Photo Tutorial – Folded Fabric Christmas Tree

To make this tree, you can follow the photo tutorial below, or download a pdf version here (Dropbox link).

IMG_6621 This Christmas tree is made using fabric triangles.Β  The triangles are first sewn together on a sewing machine, and then folded and hand stitched into place. Finally, the folded triangles are hand stitched to one another and a ribbon added, for hanging the tree.

Adding Christmas decorations is optional, but it does add a beautiful touch of sparkle to your finished Christmas tree.

Finished Size

Approximately 14.25 inches/36 cm high by 12.5 inches/32 cm wide

Materials

Green fabric – 6” high by width of fabric

Cream Fabric – 6” high by width of fabric

Red Fabric – 7” x 6” piece of red fabric (for tree base)

Cutting mat, cutting ruler and rotary cutter

60Β° triangle ruler at least 6” in size

Thread

Scissors

Pins

A large wooden knitting needle or something similar to poke out your corners

Sewing machine and a hand-sewing needle

Iron and ironing board

One piece of A4 paper

Pencil and marker pen

Christmas trimmings to decorate your tree (optional)

6”/15cm ribbon to hang your tree

Abbreviations

RS – right sides together

All seams are to be sewn at ¼” (unless otherwise stated)

Method:

Making Fabric Triangles

  1. From both the green and cream pieces of fabric, cut a 6” strip along the width of each fabric.
  2. Using the 60Β° triangle ruler, cut ten 6” triangles from the cream fabric and cut eleven 6” triangles from the green fabric. The triangles should measure 7” along each side. You will need ten cream triangles and ten green triangles to make the Christmas tree, and one green triangle for the base of the tree.

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  1. From the 7” x 6” piece of red fabric, cut one 6” triangle again using the 60Β° triangle ruler. This will be used with the extra green triangle to make the base for the tree.

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  1. With RS together, pin one green and one cream triangle together and sew around all edges leaving a 2” gap on one side so that you can turn the fabric through to the RS after sewing. Reverse stitch at the beginning and end to secure your stitches. Repeat this stage with your other nine cream triangles and nine of the green triangles and then with the remaining green triangle and the red triangle cut for the base.

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  1. Snip off the corners of your triangles to reduce bulk in the points once your triangles are turned through to the RS.

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  1. Turn all triangles to the RS, carefully poking out all your corners using a large wooden knitting needle or something similar. Press all eleven triangles flat and pin the gap closed.
  2. Sew all around each triangle using a 1/8th inch seam. This will close the gap left open for turning.Β  You will now have 10 triangles for the Christmas tree (green and cream) and one triangle for the base (red and green).

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Making a Paper Triangle Template for marking the Centre Point

  1. With your piece of A4 paper, make a 6” triangle using the 60Β° triangle ruler. Cut this triangle out, then mark new lines ¼” in from each side and mark the centre point on each of these new lines too.

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  1. Cut along these new lines marked at ¼” inside your triangle. Now draw lines from each point of the triangle to the centre mark directly opposite it. Once all three lines have been drawn (one from each point), you will have an exact centre point of your triangle. Use this paper template to mark the centre point on the cream or red side of all eleven fabric triangles.

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Folding Fabric Triangles

  1. Take one of your triangles for the Christmas tree (one side green, one side cream), and with cream side up, fold one of the triangle points into the centre mark, and hand stitch in place. Repeat for the other two points.

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  1. Turn this piece upside down, so that the green side is now showing, fold your cream edges over by approx. ½”, and hand stitch together where the edges meet. Repeat for the other two corners.

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  1. Repeat steps 10 & 11 for the other nine Christmas tree triangles.
  2. Repeat Step 10 only for the red and green triangle. This will make a hexagon shape and will be used as the base of the tree.

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Put Together your Christmas tree

  1. Lay out all ten triangles for your Christmas tree as follows:
  • four folded triangles on the bottom row
  • three folded triangles on the 2nd row
  • two folded triangles on the 3rd row
  • one folded triangle on the top row.
  1. Sew all these rows together by hand stitching each edge where it meets.

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  1. Stitch the base onto the bottom of the tree.

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  1. Stitch a piece of ribbon onto the top.

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Decorate your Tree

Decorate your tree with your choice of trimmings.

Your Christmas tree is now finished and ready to hang.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

This pattern and its photos are copyright.Β  The pattern is for private individual use only and must not be copied, modified, distributed or reused for any commercial purposes without the written consent of the designer.

However, you are free to sell any products that you make using the pattern.Β  Please credit Amanda Clark as the designer of the pattern and if possible use hashtag #shuttermonkeydesigns when posting on social media.

Β© 2015 Amanda Clark