- 36 x 2 inch squares
- fabric scraps for the bottom of the softie
- a stone or weight
- some ribbon
- fusible interfacing
The fusible interfacing will make the square quite stiff which is ideal for this softie.
Use a pair of compasses to draw your pattern on a piece of paper measuring around 11 in x 11 in wide. Place one leg on the corner of the paper and the other leg on the edge of the paper and draw a curve from corner to corner. Cut along the line drawn and pin pattern on the patchwork piece (see picture below).
Your patchwork piece will look like below. You can use the leftover patchwork to make a mini tree by following the method explained below and adjusting the size of the circle to match the leftover patchwork.
Fold the piece in half right side facing together making sure corners match, pin and stitch along the straight line.
Turn inside out.
Detail of tree showing the stiffness of the piece.
Place the tree on a piece of paper and make two marks on opposite sides. Then add 1/4 inch to each side.
Placing the leg of the compass half way between both marks, draw a circle. This is your pattern.
Use the pattern to cut the fabric and fusible interfacing for the softies bottom. You can use felt without the interfacing instead of fabric if you wish.
Iron interfacing to the fabric and pin the circle.
Filling the tree softie
Turn the tree inside out.
Pin the bottom circle piece to the tree.
Stitch leaving a 2 inch opening.
Turn inside out using the 2 inch opening.
Fill tree softie with polyfill.
Insert the weight.
Sew the 2 inch opening.
Stitch any embellishments such as bows, stitch little beads, add a felt star to the top.
See my other Christmas tree softie tutorial.