Liberty Scrap Challenge: Christmas Edition, DIY Tiny Tree Decorations

11.15.2012


I'm happy to be sharing this tutorial today!.  Thanks to Organic Stitch Co. for the liberty mini charm pack!  Be sure to check out her shop!  And also a thanks to Nova, for putting this fun event together!



I loved being challenged by the little charm pack of Liberty of London fabric.  I don't think you could not make something beautiful with them.  I decided some little mini Christmas trees were in order.  And once I made one, I started thinking about all the different ways you could use them for your home and Christmas package decorating.  They're fun quick and easy!


Materials:
  • 1 sheet 12x18 wool felt, you could use acrylic too, but wool holds up much better
  • handful of fiberfill stuffing
  • Liberty mini charm pack
  • small scrap of fabric for tree trunk
  • thread
  • tree template download here!
  • fabric glue stick
  • embroidery floss (for garland)
  • leather string (for ornament)

Directions:
  • Cut two pieces of the large tree template from wool for each tree you'll be making.
  • Cut one tree from the Liberty scrap pack (or scraps of your choosing).
  • Cut one tree trunk (3/4" by 1/2" wide).

Using the fabric glue stick, apply and stick down the tree trunk and tree shape on top of one of the pieces of felt.


Sew close to the edges of tree and trunk, clip threads.



Place finished tree on top of remaining piece of felt.  Sew around tree and trunk with 1/4" seam allowance.  Before you stitch all around the tree, stop and lift your presser foot and stuff in a small amount of fiberfill, then continue stitching.  Trim excess felt with sharp scissors.

To make the ornament:  insert loop of leather lacing at top of tree before you sew around the tree. Carefully trim the last bit of felt around the loop so that you don't cut through the loop.
To make garland:  make 7 trees (or number of your choice) and with a needle, thread on each tree and hang!
To make packaging decoration:  Cut two small slits in back of tree (only through the back piece of felt) and thread a ribbon through, tie on package as desired.



55 comments :

  1. Anna - this is a lovely idea! So simple and pretty.

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  2. These are so simple and lovely! You're right about those liberty scraps - they are incapable of not being beautiful. Thanks for a great project idea and tutorial, this is going on my girl's craft night list for sure.

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  3. These are so simple and lovely! You're right about those liberty scraps - they are incapable of not being beautiful. Thanks for a great project idea and tutorial, this is going on my girl's craft night list for sure.

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  4. These are amazing! Well done.
    Esther.

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  5. brilliant idea for using up those scraps from precious fabrics ~ thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing these. Just perfect for my christmas decorations.

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  7. These are adorable! I will have to try to make these this year :)

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  8. Thanks for the idea!! Looks like a great little gift to go with some christmas goodies! :-)
    Steffi

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  9. Those are such a great idea, Anna! I love all the different uses, especially the garland!

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  10. So adorable and a great tute. Thanks Anna!!!

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  11. these are fabulous, anna! simple and perfect!!

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  12. These are great--thanks for sharing! I'm not usually that much into garland, but I love it with those little trees!

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  13. SO cute Anna! I definitely want to make these!

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  14. the cuteness of this project is literally amazing! can't wait to try some of these!

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  15. These are so simple, yet so lovely at the same time. Beautiful Anna!

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  16. These are awesome! I think they'd make cute teacher gifts too :)

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  17. Super cute...must make! Thanks for sharing these Anna. I love your ideas and tutes!

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  18. Such a wonderfull idea!!! It`s so cute!!!
    Thanx for sharing!!!
    Kiki

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  19. Amazing! Thanks for that brilliant idea. I cant wait to try it :)

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  20. What a great idea! Love the ornaments and plan to give it a try myself. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  21. Oh, those are so cute! I'm so tempted by homemade ornaments this year.

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  22. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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  23. Such a cute idea, and they'd go wonderfully with hand made wrapping too (she says dreamily, knowing she has absolutely no time lol)

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  24. These are so cute Anna! Love your pictures too :)

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  25. these are so cute anna! i love them. you take the most beautiful pictures. what kind of camera do you use, if you don't mind me asking?

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  26. ahhh so cute! love them especially as gift toppers - if i wrapped other people's gifts with them i'd definitely make sure those didn't end up in the garbage with the rest of the wrapping paper!

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  27. These are so, so cute and I love all the different ways you shared them being used as fun decor! You're amazing, Anna!

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  28. So sweet - perfect for those tiny precious scraps. Thanks so much for the inbspiration.

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  29. Thank you for the inspiration, those are so dang cute!

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  30. Okay, I'm totally in love with these! Great job Anna. I love the soft colors, and the subtlety of the holiday theme.

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  31. absolutely gorgeous! i adore the liberty prints and have been coveting for a long while. will make do with what i hve though. thank you for sharing!

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  32. Man, those pictures are so beautifully set up, what an eye! and the trees are super cute too!

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  33. What a great idea! I have liberty fabric scraps and I am too scared to trash them.

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  34. Such a gorgeous idea. I just bought my first liberty fabric (5 x 1yd pieces) and I can't wait to use them...gosh they feel amazing!

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  35. Really pretty. Creative idea and I like it!

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  36. oh i love these! such charm! thank you for sharing!

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  37. Aww, I love these so much! So perfectly simple AND gorgeous!

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  38. Super duper cute, Anna! I love how you have various ways to use your cute trees! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  39. Love these!!!! So simple yet beautiful.

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  40. Thank you for this tutorial! Kiss from Italy

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  41. I just wanted to say that I love these trees! I just made a garland for my mantle, and ornaments are next! Thank you for sharing such a neat idea!

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  42. Thanks Anna for the inspiration. Just used your tutorial.

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  43. I love them! I've made one garland, but kept fighting with my machine - the needle thread keeps breaking and it started not to like the felt too. Any advice? I have a great Janome machine with automatic tension, but I suspect it might be a tension issue. But I'm too much of a novice to know what to do! Any advice?

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