Make a Patchwork Christmas Tree

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MaryRay Mary Ray, contributor
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I used my patchwork tree to make a holiday banner, but you could appliqué yours on a tablecloth or downsize it for a pillow.
Use this pattern to cut 25 triangles and a trunk.
Arrange the triangles into a tree—nine at the bottom and one at the top.
I used my patchwork tree to make a holiday banner, but you could appliqué yours on a tablecloth or downsize it for a pillow.

I used my patchwork tree to make a holiday banner, but you could appliqué yours on a tablecloth or downsize it for a pillow.

Photo: Mary Ray

I appliquéd my patchwork tree (from this cute fabric by Martha Negley for Rowan Fabrics and Westminster Fibers called Snow) to some muslin and made a holiday banner. You could make it the center of a tablecloth or make the triangles a bit smaller for some holiday pillows. And here’s another idea: Add a pocket at the bottom to hold your Christmas cards.

Here’s what you'll need:

  • Three or four different fabrics for the tree, 1/2 yard of one and 1/4 yard of the others
  • 1 yard of fabric, like muslin, for the background and backing
  • A piece of batting

1. Cut out 25 triangles and one trunk from the different fabrics according to the pattern below.


Use this pattern to cut 25 triangles and a trunk.

2. Arrange them in rows to form a tree.


Arrange the triangles into a tree—nine at the bottom and one at the top.

3. Sew the triangles together in rows using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.


Using a 1/4-inch seam, sew the triangles together in rows.

4. Sew the rows together.
5. Turn in one long edge and the two short edges of the trunk 1/4 inch and press.


Turn in the edges of the trunk on three sides.

6. Sew the trunk to the tree with a 1/4-inch seam, centering it at the bottom.


Attach the trunk to the base of the tree.

7. Turn in the outer edges of the tree 1/4 inch and press.


Turn in and press the outer edges of the tree.


Fold in the fullness at the points.

8. Using a staight stitch, appliqué the tree to the background fabric by stitching along the fold.


Appliqué the tree to the background fabric.

9. Cut a piece of backing fabric and batting the same size as the appliquéd top and layer together. Pin. Machine-stitch around the tree shape through all the layers.


Layer the top, batting, and backing together and stitch around the tree to hold the layers together.

10. True up the outer edges of the banner.
11. Add a binding. (See my post on A Quilted Lingerie Bag for an easy way to bind a rectangle.)
12. Add some tabs or a rod pocket to hang your banner. (I did a post about this, too, called Hang Your Quilt on the Wall—without Push-Pins.)

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Comments (2)

the_quilt_lady writes: A great smaller size project that can actually get done in a short period of time. Love your idea. Would make a great decoration.
Posted: 10:30 pm on December 29th
Tina_Hilton writes: Mary - Yet another great project. I love your clever tree design and if I get started now I'll have my Christmas 2009 gifts done in time...
Posted: 10:12 am on December 19th
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