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Hand-crafted Christmas decorations really set the scene and tone for a warm and homely festive season.
This little project was the first I had published in British Patchwork & Quilting magazine, as I mentioned in a previous post in which I thanked the then Editor of the magazine for giving me the opportunity to have this project featured.
It’s a simple, charming and very-easy-to-make little patchwork Christmas Tree decoration. I hope you enjoy making it!
This pattern will enable you to make three small decorations measuring approximately 4” x 3”.
For three decorations, you will need:
- Christmas Tree – one piece of spotty fabric measuring 6” x 5”
- Tree trunk – one strip in dark green measuring 5” x 1.5”
- Background – one piece in white measuring 14” x 6”
- Borders – three pieces in stripy fabric measuring 4” x 6”
- Backing – three pieces measuring 5” x 4”, in either of the above fabrics
- Ribbon – one strip measuring 12”
All measurements in these instructions include a seam allowance of 0.5″ (unless stated). Fabric quantities have been calculated with this in mind. If you prefer to work with a smaller seam allowance, adjust the measurements accordingly.
- Cut out the ‘tree top’ and ‘background’ shapes in their corresponding fabrics, following the templates provided, making sure to add the seam allowance before you cut the fabric. Position the tree template as indicated in the diagram (below), to cut three tree tops from the piece of fabric for the Christmas tree. With taylor’s chalk or pencil, mark points A and B on the right side of the fabric (Photo 1).
- With right sides together, sew the ‘tree top’ to the left ‘background’ piece along the diagonal side, making sure points A on both fabrics are aligned (Photo 2). Once sewn, press seams flat and trim excess. Repeat for the other side ensuring points B are aligned (Photo 3).
- To make the tree trunks, cut two strips measuring 1.75” x 4.5” from the background fabric. Sew these background strips to the trunk strip so that the trunk strip is in the middle; press seams open and trim excess. From this strip cut three ‘tree trunk’ shapes each measuring 1.5” high.
- Sew the tree trunk piece to the tree top piece (Photo 4), making sure the centre of the trunk is centre-aligned to the top of the tree (either do this by using a ruler, or by folding the pieces and finding the centre). Press seam open and trim excess.
- For the borders, from each piece of border fabric, cut four strips measuring 1.5” x 4” (stripes should run across the shorter width of the rectangle).
- Sew the side borders first; press seams outwards and trim excess. Next sew the top and bottom borders (Photo 5). Press seams outwards and trim excess. This is now the front piece of the decoration.
- Next, cut about 4” from the ribbon strip, fold it and centre it on the facing side of the top border, with the loose ends pointing upwards. Tack loosely (Photo 6).
- Place the backing fabric on top of the decoration top, right sides facing, and sew both pieces leaving a 2” gap for turning. Trim excess fabric and corner points (Photo 7), and turn inside out. Press and slip-stitch opening. Repeat for the other two decorations, hang on tree and enjoy!
Draw the template using the measurements indicated in the diagram below. Remember to add your seam allowance before cutting out the fabric. With a taylor’s chalk or pencil, mark points A and B on the right sides of the fabric, and join the points when sewing the pieces together.
STOP PRESS: In December 2018 I’m giving away 5 original kits to make the little Christmas tree decorations, as pictured above, to followers of my blog. The winners will be selected at random on Sunday 9th December. So if you like this pattern and would like to keep up-to-date with my adventures in quilting and crafting, subscribe to my blog and good luck! Mel x
Why not try different colourways? It’s a great way to use up scraps of fabric and to tie in with any decor!
Please note these decorations are not toys.
Please respect the copyright of the designer. The design, instructions and diagrams are copyright of the designer, Melanie Vincent. You are free to use this pattern as long as you are not making any financial gain from it. Enjoy making and gifting!
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