Monday, 2 December 2013
"24 Days to Christmas" Countdown - Felt Christmas Tree Ornament
This year I thought it would be nice to do a Christmas countdown, showing off things I have made as gifts and ornaments either this year or in previous years. If you are wanting to make handmade gifts for your loved ones this year, then keep watching because I hope to put an awesome Christmas related tutorial or recipe up every day until Christmas Eve. Today is day 2!
Today I want to share a felt christmas tree I made as a decoration for this year. I think it turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself. It has pride of place in the middle of my front room fireplace, between the kids' stockings.
To make one you will need one sheet of green felt, a star button, some ric rac in your choice of 'tinsel' colour, a small length of brown ribbon for the tree trunk, toy stuffing and matching threads. I made mine on my sewing machine but it can be hand sewn aswell, if you would rather.
First thing you need to do is make a pattern. I just cut a triangle out of some card, measuring approx 4" along the bottom and approx 4" high. Use this pattern to cut out two pieces from the green felt. Lay the ric rac out as you would like it on your tree then stitch it down. I only decorated the front. When your ric rac is sewn down, pin the felt pieces right sides together. Pin your folded brown ribbon into the bottom seam, with the raw edges together. Leaving a hole at the top of the tree for turning and stuffing, stitch down one side, along the bottom and up the other side of the tree. Make sure the hole you leave is big enough to turn. Also, make sure you backstitch a little at the beginning and end of your line of stitching, just to make sure your stitches don't fall out when you turn your tree.
Trim the bottom corners, turn your tree the right way round and stuff lightly with toy stuffing. You don't need to add too much, just enough so it is no longer flat. Using green thread, stitch closed the opening at the top. I'm sure you can all do a better job than me at stitching your tree closed. Hand stitching has never been my strong point. Attach some ric rac or ribbon to the back to hang it up with then hot glue the button on to the front.
I hope you all enjoyed this pattern. You can find more Christmas Countdown posts here.
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**Sumo's Sweet Stuff - http://www.sumossweetstuff.com/2013/12/block-party.html
**Craft-O-Maniac - http://www.craft-o-maniac.com/2013/12/craft-o-maniac-monday-link-party.html
**Create With Joy - http://www.create-with-joy.com/2013/12/inspire-me-monday-celebrating-100-weeks.html
**Mad in Crafts - http://www.madincrafts.com/2013/12/mad-skills-party-184.html
**Alderberry Hill - http://www.alderberryhill.com/make-the-scene-monday-101/
**Skip to my Lou - http://www.skiptomylou.org/2013/12/02/made-by-you-monday-180/
**Claire Justine - http://www.clairejustineoxox.com/2013/12/212-creative-mondays-blog-hop-and-this.html