Category Archives: sewing

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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  • 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

Book: Patchwork Embroidery

Book cover

I have been so busy I forgot to share the news!

The latest Aimee Ray’s book Patchwork Embroidery was released in November.

I contributed 3 projects to the book. The projects were designed by me, Aimee provided the art work and I made the items. All the projects have a patchwork component as well as embroidery.

Have a look at my projects. Which one do you like best?

A lunch box

Lunch box

A tic-tac-toe board

This one is my favourite and the easiest to make of the 3.

Tic tac toe board

Australian animals baby book

Baby book

The book is beautiful, as all Aimee’s books are. I totally recommend it – disclaimer: I’m not making any money out of this book because I made the projects on commission.

Video tutorial: Log cabin – quick and easy quilt block

Log cabin quilt block video tutorial

This is a very simple log cabin quilt block.

Learn to make a log cabin block in less than 2 minutes

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Block size

11 inch square


Block 1

  • 1 blue 4 inch square
  • 2 white 4 x 2 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 white 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch strip
  • 2 blue 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 blue x 2 1/4 inch strips

Block 2

  • 1 white 4 inch square
  • 2 green 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch strip
  • 2 green 4 x 2 1/4 inch strip
  • 2 white 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch strip
  • 2 white 11 x 2 1/4 inch strip