Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"Vintage" Christmas Tree Wallhanging

My Mom made this many moons ago. I think she sold them at Bazaar's. Did ya Mom? Not sure where she got the pattern either? But lucky me, I "inherited" it when Mom and Dad retired a few years back. I have always loved this tree. The "vintage" fabrics are oh so cute! Imagine my surprise when I went shopping at my friend Sheri's and discovered she had some of the very same prints! I knew I had to make my own.

Here is a close up of the Traditional Red and Green one that I made. I chose to quilt mine and use buttons. I also put a binding on it. {binding on a Christmas tree shape = grrrrr.} ;o)
Here's the tree. Isn't he cute? And although I'm mainly a Red and Green girl at Christmas time. I love all the pastel-y colors that are popping up everywhere for Christmas. I do put a tree in my room during the Holidays and it's decorated in pastel blues and white's. I think I'll add this tree to my Holiday Bedroom decor. This tree I did the same way my Mom did. Sewing the backing to the front, adding a piece of batting, right sides together and turning right sides out. {much more simpler than binding} Wouldn't this be cute in a baby's room for Christmas. Here is a quick tutorial on how I made my tree. It's not an exact science. No pattern or nothin. So feel free to adjust it when/where needed.

I used a 30 piece 3.5" square fabric pack from my Etsy store to make em. The tree finishes approx. as a 18" triangle. (18" from point to point, not including the trunk)

Use the photo as a reference;
1. Sew 2 squares together and press
2. Sew 4 squares together and press
3. Sew 6 squares together and press
4. Then another 6 squares, 5 squares, 3 and 1
After each row is sewn together, sew rows together in order and press.
Using a quilt ruler, cut a straight edge along the bottom. {see photo} Now using the 60' mark on your ruler or cutting mat, cut one side of the tree. {see photo below} Do the same to the other side. [there will be a little bit more waste on the other side].{see photo below} Tah Dah! {remember this is not an exact science. I did this tutorial very quickly. If you have an easier, different, faster, whatever... way. Then go for it!} I then added a 4 - 4 1/2" square trunk to the center bottom. (use a fabric from your stash or scrap bin).

Use the tree as your pattern and cut a piece of batting and backing the same size/shape as the tree. Place right sides of backing and tree top together, with batting on top. Sew, leaving most of the bottom of the trunk open for turning. Turn. Press. Hand stitch opening closed.
Here is another traditional red and green tree. I didn't "decorate". I like this look too. I hope if you make this, you'll share photos of your tree with me! Always love to see your projects. Any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll get back to ya! Happy Sewing and have a Pleasant Day!

32 comments:

Quilt Monkey said...

What a sweet tree! I love the pastels with the pearls -- very romantic-style. The red/green ones remind me of the fabrics from when I was growing up in the 70's. I'm sure my mom still has some of those prints! Thanks for the tutorial!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Holy Moly, I have a pillow just like that from my MIL!!! I put it out every Christmas. I do so love the sweet fabrics you used and that you for showing us how!!!

Kelly O. said...

I think my favourite is the undecorated red and green tree...kind of reminds me of something we had growing up:)

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute Jodi! I have some of those fabrics in my stash! I almost fell over a few years ago when I read a young blogger that was soooo excited -- she'd found one of those "VINTAGE" prints at a thrift store. Eeeek -- I remember when it was new!

Becky said...

Dang Jodi! That is sooo cute! Do you have a housekeeper? Is that how you get so many cute crafty things done?

;)

Carrie P. said...

Very cute. I love the new versions too.
I have a Rowenta iron and I really like it. No problems so far after 4 years.

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

I absolutely love all 3 of them! :)

PunkiePie said...

I'm sooooo going to make one! And I bought some of your 3.5" squares too! Now I wish I bought them in the pastely colors too!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute! I recognized some of those Christmas fabrics :-)

amylouwho said...

So cute! All of them! AAAAHHH!! I think I said this before - I don't have time to make everything I see that I want. so sad.

But on a brighter note, my sewing table is almost cleared off.

madrekarin said...

Jodi- That is adorable! And timeless. :) How cute would it be to hang little candies or treats from the buttons? I must make one. Good night, my "must make" list is getting very long!

Karen said...

Love these!!! Just gorgeous and so festive!

Shiree said...

oh those Christmas trees are so cute, and look really quick and easy to make, wonderful idea, thank you!

eye_on_sparrow said...

What sweet Christmas Trees they would be cute to hang on the front door. A wreath seems to be to fat to go between my door and the storm door. So I try to find flat things to put on the door.

Needled Mom said...

Very cute!!!! I, too, am a red and green Christmas person, but the pastel looks great too.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I just discovered your blog and I love it. I found some fabric in a box in our shed this past week that had been put away from years ago. It was some of the same Christmas patterns you have in your tree. Looks like I'm going to have to get to work. You've inspired me.
Blessings,
Marcia

Lee said...

Hey i have some of the fabric that is to the right of the red button. It was made into little cocktail napkins years ago. too funny.

Page said...

So cute. Love the read and green ones. I love read and green and have trouble getting away from it for Christmas stuff, but that pastel one is precious too. Thanks for sharing.

Busy Little Quilter said...

I love the trees!! They look quick and easy to make.

Thanks for the tutorial. You're the best!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Very cute. Striking, and simple. Love that.

Sweet P said...

Jodi, I made a Christmas tree using this pattern. The photo is on my blog entry for today. It was a quick and easy project. I'm giving it to my DIL for my grandson's bedroom door.

Cathie in UT said...

OHHH I have a stash of Mary E prints that would be great in this sort of tree...I too recognize the prints from my crafting days in the 70's and 80's

Gari said...

Oh, I really love your little tree and will have one made before the end of the month. Thanks!!

Jen R. said...

I love this sweet, little tree!!!

Bill 'n Kork said...

Great job !
I didn't have a pattern all those years ago. That's when I still had some creative genes left.
Love them all and too fun to read the comments even though it makes me feel very "vintage" :)
Love,
Mom

Arlette said...

These are so sweet!!! Love them!

Kat from California said...

I love the look of your trees. I'm going to have to make this. I hope you don't mind but I'm pinning it on my pinterest page. I bet it will be repinned over and over. If I do make this and blog about it, I promise to give you credit. Katharine

http://www.katspurrfectboutique.blogspot.com

LaVelle said...

I am a relatively new quilter and I need specific instructions. I just need to know how big to cut the squares that I sew together. I think I can actually make this cute Christmas Tree.

Simplesmente Silvinha said...

Amazing , I love I will make too

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Anonymous said...

I am teaching quilting to a small group of girls for 4H. If one of them decides to make this as their final project do we have your permission to use your pattern?

christy sweeney said...

I'm a new quilter too, and I have a sort of stupid question...what do you do for the hanger? Is it just a loop at the top of the tree?

Graciela said...

Thanks for sharing!!
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