Make a Little Christmas Tree With Fabric Scraps

Fabric Christmas Tree

Those balls are osage oranges
Those balls are osage oranges | Source

While a full sized Christmas tree is the utmost holiday d├ęcor, displaying several small artificial trees can add to the extravaganza. Since I did a lot of sewing this year, I had lots of fabric scraps so decided to use some to create a stuffed fabric Christmas tree.

You can make this tree in several sizes and set them in a group. It's a very easy sewing project, taking little time or effort. I used 3 vintage style fabrics for a rustic look. The green ticking and the green plaid were tea dyed to add an antique look to the material. Of course you can use all the same color and pattern of material instead.

The garland is upholstery trim that I found in a shop for $1.25 per yard. I tea dyed some of the cream colored trim with an herbal tea.

The fabric tea is stuffed with poly-fill but stuffing it with dried balsam needles (if it's a small tree) would really make it special. Imagine this cute little Christmas tree smelling just like the real thing!

The base is filled with beans so that it won't fall over.

Tea Dye Fabric Trim

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Tea Dyed Trim

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Tea Dyed Trim

Tea dying is a simple, organic way to alter the color of a fabric. Regular black tea darkens any cotton material to make it look old. But I wanted some color so I used Rooibis tea. On the right is a picture of the trim before and after dying.

  • Bring 2 - 3 cups of water to a boil.
  • Steep 4 bags of Rooibis tea. (Hibiscus would work well too)
  • Pour tea into a shallow dish. Use glass or dishware.
  • Sink and soak the trim (or fabric) overnight.
  • Roll trim in an old rag or paper towel to blot out the liquid then hang on a line to dry.

Here is the right side after pieces are sewn together
Here is the right side after pieces are sewn together

Make the Fabric Christmas Tree

  • Wash and dry fabric
  • Spray starch and iron fabric. This makes it easy to cut.
  • Cut 3 triangles of fabric all the same size
  • Sew 2 triangles together, right sides facing in. Sew on the wrong side of the fabric along the length of the triangle.
  • Sew on the third triangle.
  • Right sides facing in, sew the two long ends together to create a cone.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Stuff tree with poly-fill.
  • The bottom of the tree will be a circle. Holding the tree upright, trace the outline of the fabric onto a piece of fabric for a base.
  • Cut 2 circles slightly larger than the tracing.
  • Place one circle on top of the other, right sides facing in.
  • Sew the circles, leaving a hole for stuffing.
  • Turn the sewn circle so the right sides face out.
  • Fill with marbles or beans and sew closed.
  • Hand stitch the base onto the tree

Decorate the Fabric Tree

For decoration, I used the tea dyed upholstery trim twisted around the tree like garland, pinning it on with pearl headed straight pins. Of course, you could glue (with fabric glue) on the trim, or tack it down with a needle and thread. Any kind of trim will do. Lace trim would look pretty, either a color or in off-white.

Buttons would make nice decorations as well. I saw a few similar trees in a shop that were unadorned and looked very attractive.

Another idea would be to cut more than 3 triangles with thinner pieces of fabric for more visual interest. A group of these cute little Christmas trees would be pretty if there are several different sizes and shapes, say a slimmer, taller tree and short, thick one. When grouping similar items, odd numbers usually work best.

Scrap Fabric Chrismas Tree

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Here is the other side of the scrap fabric Christmas tree so that you can see the other material that I used.




The trees on the right were wrapped in a gauzy material and wrapped with scraps of lace and vintage trim. You can sew or pin on strips of lace. Use pins with round heads in white, red, or gold.

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