Folded Fabric Christmas Tree – A Tutorial

My first ‘Abakhan’ project!

In September, Little Sis and I went to the Exeter Sewing Day hosted by Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory. During the day I spent some time chatting to Will Abakhan of Abakhan who sell fabrics, crafts and haberdashery both online and in their bricks and mortar shops and I am thrilled to tell you that he and I will be working together occasionally to show you products that they sell and bring you tutorials. Thank you, Will. Thank you, Abakhan.

Today is the first part of this working relationship.


So, now, on to my first tutorial using Abakhan products!

 

Folded Fabric Christmas Tree

 

Materials required:

 

    • Two different designs of Christmas fabric (I have used a red design and a green design and will refer to these throughout.)

     

    • Cotton thread in complementary colour(s)

     

    • Scraps of brown felt and red felt

     

    • Beads for embellishment (if desired)

     

    • Rotary cutter

     

    • Quilter’s ruler

     

    • 60° triangle template

     

    • Pins

     

    • Hand sewing needle

     

    • Beading needle

     

    • Fabric glue

     

     

     

    Trim the ends of each piece of Christmas design fabric to ensure they are straight.


     

    Cut a strip of fabric measuring 33” x 6” from the green fabric and from the red fabric.

    ** If your strip measures 6″ your triangles will be larger than 6″ along each side. The main thing is to ensure that all angles of your triangles are 60 degrees and all sides are of equal length.**


     

    Using your 60° triangle template or, alternatively, the 60° line on your quilting ruler, cut ten triangles measuring 6” on all three sides from each strip.


     

     

    You will now have 10 red 60° triangles and 10 green 60° triangles, all with sides measuring 6”. This photograph shows ten pairs as I cut double thickness.


     

    Place one red triangle and one green triangle right sides together. Pin them together as shown by the red triangle in the picture below.


     

    Stitch the triangles together, leaving a gap along one side of approx 2.5”, for turning


     

     

    Snip off each of the points being careful not to cut your stitching.


     

    Turn the triangle so that the right sides are on the outside.


     

     

    Press the triangle, making sure that the opening is neat and level.


     

    Neatly hand stitch the gap closed.


     

    Repeat these steps for all the triangles. You will have 10 double-sided triangles.

     

    Take one of the triangles and fold it in half so that you have a right-angled triangle with points 1 and 2 together.

    Finger press the fold.
    Fold in half into a right-angled triangle again so that points 2 and 3 are together.
    Finger press the fold to find the centre of the triangle.


     

     

    Fold one of the points so that it touches the centre of the triangle, where you have made your creases. Stitch in place.


     

    Likewise, fold and stitch the second and third points in place at the centre. This will create a hexagon shape.


     

     

    Turn the hexagon over. Find the centre of one of the edges of the original triangle (rather than a new folded edge) and fold it in to the centre of the hexagon. Stitch in place.


     

    Repeat the previous step with the other two original edges.


     

     

    You will now have a piece as shown in these two photographs below.


    Front

     

    Reverse

     

    Make each of your triangles into this shape, making sure that you fold the fabric the in the same way each time so that all finished triangles have the same colourway on the front.

     

    **Each of the two shapes below have been folded with a different side showing.**


     

    Now begin to construct your tree as follows:

    Take two of your triangle shapes and place them side by side with one red fold on each lined up as shown in the picture below.


     

    Place the triangles with right sides facing and stitch the red fold line firmly together.


     

    Repeat this step to stitch all the triangles together to create the tree shape below.


     


     

    Take your scraps of felt and pinking shears.

    Cut a bucket shape from the dark brown felt, a tree trunk from the light brown felt and two decorative strips from the red felt, using the pinking shears.

     

    Stick the red decorations and the trunk onto the bucket


     

     

     

    To create the hanging loop, cut a strip of dark brown felt measuring 4” x 0.75”.


     

    Fold it in half along its length then form a loop, as shown above.


    Front view

     

    Rear view

     

    Stitch in place at the top of the tree


     

     

     

    When the glue has dried on the bucket, sew two lines of running stitch on each red stripe. (Sorry, the stitching does not show up very well.)


     

     

    Attach the trunk and bucket to the tree by stitching on the reverse.


     

     

     

    The tree is now complete but you may wish to embellish it further.


     

     

    I decorated my tree by threading four beads together and hanging them in each gap, as shown.

     

     

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16 thoughts on “Folded Fabric Christmas Tree – A Tutorial

  1. I like the colours you have used. Well done, looks great too. Something you can use again and again. I may have a go at making one myself. Thanks for showing it on here. I noticed there is another blog where they have made the same tree (almost identical) but they have used some white fabric in the design so it doesn't look as festive as yours does.

    http://homeofcreativetreasures.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/origami-christmas-tree-tutorial.html

    I pasted link in case you want to have a peep at theirs too.

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  2. Thank you for your comments and for posting the link. Although there are similarities the methods used vary at several points in the process. I created this tutorial from scratch after working out how to manipulate fabric to make the shape after seeing an item at a show which used the shape.

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  3. I would like to show my Quilt Guild members on one of our sew days. You did such a great job with your instructions. You are a born teacher. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. Thank you for your very detailed tutorial.
    However, perhaps you could correct a small typo which gives the size of the triangles being cut at 60 degrees from a 6″ strip as 6″ on all sides.
    The sides actually measure 7″ on all sides.
    I am afraid I struggled for ages trying to make the sides of my 60degree triangles measure 6″ on all sides before I realised it must be a typo/printing error.

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