I wanted to make another tree themed decoration like my fabric Christmas trees and fabric Christmas tree bunting but decided that rather than using fabric I wanted to do something using crochet instead. I thought it would also be a great idea to do a bit more corner to corner crochet after completing my Christmas gnome cushion, so went down the route of making corner to corner crochet squares that could do the same as the fabric squares in my previous decorations. I also wanted to add in some decorations so added some red and blue baubles to the tree, I think I will make a couple more of these all with different coloured decorations and might even turn some into some bunting – if I don’t run out of time first!.
Corner to corner crochet Christmas trees:
Wool in different shades of green to make the tree
Brown wool for the trunk
Two different coloured wools for the decorations.
For one tree make one of each the of square sizes below:
Once you have your 4 squares take the largest square fold up one of the corners and sew to secure. The take the next square, fold up one of the corners and sew to secure then place on top of the previous square so the point of the folded edge is just below the bottom edge of the next square and sew to secure. Repeat with the remaining squares.
Next make the decorations and trunk using a 4mm hook:
Decorations (blue and red wool): Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring, fasten off leaving long thread to attach.
Trunk (brown wool): ch6, sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of the row.
Rows 1-4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.
Fasten off, leaving long thread to attach.
Attach the trunk to the bottom squares. then attach the decorations onto the folded points of the squares.
Next make the loop for the top of the tree using a 4mm hook and red wool:
Following on from my previousChristmas gnome I decided I needed to make a few more gnome themed Christmas items. The first idea which came to mind was for a cushion with a gnome detail, its also been a while since I had a chance to do some corner to corner crochet so I thought why not combine both together and do a corner to corner Christmas gnome cushion!. I wanted to add a bit of texture with the beard and nose so added in a different stitch to give that extra texture.
I love how this had turned out and am going to make a few more for Christmas gifts all with different colours for the gnome body and pompom. Hopefully I have enough time to make one for myself in time for Christmas too!.
The pattern to make this is now available over on my Etsy and Ravelry shops.
The last few months have been filled with Halloween makes and now that Halloween is finished for this year its time to move on to probably my most manic time of the year. I always have more ideas for things I want to make for Christmas than I ever get chance to make, and I don’t think this year will be any different – not helped by the fact i’ve got a massive cross stitch project on the go that I need finished in time for Christmas and I think has at least 3-4months of stitching left in it at the rate i’m currently going……..things could get interesting this year!
However, its not all bad as I have managed to get one of my first Christmas finished – only a small one but at least it is a start!.
I wanted to make a little fabric tree and I always like to use buttons in decorations so decided to combine them both in a fabric strip tree ornament with details added in by the buttons! I like this little small version, but think I will also make some larger ones using longer strips of fabric.
This would be a great way to use up scrap fabrics and spare buttons.
I need to make a few more of these to go with gifts so I had better I get a move on!
To make these little trees you will need:
Buttons – for the trunk and to go in-between each fabric fold.
Fabric – for this smaller tree a strip of 45 cm x 5cm, to make a larger sized tree just increase the length and width of the fabric.
Ribbon – piece of ribbon 10cm long.
Making the trees
1- Take the fabric strip and fold in half lengthways with right sides together so you have a strip 45×2.5cm wide, sew along the bottom and up the side edge to secure, leaving the top edge unsewn. Turn out the right way and slipstitch close the gap.
2- Fold the fabric into the tree shape by folding it backwards and forwards.
3- Take two of the buttons which will form the trunk and sew onto the middle of the bottom layer, then take two button for the next section and sew in the middle, fold the fabric back over the buttons and stitch to secure, then sew the next two buttons. Repeat this process with the remaining buttons and fabric layers. Leaving a 1cm strip of fabric loose at the top.
4- Once at the top of the tree fold the 1cm loose strip of fabric over, then take the ribbon, fold in half and place the raw edges under the folded strip. Sew to secure.