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When I was young, my mother sewed. And each year she would make something new to decorate our house. This padded fabric Christmas tree decoration was one of my favourite things that she sewed for us. I just love these little padded trees!
They are brilliant for your mantlepiece, dinner table or centrepiece. They make great presents too. Would you like to find out how to make them? Then read on, where i will show you how and you can find my free template!
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 fabric trees to match my table decor. But I also made my family colours to match their dining rooms.
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.
You will need
- 3 Fat Quarters of Fabric – for my demo I did go with traditional Christmas colours.
- Sharp scissors
- A sewing machine is definitely advisable.
- Some stuffing material – in the spirit of Lagom 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 Padded tree template.
Cut out 6 of the templates on the fold
Then I like to pin different colours right side 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 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 seam allowance.
Remember when you get to the points of the 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 tree is finished!
As I said at the start, last year I made these in so many colours and variations. They make a brilliant gift.
Are you going to make these padded fabric Christmas trees? I would love to see your makes. Contact me on social media.
Enjoyed this? Why not read about my Christmas Pom-Pom Crafts?
Or another great gift idea is a skirt for a friend’s child! Find out how to make one here!
And please do pin this post for later!