Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Nordic Tree Garland

Last month, I saw a random clip art photo of a tree garland that I thought was cute.  
I had also been eyeing a lot of red and white Nordic print fabrics in a few different Etsy shops.  
So, I put the two together to make this:

Cute stuffed little Christmas trees made out of Nordic inspired cotton and strung by hemp on a piece of twine.  I love it! It was super easy and quick to throw together.  Did I bother to take photos of the process as I went?  Of course not.  That would have made too much sense!!

Once I decided what size and shape I wanted my trees to be, I just made a quick template (out of my most recent Pottery Barn catalog cover) and started cutting trees out of my fabric.  I purchased a set of 5 fat quarters from Christmas Jul, which gave me PLENTY of fabric (I actually have enough trees/fabric cut to make probably 5 or 6 sets of these garland).

Putting right sides together, I sewed along one edge, placed my hemp in the top corner piece for the loop and then sewed down the other side (when sewing with right sides together, the loop end of the hemp has to be placed inside the tree with the 2 ends sticking out the top.  Does that make sense?).  I did sew along the bottom side as well, but left about a 1" opening that allowed me to: 
a) flip the tree right side out  
b) put stuffing in my tree and 
c) place my tree trunk in to be sewn in.

After flipping all the trees right side out, I ironed them and stuffed them.  The little trunks? Absolutely no rhyme or reason to them at all.  No measuring or anything.  Just snipped a square of fabric, placed a tiny bit of stuffing in it and stuck in the bottom of my tree.  I then zipped across the bottom of my tree(s) again with my sewing machine to sew the trunk in place.  That's it!

A quick and easy project that can be done in one evening.


Michele Reynolds said...

LOVE your garland!!!!! Merry Christmas:) Pinned

Ashley Duggan-Smith said...

I love the Nordic prints too, and these are precious! You could go back and make some more for ornaments on your tree!

Tuula McPhee said...

I love your tree garland! The red and white fabrics are so Christmassy.

Maria said...

What a cute idea, your little trees are so sweet!

The Art Bug said...

that's a great idea! I love all your red & white prints.

Kayla @ Home Coming said...

These are adorable. What a great idea!! I'm hosting a giveaway for a beautiful chandelier that you should enter!

Ursula Rosien said...

I love these! I've been in a scandinavian mood lately using lots of white and minimal design but I also love the whimsical nordic designs SO much!
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Ursula at kraft&mint {modern crafts}

Ellya Brill said...

These are so sweet. Pinning it for next year. Thank you so much.


Natasha Mairs said...

Love these!! now following you

Natasha @ Serenity You


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