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Video tutorial: Patchwork Christmas tree softie – free quick and easy project

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial

I’ve made a few Christmas tree softies over the years. They make a great Christmas gift for friends and family. And you can use all your favourite fabric scraps.

How to make a Patchwork Christmas tree ornament

Learn to make this Christmas ornament in 3 minutes:

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Materials

  • 36 x 2 inch squares of fabric
  • felt scraps for the star and the bottom of the cone
  • embroidery floss
  • stuffing or batting scraps
  • one sided fusible interfacing

Download Patchwork Christmas tree ornament pattern (pdf). Use the pattern to cut the cone shape, the star and the cone base.

Make trees in different colour schemes and in different sizes. This is the time to use all those fabric scraps you have around the house.

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial - Christmas ornament

Stitch any embellishments such as bows, stitch little beads, add a felt star to the top. So many options!

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial - Christmas ornament

I quite like it with a felt star on the top.
Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial

Tutorial: Merry Christmas bunting

Christmas bunting tutorial - free motion embroidery applique

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Here is my favourite Christmas decoration. It’s quite long at 140″ but can be adjusted.

Patterns

Fabric needs

  • assorted scrap fabric in white and red for the appliqué. Use fabrics that will have enough contrast so the design shows through
  • assorted scrap fabric in white, green and red for the triangles
  • lightweight fusible interfacing for the flags
  • black thread
  • felt scraps in beige
  • stranded cotton in beige
  • double sided interfacing for the appliqué
  • 140″  x 1 1/2″ bias tape in red, green or white

Tracing and fusing the appliqué

Trace the appliqué on to the double sided interfacing. I only used interfacing for cotton fabrics. The felt pieces weren’t fused, just pinned in place and stitched by hand.

Cut each shape roughly leaving some space around each shape and fuse to the fabric, then to the triangles following the manufacturer’s instructions. I used Heat’n Bond, the light variety.

After ironing, cut each shape and place on the flag. Place all shapes together and fuse at once.

Draw the eyes, the snowman buttons and any other lines you will be stitching along.

After the fabric is fused, cut the felt pieces and stitch to the design.

Now iron on the lightweight fusible interfacing to the back of the triangle. The interfacing will make the bunting sit better but it will also act as stabiliser for the appliqué.

Now the fun part starts. Using black thread stitch all around the appliqué edges as in the original paper sketches.

Don’t worry if your lines aren’t straight, mine are pretty rough.

Go around each line at least twice. I used the darning foot but didn’t lower the dogs so the fabric wasn’t too loose. I found that I didn’t have so much control with the dogs down.

You will end up with a lot of threads at the end of it. Just cut them close to the fabric so they don’t show through the fabric.

 

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Close ups

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Now let’s add all the lettering MERRY XMAS.

Download the typography (pdf), print it and proceed to fuse it to the flags.

Cut 9 flags and fuse the letters to the flags.

Cut 9 triangles of one sided fusible interfacing and iron to the back of each flag.

Then draw the inside lines of each letter to make it 3D as per pattern.

Stitch around each line and around the edge of each letter as per picture below).

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Now you will need to add some backing to each flag. Cut 13 triangles in a matching fabric or calico.

Place front and back flags right sides together and stitch around 2 sides leaving the top open to turn inside out. Trim the pointy end of the triangle before turning inside out.

Note: I forgot to take a picture of this step so the photos below are from a similar project.

Turn inside out and push the corner out with a pointy blunt instrument. Iron flat.

Top stitch each triangle around 3 sides leaving a one quarter seam allowance.

Trim the open end of each triangle.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

The triangles are ready to be placed on the bias tape.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Sewing the bunting to the bias tape

Distribute the flags along the strip.

Fold the strip in half and pin it in the middle. Use this mark to place the first flag.

After pinning the first flag, continue to place a flag on each side leaving 3 ½ inches separation between flags.

After all flags have been pinned, top stitch along the strip.

Fold both ends of the strp to make a hook as per picture.

Stitch.

All done.

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Christmas bunting tutorial - Raw edge free motion embroidery

Favourite Christmas tutorials

9 Christmas tutorials

These are some of my favourite Christmas tutorials.

There is a bit of everything: patchwork, embroidery, appliqué, fabric folding.

  1. Embroidered quilt tutorial: Part I and Part II
    This is a beginner embroidery and patchwork quilt.
  2. Christmas embroidery mounted on canvas
    One of my favourite Christmas pieces of all times.
  3. Patchwork Christmas tutorial
    Easy Christmas ornament you can make with some fabric scraps and felt.
  4. Little Forest wall hanging
    V
    ery modern wall hanging that is quick and easy to make.
  5. Patchwork Christmas tree
    V
    ariation of number 3. You can adapt the pattern to make bigger or smaller trees and make a little forest in different colours.
  6. Sweet Christmas tray cover
    T
    he embroidery belongs to a book by Aimee I contributed to. Details on the blog post.
  7. No sew Christmas ornament
    R
    ibbon, headpins and a polystyrene ball is all that is required to make this Christmas ornament.
  8. Père-Noël zigzag quilt tutorial
    E
    asy quilt using just strips of fabric to make a zig zag pattern. Use charm squares or jelly rolls to make this quilt top. The quilt is finished with embroidery.
  9. Christmas bunting
    T
    his is one of my favourite Christmas ornaments. The appliqués are attached using raw edge free motion machine embroidery. Give it a go!