Make a Patchwork Christmas Treecomments (2) December 19th, 2008
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.
2. Arrange them in rows to form a tree.
3. Sew the triangles together in rows using a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
4. Sew the rows together.
5. Turn in one long edge and the two short edges of the trunk 1/4 inch and press.
6. Sew the trunk to the tree with a 1/4-inch seam, centering it at the bottom.
7. Turn in the outer edges of the tree 1/4 inch and press.
8. Using a staight stitch, appliqué the tree to the background fabric by stitching along the fold.
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.
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.)