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Video tutorial: Patchwork Christmas tree softie and Christmas storm at sea quilt

Video tutorial: 2 cute patchwork Christmas projects

I’ve made a few Christmas tree softies over the years. They make a great Christmas gift for friends and family. And you can use all your favourite fabric scraps.

If you prefer, you can make make a storm at sea quilt for Christmas. Storm at sea is a beginner block and this one is made with paper piecing. Learn to paper piece with this video.

How to make a Patchwork Christmas tree ornament and a storm at sea block

Learn to make these 2 Christmas projects

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Tree softies

Make trees in different colour schemes and in different sizes. This is the time to use all those fabric scraps you have around the house.

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial - Christmas ornament

Stitch any embellishments such as bows, stitch little beads, add a felt star to the top. So many options!

I quite like it with a felt star on the top.
Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial

Video tutorial: Patchwork Christmas tree softie – free quick and easy project

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial

I’ve made a few Christmas tree softies over the years. They make a great Christmas gift for friends and family. And you can use all your favourite fabric scraps.

How to make a Patchwork Christmas tree ornament

Learn to make this Christmas ornament in 3 minutes:

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Materials

  • 36 x 2 inch squares of fabric
  • felt scraps for the star and the bottom of the cone
  • embroidery floss
  • stuffing or batting scraps
  • one sided fusible interfacing

Download Christmas tree softie template (pdf). Use the pattern to cut the cone shape, the star and the cone base.

Make trees in different colour schemes and in different sizes. This is the time to use all those fabric scraps you have around the house.

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial - Christmas ornament

Stitch any embellishments such as bows, stitch little beads, add a felt star to the top. So many options!

Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial - Christmas ornament

I quite like it with a felt star on the top.
Patchwork Christmas tree tutorial

Favourite Christmas tutorials

9 Christmas tutorials

These are some of my favourite Christmas tutorials.

There is a bit of everything: patchwork, embroidery, appliqué, fabric folding.

  1. Embroidered quilt tutorial: Part I and Part II
    This is a beginner embroidery and patchwork quilt.
  2. Christmas embroidery mounted on canvas
    One of my favourite Christmas pieces of all times.
  3. Patchwork Christmas tutorial
    Easy Christmas ornament you can make with some fabric scraps and felt.
  4. Little Forest wall hanging
    V
    ery modern wall hanging that is quick and easy to make.
  5. Patchwork Christmas tree
    V
    ariation of number 3. You can adapt the pattern to make bigger or smaller trees and make a little forest in different colours.
  6. Sweet Christmas tray cover
    T
    he embroidery belongs to a book by Aimee I contributed to. Details on the blog post.
  7. No sew Christmas ornament
    R
    ibbon, headpins and a polystyrene ball is all that is required to make this Christmas ornament.
  8. Père-Noël zigzag quilt tutorial
    E
    asy quilt using just strips of fabric to make a zig zag pattern. Use charm squares or jelly rolls to make this quilt top. The quilt is finished with embroidery.
  9. Christmas bunting
    T
    his is one of my favourite Christmas ornaments. The appliqués are attached using raw edge free motion machine embroidery. Give it a go!

Christmas gift ideas: 5 free sewing tutorials

French poetry napkins

This is a quick project that particularly French teachers will enjoy. To complete the project you will need 5 store bought napkins and some stranded cotton for the lettering and drawings.


Embroidered eye mask

A few fabric scraps are enough to make this quick project. Use fabric with a large print for best results.


Felt bookmark

This project is very easy and perfect for a teacher or anyone who enjoys reading. I used felt die cuts and stranded cotton in matching colours.


Folded star pot holder

This potholder is not difficult to make but it is time consuming so if you intend to make one set an afternoon aside to concentrate on it.


Quilted hot water bottle

Fabric scraps and some batting is all you need to make this quick project.

Tooth fairy cushion: handmade Christmas present

This tooth fairy pillow can either be given to a boy or a girl. Just adapt the fabric pattern and embellishments you use.

Materials

  • two 8 inch squares of cotton fabric
  • one 3 inch square in felt
  • 15 inch ribbon 1/2 in to 3/4 in wide for the hanger
  • 45 inch x 2 inch wide bias tape for the border
  • a small piece of white felt for the tooth
  • small 3 inch store bought organza bag
  • embellishments of your choice: buttons, felt cutouts, sequins, bows and the like
  • download tooth template (pdf)

Instructions

Cut two 8 inch squares.

Cut a 3 inch square in felt.

Fold it in half and pin.

Cut out on the corners as per picture.


The pocket is done.

Print the tooth template (pdf).

Cut the template around the tooth not too close to the line and place it over the felt. Hold tight with your fingers and start cutting along the lines.

Make sure you don’t move the felt.

Your tooth is ready to be stitched.

Place the tooth at an angle over the pocket.

Add some embellishments to the cushion. I chose to add a felt flower made out of cutouts.

There are many ideas you can do with felt flowers. This is just one very simple flowers but you can do more involved flowers too. Check out my tutorial on felt flower embellishment.

Play with placement of flower and pocket before you start stitching.

Stitch tooth and sequins to pocket and stitch all flower layers together.

Pin pocket to square and handstitch flower to square.

Place both squares wrong sides facing together and stitch all around the edges at 1/4 in from the edge leaving 1 1/2 inch opening to insert the polyfill.

Fill in the cushion.

Now add the bias tape to bind the edges.

Pin around.

I did mitered corners. This tutorial explains clearly how to do mitered corners (pdf).

Stitch all along. Turn bias over and pin again.

itch

Top stitch around.

Add ribbon to hang cushion. I cut the ribbon edge in a funky way and then lightly applied heat with a match to stop it from fraying.

To hold in place stitch a button through all layers of ribbon and fabric.

The cushion is done.

Insert the bag in the pocket.

Voilà! Another handmade gift ready for giving.