Homemade Christmas Tree Decorations

For the past week or so, I have been furiously sewing away, making christmas tree decorations. My hope is to do a car boot sale and sell some of them – I think they are pretty cute myself and reckon other people might like them too! So here is how to do it. What you need: fat quarters (preferably christmas fabric) sewing machine and thread stuffing dressmaking pins triangular template 1. Firstly I made a cardboard triangular template. 2. Then I laid it on the back of the fabric and drew around it – turning it upside down every other triangle so that you can get more “trees” from every piece of fabric. My estimate is that from one fat quarter you can make about 12 or more bodies. 3. I cut out the triangles and laid them together (with the patterned side of the fabric facing outwards on top and bottom) image 4. Using a zig zag stich, I sewed up the 2 long sides – start at the bottom then turn the fabric when you get to the top point – without removing the needle to get a continous run. 5. fill with stuffing image 6. cut out a small rectangle to make your tree trunk – mine were quite short and fat but I have seen them done long and thin) 7. fold the rectangle in half with the pattern on the inside 8. using a straigh stitch, sew the 2 sides (the fold will be the base of your trunk) 9. leave the top open and them turn the fabric right side out. 10. put a little stuffing into the trunk 11. pin the trunk in the centre of your stuffed triangle (tuck the top inside the triangle base) image 12. use a zig zag stitch to sew up the bottom triangle and trunk Now all you need to do is tie off your ends and then either add a ribbon loop at the top to hang it on a tree, or attach a few of them at equal distances along a long piece of ribbon or string to make a garland. image What do you think? Have you got any tips for having a home made christmas?

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