Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?

Can you imagine a Christmas celebration without a Christmas tree? That’s practically impossible, right? Well, it may not be entirely impossible considering how the prices of Christmas trees are projected to be more expensive this year than the previous years. As a result of this, more than ever, families are now showing a vested interest in learning how to make Christmas trees with fabrics. 

Unknown to them, making fabric Christmas trees is not as easy as making regular dresses or other items: it involves some complicated steps. This is why questions like why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing are becoming rampant these days. I will be providing an answer to this question in this article, so if you find this question interesting, you might wanna read this article till the end. 

Why are Christmas trees bad at sewing? 

Sewing Christmas trees with fabric are not as bad as many people claim. The truth is sewing a Christmas tree can be as difficult as sewing with a leather fabric or as simple as making a fruit slice pillow, depending on your preparedness and your teacher. 

How do you sew Christmas trees? 

Items needed 

  1. 3 fat quarters of Christmas fabric. 
  2. Polyester filing 
  3. Thread 
  4. Draw a template of a Christmas tree on paper and cut it out. 
  5. Cut out 2 Christmas tree shapes from each of the fabrics using your template. This should give you 6 pieces of fabric. 
  6. Have the fabric folded in half and position the straight edge of the template against the folded line. This will give you a complete tree once you cut it out. 
  7. Place two trees cut from different fabrics beside each other and sew them together from the outside. 
  8. To sew the corners, the presser foot should be lifted while the needle remains in the fabric, then turn the fabric. Do this using a 0.75cm sewing allowance and leave a 10cm turning hole to make it easier for you to turn the tree later. 
  9. Secure the ends of the seams by making a few backstitches. 
  10. The seam allowances should be trimmed at the hem of the branches and then cut afterward under the branches. Careful not to cut through the seam. 
  11. The steps above should be repeated for the remaining pieces of fabrics so that you can have 3 finished trees. 
  12. Turn the tree inside out and shape the corners with a pointy tool, then iron the trees. 
  13. Place the 3 threes over each other, making sure the bottom centers and the tops are well lined up. Pin them together and sew them along the central line. 
  14. Backstitch the top of the seam and bottom to prevent the stitches from getting undone. 
  15. Stuff the polyester filing into the 3 trees using a pointy tool this time around to push the filing inwards towards the top corners and the branches. 
  16. Use a ladder stitch to close the turning holes. If you want, you can sew a star or bell to the Christmas tree top. 

Why do Christmas trees get shaken? 

People shake Christmas trees to get rid of bugs that may be hiding in the tree or their budding eggs. Shaking a Christmas tree is also a good way of getting rid of loose pine needles. 

Can you knit a Christmas tree? 

Yes, you can knit Christmas trees. Christmas tree knitting is something you can do if you can knit and purl. Plus, it requires no specific gauge making them one of the simplest projects. And with the foreknowledge of knitting, Christmas knitting is something that can be easily done for even the beginner. This is because several free knitting patterns would guide them. 

How to sew Christmas tree napkins? 

Items required 

  1. 2 pieces of cotton fabric 
  2. Matching thread 
  3. Measuring tape 
  4. Scissors 
  5. Sewing pins 
  6. Iron and ironing board

Getting started

  1. Download a free napkin pattern online 
  2. Place two of your fabrics together and align their bottom edges; place the paper pattern over them and cut according to the pattern. Keep in mind that 2 semi-circles are required in different colors for each napkin. 
  3. Position one semi-circle right side up, then place the second semicircle above the first one ensuring the right side is facing down. Arrange the edges and pin them together. Sew around the circumference of the semi-circle and leave about 4 inches on the straight edge unstitched so that it can be easy for you to turn the fabric around. 
  4. Cut the napkin curve and snip the bottom corners. This will allow it to lay flat. 
  5. The fabric should be turned right side out, then you push out the edges. Press with iron afterward so that it can be flat. Go to the unstitched part of the fabric, fold the layers of the edges, and press it flat. Pin to secure them afterward. 
  6. Match the bottom corner of the napkin to the start of the dashed line using your pattern as a guide. Mark the beginning of the dashed line, and put the pattern aside. Then draw a line vertical to the straight bottom edge. 
  7. Topstitch around the napkin with 1/8 seam allowance. Begin your stitch from the straight edge and stop at the fold line. Drop the needle, raise the presser foot, then rotate and continue to stitch along the fold line. Backstitch the seam to reinforce the seam at the beginning and the end. 

How to get the Christmas napkin folded 

  1. Fold the napkin over the last stitch and iron. 
  2. Fold the flap into thirds, same as a fan, then hold the corner of the flap. As you are pressing the corner of the napkin, straight line edge with your finger, fold it by pulling the flap back to the other side. Do this until the curve become parallel to the napkin’s long straight edge. Pause for a moment and pull it to the back just like a fan. Then align the edge to the last fold making sure that all folds are aligned together. Press it flat. 
  3. Turn the napkin and hold the bottom corner. Fold it so that the crease and the fold from the last step align together. Fold it like a fan one more time so that the last fold and the last edge can align. 
  4. Press the napkin to complete the whole process. 
  5. Repeat these steps for the remaining fabrics to complete the napkin set.

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