Something fun for your holiday home, or a great gift – you decide!
The countdown is on! There’s only a bit of time left for holiday crafting, but we know how much you love getting behind that sewing machine and creating! Here’s a project that’s easy to make, and that looks dynamite!
- Dritz® Liquid Stitch™ fabric glue
- 13-1/2” x 24” cardboard
- 13-1/2” x 24” batting (for board)
- 18” x 28” burlap
- 15” x 20” batting (for tree)
- sewing machine
- needle & thread
- 15 pieces 3” x 12” fabric strips (for tree)
- 1 piece 2” x 3” fabric (for trunk)
- Hot glue
- Household iron
Let’s get started! First you’ll glue the 13-1/2” piece of batting to the cardboard; then you’ll cover the batting and board with burlap and glue in place. Set this piece aside, and let’s start working on the fabric for the tree.
Cut 15 fabric strips for the tree (each 3” x 12”), and 1 strip for the trunk (2” x 3”). For each fabric strip, fold the long edges under 1” and press.
To create your tree fronds, arrange the fabric strips in the desired order, and pin the bottom strip to the 15” piece of batting. (Make sure you leave enough batting below the tree to apply the trunk.)
Working from the bottom up, cut approximately ½” to 1” off each consecutive strip. Center the strip and pin to the batting. Repeat until you reach the top.
FYI: our top strip is a 1” square. Some of the strips in the middle vary in length, and are not cut at exact 1” measurements. Determine how you want your tree to look by “trimming” it in small increments as you like.
Once all the strips are pinned down, use a zig zag stitch to sew the strips together and to secure it all to the batting underneath. Change thread and add the tree trunk fabric in the same way.
Carefully trim off all the excess batting from around the tree. This will leave the raw edges exposed. If you want the entire tree to have a more finished look, zig zag around everything before trimming.
Stitch or glue your buttons and embellishments to the tree, and then glue the finished tree to the burlap-covered base board.
Finish off by adding buttons below the tree if desired. Simply glue them directly to the burlap-covered base board.