Saturday, December 26, 2009

Primitive Tree Make-Do Holiday Decoration

A few weeks ago I made up several of these little Primitive Tree Make-Do's to decorate my home for the holidays. I love tucking them in on our holiday tree or Christmas displays around my home. I also made a few of them up to give along with some of my handmade holiday gifts.

This project costs less than $1.00 to make because you are repurposing some of your fabric scraps and empty wooden thread spools. I was able to make one in less than 20 they are quick and easy.

Supplies Needed:

Handmade Simple Tree Pattern
Green Check Homespun Fabric (small piece)
Red and Green Plaid Homespun Fabric Scrap
Poly-Fill Stuffing
Empty Wooden Spool
Metal Jingle Bell (Rusty or Brass)
All-Purpose Tacky Glue
Sewing Machine and Basic Sewing Supplies

Tree Pattern: I found mine in a child's coloring book, you can draw your own simple tree pattern. Mine measures 4 3/4" tall by 5 1/2" wide at its widest point.

Trace your tree pattern onto 2 pieces of green homespun fabric and cut out right outside of your traced line. Place your 2 fabric pieces together and sew around the tree, leaving the bottom tree trunk edge open. Turn your tree inside out so that the right side is now outside and lightly stuff with some poly-fiber fill. Position the little tree trunk stub around a 1 1/2" tall wooden spool and use tacky glue or a hot glue gun to glue it into place. (Hold it in place for a minute or two until its stable).

Take a piece of scrap homespun and cut it down to a 1/2" by 6" long piece and tie it around the wooden spool. You can trim your length if its too long. Using a piece of thread and a sewing needle, sew your rusty metal jingle bell to the top of your tree.

~ Shelly ~

1 comment:

Chris said...

Thanks Shelly, for posting this. I love making this pattern. Everyone that I have made has been snatched by friends or relatives. LOL I love working this pattern. Enjoy all!

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