How to get the feeling of a Christmas tree without 1) cutting down a tree, 2) relying on synthetic ones with god knows what kinds of chemicals, and 3) space friendly? Well, I made a Christmas tree tapestry out of scrap fabric; scrap fabric being the theme of all my holiday decorations. I had left over rope from my rope-shelf DIY project and that sufficed for my star. This tree is perfect as it can be reused year after year. It easily folds up and can be stored with spare linens.
DIY Apartment-friendly Christmas Tree
1 1/2 yards of a backing fabric. I recommend medium-heavy weight fabric
6 feet of rope (1/4-in width or 1/2-inch width)
Tons of fabric scraps – t-shirts, rags, towels, anything
Rope or star shape
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Cut hundreds of equilateral triangles out of your fabric. If you make them the same size, you will have an extremely visually pleasing tree. If you don’t, no worries. You will need hundreds of petals.
Finish the edges of your backing fabric with an 1-inch inseam on both top and bottom.
Tread rope through top inseam of backing fabric.
With a pencil, trace out a tree shape.
Starting from the bottom, glue petal by petal down, slightly overlapping each piece. Work left to right.
For the next row, work right to left, repeating gluing down the petals until you work up to 1-2 inches from the top.
Center the ropes end to where you would like the star’s center to be located. Wrap the rope around, hot gluing as you go. Viola!
I love stockings. Whether or not they get filled now in adulthood, I appreciate the tradition of having this one item that one uses each year. My sister has our childhood stockings, so I decided it was time to create a stocking pair for A and I. I made these very simple stockings out of burlap, canvas and felt in less than 30 minutes. Similar to the wreath I made yesterday, I drew a freehand template shape.
DIY Holiday Stocking (2 stockings)
1/2 yard of fabric for outer part of stocking
1/2 yard of fabric for lining of stocking
1 piece of felt (8.5 x 11)
Draw an outline of a stocking on scratch paper. Use this outline and trace on the lining and fabric so that you have four of each. Make sure to give yourself 1/2inch seam allowance. Cut out the pattern.
Fold your felt piece in half (hamburger-style) and cut on the fold. Fold both pieces in half (hot-dog style) and cut on the fold. You should have four pieces that are the same size.
Take a piece of lining, felt, and fabric (in that order). The felt should line up with the top edge of the lining and fabric. Pin.
Sew along the edge (1/4 seem allowance). Fold over the lining edge. Press seam.
Repeat steps 3-4 three more times. This gets complicated with folds and reversing, and especially if you want your stockings line up in the same direction.
Line up the fabric sides of the stock together. The lining will be visible. Pin. Sew along the edge of the stocking (except the top with the finished seam).
Cleanup your edges, press the seam, and flip the stocking so that the correct side is visible. Viola!
Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the second stocking.
The great thing about making your own stockings is that if your family size ever changes, you can always make and match more! (Mother, I’m referring to adding pets not children, FYI).