This was our Make & Take project last night and they turned out really cute. I was inspired by Charlotte Lyons and her amazing blog House Wren Studio. This was the image I found on her site that I used to lure friends to come craft with me...
Here is how we did it:
Over the last two years I have been saving up wool and lambswool sweaters, by washing them in hot then cold water and shrinking them they get really thick and felty.
The stands are small, pre-drilled pieces I bought at Windsor Plywood, they were about $1.80 each, then the trunks are just doweling cut into 5 inch lengths.
Make a tree template out of stiff cardboard and trace it with chalk onto your fabric of choice. Hilarie used a lovely mossy velvet on the backside.
Cut out the shapes. Make the sizes a little different to keep them interesting.
Sew on any decorations or beads you would like to decorate your tree, leave about a half an inch around the outside to allow the machine foot to pass.
Put the pieces right side in and stitch all the way around...leave about an inch and a half at the bottom to stuff your tree and insert the stick.
Once stitched turn it right side out and stuff through the bottom. Sneak a little white glue in the bottom them insert the tree trunk and stitch tightly around the stick and close the opening.
Now you can add a little decoration to the top if you like. Use your imagination.
The bases can be decorated with wool, glitter, paint or a simple clear coat.
This one is my favorite and I'm keeping it. It was a bit of a fluke that turned out well. It is a little bit Dr.Zeussy and I love anything Christmas with colour and whimsy. I am going to do a few more with an outside blanket stitch and maybe attempt a 3-D version...also love her idea to use spools.
I have been gathering stock in kids cups, felted trees, cabouchon magnets and decoupage pieces and hope to open a small etsy store next week or maybe even a blog category with stuff for sale. The trees will be $12 each...the three fair-isle ones are available as well as two more stripy ones. Comment if you are interested.
It's officially our anniversary tonight and hubbie and I have to really work on our house plans...the first set of drawings is looking good but is not quite there yet. Have a good night!