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


Tea Dyed Trim


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


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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ktrapp 3 years ago from Illinois

Dolores - These fabric Christmas trees really are beautiful and what a creative way to use your leftover fabric scraps. They certainly do add to the festivities.

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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Dolores--Clever idea--love the Victorian style~

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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa

Cute idea!

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Fossillady 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Those are absolutely adorable! You are indeed crafty! Thanks for sharing!

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myawn 3 years ago from Florida

I like the lacy trees they are cute/nice hub

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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA

The steps are well illustrated, and making this little Christmas tree out of fabric scraps is a great Christmas project. Thanks for sharing! I am going to share this hub on

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grandmapearl 3 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

Dolores, I love this idea! This kind of needle art is very endearing to me. Making the trees in different sizes and thicknesses is a great suggestion. I have a lot of vintage laces and trims that would work well. Thanks for a great new sewing project! Voted Up and Useful

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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Very clever, Dolores. You are so talented, m'dear. Instead of rags to riches, you create rich things from rags.

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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

ktrapp - thanks!

akirchner - Hi Audrey - oh I love the whole Victorian thing, can't get away from it even if I try to modernize. Thanks for dropping in!

Deborah Neyens - thank you!

Fossillady - thanks!

myyawn - those were in a shop about I have some old lace to make one. Better hurry though! Thanks!

SweetiePie - I love to make stuff for Christmas. It may add to the work and rush but is so rewarding!

grandmapearl - thank you very much! The old stuff looks best and I have a little bag of tattered lace and trim for the next one.

Hi drbj - thank you and God bless you! Merry Christmas!

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Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

I love these pretty fabric trees.. thank you for sharing how to make them! The lacy, sheer ones are my favorite.. they have a vintage look to them. I especially appreciate the tea dye tutorial.. I had always heard of it but did not really know how to do it. Great hub, very useful and voted up :)

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Om Paramapoonya 3 years ago

Very cute and clever idea! The tea dying technique is also quite interesting. I've got to try that sometime. Rated up :)

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randomcreative 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Your trees are too adorable! Thanks for sharing this simple, festive idea. I love how easy it is to customize, too.

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

what a clever idea.. Love all of this. Thanks for sharing this beautiful project.

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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging hub with detailed instructions and nice photos! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Hi Jamie - the lacy ones were in a shop. I want to make my own but have not had the time. I even have a little bag of vintage fabric scraps, all gauze and lace! Thanks!

Hi Om - I love the tea dying. It's easy and creates soft, muted tones. Thanks!

Hi random - that's what I intended. I wanted to make more and add the pictures but time is just too short these days. Thank you for stopping by!

Hi Carol - glad you liked!

Hi ishwaryaa - thank you very much!

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annart 3 years ago from SW England

Hi Dolores! This is great; I was wondering only the other day how to make something a bit different as we don't have a tree - no room and the needles drive me mad afterwards! I love the gauze and lace model. My decorations are done for this year but I'm going to try to make a large version of that for next time, so thanks for the instructions. Voted up, useful and beautiful. Ann

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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

HI annart - I have a lot of little Christmas trees around the house in addition to the regular one. I didn't want to buy any more and love to make stuff. Wish I had the time to make more. Maybe after the holidays are over, when things quiet down, I'll make a few more. Thank you!

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suzzycue 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Dolores you made Christmas trees out of material that doesn't even remind me of Christmas. It takes a real artist to see this vision. Well done and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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lindacee 3 years ago from Southern Arizona

Your trees are as cute as can be! I love ideas for scraps of unused fabric. And every holiday season I'm always looking for alternative Christmas trees. Hit the mark on both counts! Thanks for sharing your creativity, Dolores! :)

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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

suzzycue - belated Merry Christmas to you as well! I would like to make one out of some vintage white material that I found, with a little lace trim.

lindacee - thank you! I am trying to use some scraps that I saved. Fabric scraps are useful for lots of projects including rag dolls, Christmas stockings, and small purses.

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suzzycue 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

That sounds like a nice one to me.

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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

suzzycue - well it's after New Year and I still have not made it!

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

So pretty I always have so much left over fabric. Great idea, Voted up.

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have a friend that collects all kinds of fabric and then sews all year long to give gifts to senior citizens in nursing homes as well as kids who need Christmas gifts. I especially like the look of those antique looking trees with the antique scraps of lace. Very vintage looking! Will be sharing this with her as well as my followers on HubPages. Great project with good looking results. Thanks Dolores! Since we are into a new year...hope yours will be a very happy and peaceful one bringing you all kinds of joy.

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Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Hi Peggy - and a Happy New Year to you as well! While shopping before Christmas, I found a lovely pile of old lace, white fabric, and tattered doilies in an antique shop. They are sitting in my work room waiting to be made into a Christmas tree. Thank you!

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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

These are gorgeous. I've worked with tea to stain paper to make it look vintage, but I have never stained ribbon or trim. Fabulous idea. Thanks so much for creating this amazing Hub.

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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

craftytothecore - thank you! If you want to create some Christmas crafts, now is the time. Actually, I usually start on my Christmas sewing projects in summer. Can't wait till the last minute!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

I love to make little Christmas trees from scraps of this and that. They're so easy and fun. Christmas is just 2 weeks and 2 days away, so people need to get their decorating done pretty soon . . .

Voted up and pinned to my "Christmas II" board! Since you don't have a Pinterest button you can check it out here if you like:

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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Au fait -WHAT! Christmas can't really be so close! I think I got myself all confused due to the late Thanksgiving. Thank you!

I don't have a Pinterest button. I thought we didn't have them here at HP. I actually have a Pin. account but do not often use it. I am so slow with the newer stuff. Thank you!

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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Au fait - WHAT!? I can't believe that Christmas is so soon! The late Thanksgiving has me so confused! Thanks for the read and the pin. I looked at your Christmas board, that's a great idea for accumulating holiday ideas. I have a Pinterest account but am so slow with using it.

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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States Author

Au fait - So Soon! The late Thanksgiving holiday has me so confused. I was off to an early start, but time is slipping away! Thanks for the pin. I love your Christmas board. It's such a good idea for planning holiday projects and decorations. As for the Pinterest button, I am so slow on these things. I have an account there but have not utilized it. That will be my New Years Resolution!

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