Today I'd like to share one of my more recent freebie patterns, my Festive Felt Trees! This is from last year, but not many people are aware of this project because I haven't had a link in the sidebar for it. The pattern is in two parts (links to the full-size pdfs are at the end of this post) but it basically looks like this:
They stitch up very quickly by hand. Print the numbered pattern pieces and use them to cut out your felt. I used my scallop pinking shears to cut the bottom of each arc, but regular pinked or smooth cut would look cute, too.
You will be sewing the arcs together while flat, then stitch the back seam to form the cone. Use the big pattern piece on page one as a guide for laying out your pieces and pinning together.
The pieces will overlap by about 1/4" inch.
Here it is all pinned and ready to stitch:
It's easy to nestle a small stitch in each scallop. I love my scallop shears. I don't think they sell them in shops any more, I had to find these on ebay.
After stitching all the arcs together, fold in half with wrong sides together, so the sides meet and form the back seam (if you first fold the tippy end of the treetop in a bit that will help it look tidier). Whip stitch along the back seam. Then wriggle the pieces until the back is nice and flat.
I was going to include a round pattern piece for the base, but truthfully you don't need to bother. The felt tree stands up just fine on its own, and it will be much easier to store flat. If you've used thin felt, you could lightly stuff the tree with some polyfill to keep it filled out, and then remove it for storage.
You can make different sizes by leaving off some of the arcs. As you see in the first photo, I made three in various colors and sizes, and for the photoshoot I poked shiny pins in them for extra sparkle.
Click -->here<-- to download the pdf for page one of the Festive Felt Tree pattern, and -->here<-- for page two. Please let me know if you run into any problems. You'll need Adobe Reader to view and print this. If you don't have that on your computer, you can downoad it for free -->here<--.
I can't wrap my brain around how fast the days are slipping by. Things are quite busy with work, remodeling and trying to decorate the house while it's in its current state of chaos. I'm looking forward to getting everything more settled so we can enjoy the holiday in a bit calmer atmosphere. :o\
Have a great week! Make trees!
ps - I just realized I forgot to do a graphic and announce December's theme! It's Christmas of course... duh! I did update the banner and made the background a happy shade of Christmassy green, though.