Easy Christmas Decoration Tutorial and 1st ever FREE GIVEAWAY!!! Yay!

Hey there, how’s everyone doing? I hope you are all keeping warm. Here’s an easy project that’ll help get you into the Christmas spirit – it makes a great gift, too, which is why I’m having a giveaway for it! The rules are pretty simple:

  • Leave a comment below (suggestions for future tutorials you’d like to see are welcome, too)
  • I’ll be using a random number generator to choose the winner.
  • Giveaway winner will be announced on 15 December – the fastest, easiest way to find out if you’re a winner is to follow the blog in a reader, etc, as hunting down email addresses can sometimes be tricky – though I WILL try (Yoda’s in my head right now…Do or do not, there is no try…)
  • Not limited to the UK – it’s only a little thing, so I’ll post it worldwide if necessary.

That’s it! Happy Giveaways! And now for the tutorial:

I started with 2 hearts – just freehand drawing the pattern onto pattern paper.  My fabric was kinda thin so I beefed it up with woven interfacing, but that’s optional.
I used Bond-a-web for the squares of silver fabric for the ‘star’ and the brown and green ‘trunk’
I folded over a long rectangle of red cotton so it was a bit thicker, and that was enough stabilisation for all the freehand embroidery I did to make the tree.
Thread: Green for the tree, Silver for the star, brown for the trunk, black for the heart
Ribbon for the hanger and bow

I just made a triangle on my red fabric and loaded up the freehand embroidery foot:

I just went back and forth, working from the outside inwards, till I was happy:

Then I used red thread and hand appliqued it to my heart. I trimmed the squares until I was happy with the placement and size, then ironed them on. Then I simply went over them with freehand embroidery.

the ‘star’
the trunk

I put the hearts RST, plugged the green ribbon in (although I did it inside out first and had to fix it – duh), sewed it leaving a 2 inch opening, then clipped the curves:

I turned it RSO, stuffed it with a bit of stuffing, hand sewed the opening shut, and voila! Add a pretty bow to the ribbon handle, and you’re done!


  • make sure you sew the tree onto the heart, don’t just rely on some bond-a-web to attach it. It just peels off.
  • If you want to you can skip the interfacing and stuff it with lavender or some other smelly thing.

 So leave a comment and win one for yourself!

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5 Responses to Easy Christmas Decoration Tutorial and 1st ever FREE GIVEAWAY!!! Yay!

  1. Jenevieve says:

    A pretty little heart, thanks for the tutorial! I think I will be making Christmas decorations this weekend! :) x

  2. gill says:

    Thanks for the tutorial – I'll have to have a go!

  3. GERRI says:

    You did a great presentation – loved the free-hand embroidery – and very fast, too. Love you, Mom:)

  4. Sandra B says:

    Brilliant and simple idea. Love the freehand embroidery. Usually I am afraid to do free motion embroidery but I will certainly try this.

  5. Jackie says:

    Lovely – I did a similar thing with my grandaughters, scribbled (thats their description! I prefer to call it art!!! but theirs is probably the more accurate) and made a christmas card. It never occurred to me to make hanging ornaments. Thank you very much.

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