Summer is coming to its end and the holidays are almost upon us! If you're thinking about doing some holiday crafting or making handmade gifts, now is the time to start. Luckily, we have a really fun, simple sewing DIY for you to get started with! These Rustic Christmas Trees were designed by Caitie of Thoresby Cottage & make the most adorable Christmas ornaments! It's time to dust off the old sewing machine & get stitching!
Sewing machine or sharp, thin needle and thread
Fabric cutting mat (optional, but really useful!)
Rotary cutter (optional)
Sewing thread in a neutral color like brown or cream
Pencil or Tailors chalk as a fabric marking tool
- You can either hand stitch or use a sewing machine for this project
- A rotary cutter and cutting mat are optional, but very useful, particularly for cutting neat strips.
- If you are going to use a sewing machine, best to use a 70/10 needle.
- First, gently hand wash your fabric. Be careful to only wash like colors together as some of the fabric may run. Air dry and iron flat with a cool iron. Then, cut strips of fabric, approximately 3 - 5 cm wide. No need to worry if the strips aren’t perfectly straight. You can also mix and match the thicknesses of the strips. Just a note that silk can fray quite a bit, so rather cut larger strips that you can trim down later.
- Line up 2 strips, right sides together (if applicable) and stitch together along one side. You can either use a sewing machine or hand stitching. The stitching does not need to be perfectly straight, infact, a little bit skew adds to the charm!
- Open out and iron the seams flat.
- Repeat to add the remaining strips (6 or 7 strips in total) until your striped fabric measures at least 15 cm tall. You should now have a rough rectangle of colored strips stitched together. Iron the rectangle and trim any seams if needed.
- Trace two triangles of the same size onto the striped fabric using tailors’ chalk or preferred fabric marking tool. If you don’t have any markers, you can also cut the triangle template out of paper and pin it to the fabric.
- Cut out the triangles and pin them, right sides together.
- Make the tree trunk: In the color that you want to use for the trunk, cut a piece of silk approximately 6 cm x 4 cm, fold it in half and pin either side of the trunk. Sew up each side, leaving the top end open. Turn the trunk out and stuff lightly.
- Assemble the tree: Sew along either side of the tree as indicated in the diagram, using a seam of approximately ½ cm to 1 cm. Make sure to leave a gap along one side as indicated. I found it easier to hand sew this part, but you can also use a sewing machine if preferred. Leave stitching the bottom of the tree for now, that will be explained in the next steps.
- Before sewing the bottom of the tree closed, make sure to insert the tree trunk. Remember that you are working inside out, so the open part of the tree trunk needs to be sticking out.
- With the tree trunk inserted, stitch across the bottom of the tree. Turn the tree out and fill with stuffing. Sew the hole in the side closed using invisible stitches.
- Trace out 2 triangles onto a piece of sari silk (solid color). Don’t cut it out just yet!
- Using white silk yarn, embroider small ‘v’s randomly on the triangles.
- Continue from step 6 of main method above.
Cut a piece of nettle yarn approximately 15 cm long. Tie a knot in the end to form a loop. Using a sharp needle and thread, secure the knot onto the top of the tree. Trim any ends if required.
You're finished! Congratulations on finishing your holiday project! Time to hang those ornaments or even give them as gifts. A handmade gift cannot be beat! We hope you have a beautiful season with your loved ones.
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