The sewing part of the Christmas tree patchwork with lights is easy to do. For sewing machine newbies, the turns and corners of the tree may be a little more tricky to sew. My tip for you would be to draw the seam allowance with an erasable fabric pen then sew over it.
The amount required to make the tree is actually less than listed below. So if you are on a budget, print the pattern and see if you really need to go and buy more fabric.
This is the same pattern that we used in the first part of this project, but I'll link it below again in case you need to download it again.
For further instructions on Part 1 of this project, please refer back to this article:
How to Print the Christmas Apron Pattern
If this is your first time here and you need help to download and to assemble a pattern please read this article. Download the pattern using Adobe Reader and print on actual size.
Print and assemble the pattern before you cut the fabric.
- 1/2 yard of quilting cotton
- 1/2 yard of contrast quilting cotton
- non-woven fusible interfacing (medium weight for collars and cuffs)
- 50 small grommets
- battery powered LED string lights 16 feet (5 meters) (50 lights)
- 1 yard of gold bias tape (22mm wide)
- four sewable snaps
How to sew the Christmas Tree Patchwork with Lights
You will need six pieces to make three separate trees.
Cut the big Christmas tree in green and in a contrasting fabric once.
Cut the smaller Christmas tree twice in green and twice in a contrasting fabric.
Fuse the interfacing to all pieces. You should have six pieces in total.
Turn the tree print-side-out and iron.
Apply gold bias tape at the bottom of the trees. Make sure the gold bias tape on the two smaller trees matches in width as this will be visible.Sew the two smaller trees together, with the contrasting fabric facing each other. Please leave some space as you sew, you will need this space to be able to pass the wire back and forth.
Fold the trees contrasting fabric facing each other.Repeat on the other side.
You should have a green tree divided in the middle, with the contrasting facing each other.
Place this small tree on top of the big one.
Take a close look at the picture below. You need to treat the layer of contrasting fabric and the green piece underneath as another layer.
Attach 15 grommets to these layers on each side. Start by attaching the grommets to the tip of the branches. Then work your way towards the inside.
I dimmed the lights in my workshop so you can see the lights better. I recommend dimming your lights so you can balance the placement of the Christmas tree lights easier.
To sew the patch into the apron attach one sewable snap on the top, one at the center and two on each side at the bottom.
With the snaps, you will be able to remove the Christmas patchwork to be able to wash the apron.
Got any ideas on how to decorate this apron without using lights? Leave your comments below. Your feedback is always my favorite part of any post.