Christmas Tree Wall Hanging by Tara Dara Made It

    Posted by  ·  November 10, 2013

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    Hi everyone, I’m Tara from Taradara Made It and it’s very exciting to be here once again participating amongst all these super talented sewing enthusiasts.  There has been a lot of excitement in my corner of the world and would love for you to stop by and check it out.  {hint … my holiday stocking design is on the COVER of  the holiday edition of Sew News magazine!!  WOOT!!}

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     I’m sharing this quick and super dooper easy scrap buster Christmas Tree wall hanging decoration.

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    This is a great project for those who don’t necessarily like to follow a pattern, but wants to sew and create something funky and colorful for the holidays.  This doesn’t have a pattern per se, simply ideas for you to make an eye catching holiday craft for yourself or to give your closest girlfriend, your child’s teacher, your mom, your grandma … you catch my drift … they will love anything YOU make!!!

    It’s really a project that will be all you!  Your color choices, the shapes you cut your strips in to, how you arrange them; it will be YOUR own funky creation!  I’m simply here to guide you along.

    You’ll need:

    • Background fabric {appox 12″ x 18-20″}
    • Backing fabric {approx 14″ x 20-22″}
    • Scrap fabrics {1-4 different colors}
    • Sewing Machine
    • Iron
    • Fabric Glue Stick
    • Interfacing
    • Free Motion foot
    • Metal Wire
    • Needle and thread

    To assemble:

    First you want a mostly solid rectangle piece of fabric.  I say mostly solid as you may want a fabric with some dimension with a non-contrast color such as this white on white fabric I’m using.  It has some interest with the white matte circles throughout the fabric.  Plain, but not so much.

    Then, this is the fun part.  Deciding your fabrics and cutting them in to strips to form the Christmas Tree.  I used 3 bold colors for the main part of the tree and a fun brown fabric for the stump and a neat coordinating fabric for the top of the tree.  You could get away with using one color for the whole tree if you like.  Audition some different fabrics and pick the ones that speak to you the most.

    Cut them in random shapes, thicknesses, lengths and play with them.  There is no rhyme nor reason to how mine turned out, it just did.

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    Once you have it arranged the way you like, I used a fabric glue stick for this project to adhere the strips to the background.  You can use spray adhesive or fusible web if you like as well.  Completely up to you.  I just ran the glue stick on the backs of the fabric strips and placed them on the white fabric.  I did have to walk away for 5 or 9 minutes so the glue did dry.  {Just so you know, my sewing needle did not get gummed up and there wasn’t any resistance from the glue stick applications while sewing}

    I used an interfacing on the back of rectangle to give it some loft.  I ironed it on using the manufacturer’s directions.

    I placed my rectangle over the fabric I chose for the backing and binding of my piece {you’ll see in the above photo}.  I added an extra inch all the way around to allow for me to fold it over {and over again} to make an easy binded look.  Before I get to the binding, secure the front and back with four pins to stabilize when you free motion stitch your Christmas Tree.

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    To free motion stitch on your machine, you need to use your free motion foot and drop the feed dogs on your machine.  This will allow your fabric to move easily and for you to steer your fabric in any direction.  Once you’ve done that, you’re free to add to your masterpiece.

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    I used white tread, but this is a part where you can totally get artistic and creative!  Use different threads in different designs.  Now, know that free motion is something that you may have to give a try before doing.  I suggest practicing if you’ve never done it before or haven’t free motioned in a while.  Have fun with this step, it really adds interest to your tree!

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    After finishing your stitching, you’ll want go to the ironing board and fold your backing fabric once and once again over the front fabric and press it.  You can pin it if you like as well.

    psstttt … DON’T forget to put the feed dogs back up before you sew.  If you forget, you’ll notice that your fabric won’t advance.

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    I used a zig zag stitch.  But you can use any stitch that speaks to you.  Remember, it’s your fun Christmas wall hanging.  A straight stitch works perfect as well.

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    To hang, there are many options.  A tack works just fine, but I decided to get a bit crafty and make make a funky swirly wire hanging.  I just took metal wire and bent it to make the shape desired.  Hand stitch the wire to the wall hanging and find the perfect spot on the wall for your masterpiece.

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    It is fun to hang your creation on differently colored walls, just to see where it fits best.  I love how the colors compliment this turquoise wall in our laundry room.  I think it may live there for the holiday season.

    Holiday handmade sewing craft

    Happy sewing!!

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    1. Diane Demurak
      Saturday, November 26th, 2016
      I can't find the spot to enter the contest! ?!
    2. Sunday, September 28th, 2014
      My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was totally right.
      This post truly made my day. You cann't imagine just how much time I had spent for this info!
      Thanks!
    3. Jo_ting
      Sunday, May 4th, 2014
      Wow,I like it!
    4. Thursday, November 14th, 2013
      Thank you, ladies!!! It is a project you can totally make your own to suit the colors of your home. Cindy has some amazing projects here! I'm loving them all as well!!! xo
    5. Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
      WOW< so cute! I would love to sew for this series next next year if you are looking for others to join :o) Shameless plug for myself :o) Emily
    6. Mary
      Sunday, November 10th, 2013
      This is so cute! I am going to try this. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!