These decorations are a perfect quick Christmas sewing make – they also make great gifts.
Its that time of year where it all gets a little manic as I realise theres not long left for me to finish off all my Christmas present makes, no mater how early I start I always seem to end up at this stage with me looking at the calendar wondering if I will actually manage to get them all finished. Luckily I have always managed to finish just in time – although I have been known to be frantically finishing off an item on Christmas Eve ready for the next day!
I have got most of the Elf gift bags finished, and have now decided to focus on some of my sewing Christmas makes. First up is a fabric Christmas tree, these are perfect presents – especially if you are needing to post them as they are nice and flat.
I made these using fat quarters from the Christmas Birdhouse and Essential trends (red version) fat quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company.
Take two pieces of the same size and placing right sides together sew around leaving a gap for turning. Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed. Repeat with the remaining pieces, ending up with 5 squares.
Lay out the squares on top of each other in size order from largest to smallest.
Starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure, next sew a button onto the folded part of the square. Repeat with the remaining squares.
Take the two trunk fabric pieces, and placing right sides together sew down the side, along the bottom and up the other side leaving the top edge unsewn. Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed.
Sew the trunk onto the back of the largest square 1cm up from the bottom edge.
Take the ribbon and fold in half, place on the back of the smallest square 1cm down from the top of the square and sew to secure.
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:
Since making my Christmas tree decorations two years ago (how 2 years have gone by since making them is crazy!) I have been meaning to make a few more, but rather than doing them the same as the previous trees I wanted to make them a little smaller so I could use them for tags on smaller gifts and to just have some smaller sized decorations for about the house. There is also a pattern available for a crochet version of these trees.
I made these using fabric gifted from The Craft Cotton Company – there is a random assortment of pattern designs which I have collected.
The trees are 7cm (at their widest point on the bottom square) by 12cm (from top of the tree to the bottom of the trunk.
2 pieces of fabric of each of the following sizes:
4×4cm, 5×5cm, 6×6cm, 7×7cm (for the main tree).
1 piece of fabric 2x5cm (for the tree trunk).
1 piece of ribbon 5cm.
Making the trees
Take each of the two fabric pieces and placing right sides together sew around leaving a gap for turning.
Turn out the right way, press and slip stitch the gap closed.
Take the biggest fabric square and overlap the next slightly smaller square on top, repeat with the remaining squares decreasing in size as you go.
Now starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure, repeat with the remaining squares.
Take the 2x5cm piece of fabric and fold in half (placing right sides together) so you have a folded piece of fabric 2×2.5cm, sew down each side leaving the top edge unsewn.
Turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed.
Take this tree trunk piece and place on the back of the tree 0.5cm up from the bottom edge of the largest square and sew along the top edge of the trunk to secure.
Take the ribbon, fold it in half and sew onto the back of the top of the tree.
Sew a button onto the folded up part of the square of the bottom three squares.