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These super cute padded fabric christmas trees make brilliant christmas decorations and are a lovely addition to your festive table and other christmas decor. They are brilliant for your mantlepiece, dinner table or centrepiece. Would you like to find out how to make a small fabric christmas tree? Then read on for a step by step easy sewing tutorial that will show you how. And you can also find my free 3D fabric christmas tree pattern!
*This post has been updated – it was originally posted in November 2018.
Padded Fabric Christmas Tree Decoration
The brilliant thing about these padded fabric Christmas trees is that you can make them out of lots of different types of fabrics. Last year I made myself some Cath Kidston christmas tree fabric decorations to match my holiday home and table decor. And I loved them so much that I started making Christmas tree decorations in all colours for all my family!
When stuffed fabric Christmas tree making I would always recommend cotton fabric over polycotton, as these do need to be pressed a lot, and polycotton has a tendency to shrink easily if you’re not careful. But do try out all the colours and not just the traditional Christmas fabrics.
How To Make Fabric Christmas Trees
For this fabric Christmas tree craft, you will need
- 3 Fat Quarters of Fabric – for my demo I did go with traditional Christmas colours and christmas tree fabric.
- Sharp scissors
- A sewing machine is definitely advisable.
- Some stuffing material – in the spirit of frugality I quite like using the stuffing from old pillows that needed replacing. But you can use this non-allergenic toy stuffing if you prefer.
- Some buttons or beads to decorate
- My fabric Christmas trees pattern template. I would suggest that you print this free sewing pattern for a Christmas tree out on card so that it is durable, as you will be using it several times.
Take your Christmas tree sewing pattern and cut out 6 of the templates on the fold.
Then I like to pin different colours right sides together, pinning away from the edge so you can sew around the edge easily.
Note: the little blue dots at the base of the tree on the Christmas tree sewing pattern are where you start and stop stitching, to leave a gap to stuff the tree later. Do a few reverse stitches at the start and end of sewing around the 1cm (half inch) seam allowance.
Remember when you get to the points of the fabric tree to leave the needle in the fabric so that you get a neat pivot point. I love my magnetic seam guide as you can see.
Carry on all around the outline of the tree and sew a few reverse stitches at the other marked end of the opening.
Trim the tips of the points so that there is very little seam allowance – without cutting through the stitches. Also, cut notches or clip the inner points/curves.
Turn the fabric the right way round, pushing out the points with a knitting needle or pointed object. Press it well, turning the seam allowance up at the base.
Do the same with the remaining 2 tree shapes, so that you end up with 3 tree bags with openings at the base.
Assembling the Tree
Pin the 3 shapes together at the outer points. Draw a central line from the top of the tree to the midline of the base, using an air erasable pen
Sew the trees together down the line you have drawn. This can be tough as there are now 6 layers to sew – even more at the base and tip of the tree.
And you have a tree with 6 compartments with a gap at the base of each ready to stuff! Stuff as much or as little as you want. (I tend to use he stuffing from old pillowcases or duvets – I love up cycling old bedding)
I always make sure to go around systematically putting stuffing in each section at the top, then the middle, then the base. That way it ends up more evenly stuffed.
To finish the tree, sew up the base with some hand stitches.
Add some buttons or beads to decorate (I chose these star buttons) and your DIY fabric Christmas tree is finished! You could also add a wooden dowel vertically inside the tree before completely closing the base and glue this to a wooden stand, but I find that they stand perfectly well without this.
As I said at the start, last year I made these in so many colours and variations. They make a brilliant gift.
You will notice that this pattern for fabric Christmas tree produces a tree with 18 branches. Last year I was asked if this Christmas tree design could be altered to make a large fabric Christmas tree with more branches that could potentially be used to hold candy canes or be an advent calendar.
I came up with alternative fabric Christmas tree patterns. See my video of how I made a larger padded fabric Christmas tree that had over 30 branches!
Have You Enjoyed This Post On Sewing Fabric Christmas Trees?
Are you going to make these padded fabric Christmas trees with my free pattern? I would love to see your makes.
Enjoyed this? I love making Christmas crafts projects and coming up with homemade Christmas gifts ideas. I have a whole load more Christmas holiday decor ideas and other Christmas fabric decorations and sewing patterns.
Why not make yarn home decor for the holidays with my Christmas Pom-Pom Crafts?
Or my A Festive Rag Wreath which uses up the remnants from making these trees!
Find out how to have a more zero waste Christmas.A very Merry Lagom Christmas
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