Posted By: Shopprice South Africa
As Christmas time paints ever closer we’re thinking about all kinds of ways to get crafty with homemade festive decorations. Don’t reserve decking for your halls, trees and front under, remember windowsills, fireplaces and kitchen tables are ideal places for adorning with Yuletide accessories, too!
This project comes from Stitch Magazine which is packed with ideas for the home, garments to stitch and more. Follow our step-by-step tutorial to make your own mantelpiece tree decorations.
You will need
Liberty Rossmore rope fabrics – we used Kaylie Sunshine, BetsyAnn, Pablo Pepper and Lesleys
4. Thin card for templates
5. Fibre filling
6. Assorted trimmings – ribbon, pom pom trim, buttons
7. Wooden cotton reel, without or without thread
9. Sewing machine (optional)
Step 1: Cut a tall, isosceles triangle from the dilute card. Draw two or three slanting lines across the triangle and cut into sections.
Step 2: Select different Liberty Rossmore Cord patterns. Draw around each section of the triangle template onto the reverse of the fabric. Ensure the template pieces are face up on each piece but try to rotate them so the direction of the cording varies when the tree is built up.
Step 3: Cut around every drawn shape, adding a 5mm border for your seam allowance. Lay the pieces out in the order they will be assembled to check they will still make a triangle.
Step 4: Place the slanted edges of the pieces right sides together and pin, matching up the drawn lines rather than the cut lines.
Step 5: Use a mid-sized straight stitch on your sewing machine and a see-through foot to stitch along the drawn lines. Alternatively, hand sew with a neat back stitch. As most of the lines you are stitching will have been cut slightly on the bias, avoid pulling the fabric as you create the seams as this may result in one side puckering.
Step 6: Once the seams have been sewn, flatten the patchwork triangle face up on your work surface. Choose colourful trims to decorate the tree and pin in place along the seam lines. Hand sew the trims in place with tiny stitches.
Step 7: If using pom pom trim, take the end pom poms of each strip and pin away from the edge of the fabric once they are sewn in place. This will ensure they do not get caught up in the stitching of the next step.
Step 8: Lay the patchwork triangle face down on a different design of Liberty Rossmore Cord. Pin around the edges and trim the backing fabric to the same size.
Step 9: Place the triangles together right sides facing, then machine or hand stitch around the edges using the drawn lines as a guide and leaving a 5cm wide gap in the centre of the bottom edge to turn and stuff the shape. Remove the pins that held the pom poms in place.
Step 10: Clip the excess fabric away from each corner to make sure the edges of the tree are fairly pointed when the shape is turned right side out.
Step 11: Turn out the tree and ease the material into the corners with a blunt pencil. Do not push too hard as you may poke the pencil through the seam, ripping the stitching in the process.
Step 12: Stuff the tree with fibre filling. Tear the stuffing into small pieces to achieve a smoother shape and push it into the corners with a pencil to hold the points rigid. Do not over stuff, you want a plush looking tree rather than one that’s fit to burst.
Step 13: Once the tree is stuffed, carefully ease the pencil through the filling at the centre, pushing it right up to the top point. Fold in the raw edges at the base of the tree and pin on either side of the centrally placed pencil.
Step 14: Use a needle and thread to work tiny slip stitches to close the gaps at the base of the tree on either side of the pencil.
Step 15: To finish the tree, push the unsharpened end of the pencil into the hole of an old wooden cotton reel. This creates the trunk of the tree, allowing you to stand it on a mantelpiece or shelf.