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Folded Fabric Christmas Tree

 

A quick and easy Christmas decoration

 

 

Finished size is approx. 7.5cm x 12cm (3" x 4.5")

What will you need?

  • 1 x 18cm (7") circle of fabric
  • Metallic gold machine thread
  • ​1/4m of gold pearl beading (2.5mm dia.)
  • ​3mm wide ribbon (approx. 15cm)
  • Sewing thread
  • Needle, scissors, sewing machine

 

  • Fold your circle of fabric in half, right sides together
  • ​Stitch around the curved edge leaving an opening for turning

  • Turn your circle right side out
  • Stitch up the opening and press the semi-circle flat

  • Top stitch in gold thread, using a decorative stitch, around the curved edge

 

  • You can add more than one row of stitching and vary the thread colour if you prefer

  • Now stitch the pearl beading around the curved edge

​If you use beading that is moulded to the string you can just cut the ends without fraying. There is no need to tuck the ends in.

  • Place your semi-circle down flat and measure approx. 12cm (4 4/3") across the straight edge from the left hand side. This will be the top of your tree
  • Measure approx. 7.5cm (3") along the curve and fold the fabric over

  • Then fold the fabric back across again, this piece should measure approx. 6.5cm (2.5") along the curve

 

  • Keep folding backwards and forwards in a concertina fashion until you run out of fabric

  • The folds should line up to make the straight sides of the tree
  • pin in place if necessary
  • You should have 4 folds spanning out from the point you made 12cm along the straight edge

  • You should end up with a triangular tree shape
  • ​Press the folds flat, taking care not to melt the beads

  • Take approx. 14cm of ribbon make a loop and fold over the raw edges.

  • Stitch the loop to the back of the tree at the top point
  • ​Use a tiny piece of the pearl beading to stitch across the top point at the base of the loop. You could also use a larger bead or a star shape

​Your decoration is now ready for hanging

 

​You can of course vary the fabric and thread colour and add more decoration if you choose.

 

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