Are you looking at how to make Christmas tree bunting?
I love making things for the home over Christmas and the run up to Christmas… and all year long! What can I say? I love sewing.
But honestly, I do love getting crafty over the winter months as its a perfect time to snuggle down in the house and create something beautiful. I have done something different each year from Merry Christmas bunting to Christmas tree ornaments so this is no different to me.
I saw this a lot last year over on Pinterest and I was dying to make some for myself. I saw a lot of pictures and finished results of the Christmas tree bunting but I struggled to find a tutorial on how to do it.
So after a couple of different tries and testing out different styles of trees I decided to put together a tutorial to show others how to make Christmas tree bunting.
Tools & Equipment
- Fabric – enough to make at least 6 trees – fat quarters are great for this project or use up an old tartan pair of pjs like I did.
- Thread to match
- Pinking Shears
- Ribbon or string
- Wadding/ Batting
How To Make Christmas Tree Bunting
These are super fun to make and quite simple, If you don’t own a pair of pinking shears that is fine, you can bag out the trees to create clean edges or you can use felt to make them.
Using felt is super easy, simple and doesn’t need two layers or hemming. Here is an example of the Christmas trre bunting made in felt.
Before you start cutting and getting really excited to start your project (No judgement, I get excited every time I sew) you need to make sure that your fabric is prewashed and ironed.
Make sure all the wrinkles are pressed out and your fabric has been pre-shrunk so your trees don’t wilt and shrink over time.
Make sure you have a desired length and number of trees in mind. If you want to follow my process I will be making 10 trees at a length of 1m long.
I chose to make my trees 8 inches tall so that I had plenty of room to work with when I wanted to cut down seams and for mistakes… I make them quite often.
Using a template, whether this is one you printed yourself, drew or downloaded from me, cut your pieces into the fabric.
Make sure you layout your trees vertically straight – especially if you are using a pattern as you don’t want your patterns to be completely off. Unless you do then that’s fine.
Lay on your paper pattern and pin your paper pattern in place to cut out your trees.
Cut 2 of each tree into your fabric, you can make the back and front different colours and patterns if you want or make them the same.
In total you should have 16 trees cut out and ready to go.
If you want to add decoration or lettering to your bunting – do that now before moving onto the next step.
If you want to know how to make lettering for bunting, I have a quick and easy guide you can follow.
Take your wadding/batting and cut out 8 of the same tree shape.
Tip: I use thin wadding that I have laying around or leftover from another project. Use what you have first if you can.
If you find your wadding is too thick you can pull the layers apart to make thinner slices to use for your trees.
You don’t want them to look too full and round as you still want them to hand nicely and be easy to sew with a standard sewing machine.
Place your wadding trees in one pile to one side ready for the next step.
Start by laying out one fabric Christmas tree piece face down on your work surface.
Tip: I work on a white table or the dining room table which I like to protect so I use a cutting mat so I don’t scratch the surface.
Alternatively, you can use a tray or cloth to protect your table.
Then place a wadding Christmas tree piece on top, making sure they are in line.
Then finally add the other fabric Christmas tree piece on the top right side facing up.
Pin in place with a couple of pins or you can use clips to hold the layers in place.
Pin all your tress together before taking one to the sewing machine as it saves you from going back and forth to the machine.
Start top stitching the layers together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Use a standard straight stitch – don’t use anything too small or tight as it will cause the fabric to pull and pucker.
You might think this is quite far in but it will make sense later on.
Make your way around the full Christmas tree to the beginning again.
Make sure you test your stitch length and check your bobbin is full before sewing. Test your stitches on a scrap piece of fabric to make sure the tension is right too.
Once you have sewn all your trees together trim all the loose threads.
Take your pinking shears and cut around the edge all the way around. Trimming down to 1/4 inch seam allowance as you go.
Using the string tie a knot to create a loop in one end.
The start pinning on your trees keeping them 8 inches apart.
You can either hand sew them in place or using your sewing machine.
I suggest hand sewing them in place to minimise the amount of stitching on the front of your Christmas trees.
Remove all pins and cut any loose threads. Once you are done you are finished!
You can add on smal details such as a button star to the top or leave plain.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to make Christmas tree bunting. If you have made any other Christmas decorations I would love to know what you have made and what you used.