felt showing I think I prefer it that way.
These could be made really big and hung on a craft room wall for Christmas too.