Fabric Christmas Tree Decorations

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 I have now decided to focus on some of my sewing Christmas makes.  First up is a fabric Christmas tree, these are perfect presents if you are needing to post them as they are nice and flat so are easy to post without having to box everything up.

I made these using fat quarters from the Christmas Birdhouse  and Essential trends (red) fat quarter sets by The Craft Cotton Company.

To make one tree you will need:

2 pieces of fabric:

5×5 cm, 7×7 cm, 9×9 cm, 11×11 cm, 13×13 cm, 4x5cm.

10 cm ribbon.

5 buttons.

Take each of the two 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.

Lay the square pieces out so each one is lying on top of the largest square, then starting with the smallest square fold up the bottom point and sew to secure.  Next sew a button onto the folded up part of the square.  Repeat with the remaining squares.

Take the rectangular piece and place on the back of the largest square 1cm up from the base and in the middle and slip stitch along the top edge of the rectangle to secure.

Take the ribbon, fold in half place on the back of the smallest square 1cm from the top point 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!