Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork

This year I was am having a tough time deciding what my Christmas decor will be. Every time I see another display at a store, another mantel pin, another home tour, I change my mind.

So … I’ve decided one room will be green and gold, the other red and white? I think. I’m still not sure. Soooo indecisive.

Okay, back to the topic of this post:

I LOVE this pin:
Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
Love this pin!

{Original source unknown, here’s the pin}

Don’t you love this, as well???

I decided that I needed one, and it was going to be a part of my green and gold room.

Here’s my take on it:

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork

So, thoughts on the result? Similar to inspiration?

Here’s how I made mine:

You’ll need these supplies:
Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
Supplies

Green fabric scraps (or whatever color you’ve decided to go with)
Background fabric. I used this burlap with gold polka dots painted on it. JoAnn $15/yd (yikes! use a coupon)! I needed just one yard to cover my canvas.
Canvas. Mine is 30″ x 24″. I know you’re thinking … “where did that lovely orange canvas come from?” Well … it came from Urban Outfitters … about 13 years ago. It’s been permanently gathering dust in our basement for the last 10 years. Why not recover it with these lovely trees, huh?
Steam-a-Seam fusible web. I find mine at JoAnn. I think it’s around $5 a pack. You should only need one.

I also ended up using green sparkly scrapbook paper for the stars, and brown cardstock for the trunks. You could use more fabric instead, too.

And you’ll need these tools:

pinking shears (or regular scissors … your choice, purely cosmetic)
iron
staple gun

So, on with it …

Step 1: Cut all your fabric pieces. Lay them out on your canvas as you go to make sure they’ll a)fit and b)look the way you want.

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
Cut your fabric, lay roughly in place

Step 2: Iron your green fabric pieces (if you didn’t do this before). Take out one sheet of Seam-A-Seam. Peel the paper off one side. This side will now be sticky, with the back side still covered in paper:

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
Peel the paper off ONE side

Step 3: Stick all pieces of one tree to sheet (they should stick fine to the sticky side you just exposed):

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchworkk
One tree worth of fabric scraps on Steam-a-seam

Do this for all three trees.

Step 4: Cut apart each fabric piece (with Steam-A-Seam stuck on back):

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
Fabric pieces cut out with fusible web on back

Step 5: Lay all pieces back onto canvas (with fusible web paper still on back)

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
Lay out pieces again to make sure you’re happy with layout

Step 6: Once happy with the placement, peel the paper off the back of the fusible web and stick the fabric piece onto the burlap.

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
All pieces ‘stuck’ in place

Step 7: Iron back of burlap (making sure tree fabric stays in place). Iron until you’re certain the green fabric is stuck securely in place on the front (test it by trying to peel a corner). It should only take about 1 minute of ironing per tree.

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
Iron back of burlap, which melts fusible web and permanently adheres green fabric to burlap.

Step 8: Stretch burlap over the canvas. Using a staple gun, secure burlap to canvas.

That’s it!

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork
Done!

As I said, it’s going in the green and gold room …

Fabric scrap Christmas tree patchwork

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