Sewing Tutorial: Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations – Perfect For A Last Minute Make

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.

Fabric was gifted by The Craft Cotton Company.

There is also another tutorial available for a smaller version of these trees – fabric Christmas trees take 2! As well as one for fabric tree bunting and also a crochet version too!

Christmas Tree Decoration Tutorial

Materials

To make one tree you will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric for the 5 squares:
    • 5×5 cm, 7×7 cm, 9×9 cm, 11×11 cm, 13×13 cm
  • 2 pieces of fabric for the trunk:
    • 4x5cm.
  • 10 cm ribbon.
  • 5 buttons.

Assembly

  • 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.

Perfect find for someone who loves trees… Crochet leaf coasters!

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I was racking my brain for a crafty gift idea for a relative that might be relevant to their love of trees, plants and all things nature when I came upon this perfect pattern for some crochet leaf coasters. I was flicking through a bunch of old magazines I had amassed when I saw this pattern in Inside Crochet (Issue 50). The fact I had some left over 4ply cotton in varying shades of green and brown made it even better…

 

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This project was rated as 3 out of 5 stars for difficulty. I was a bit nervous to start with as it was a relatively complex pattern for me and I was still quite a beginner. It had varying stitch placements, number of stitches and quick variations in the type of stitches. This pattern also introduced me to the DC picot stitch. However, despite this, after only a few starts and re-starts I got the hang of the pattern relatively quickly. I had to focus on following the pattern closely when completing the first one but I eventually did it, although I doubt it was in record time! Once I had completed the first one, it was much easier to work through the remaining 5 needed to compete the set! Now that they are all completed, I am very happy with how they turned out… so happy in fact I made some extra ones for myself!

 

The moral of this make – never throw away an old magazine or left over wool… It will always come in handy!