|Yes, it’s that time of year again. The days are getting shorter, the trees are undressing and the “C” word is beginning to be talked about. Obviously, if you are planning on creating a handmade Christmas, you need to allow plenty of time to complete all those projects. In view of that, I thought I would share my tutorial for the Folded Fabric Christmas Tree, which has proved so popular since I first published it.
The fabrics I used for this Christmas tree were provided by Abakhan online fabric store.
Enjoy making your trees! I hope you will share pictures of them with me!
Tutorial for Folded Fabric Christmas Tree
- 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
- 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
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.
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:
Place the triangles with right sides facing and stitch the red fold line firmly together.
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.
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.