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Christmas Tree Pillow - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHey there Ribbon Retreat friends! It’s Michaela from Covered in Mod Podge back with a fun tutorial for
Christmas Tree Pillows.
I feel like I am never quite done decorating for Christmas. We don’t tend to gussy up every inch of our home. But, there is always some small touches I want to add. These Christmas Tree Pillows are great, because I can easily move them around to add a Christmasy touch to whatever room needs it. I’ve had them on my faux mantel. Right now, they’re giving my TV stand a much needed dose of Christmas Spirit. They may have also been involved in a toddler pillow fight!

What I really love about these pillows is how your fabric choice can let you match any Christmas décor. You can easily adjust for traditional, modern, vintage, whatever! Also, they don’t require a lot of fabric, and they are a quick sew.
Want to make your own set of three adorable Christmas Tree Pillows?

You’ll need:

Little Fattie Pack {I used Aspen Forest by Basic Grey for Moda}
1 yard of coordinating fabric for backing {I used Shades by Riley Blake in Snow}
Poly-Fill {From local craft store}
Rotary cutter and self-healing mat

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To start, press all your little fatties. Then, cut up each little fattie into three inch strips {there will be leftovers}. You’ll want to cut selvedge to selvedge.
Now, determine which fabrics you want to have on each of your trees. I used three fabrics for each tree.

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For your smallest {10 inch} tree, you’ll need 5 strips. The medium {12 inch} tree needs 6 strips. Finally, your largest tree {14 inch} needs 7 strips.

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Once you arrange your fabrics in an order you like, you’ll sew your strips together. Make sure you are mindful of fabric pattern directions. Sew selvedge to selvedge, using a presser foot seam allowance. Keep adding strips until you have enough for your tree.
You’ll cut all your trees the same way. I’ll give you the description using the small tree’s measurements. I’ll give you the measurements for the other two after the description.

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For the small tree, you need to cut an 11 by 9 triangle. Make sure you measure on the wrong side of the fabric. Starting on the bottom right {past the selvedge}, make a mark at 0, 4.5, and 9.
Draw a dashed line vertically at your 4.5 mark up 11 inches.
Now, measure up 11 inches on a diagonal from your 0 mark to meet your center mark. Draw a line. Do the same from you 9 mark up to your center mark.

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Use your rotary cutter and quilting ruler to cut out your triangles along your line.
For the medium tree, you’ll need to cut a 13 by 10.5 inch triangle.
For the large tree, you’ll need to cut a 15 by 12 inch triangle.

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I decided to be lazy with the backing. I put the triangle down on the backing and just cut a quick, general shape. You could always cut the backing out the same way as the front.

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Now lay the front on top of the back, right sides together. Pin (leave a 3 inch gap for turning.) Sew your tree using a presser foot seam allowance. Remember to leave your turning gap unsewn.
Trim your tree down to the seam allowances. Clip all three corners.
Turn your tree right side out, carefully poking out the corners with a chopstick {or other such tool}.
Repeat this process for your medium and large trees. Then, go to town stuffing them with Poly-Fill. Make sure you really get some stuffing wedged into each corner. This will make sure your trees have a nice triangular shape.
Once stuffed, you’ll want to hand sew your gap closed. This should be done using a blind stitch. I am terrible at hand sewing. But, Amy at Positively Splendid has a great tutorial you can use!

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Now you can make yourself a forest of Christmas Tree Pillows. I want to try making a 6 inch tree and turning it into a Christmas ornament next!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a joyful New Year!

Thank you Michaela and thank you for sharing these creative holiday trees. These trees are the perfect decoration to add some holiday cheer to any room in your house. They are just the right size and add the right amount of color and joy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you too Michaela! 🙂
For more fun and FABulous projects by Michaela, visit her at Covered in Mod Podge where you will find yummy recipes, innovative crafts and a whole bunch of fun!

AND…for more wonderful Christmas decor projects for your holiday home, you will love our other holiday posts. We have some incredibly festive, quick, easy and gorgeous holiday tutorials, you are sure to love. You will find them all here! All of the ribbon, fabric and trims used for these joyful projects can all be found and purchased right here at The Ribbon Retreat!

Do you have an open space on your shelf just waiting for these trees to fill it? I sure do, and I can’t wait to add these terrific trees to my holiday decor!

Happy Creating & Happy Christmas Trees!
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