"Take your gift wrapping to the next level with your own hangtag or sticker."
Christmas is right around the corner – how about sewing a Christmas tree? Our free tutorial makes it easy! Add a little bell to give it that lovely ring and use festive fabrics to make your Christmas tree stand out. No need to water it! The finished tree is 26 cm wide and 30 cm tall, which makes it an ideal creative Christmas gift. Round off your gift with our useful Christmas stickers labeled “ To… From…”.
Materials required for sewing a Christmas tree
• Three fat quarters of Christmas fabrics
• Polyester filling
• Thread in a matching color
• A bell or star for the top of your tree
• Your individual iron-on clothing label from the Wunderlabel range
• Christmas stickers and hangtags
Draw your template on paper and cut it out. Start by drawing a right-angled triangle, 17.5 cm wide and 30 cm tall. Using the angled line as a rough guide, draw half a Christmas tree – make it fairly simple for easier sewing. We’ve decided to use three large branches.
Use your template to cut out two tree shapes from each of your fabrics to make a total of six pieces which we’ll continue to work with. Fold your fabric in half and place the straight edge of your template against the fold line to get a complete tree after cutting it out.
Place two trees from different fabrics right side together and sew together along the outside. For the corners, lift the presser foot with the needle in the fabric and turn the fabric. The best way to do this is to use a 0.75 cm seam allowance. It’s very important to leave a 10 cm turning hole so that you can turn the tree later. Make a few backstitches to keep the ends of the seam in place. Trim the seam allowance at the ends of the branches and make a cut underneath the branches, without cutting through the seam itself. That way the tree will lie more neatly when you turn it.
Repeat the same steps for the other four pieces of fabric to make a total of three finished trees. Turn over the trees and use something pointy to nicely shape the corners. Iron the trees, making sure that the seam allowance at each turning hole is ironed towards the inside.
Place all three trees on top of each other, lining up the tops and the bottom centers. Pin together and sew together along the central line. Tip: If you want to be extra careful, draw in the central line with tailor’s chalk. Backstitch the seam at the top and the bottom so your stitches don’t unravel.
Iron-on your individual clothing label at the bottom on the right side of your tree.
Stuff the tree sections with the filling – again using something pointy to push the filling into the corners of the branches and the top. It’s easier to stuff the top of each section first, then the middle and the bottom last. If you stuff each section separately and all at the way down, it ends up being pretty difficult to push the filling into the top of the tree.
Lastly, close the turning holes using a ladder stitch. Now, all we need is a little bell or a star to sew to the top of the Christmas tree. If you want to turn your homemade Christmas tree into a gift, then you should make the packaging look original, too. Take your gift wrapping to the next level with your own hangtag or sticker.
Are you really getting into the Christmas spirit now? Then follow our tutorial Folded Fabric Star Ornaments to hang up for super simple stars out of fabric.