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Saturday
Nov272010

Molly's Sketchbook: Felt Christmas Tree Pins

Christmas Tree pins are a really fun tradition.  I love seeing people walking around New York with a miniature tree pinned to lapels of their heavy winter coats. I really love everything about Christmas Trees actually, their simple shape, decorations, lights, and wonderful smell.  I decided to make these sweet, and totally easy Christmas Tree pins as a celebration of the holidays and as something very simple that would usher in the holiday spirit.  I can't wait to hand them out to everyone I know.

My go-to material when making something quick, easy and graphic like this is 100% wool felt.  It's such a dream to work with and it comes in our color coordinated bundles of eight 8-inch x 12-inch pieces including the bright and fun Holiday Bundle I used. I love the contrast of the vibrant pink and fresh green with the warm white and chocolate brown.  It says Christmas without being too traditional.  Plus, since it's felt, it is unbelievably easy to work with since it needs no hemming.

I used the same easy technique that I used for my Valentine Pins.  It's so simple, satisfying, and addictive.  Every time I make a pin like this I want to make a thousand of them!  It's the perfect project for a holiday season weekend at home with family and friends.

Materials

To make 16 (or more) Christmas Tree Pins:

Special equiptment:

Cutting

Making the Templates:

To make your tree template cut a triangle with a  1½-inch base and 2-inch sides out of the scrap paper.

For the stump template cut a rectangle that is ½ wide by ¾-inch tall.

Cut two 2-inch by 2 ½-inch pieces from a non-brown piece of felt and place them on top of one another.

Trace the tree template on the top piece.

Using your pinking shears cut neatly around the traced tree shape through both layers of felt.

You will now have two identical tree shapes.  Flip them over so the pencil makings are on the back.

Also cut out one stump from the brown felt using your stump template.

Sewing and Stuffing

Pin the stump piece in between the two tree pieces in the middle of the short bottom side of the tree.  The stump should stick out ½-inch.

Using a contrasting color of embroidery thread stitch around the edge of the tree pieces, in the zig zag dips of the pinked edge as shown above. When you get to the bottom you will sew in the stump as you do this.

Sew all around the edge of the tree in this manner but pause when you are 1-inch from your first stitches so there is a gap for stuffing.

Take a walnut sized ball of stuffing and stuff it into the 1-inch gap. You might want to use a sharp object like a knitting needle or pencil to get all the stuffing firmly inside of the tree.

Once all the stuffing is neatly inside continue sewing around the tree’s edge until it’s totally closed. Tie a knot at the back of the piece to keep the edge stitches in place and then pull your thread out in the middle of the back of the tree shape, where you want to place your pin.

Sew on your safety pin along the pin’s stationary arm and you’ll be all done.

Reader Comments (15)

How utterly gorgeous and soooo easy and LOVELY is that?
The only thing I don't like about it? Today is sunday - where am I to get hold of some felt today? Can't wait until tomorrow...
I may even sew one for each child in my daughter's class, colour-matching their uniforms...
Lovely lovely lovely...
November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKiwi
Love these littles christmas tree thanks for a great tutorial!!!
November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
Molly, Can we make some projects together? I think we are kindred simple crafters.
Rae
November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRae Granr
I love these they are so cute. I think that you could add a bit of scent to each one with a drop of essential oil to the stuffing. It lasts for a while and can be refreshed just by adding to the back of the pin. Love these a lot. Thanks
November 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermhairi
Okay, I know this is getting old, but you make so many stinking cute projects. Okay to reblog and send more readers back to you on this? Thanks for all your fun wool ideas!
November 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie in Michigan
Hi Stephanie-

Thanks so much for your nice comment. Feel free to reblog as long as it links directly back to us for the project journal.

Thanks again- Molly
November 30, 2010 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
So cute! I think I may try these stuffed with needles from last year's Frasier Fir, and then they'll smell great, too.
December 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
so simple and festive! can't wait to whip up a handful tomorrow for the women in my family!
December 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee
Thanks a lot, they are so cute and easy! I did a few for my friends.
December 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteremilia
Ohh! I adore these Christmas trees to much! They are so cute! :) It's really great idea. Thank you for this nice tutorial :)
December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte
Cute, easy to make, those trees are simply great fun! My children and I made 10 today and have prepared about the same number for tomorrow. Everyone we love will have one: grand parents, uncles, anties, cousins... and teachers! Have a happy holidays and thank you for this nice tutorial!
December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSophie
Merci à toi pour ce tuto ,
j'adore cette idée ....

***au plaisir de te lire ***
November 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMiss CiseauX
I loved making these! I have never sewed anything in my life and was able to make 25 of these in various sizes and shapes for my two year old's preschool classroom. I cannot wait to give them to her teacher to add to the classrom as a math activity for the children.
October 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReesetaylor
Thanks for this simple tutorial. I made one last night while watching tv.
I am so surprised that mine is as cute as yours!
December 5, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersusan
These are beautiful, just stumbled across them on Pinterest, such a lovely idea too
December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTracey Driver

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