Like most of you, I’m wondering how the calendar hit December already. Let’s not even talk about New Years. Where does all that time go?! After the Thanksgiving festivities, I had the urge to make something Christmas related. It may be the only Christmas related thing I do this year, so I figured it was best not to resist.A quick stop at the Dollar Tree last week resulted in two foam cones. At $1 each, I decided I would figure out what to do with them at a later date. That later date came over the weekend when I grabbed some Sis Boom scraps and got to work.To make these trees you need the following:
- Two foam cones, 6″ x 3″
- Four 2 1/2″ x Width of Fabric strips each of two different prints
- Two small fabric flowers about 2″ in diameter, or other decorative elements such as pom poms or jingle bells
- Two small decorative buttons
- Small floral pins or craft pins
- Needle and thread
To begin, fold one strip in half wrong sides together. (Strip now measures 1 1/4″ by Width of Fabric.) Thread the needle with a length of thread about 18″ long. Knot the end and begin gathering the strip along the folded edge by stitching every 1/8″ to 1/4″. Gather as you go, backstitching to secure sections of stitching. The length of your gathered strip should be somewhere between 22″ and 24″. Secure the end with a knot.
NOTE: You could gather the strips on your machine to save time. However, gathering by hand gives you more control. And you can do it front of the fire or the TV or wherever.
Gather each of the strips in the same manner. Starting at the bottom of one cone, pin a gathered strip in place. The first row of ruffle should be even along the bottom of the cone. Work your way up the cone, hiding the pins beneath the upper layers and between gathers. End with the upper edge of the ruffle even with the top of the cone.
Pin a small fabric flower (or other decorative element of your choice) to the top. Glue a button to the center. Repeat for the other cone.Festive, fun and most importantly with Christmas only 3 1/2 weeks away, easy!