When my husband saw me gradually assembling and sewing what looked like a Christmas tree in late May, he was rather confused. He knows I like to be organised, but even he thought that was a bit early. I tried to explain about Christmas in July, but he's never heard of it. We're from the UK and its not a term you'd hear there – is it just the US? You can read more about the origins of Christmas in July at Wikipedia.
Not to be deterred by his Scrooge impressions, I've made the cutest Christmas Tree. What do you think? It's the perfect size to go on an entry table or use as a table centerpiece, although I designed it initially with toddlers in mind, so they could safely decorate their own Christmas Tree. I even included magic buttons to play Christmas Carols too.
It also comes with 4 different sets of felt ornaments you can make which I'll be sharing tomorrow – but that's not all! Lots of other bloggers have teamed up to create unique felt and fabric Christmas ornaments for your tree, and they'll be sharing them with you over the next couple of weeks. We are going to have a great big Christmas in July sewing celebration. Plus, it gives you plenty of time to get to work on this and have it ready in good time for when Christmas really comes.
Making the Fab Felt Christmas Tree
- Stiff cardboard
- Strong tape like parcel tape
- Scissors and a craft knife, pencil and ruler
- Felt in brown and green, white optional
- Matching thread
- Red and green buttons
- Spray adhesive
- Optional – decorative elements such as snowflake brads, light bulb buttons etc
- Optional – magic buttons that play music!
You'll need to download the felt pattern, tree dimensions and directions to start. The download includes all the pattern pieces you need, the written instructions and links to the video tutorials.
Our first step is to cut and assemble the cardboard shape which will form the bones of the tree. It's not difficult, but you'll need to start saving or bringing home some cardboard boxes.
Take a look here at how to assemble the 4 stacking tree elements.
So now your tree is assembled but bare. It's time to cover it with the felt cover. You'll need brown and green, and if you want to add snow at the top, also some white felt. I also added a couple of spots of red felt to mark where my musical buttons are.
Decorating your tree
Check back tomorrow when I'll be sharing some cute tree ornaments in two sizes. No huge collection of colored felt needed – these are iron-on!
Easiest ever felt Christmas Tree Ornaments – coming tomorrow
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Excerpt from the 1940 film Christmas in July.