Every year I try to buy a nice, new Christmas tree decoration for the tree; this year I thought, why not make one? I decided to make a Christmas Tree (a tree for the tree); I really liked how it turned out so I figured I'd share the How To with you all. Everything I used can be bought in The Haberdashery.
Small piece of fabric of your choice for the tree (approx 25cm x 15cm)- I used our Cloud 9 Organic Cotton Christmas Holly Print fabric
Ribbon (I used our red and silver chevron ribbon)
How To Make a Christmas Tree Ornament:
- Make a christmas tree shape pattern piece- I used cartridge paper but you can use pattern paper, tracing paper, card, whatever suits you best. I made mine by folding in half a piece of paper that was no bigger than I wanted my finished ornament to be; I drew half a tree shape on it then cut it out. Mine measured approx 11cm x11cm at the widest point.
- Use this pattern piece to draw the shape onto your piece of fabric twice and cut both out, leaving a seam allowance of your choice (mine is about 7mm).
- Place the two pieces of fabric you cut out right sides together and stitch around the marked edge, starting at the trunk; leave the base of the trunk open.
- Clip round all the edges of the seam allowance so that when you turn the ornament right side out your tree has no buckles at in the corner points.
- Turn the ornament right side out. I use a little scissor-tweezers I bought years ago- I reach in the gap in the trunk and grab the tree tip, and pull through the opening. I then use a blunt pencil to poke the tips of the branches out- I find that anything else can poke through the fabric too easily and a chop stick isn't pointy enough for something so small.
- Using the pencil, poke small pieces of wadding into the cavity. I fill the branches first and then the main part of the tree to try keep it all very evenly stuffed.
- When fully stuffed, use a ladder stitch to close the base of the tree. This is a good video tutorial on how to ladder stitch.
- Now to decorate! I made a garland out of some sparkly ribbon we sell in the shop. I took a lenght of ribbon, folded the very tip down and in half so the raw edge was hidden; I stitched this to the tip of a bottom branch. Then I twisted and twisted the ribbon around itself, and around the tree too. When I was happy with the placement of the ribbon, I cut it so that it was long enough to finish on a top branch tip, and sewed it in place there.
- Next came the button-baubles. I stiched two buttons together and then stitched them to the tips of branches so that they dangled. But you could just stitch the buttons directly to the tree itself either.
- Finally, every tree needs a fairy! I used our dress me up garden fairy buttons for this! But of course, me being me, I had to also put a dinosaur on top of the tree... heehee!!