Friday, December 10, 2010

Festive Stuffed Christmas Trees

I came up with this pattern a couple years ago for a craft fair and it turned out to be really popular. By using all kinds of different fabrics and colors, the trees appeal to everyone! Maybe I should be keeping my tree design a secret since it's so well-loved, but I've been asked to share it with you.

Start out with this tree pattern. Re-size as desired and print out a copy. The size I usually use is about 11 inches tall. Smaller trees can be hard to stuff.
Trace the pattern on fabric and cut out the pieces. You'll need 4 pieces for each tree.
Pin right sides together and you'll have 2 sets of trees.
Sew along the edges, but not the bottom using a .25 inch seam allowance.

Turn the trees right-side out and press all the seams flat. This will make the next step much easier. (Yes, I have a leopard print ironing board cover. My purchase was not appreciated by Hubby!)Place the two trees on top of each other and line up all the corners. Measure down the middle and mark with pins.

Sew along the middle of the trees and you'll end up with 4 sections as shown in the picture.
Stuff each of the 4 sections.
Pin each section closed.
Hand sew the bottom.
Add any embellishments such as ribbons, bells, etc.
This is my favorite: Ho Ho Ho!
Also super cute in fleece for kids!
And more of a winter theme...

Stay tuned for part 2 of this tutorial with more fun fabrics!

27 comments :

  1. A friend made me one of those trees for Christmas year ago! Now I know how she did it. Thanks.

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  2. Son muy bonitos y con telas muy originales. Yo también hice este año. Mire mi blog.
    Bonito tu blog.

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  3. I made a few of these this year--I love them--no matter how you make them they look so much fancier than the easy process would have you think--you can see here: http://sweetbeebuzzings.blogspot.com/2010/11/rick-racking-aroundthe-christmas-tree.html
    (I love the ho-ho-ho one best, I think):)

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  4. Cute trees and cute fabric! I've never made these, but I just might sometime :)

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  5. You and your stuffed holiday garb. I love it!!

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  6. These are So cute! And it looks simple enough that even this sewing novice could do it...yay! :> Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Hey Lisa! My icing is just powdered sugar, food coloring, and water. Make it thick for outline and then thin it out for a flowing icing. I let them set up overnight.
    Love those trees, that tutorial makes it look even easy to me :)
    mickey

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  8. I love these trees. I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing. Linking over from decor mamma. I would love if you would check out my blog at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. I you decide to follow (which I would love) I would be happy to follow you back. Just leave me a comment letting me know you are my latest follower. Thanks.

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  9. Hi Lisa. I love your stuffed trees! I actually have one of these that my great grandmother made before I was born! So it's really neat to see someone else making them, and your fabrics are very cute!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites! Hope you can come by next Thursday for the Christmas Recipe Party!

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  10. I love these trees very cute. Thanks for popping by my blog

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  11. Very cute. I've always loved these trees!

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  12. I love these Christmas trees!! My mom made me a Christmas tree with matching placemats and napkins that I use every holiday seasons . . . I never get tired of it.

    Thank you for following my blog . . . I'm following you back as well. Hey, I'm glad I helped you not let that wine go to waste :-)

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    . . . and many more!

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  13. These are SO cute! And easy to boot! I think I'll have a whip up a few of these this year. Thanks for the great idea!

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  14. Awwwww, those are so cute! If only I had sewing skills. HA!

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  15. So cute! Too bad my sewing machine is in permanent retirement mode, lol!

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  16. I just love these! I am doing a bit of a turquoise Christmas this year and how fun would it be to have a bunch of these with lovely turquoise patterns!

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  17. Oh my gosh - these are so cute!

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  18. I can see why this was so popular, it is adorable. Love the whimsy of it all. Thank you for sharing your secret :)

    Would you please link these up to **6 weeks 2 JINGLE** my special Christmas party. I would really love to have them.

    Bella :)

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  19. Yeah, a tutorial! I would never be able to do one without lots of instruction! ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  20. I make these too! I usually use three sets of two, and I don't turn them. I sew wrong sides together, I like the frayed effect. Looks like a real tree!
    http://meli-melo-art.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-mantel.html

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  21. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...
    Barb

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  22. Hi there! I made a version with the help of your tutorial!Come check it out! :)

    http://violetelephant.blogspot.com/2010/12/soft-christmas-trees.html

    Merry Christmas!

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  23. I love these trees. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. How cute! I stopped by looking for a xmas tree outline .. but glad I read through your post :-)

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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