Table decor at Christmastime does not have to slavishly adhere to tradition, such as candles surrounded by sprigs of holly or red and white flowers surrounded by green and gold ornaments. You can sew your own stuffed Christmas tree centerpiece and not only have an alternative decoration for the center of your table, but something you can use year after year. Sewing your own stuffed tree allows you to experiment with color, size and decoration, as well.
Items you will need
- Green fabric
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- Five marbles
- Decorative buttons
- Hot glue gun
Cut three identically sized triangles out of pieces of green fabric. Your triangles should have a height of 7.5 inches and a base width of 2.5 inches.
Pin your triangles together in a row, face down. Sew their sides together using a sewing machine and an overlock stitch. Pull the triangles on either end of the row together so that you now have a cone shape. Sew those two sides together.
Cut a piece of yarn that is 7.5 inches. This is the length of the bases of all your trees added together. Sculpt your yarn into a circle shape on a piece of fabric. Pin it down and cut out the circle shape. Sew the circle shape to the bottom of your cone shape, leaving around 2 inches unsewn so you can add stuffing. Turn the cone right side out.
Push stuffing into the cone shape via the opening along the bottom edge. When the tree is full, add five large marbles at the bottom. This will weigh the tree down, giving it stability. Sew up the opening at the bottom of the tree.
Select buttons that are flat and metallic and are in Christmas colors, such as red, green, white or gold. Glue these decorative buttons onto the tree, adding a dot of hot glue under each button and pressing them in place. Allow them to dry overnight.
Tips & Warnings
- In step five, you can even glue on bits of gold or silver cord to give the tree an even more decorative look.
- Clever Nesting; Make a Stuff Christmas Tree- Tutorial; Dec 2009
- "Country living handmade Christmas"; Mary Seehafer Sears;1999
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