|Patchsmith Quilted Tree|
|Sew-a-Straight-Line's Santa Cushions made by Susie|
First up how about a little bit of cross stitch? What looks difficult is really quite simple with this Nordic Christmas tree from Balades et Broderies:
|Balades et Broderies Nordic Tree Pattern|
|Stickeule Snowflake Tree|
|The Patchsmith's version of the Stickeule Snowflake Tree|
It you fancy something very quick and very easy look no further than Cosmo Cricket's cinnamon tree. I think this would make a lovely gift wrap accessory instead of a bow - very country, very chic.
|Cosmo Cricket's Cinnamon Tree|
Or even simpler – a scrap ribbon tree from Fireflies and Mud Pies. If you don't have a dry twig to hand you could still use a cinnamon stick:
Talking of ribbon here is an elegant ribbon tree from Star Inspirations:
|Ribbon and Beads from Star Inspirations|
And over at Homedit you will find felt trees that can be made as plain or fancy as you like (there are other ornaments as well):
|Felt Christmas Ornaments from Homedit|
I don't know about you but my buttons seem to multiply so I have more than enough to create a fabulous button topiary tree from Crafts ‘n Coffee. No needle or thread needed - just a fistful of buttons, some glue and a polystyrene cone:
|Button Tree from Crafts 'n Coffee|
And finally, there is always the wonderful pleated tree tutorial from Sew Lux. This is a seriously easy tree to make yet it looks so elegant:
|Pleated Tree from Sew Lux|
Unless that is, you're the Patchsmith and, in true Patchsmith style you get something a little wrong. It was my own fault ..... can you spot my mistake?
|Pleat pockets full of birds and hearts|
Yes, the pleats are upside down - doh! I used quick fuse applique and didn't pay attention to the direction of the tree. But I recovered the project by using the pleats as little pockets for a chubby bird and a few country hearts to create a folksy picture for the mantel.
However, I can't stop and chat - there are gingerbread trees to be made and eaten - like these from good 'ol Martha Stewart:
I look forward to seeing your Christmas 'makes-and-bakes' over at the Across the Pond Flickr group. Until then.......
|An upside-down pleated tree!|
|Martha Stewart's Lemon Iced Gingerbread Trees|