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!

36 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. 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.

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

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

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  15. 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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  16. Oh my gosh - these are so cute!

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

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  19. 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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    1. Oh that sounds nice I’ve seen them fine with fleece especially Buffalo check done that way. I recently saw a friends tree she was given as a gift and I liked the way her edges were too. The sewer did a top stitch towards the edge and it made it look very professionally sewn. She did a great job seeing the bottom. My mother was a fantastic sewer and I wish I had learned more from her. I took a lesson when I was 9 and made a Buffy from family affair style dress. We had a fashion show and my dress won. It went in to other contests but it only won at the JC Penny singer sewing class I took in 1972. I didn’t do much sewing after that except simple bending by hand. Later after I had a daughter I started to do simple repairs with my mothers tabletop machine. She rarely used it. She had an expensive machine with a lot of cams and was in a beautiful wooden desk. Oh how I wish I would’ve kept that machine. I didn’t know how to use it and was intimidated by it. I tried selling it but people who were interested wanted to by it way too cheap. Many brother snd I bought it for my
      Moms 50th birthday and we knew the cost of the machine and desk. She was meticulous in how she kept it too. I ended up giving it to a friends teenage girls who were fantastic sewers. They even made prom dresses and coats. I knew my mom would have a smile on her face knowing 2 nice young girls were using her machine rather than a stranger buying it for a steal. It made me happier too. Eventually about 3 yrs ago I took a sewing lesson and have been slowly retracting myself and I’m amazed with 1 sewing class and 3 years avid sewing how good some of my projects come out. I’m not experienced by any means but I’m love the sewing and wish I’d kept up and learned more sooner. I’m now 59 and have a simple tabletop machine myself. It’s a little outdated and my bobbin post broke off so I bought a bobbin machine which I’ll always still get use of but in 8 months I’ll be 60 and hopefully my wish for the next level machine will be granted.

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  20. 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...
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    1. I like what you are doing, mpo999 it will be a very good thing

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  21. 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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  22. I love these trees. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. 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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  24. Made one of these years ago but the jewelry dept of a store, they stuck their Christmas pins on it... I made mine out of the panche' 2 shades of green

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