Handmade Christmas Cheer {Tree Table Runner:Tutorial}

 UP DATE::  August 11, 2014

Due to popular demand and many inquiries, pattern pieces and a small-scale layout have been added.  Please let me know if something doesn't work correctly.
UP DATE #2::  October 25, 2014 : Pattern was reconfigured to a more web appropriate size.  Sorry about all the confusion. :)
Happy December!!! Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Sorry there has been a lack of posts.  I have been busy getting ready for Christmas, crafting and being Mommy!
Here is the first of many posts on our Handmade Christmas Cheer segment.  Hope you enjoy!
Christmas Tree Table Runner
2 yards background fabric
2 yards backing fabric
(this will yield enough to make 2 runners)
scraps of Greens for the Trees
scraps of Brown from the stumps
Lite Fusible Web
Woven Fusible Interfacing (optional)
Cut your  background fabric and backing to your desired length.  My finished table runner came to 14"x69".  So I cut my fabric to 15x70" allowing for a 1/2" seam allowance.
Cut out your triangles for your trees by 1st determining the size of the trees, then tracing them on to the fusible web and then attaching it to the fabric.  I used my Cricut to make five different triangles and cut those out of 5 different fabrics. I did this with the stumps as well.
After I cut the triangles out, I determined my placement.
I used the backing of the fusible web to attach the corners of the trees together without attaching it to the background just yet.  This method kept the tackiness of the fusible web, but allowed for a little flexibility.
I traced my placement so I could easily place my trees for the rest.
I ironed the overlapping edges trying my best not to re-iron the whole thing.
Attached and movable!
I did the same thing for the stumps.
After attaching the stumps to the trees, I placed the Christmas trees on the background, and ironed them on.
 Now is the fun part.  Sewing the edges.  I did a different decorative edge for each tree.  I think it gave each tree its own personality. Be warned it did take a little while to do this.  But I think it paid off.  You could keep it simple and either zig zag or straight stitch around each tree/stump edge.
With right sides together, pin the backing to the finished top.
Sew along the sides using a 1/2" seam leaving about 4" open on one edge to turn it out.
 Iron edges smooth after turning right side out.  Then stitch 1/4" and 3/8" from the edge.  Creating a  decorative finish.  This will sew the opening shut.
If I had to make this again, I might add some woven fusible interfacing to the top give it a little more stiffness/crispness.
The finished product!



Hope you have enjoyed!  Please keep coming back to see what I have been up to!
Thanks for reading!

Projects Galore!

Apparently I have some sort of attention disorder.  I am continuously starting new projects before other ones are finished.  I can honestly say that I have done this for as long as I can remember.  Eventually projects will get finished but when that will be it is never know.  :)

So to start off  I have been seeing lot of fabric and paper banners around lately.  It has inspired me to make some for upcoming birthdays for my little monsters.

But I did it a little differently. I made it reversiable (saving time & space for storage). And with it, I also decided to write up my first tutorial. (YEAH!)  Which will hopefully be up Sometime soon.

Here are some other things I have going on:

Found these towels on clearance at Target....loved the colors.  I am working on a table runner inspired off of a baby blanket.  We will see how it turns out.

Little Miss E is getting a dress made out of this fabric for her birthday!  The colors are wonderful and so summery!

So I have lots going on and plan to post the results.  Hope you all are still enjoying!  Have a wonderful Thursday!  And thanks for reading!