Felt Tree Frenzy (or why my family ate spaghetti twice this week)

9 Dec

This year I knew I wanted to do a tutorial for a felt Christmas tree on our blog. I quickly got to work and whipped up three sweet little trees, however my mind began ruminating on another idea, so of course I had to at least try it out… and while finishing that one up I had a great idea for three more! Well not one to ignore inspiration I worked out the logistics on the others and made them too!

Picking just one to showcase on the blog this month was tougher than I expected so I decided to get more opinions. When I showed my  handy work to my brood, my daughter ooohed and awwed, of course she has a real appreciation for anything that sparkles. And my son piped up to ask if these were the reason we had to have spaghetti twice in one week. And I am proud to say they are! And they were worth it!

The projects themselves aren’t really all that time-consuming unless you are trying to design tree styles, make templates, shoot tutorials, make them all and shoot the finished product all in 2 days, in which case you may want to stock up on spaghetti sauce!

The templates are available for download on our website and are totally free,

www.Americanfeltandcraft.com (under kits and patterns)

And don’t forget to tell us which is your favorite by leaving a comment here or posting on our Facebook page.  One person will be picked randomly to win a set of the adorable bird picks like those used in the project! Hurry contest ends December 17th at midnight. Winner will be announced December 18th, contest open to U.S residents only please.

Pudgy Trees

These little cuties are SO easy to make they are the perfect project for a beginning sewer or an older child. You can make just one of the trees but I think everything looks better in threes. To make them you will need:

A quarter yard Dark Green felt (I used AFC’s Fresh Cut Grass)

Matching Thread

Scissors

Stuffing

Glitter (optional)

A sewing needle.

Templates (available for free download here) or on our Facebook Page 

Begin by cutting out template pieces.  You will need 1-piece  A & E   2- pieces B and D ,   3 – piece C,    as well as the base of each of tree.

Fold each pieces A- E over and stitch up the side using a running stitch

Turn each of the template pieces so the stitching faces inward.  You will be working with one template piece A  1 template piece B and 1 template piece C.  Set all other pieces aside.

Using an overcast stitch attach the largest base to 1 A piece, stopping when 3/4 of the way done to stuff. Then sew closed. * You may need to trim the base piece down a bit depending on the exact size of your tree.

Repeat with one B to medium base and one C to small base.

Once completed stack unstuffed pieces B and C onto stuffed A to create the largest tree

Stack unstuffed  pieces C and D onto stuffed piece B to create medium tree.

Stack unstuffed D and E onto stuffed piece C to create the smallest tree, decorate with felt glue and glitter if desired

A partridge in an avant garde tree

These trees are both whimsical and a bit sophisticated, they are by far the most time consuming of all of the trees but I think they are worth the time.

You will need:

1 1/4 yard dark green felt (I used AFC’s Fresh cut Grass)

1/4 yard lighter green felt (I used AFC’s Key Lime Pie)

A few hundred sewing pins

Scissors

Foam tree shapes (we used 3 different sizes but you can use any sizes you like)

Scrap paper

Bird or other picks for top (optional, sold in the Christmas section of many craft stores)

Template F  available for free download on our website ( 2.5″ circle)

Cut circle template from both felt colors (piece F in the PDF download) it is impossible to give you an exact number since tree sizes will vary as well as placement technique but let me just tell you it will be A LOT!  Please note circle shapes don’t have to be perfect but they should all be around the same size. Since you will be cutting a lot you may want to free hand them.

Map out the design you intend to use for trees by pinning scrap paper in the areas you want the lighter felt to be, this will ensure you will not accidentally cover them with the wrong color of felt.

Here I did a large polka dot, a swirl and one broad stripe but you can do just about anything you can dream up.

Begin by folding circles in half, then into quarters push a pin through and place along the base of the tree with the poofy end facing downwards.

Cover the bottom row along the base of the tree before moving upward this will allow you to cover the pins of the bottom pieces with the next piece.

When you get to the design it may be necessary to angle pieces so that the design can be clearly pinned. Complete all of the darker parts of the tree before moving on to the design.

Note used lighter felt to mark my design for clarity but paper works just as well.

After you have covered all but the paper design go back and begin to cover it in the same way you covered the rest of the tree. Once complete look over the tree and puff out any areas you need to in order to better hide pins. Repeat with remaining trees. Insert  picks into the top of each tree you may need to cut the picks to a smaller size first.

You will need

1/4 yard Dark red felt (we used AFC’s Poinsettia)

and 1/4 yard lighter red felt (AFC’s poppy)

Scissors

1 foam tree shape

White pearl head pins (100 pieces)

Red glitter, foam brush & felt glue (optional)

Template Piece G

Cut out poinsettia templates (marked G in the PDF file) from the colored felt. Approx 33 of each color. You may need more or less depending on the size of your foam tree.

If you’re planning on using glitter lightly brush the darker red pieces with glue using the foam brush. Sprinkle glitter onto pieces and allow to dry.

Stack the darker red poinsettia pieces on top of the smaller poinsettia pieces.

Place onto foam tree starting from the base, push three pins into the center of each flower to secure to tree.

Continue around the base moving upward until you reach the top in the same method used for the avant-garde tree. Fluff as necessary.

Happy Holidays one and all!

6 Responses to “Felt Tree Frenzy (or why my family ate spaghetti twice this week)”

  1. urban craft December 12, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    love love love these trees! Adding them to the list of things that I must make. But as I am just getting around to decorating the house now, think it will be a to do for November of next year. Thanks for these, avant garde tree = rad!

  2. Linda December 13, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    I love them all how fun!! but have to say my fav is the A partridge in an avant garde tree! Thnx for sharing them and all the instructions!! they are fabulous!!! now to find time to actually make one!! Thnx! hugs and happy holidays to you! Linda

  3. Sylvia December 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm #

    I love the pudgy trees! I think I’ll work on a couple of these with my son this weekend. We’ll have fun with the glitter, that’s for sure!

  4. Suki December 16, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I love the two toned avant garde trees!

  5. Paula January 13, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    I’m so disappointed that I missed these or I would’ve made some as they are beautiful. Never mind there’s always next Christmas and these are at the top of my list.

  6. Sarah Jenkins November 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I love these trees! On my to do craft list, the poinsettia tree is fabulous and my favorite!

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