I have the sweetest friends! One of them gave me a stack of Christmas remnants this fall. I used them for my mini-pillow ornaments and decided to make a “fabric forest” from some of the other bits. I was inspired by the cute design I saw on the cover of my Fa la la la Felt book by Kathy Sheldon, but I wanted to use cotton fabric instead of felt and make all different sizes, so I came up with my own tutorial. It would also be pretty to use solid color fabrics and make them look like decorated Christmas trees with buttons, sequins, rick-rack, and other a-la-mode. I think I’ll leave my forest up through the winter, switching out their Santa companion for a snowman. Each tree takes about 15 minutes. Ready? Let’s go! ♥
For the tree, find a corner of the fabric. Measure and mark the same length straight down, straight across, and at several points in the curve between, then cut along your marks. For the base, divide the length you used by .25. This measurement will be the radius of the circle. Mark a dot on the fabric. Measure and mark the radius all the way around, then cut along your marks. Example: This tree measurement is 9 inches, so the base radius measurement is 2.25 inches.
Fold the tree piece right sides together and pin along the straight edge . . .
and then sew the edge with a ¼ or 3/8 inch seam.
Turn the tree right side out.
Open the seam at the bottom and pin on the base, right sides together. Only use one pin . . . your fingers will do the rest!
Sew the tree and base together from the tree side using a 3/8 inch seam. Feed the fabric through a bit at a time, using your fingers to make tiny gathers in the tree to help it fit the curve of the base. It sounds hard, but it’s really not!
Keep going . . .
until you’re a couple of inches away from where you started.
Turn the base right side out.
Put stuffing through the opening. If needed, use a chopstick to poke the stuffing to the top. NOTE: Don’t overstuff, as that will give the tree a rounded base and it won’t stand up straight.
Pin the opening and hand-stitch it shut.
You’re done with that one! To make a little forest, simply repeat with different fabrics and sizes. Enjoy!
Great tutorial. Your trees came out so nice, on first glance I thought you used fabric to cover a form. As I was reading the tutorial I’m trying to figure out how you are going to cover a form if you have a bottom sewed on. 🙂 I think my brain needs more rest. Lovely!
Thank you, Lois! I sort of made it up as I went along, and it worked! (Which isn’t always the case . . .) 🙂
I’m sure you have way more successes than failures, they turned out great.
So cute…oh how I wish I could sew!!
You will someday . . . I just know it! 🙂
Mr B would just die, I don’t think I have room for too many more trees…LOL you’ll see what I mean tomorrow. Those are super cute Katherine!
Thank you! But now I can’t wait to see your post!!! 🙂
When I saw these I too thought you covered a styrofoam cone or another tree form. (An idea for people who don’t sew.). This is a clever idea. I also love how you change your decor to a snowman after Christmas….it keeps your home festive after Santa has returned to the North Pole.
Enjoy your Holidays, as I know you will!
Thank you, Vickie! Oh, and I gave your adorable handmade horse-designed thank you card to a dear friend with a little gift today . . . she loved it and said she’s keeping it forever! Thank you again! 🙂
How nice; so glad she liked it. It is fun to share creations with friends. Enjoy your weekend!
Thank you! I don’t do them often, but I couldn’t come up with an easy way to describe this one. Plus, it will help me remember if I want to make more someday! 🙂
Those are so sweet and wonderfully different!! Thank you so much for the ‘tute’. I am pretty much finished with Christmas sewing and have time to do some other ‘fun’ stuff……….Christmas Blessings….Doreen
Thank you! I’m done sewing, too! Now for some cookie baking! 🙂 Hugs, Katherine
I was thinking of baking 1 or 2 items/cookies but I know that we will be having ‘tons’ of bakings elsewhere in the next couple of days. Would rather make fabric trees!!!!!
You are so clever! Love these!
Thank you!!! I just had that one spot that needed a little something . . . 🙂
Lovely display! These trees have been on my list of things to make for years. Now I’m inspired again.
Thank you! Maybe you’ll have a little sewing time over the winter! 🙂
Great tut! Love the way it looks on your shelf! Now pinning for next year!
Thank you, Josee! I know yours will be fabulous! 🙂
Thanks for the cute tutorial! An option for weighting the trees down could be to stuff the trees with polyfil until you get to the base. Fill the base with walnut shells, plastic pellets, or anything with some weight to it.
