Tutorial – Stitched Christmas Tree Cards


I’ve had a few tutorial posts recently, and here’s another! These cards are really quick and only take about 5 minutes to make, so they’re great if you need an emergency Christmas card. They’re dead easy so are a gentle introduction to patchwork.

Lots of little scraps of fabric, any shape and size
Sewing machine
Card blank
Fabric glue
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat (optional- you could use scissors instead)

1) With a running stitch, sew two scraps right sides together. Add pieces however you like as long as they’re against a relatively straight edge.

2) You can make new edges to add fabric to by trimming the piece at random before sewing another piece along the straight. Keep going until you’re happy, but you won’t need to make a very big piece.

3) Trim your fabric piece to a triangle shape, You could use a triangular ruler if you have one, or do it by eye as I did. Make sure it will fit on the front of your card, if not, reduce it down a little more.

4) Apply fabric glue to the back (don’t go overboard or it will seep through the fabric) and stick your triangle to the front of the card. Let dry for a few minutes.

5) Stitch to the card going along the edge with a nice big zigzag stitch on the sewing machine.

6) Glue on another scrap of fabric (I used leatherette) to make a tree trunk.

You could also add button baubles or a star shaped button or sticker to the top of your tree. Have fun!


  1. Posted December 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    These are really cute Kerry and a fab idea. I hadn’t decided if I was going to make any cards this year as short on time but may just have to do a few of these! Ta muchly

  2. Debbie
    Posted December 14, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love these! Posted a link to your tutorial on my blog at Pieceful Living. I have been looking for just such ideas. Thank you!

  3. Posted December 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink | Reply

    What a fun project Kerry. I’ve featured this post on Craft Gossip here:

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    Scarlett Burroughs
    Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip

  4. Posted December 16, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Fantastic…have shared your tutorial on Freebies For Crafters blog.
    Thanks, Khris

  5. Posted December 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great idea with such a simple shape. I have just made little felt brooches using the same shape exactly.

  6. Posted December 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love! Thank you for the tutorial. 🙂

  7. Posted December 19, 2011 at 10:38 am | Permalink | Reply

    Beautiful cards, What a great idea.

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