December heralds the start of the Christmas season and this
year I am well prepared. The cards are
written, food is ordered and presents are wrapped – yes wrapped!
has left me plenty of time to indulge in some sewing for December’s Across the
Pond project. Amy, Susie and I have each
taken a theme and come up with some free projects for you to enjoy. My theme is CHRISTMAS TREES and I have found
some great projects for you.
But more about those next week. This week I would like to share my own FREE QuiltedChristmas Tree project. So grab a cuppa
and find a comfy seat as there is a lot to get through. Ready?
First - download the handy PDF pattern sheet HERE which comes complete with colour diagrams and easy-to-follow
The Patchsmith’s Quilted Tree
(finished size approx 5” x 8”)
make your tree from just one fabric or you can use a different fabrics for each
section of the tree. I quilted my fabric using 4oz polyester batting which I then pressed with a hot iron. This made my
quilted squares nice and firm. Oh and before I forget, all
seams are ¼” and are included in the pattern template but a smidgen either way won't make a lot of difference.
one tree you will need:
12” square of quilted fabric
OR three 6” x 10”
quilted rectangles. If you are quilting your fabric specifically for this project then you
will only need front fabric and batting – there is no need for backing fabric
as the tree is lined.
12” square of lining fabric
1. Using the template from the pattern
sheet, cut three triangles from the quilted fabric and three triangles from
2. With rights sides together stitch one
outer quilted triangle and one lining triangle together along the bottom curved
edge. Repeat to make three units.
4. With right sides together, stitch the
three units together along the long sides as shown. (I found it easier to start stitching at the centre and stitch out towards the points.)
|Your tree will look like this once|
two units have been stitched together.
5. Continue until all sides are stitched
together but leave a 3” gap in the lining of the final seam, for turning the
6. Trim the tips of the tree taking care not to cut too close to the intersection.
7. Turn the tree right sides out and
slip-stitch the gap closed.
|Use a chopstick to help |
when turning the tree right side out.
|The tree top will be slightly rounded|
due to the thickness of the seams.
8. Push the lining inside the tree so that
a small rim of lining shows around the bottom edge.
|It looks like the tree has binding around the bottom doesn't it?|
you have it - one quilted tree. You can leave
it plain for a country look or decorate
the tree using buttons, rick-rack or pom-poms .....
quilted trees are not your thing come back next Sunday when I will showcase some alternative ways to have fun
with trees this Christmas.
to know what themes Amy and Susie have chosen for this special month? Then you should head straight over to Susie's Sunroom for a glimpse of a very special man before popping into AmyMade That for some snowy inspiration.
go – I have to convince that merry fella to include me on his ‘GOOD’ list this
year. Surely, oh surely I can make it onto that list for one year in my life!