In this tutorial today I’ll be showing you how to make an easy fabric Christmas tree ornament. The fabric Christmas tree ornaments can be kept very simple for a complete beginner or you can jazz it up by using a few different fabrics and embellishments like I show you in the video (keep scrolling for the full video tutorial).
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You can find the full video tutorial below the list of ‘what you will need’ for the project.
Materials Needed to Sew a Fabric Christmas Tree Ornament
- Christmas Fabric – 4 different kinds if you want to do the 4 coloured kind – cut to 6″ x 8 1/2″
- Backing fabric cut to 6″ x 6 1/2″
- Batting or felt cut to 6″ x 6 1/2″ or slightly larger
- Ricrac or ribbon for the loop
- Sewing machine thread
- Frixion pen or a pen of some sort to mark onto fabric
- Template (optional) Fill in the form below to download
Tools Needed to Sew a Fabric Christmas Tree Ornament
- Sewing machine
- Rotary Cutter and cutting mat (optional)
- Pressing mat or ironing board
Watch the Full Video Tutorial Below
Watch the quick video or see it on YouTube here
Step By Step Instructions for How to Sew a Fabric Christmas Tree Ornament
Start by gathering your desired Christmas fabrics. If you are keeping it simple you only need once piece of Christmas fabric cut to 6″ x 6 1/2″ and then skip to the next relevant step. Other wise, ensure you have 4 kinds of Christmas fabric cut to 6″ x 8 1/2″
Layer the 4 fabrics on top of each other, ensuring the prints are running the correct way. It always annoys me if a print is upside down. Cut your fabric into 4 wedges. Accuracy doesn’t matter much here so you can just eyeball the size of the wedges.
Arrange your fabrics into the desired order. As you can see you will end up sewing 4 of these at a time. Efficient!
Pin the pieces together before you start sewing, as the pieces can get mixed up easily.
Sew the wedges together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Press the seams to ensure your new rectangle of pieced fabric is laying flat.
Now is the time to sew on the ricrac along each seam to give a ‘tinsel’ looking effect.
using the downloadable template (found in the ‘Materials Needed’ section above), or you can draw your own Christmas tree shape, trace the Christmas tree outline onto the back on the backing fabric.
Layer your fabric ready for sewing. Ensure you have your batting (or felt) on the bottom, followed by the front Christmas tree fabric with right side facing up and then the backing fabric with right side facing down.
Ensure you have transferred the ‘leave open’ marks onto your fabric to ensure you leave an opening for turning the fabric Christman tree right side out!
starting from the bottom ‘leave open’ mark, Sew the layers together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Ensure to backstitch at the beginning and end so you don’t undo your stitching when you are turning the tree right sides out.
Cut off the excess fabric.
Remove as much of the excess fabric from the corners to get a nicely turned out corner.
Remove a wedge of fabric from the inner corners to reduce the amount of puckering here.
Turn the trees right sides out. Use the chopstick to gently push all the corners out.
Press the fabric Christmas tree to get it as flat as possible ready for topstitching. This is a good time to pay attention to the opening and line up the edges as best you can.
topstitch as close to the edge as you feel comfortable. Use the chopstick to help push the fabric through when you turn those corners.
You could use this time to sew on a star-shaped button or even use round buttons as baubles!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial for how to sew a fabric Christmas tree ornament. I’d love to see how yours turn out. Find me on social media and send a photo through!
Until next time, happy sewing!