This fabulous 3D felt Christmas Tree will be loved by all ages especially the very young. It's made using 3 layers of different fabrics/materials that make it sturdy and long lasting!
Here's a short video showing each side of the tree and how the felt Christmas tree is assembled as well as being able to attach to a fridge.
My daughter & I have designed this tree so that it can be decorated by a toddler through to a teenager. Each of the 3 sides has a different method of attaching the decorations:
The 3 tree sides can be used independently of each other. Using magnetic claps to join the three sides together has the benefit that each tree side can be placed on a fridge or hung on a wall. I love the versatility that this tree offers!!
The Christmas fabric is missing in the photo below because I couldn't decide which one to use at this stage...
First you need to prep the velcro and Christmas fabric.
Iron the velcro fabric on the wrong side using a warm iron. There will be slight shrinkage from this.
All future pressing directly onto the Velcro fabric right side will be done using a hot dry iron AND a pressing cloth.
Next the Christmas fabric needs to be folded in half lengthwise with double sided fusible webbing between & ironed.
Iron fusible interfacing onto the wrong side of the velcro fabric.
Trace the tree pattern onto freezer paper. Using a pencil or a hole punch - mark holes for magnetic dome placements through the freezer paper.
Using a warm Iron, iron freezer paper pattern onto wrong side of velcro fabric then cut out.
Remove freezer paper carefully. This freezer paper tree is going to be used multiple times so take care to not tear it or you will need to mend it!
Cut out Christmas fabric from pattern piece. Folded edge is the base of the pattern.
I like to attach all the fixings eg buttons and/or velcro dots now so that all the stitching is hidden once the felt back is attached.
First decide how many you want to add and where you want to put them. The 2 things you need to remember when doing this is are:
Cut circles out of you velcro tape - loop (soft) side. I use non-adhesive velcro tape as the adhesive ones gum up your sewing machine needle.
Sew these onto the prepared tree front using a 90/14 sized needle.
Mark your button positions and sew them on. If you are using flat buttons then remember to stitch them on with a bit of give so that the decoration ribbon can be easily looped over them. Shank buttons would be best here if you can find ones that you like.
Place the freezer pattern onto the thick felt and iron. Rough cut out the tree.
Next I mark the magnetic clasps positions. This can take a bit of time. I went back & forth with my hubby and daughter Katherine as I hadn't used these clasps before so was unsure how many I would need. Time will tell at the end if I got it right or not...
Using the washer - place this on felt and with a craft knife cut 2 slits through all layers either side of the central circle.
Remove the washer and push the prongs through the 2 cut slits. Turn everything over and then place the washer over the exposed prongs on the wrong side. Using a tool - I used a screw driver - push prongs outwards so they lie flat. Repeat this process for the remainder clasps.
Layer everything together using a double layer of webbing between the felt & tree front. Take care that you position the tree front equidistant from all magnetic clasps.
Now place the Christmas fabric section at the bottom underneath the trees edge. Hot iron press using a pressing cloth to protect the velcro fabric. Trim excess webbing away as you go.
Using a 100/16 sewing machine needle and a longer stitch than usual stitch around the outer edge of the tree and the zigzag edge at the bottom. You will need to take care sewing around the magnetic clasps due to their thickness.
One last task to go - trim excess thick felt. Take care here because if you cut too close you could end up cutting through your stitching at the back of the felt (I found this out the hard way).
Only 3 sides are needed to make this 3D felt Christmas tree but as I had some spare fabric and a few pattern changes to make, I decided to add a 4th side variation (shown in the videos above) just for fun!
All sides can be joined in any order or combination or alternatively used individually - you choose.
2-4 years old
4+ years old
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