Monday, November 18, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree......

....too early for the Christmas Tree to go up ... but I have been making my own....

Over the last few years I have been trying to make little decorations and send them off instead of cards to various family and friends....  

This year I have done a few different ones ...  a few pairs of the boots are done



and this weekend I worked on some trees ... inspired by some I had seen online

(of course fabric strips or ribbons would be just as nice)


... instead of sewing all my selvages I used some lightweight fusible vilene and ironed on the strips....


then a layered with some wadding and backing


.... and quilted with my pretty silver metallic thread 
(hoping for the tinsel effect on the trees)


... quite small stippling ....


... then cut 3" strips ......


... easier to do this once it is all quilted....


... I have a wiggly blade so I was using that..... 
... cross cut at an angle to get a tree shape....


.. then I butted two trees together (wrong sides facing) and sewed up the sides adding a bit of selvage at the bottom for the tree branch)

(I think this is the sweetest selvage I have ever seen... only enough for one tree so I will keep it for me!!)

...... sorry.....blurry picture....


... then I added a button and some string to hang it on the tree with ...


.... there's a whole tree forest .....


... just need to get a bit of pretty card and some envelopes and I should be ready for posting in good time.....

I made these little ginger men last year...
(pattern and instructions HERE)


.. and these little felt ones the year before....
(I loved the snowflakes)


Righto, Gotto Go.... still some other bits and pieces to finish off ....

I'd love to see other decorations made... need ideas for next year (not that I'm planning that far ahead!)

48 comments:

retdairyqueen said...

WOW and more Wows Clever Love them all Well done xx

Leanne said...

All those decorations are beautiful, love the ginger bread ones. So cute. Well done Fiona.

KaHolly said...

So clever and sweet. I esp. love the boots, but those trees all together make quite a picture! Thanks so much for sharing. I have that gingerbread pattern but never made it up. Maybe I should find it and give it a try!!

Chris H said...

Ya clever tart!
I fuse strips together then go down the joins with fancy stitching.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

How gorgeous are these...just perfect!

Cheryll said...

Your boots are fantastic...love them! And of course I just love my ginger man! Well done! :)

Raelene said...

Fantastic!!!!!
Got to make some of those Christmas trees. They are too cute for words.
Hugs

Khris78 said...

Ohh I love all your Xmas decorations they are just so cute !!!!

Anonymous said...

wow Fiona,you are so clever,love the stockings and trees and i was lucky enough to get one of your ginger bread men last year,cant wait to get him of of the box this year,thankyou for all these lovely ideas,have a lovely day my friend.xx

Cathy (aka CrafteeCC) said...

so clever :) I love those selvedge trees - great idea!

Sunnybec said...

Love them all! Your little stockings are so original and I really like the snowflake ones. Hugs xxxx

Jan said...

Ho ho ho hooray for you, Fiona - you're definitely on a (Christmassy) roll.

Tarnyia said...

Very clever and such a fantastic idea as well xxx

Terry said...

I remember your gingerbread men from last year. And those trees are so cute! :0)

Raewyn said...

Woohoohoo!! Love your feathered boots!! Clever you! And the trees are way cute too - fabulous ideas :-)

De said...

Gorgeous trees. They are on my Pinterest board too, love the way you did them by ironing them on rather than stitching it together!

WoolenSails said...

You have really been busy, lots of nice ornies to send.
I want to make some smaller, skinny ones so I can slip it into the cards.

Debbie

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Love them all Bubz...you are a cleaver girl...

Elyte said...

Thank you for sharing so many good ideas. You make it sound so easy.
Thank you for your good wishes that were relayed to us at Mill Rose on Saturday. Maybe one day you can come...

Anthea said...

Fiona my friend, you are super clever! they are the darlingest deco's, your recipients will love them, and yes that little piece of selvedge is dead cute!
Inspiration for 2014 will come soon enough x

The Mayo Family said...

Hello from the USA Fiona!
I stopped by for a lil-visit,
absolutely adorable Christmas ornaments! Really, my sewing friend you are so gifted!
Glad all is well, I'll stop over again.
Hugs & blessings~
Lori

Edi said...

absolutely love your ornaments, especially the little trees. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Susan said...

They are fantastic Fiona. The little selvedge trees are adorable, I may have to borrow your idea if that's ok. They really are a better idea than cards.

Mistea said...

Love the forest.
Those trees are gorgeous.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Those little boots are the sweetest I've seen, Fiona!
What beautiful machine quilting too. xx

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I love all the christmas decs you have and are making. Some very lucky recipients to be getting theses this year. hugs

regan said...

These are all so fantastic! And you've been so busy! Wow!

Michelle Ridgway said...

You have been a busy little Elf. The stockings are gorgeous and very cute little trees too.

Sandi said...

They are all fantastic Fiona,
I have no idea which I like the most because they are all exceptional....well done...ps..never to early to put up the tree....

marina said...

you are so organised!!
I love those little gingerbread men. Your little forest of trees are adorable and your boots have turned out beautifully.
I might have to take a leaf out of your book for next year. Not even going to try for this year.

Anorina (Samelias Mum) said...

Wow. Wow. WOW!! Awesome!

Sue B said...

Such a clever idea to use up the selvidges, and I remember those cheeky ginger bread men from last year.

Chookyblue...... said...

your so creative.........I love the stocking........

Cheryl said...

you are so clever and creative Fiona - your little trees are so cute

Chrissie said...

Adorable decorations, love the idea to send them instead of cards, the boots are still my favourite

Narelle said...

All so sweet and you are so organised :o)

Sheila said...

You are so creative Fiona , love the stockings and the trees are just adorable . Thanks for the tutorial on how you made them , too cute . Hugs Sheila

Susan said...

Wonderful trees - and I remember those "eyes"...

Karen said...

The little trees are lovely. Great idea as gifts. And fun!

Anonymous said...

Perfectly charming!!!! The idea I needed for my quilt group's gift (need only 13!!). Hugs.........

Lin said...

Fiona - your boots have turned out beautifully and I love your selvedge trees! What a brilliant idea - I may have to bear this in mind for next year!!

Sue SA said...

http://motherpatchwork.blogspot.com.au/2010/12/christmas-cheer.html
This a link to the gingerbread men decorations I made a few years ago, but a bit tame after your cute guys! Love the trees and think I am also going to copycat you, as they look fantastic, plus I figure I have time to make them! I also made snowmen decorations (no picture,pre blogging) out of wadding scraps and decorated with buttons on their tummies and embroidery faces.

Teresa said...

WOW.... love those cute little christmas trees. What a clever idea and yours turned out beautifully. The boots are gorgeous!!!

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Rachael Dorr said...

I love those quilted decorations - I need to make some!!!

Nicky said...

You are amazing Fiona, these are so adorable.... your teeny tiny quilting is so cute...

Jindi's Cottage said...

Great forest…very clever to make strips and then cut the shapes…

Wendy said...

blimey, you whipped them up quick! Love the tree, thanks for the tute!

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