That’s a GREAT idea, Laura! I did have a little trouble getting them all to stand up straight! I may slip a little something in when I get a chance. Thanks!!! 🙂
Great Holiday Fabrics, along with the beautiful decorations. Thanks for the how to steps. Mtetar
You’re very welcome, Mtetar! 🙂
I love those! Would be baby-friendly decor too 🙂 🙂
PS: It’s Danielle ❤
Love you, Danielle! xo
You’re right . . . one decoration that they can play with and not get into trouble!!! 🙂
I love nature and trees, but I also love fabric. Can’t decide which I love more, so this combining them just tickles me pink!
What a sweet thing to say! Thank you!!! 🙂
These are lovely and great to make with the kids I think, thank you for the tutorial.
You’re very welcome! It was easy and fun . . . my kind of project! 🙂
What a lovely idea. Another great way to use up small pieces of excess Christmas fabric. I like the way you describe the circular seam sewing. Other people’s instructions never admit this is difficult or give you hints to help. This is great! I just love your blog!
What a sweet compliment! Thank you, Amanda! 🙂
I love your TREES 🙂
Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year!
What fun! Thank you, Eunice! 🙂
You are very welcome!
Now this is a forest I would like to live in! Thanks for the fun tute! Hugs, and Merry Christmas!
Thank you! It’s definitely cozy! Hugs and Merry Christmas to you, too, my friend! 🙂
I absolutely LOVE these!!
Thank you, Kenley! I’ll definitely be making more! 🙂
Hello Miss K!
Nice to see we all survived the End of the World.
Hope you had a great B-Day!!
Always good to hear from you, Laura! As I made these fabric trees I thought that your coat fabric would have been perfect . . . if only I’d thought of them at the time! 🙂 Merry Christmas, dear friend! 🙂
That would have been so cool!
But I am very happy with what I have. 🙂
Cheers to you and yours!
As always, beautiful !! Have a tutorial on making one using glue tape? lol I need to learn to sew
No . . . but we need to visit in person and teach each other our skills someday! 🙂
I love these trees. They are so Christmassy. I have a “thing” for small Christmas trees. I can see one of yours with tiny presents under it.
What a fun idea! And we like little ones, too . . . for packages this year we put up the small tabletop tree I used in my first-grade classroom, and it looks so sweet! (Plus, we didn’t have to rearrange the furniture!) 🙂
I normally don’t go in for this sort of thing, but I really love the simple, graphic shape of these trees– and they look fantastic grouped together in different sizes and fabrics!! And I have lots of fabric scraps (mostly from aprons) that would be perfect!
I think its simplicity is what I like about it, too! 🙂 I hope you’ll get to make some! 🙂
Lovely and creative idea! 🙂
Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! 🙂
Well hello there! I have a star over for you at my blog as part of the Blog of the Year 2012 Award. I have really connected with your blog this year and you certainly deserve it -truly inspirational 😀
Thank you SO much, Hannah! That’s very sweet. I’ll go check it out right now! 🙂 Hugs, Katherine P.S. The post I wrote about your blog and giveaway is still on my top twenty posts of all time! 🙂
You are very welcome 😀 I know I have nominated you for a few things now, but I really do like your blog, and thought this one kinda summarised that!
That’s great to know about your top twenty post list – I’m made up, thank you for the shout out 😀 xxx
Absolutely adorable! I love these!!!!
Thank you!!! They were perfect to fill in that one last spot! 🙂
so pretty and a great idea! 🙂 wish I could sew like you! 🙂 Katherine, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! take care xxx 🙂
Thank you so much!!! You have a Merry Christmas, too! Hugs, Katherine
thank you Katherine! 🙂
Isn’t Fa la la la felt a great book!? I’ve been using it to make last-minute ornaments to give as Christmas gifts.
I LOVE it! It’s so colorful and pretty. I hope I’ll get to see your ornaments on your blog! 🙂
Adorable! I feel like I could make a co-ordinating forest for every room! Will have to ponder this post while looking ahead to next year.
Thank you! It really was fun to do . . . and I want to make more, too! 🙂
Oh, I just love your little fabric forest!
Thank you, Linda! I hope to enjoy it all winter long! 🙂
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How fun! I have corners of many fabrics after cutting diagonal strips to cover cording for pillows. What a great way to use them! Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. 🙂
You’re very welcome, Kim! I don’t create as many step-by-step photo tutorials as I should, but I’m glad I did this one! 🙂
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