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Friday, 1 November 2013

Tutorial: Make a Christmas Tree decoration

Handmade felt Christmas Tree decorationToday I'm going to show you how to make a sweet and simple Christmas Tree decoration. It requires basic sewing skills. When I was little there was always a special Christmas Tree decoration in my Stocking on Christmas morning. You could make one as a Stocking filler for your little ones. You could even personalise it by putting their initial on the front. (You can enter my contest to win a personalized Christmas Stocking handmade by me until 12th November 2013. Click here to enter.)

What you will need
Green felt
Paper
Pencils
Paper scissors
Red embroidery thread
Needle
Sharp, small sewing scissors
Pins
Red ribbon
Button
Stuffing or wadding cut into small pieces

Christmas tree template
 1. Make a template
Take your piece of paper and fold it in half. Draw half a Christmas tree shape. Make it a very simple shape - nice straight lines which are easy to cut and sew along. Cut the shape out, on the fold, so that you get a perfectly symmetrical template.

2. Pin your template to the felt
Use lots of pins so that your template does not slip. Cut around the template with your sewing scissors. Repeat this step so that you have two felt Christmas tree shapes.

3. Sew the pieces together
Christmas tree cut out of feltChristmas tree shapes cut out of feltPlace the felt Christmas tree shapes on top of each other. Take your embroidery thread and cut a nice long piece, hopefully enough to sew all the way around your Christmas tree. Use three of the six strands of embroidery thread. Start your sewing about 1cm (half an inch) from the tip of the Christmas tree. Over-sew all the way around until you are about 1cm away from the tip on the other side, but don't fasten off. Take care to keep your stitches even so you get a tidy finish.

4. Stuff your Christmas tree
Christmas tree decoration being stuffedTake your wadding or stuffing and push a little in at a time. Push it into the corners of the Christmas Tree shape using rounded points of scissors, your fingers (if they're dainty enough!) or a knitting needle. When you have put enough stuffing to make a defined shape but so that the decoration isn't too heavy (you don't want the branches of your actual Christmas Tree to sag under the weight).  Now you can sew to the tip of the tree.

5. Attach your hanging ribbon
Sewing a ribbon to a felt Christmas tree decorationCut a length of ribbon about 10-13cm (4-5 inches) long. Bend it around to form a loop and insert the raw ends into the top of the Christmas tree. Sew it into place as you sew round the top of the tree. Fasten off your sewing when you reach your starting point again.

6. Attach a decorative bow
Sewing a bow to a felt Christmas Tree decorationCut a length of ribbon long enough to make a bow. Fold it in half to find the centre and sew this in place at the tip of the Christmas tree. Loop the ribbon round to form a bow shape, but don't tie the bow. Use a single stitch to secure it in place without fastening off the thread. Now take the button and fix that in place at the centre of the bow.

Sewing a button to a felt Christmas tree decorationCongratulations! You have a finished Christmas tree decoration.

If you like you could add more decoration. You could attach lots of buttons for baubles, use metallic thread or buttons that are more decorative or patterned ribbon.

I'd love to see your creations. Take a picture and post it on Instagram or Twitter tagging me @ByElsieB.

Love this tutorial? Have any questions? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.





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