Handmade Christmas trees

I seem to have a soft spot for Christmas tree craft. I have done 5 types of Christmas trees using different techniques in the past three or four years.

One of my favourites is the Patchwork tree softie. This tree softie is made with the smallest of scraps and is super easy to make. You can even make a little forest in different sizes!

The easiest and quickest by far is possibly the Christmas tree softie. I recommend you use the Patchwork tree softie pattern instead of the one provided as the patchwork tree sits a lot better.

There’s a third tree softie I made last year using embroidery as the main technique. It is the Embroidered Christmas tree softie. I like the effect of using long and short stitch in a gradient.

Finally, if you prefer a no sew project I have made two trees this way using head pins and polystyrene cones.

The Snowed top Christmas tree was my first of this kind. Unfortunately I don’t have a pattern for this tree as it belongs in a book I contributed this project for.

And finally there is the No sew Christmas tree ornament that I made as I got into fabric manipulation (see my 41 fabric manipulations I have used in the making of 2 textured quilts). It uses fabric scraps, ribbon and sequins pinned to a polystyrene cone.

I hope you enjoy making these. And if you do please share a photo in my Flickr group.

No sew Christmas ornaments using styrofoam

Fabric, ribbon and heaps of headpins is all you need to make these 4 Christmas decorations. All of them are easy enough to make with young kids.

All four Christmas ornaments are made using a polystyrene shape, fabric or ribbon and head pins.

No sew Christmas tree

This treel is made with polystyrene cone, head pins, fabric, ribbon and sequins.

No sew Christmas ornament

This Christmas ball is made with with a ball covered by wide ribbon in matching colours attached to the ball using head pins.

No sew Christmas wreath

Use wide ribbon to make this wreath though it can be made as well with fabric folded as per instructions. For a more country look use checks fabric.

Quilted Christmas ball

These are called quilted Christmas ornaments and you can make them in different ways. My post shows you the simplest way to make a quilted Christmas ball.

Enjoy making these ornaments and show your pictures at TeresaDownUnder flickr group.



Gathered coin purse pattern

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This is my third coin purse. I saw this purse on a Russian site and I wanted to try it. I made my first purse using the pattern on the Russian site but then I wanted to change it a bit to make the opening a bit larger so I made a new pattern that you can download below:

Materials

  • 2 1/5 to 2 3/4 inch round purse frame.
  • fabric scraps for exterior, lining and gather
  • fusible interfacing

Instructions

Seam allowances are 1/4 inch.

Cut the pieces using the pattern provided. To cut the side panel fold the fabric and place the paper shape aligned with the fabric fold.

Lining

With right side together stitch the lining pieces along the curved side. Leave top open.

Leave a 1 1/5 inch opening on the bottom to turn purse inside out.

Press the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the exterior pieces.

Now, using a basting stitch on your machine, stitch along both sides of the panel piece.

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Take the thread below and hold, then take the thread on top and pull to produce a gather effect.

Do on both sides and make sure that all gathers align nicely. This will avoid a twisted gather like the one I had in my first purse. The panel piece should measure 8 3/4 inches at the end of the gathering exercise.

Now baste the side panel to one side of the purse starting at the marking on the pattern. If your panel piece measures 8 3/4 both ends will finish at the pattern markings.

Do the same with the other side.

Now stitch from marking to marking on the machine.

Turn inside out.

Now place the exterior purse piece inside the lining piece as per picture below.

Align the top edges and pin.

Stitch all along the top edge.

Now turn the purse inside out through the opening in the lining.

Close the opening using a ladder stitch.

This time I had a purse frame that needed to be glued. It was a bit fiddly and felt I had less control than with the other type of frame I’ve used before.

But it worked!

So this is my third purse.

And maybe the cutest.

The purse I made using the Russian website pattern. It is not as high and the opening is smaller but the differences are minimal. You could use either pattern.