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Fabric Tree Tutorial

This Fabric Tree Tutorial was originally published 12/16/15 and updated on 12/11/19. This project was first posted on Tatertots and Jello as part of Jen’s Happy Holidays series.
Fabric Tree tutorial by top US sewing blog Ameroonie Designs: Image of fabric trees in holiday setting.
Fabric Tree tutorial by top US sewing blog Ameroonie Designs: Image of holiday scene with deer, sleigh and fabric trees.

Fabric trees are so much fun to make. They require very little supplies and time to make and can be customized to match any decor. These little trees are addicting. As you can see, I didn’t stop at just a few. (actually- I made a bunch for a boutique I was selling at and these are the ones that were left over.) I typically leave mine simple, but they can also be embellished however you like. Add trim, buttons, sequins or glitter to create your own unique tree. This Fabric Tree Tutorial will show you just how easy it is to whip up your own fabric tree forest!

If you want to see how I used this method to make custom trees for my girls’ room, you can see the holiday makeover in this post.

Fabric Tree tutorial by top US sewing blog Ameroonie Designs: image of fabric trees with deer and small wood houses.

Fabric Tree Tutorial:

Supplies for Fabric Trees

  • Fabric- scraps are great for this, but if you’re purchasing fabric- fat quarters or even fat eights will give you plenty of fabric to work with.
  • Fiber fill
  • Sewing supplies
  • wood scraps
  • skewers
  • paint (optional)
  • drill  

Instructions for making Fabric Trees:

  1. Cut two rectangles of fabric and line them up right sides together.  
2. Mark the center of the top of the rectangle, connect this center mark to the two bottom corners of your rectangles.
3. Next, cut along the lines to make a set of triangles.
4. Sew around the sides of the triangle using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Leave about 1- 1 1/2″ opening on the bottom.  Back stitch at the beginning and end of your stitching.  Trim the fabric down on the corners, cutting near, but not through the stitch lines.  The steeper the angle of the corner- the more important it is to get as much of the fabric trimmed as you can.
5.  Finally, turn the triangle right side out, use a blunt narrow tool (like a chopstick or the flat end of your skewer) to push the corners out- but go easy as you do so, you don’t want to poke a hole in the fabric.
 Fill the tree with fiber fill. If you have an old cushion you don’t want anymore- you might have all the stuffing you need already. 🙂  
Lastly, use a needle and thread to stitch the opening shut. Leave about 1/2″ opening on the bottom to insert your skewer.

Finishing the Trees:

Take your scraps of wood and drill a hole just large enough for your skewer to fit in.  My skewers ended up being 3/8″ in diameter.  I painted my skewer and wood together, but if you want to be able to pull it out to store it, paint them separately.  Now, all you have to do is slide your tree onto the stand.  Using a skewer instead of a dowel makes it much easier to slide it on through the stuffing because of the pointy end.  Adjust the height of the tree by sliding it higher or lower on the skewer- if you want them even shorter you can cut your skewers.

Fabric Tree tutorial by top US sewing blog Ameroonie Designs: IMage of holiday scene with window, fabric trees and houses.

These trees are so much fun to make! With a few supplies and a bit of time you will find yourself with a new addition to your holiday decor you will love.

If you want to keep the ball rolling and make even more simple holiday decorations, you can find my super easy black and white shadow box, with paper trees here. And my Simple Christmas Banner is another fun afternoon project you will love!

I hope you have a blast crafting for Christmas! xoxo, Amy

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