Easy to make Fabric Christmas Trees.
There are many different versions of these Fabric Trees but I prefer this simple design. They don't use much fabric and are quick and easy to sew. I used quilting cotton from the Fat Quarters selection at Hobbycraft. Fat Quarters are great; they're usually packed in coordinating bundles of 50cm x 55cm fabric pieces - also great for making face masks.
For each Fabric Christmas Tree you need six triangles that are the same size and symmetrical. I wanted to make three different sizes. I measured:
Large Tree: 9" x 7" (23 cm x 18 cm)
Medium Tree: 7" x 5" (18 cm x 13 cm)
Small Tree: 6" x 3" (15 cm x 8 cm)
Of course you can make them any size you like, however, something too big will take a lot of stuffing and something too small is going to be fiddly to stuff.
You will also need stuffing to fill your Fabric ChristmasTrees. I tend to save old pillows and cushions for this type of project. You always need more stuffing than you think as you have to pack it quite tight so that the Fabric Christmas Trees can stand unsupported. To make these three Trees I used about 3/4 of the stuffing from a medium sized cushion.
1. Place two triangle pieces, right sides together, and sew all around the edges. I used a seam allowance of 1/4" (0.5 cm). Leave an opening of approximately 2" (5 cm) at the bottom for turning out and stuffing.
2. Being careful not to cut through any stitching, clip the three corners off to reduce bulk when you turn out.
3. Turn your piece so it is right sides out. Gently push out the corners (I used closed scissors) and press with an iron. Also, press under your seam allowance where you left a gap.
4. Repeat Steps 1 - 3 with your other two triangle pieces.
5. Lay your three fabric triangles on top of each other and mark a line (with chalk or fabric marker) from the top point down to the centre of the bottom. Sew through all three triangles backstitching at the top and bottom for reinforcement.
6. You will now have six sections to stuff! Break off small pieces of your stuffing and make sure you pack it nice and tightly. I used a chop stick to help.
7. Once the Fabric Christmas Trees are tightly stuffed and feeling sturdy hand stitch the openings closed.
You may now choose to 'decorate' your Fabric Christmas Trees with beads or sequins! I kept these ones simple, only adding a star.