My Christmas tree shaped fabric pillow, which comes with a no-sew tutorial, got my creative juices flowing and was so much fun to make. It’s sure to add the wow factor to your Christmas decor!
This is a great project for those of you who don’t have a sewing machine so follow my no-sew tutorial to learn how to make a Christmas tree for yourself.
I think you’ll really enjoy having this festive pillow as a new addition to your holiday decor!
Keep in mind, not only can you replicate my design, but you can also choose traditional Christmas fabric or use any color scheme like all bright colors or all neutral shades.
There are so many options for putting your own spin on Christmas crafts like this one.
CHRISTMAS TREE SHAPED FABRIC PILLOW NO-SEW TUTORIAL
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- denim fabric
- painter’s drop cloth
- thrift store jeans
- variety of fat quarters
- full size scissors – Fiskars are my fave
- small detail scissors – Fiskars
- glue gun – woth detail tip my fave
- hot glue sticks
- marker or pen
- Poly-fil stuffing
- variety of buttons
- printer and paper
- optional – needle and thread
DIY CHRISTMAS TREE SHAPED PILLOW TUTORIAL
STEP 1: CHOOSE A TREE PATTERN
You can do a Google search for “free Christmas tree templates” and view all the images or you can find one like I did at suncatcherstudio.com.
I ended up enlarging my tree outline to a poster size, following their instructions, since I really didn’t know how large I wanted to make my pillow.
Download the tree outline and print out all 9 sheets. Tape the papers together to form the tree template.
Before I taped my tree together, I played around with the sheets and chose to decrease the pattern a bit and then taped together after I was happy with the size.
Cut around the tree template.
STEP 2: TRACE AROUND THE PAPER PATTERN
Place the Christmas tree pillow pattern on the darker denim fabric and trace with a marker.
Repeat the same for the drop cloth. I usually trace on the back side when making patterns.
Cut both pillow panels out and place to the side for later instructions.
STEP 3: SELECT DIFFERENT FABRICS TO MAKE THE ORNAMENTS
For the pillow panels, I chose a medium shade of denim fabric (a store remnant) and I sneaked some drop cloth from our painting supplies.
The patchwork circles were made using fabric from thrift store denim jeans, used painter’s drop cloth, and old fat quarters from my stash.
SHOP PHOTO LINKS BELOW FOR PRETTY FABRIC OPTIONS!
ALTERNATIVE FABRIC SOURCES:
- If you plan to make a large sized tree like I did, JoAnn’s is a good place to find a large piece of denim for the front side of the Christmas pillow.
- You can also find fat quarters there to select from for the patterned fabrics needed.
- No drop cloth? Look for a cream fabric that has a little weight to it at JoAnn’s. A heavier weight makes the pillow feel more sturdy.
STEP 4: MAKE THE CIRCLE PATTERNS
Trace around a household object to make the circle patterns on your fabrics.
I used a small chalk paint bottle. The size was approximately 2 to 2.5 inches in diameter.
Begin tracing circles for all fabrics. You’ll need more denim and drop cloth circles than the fat quarter fabrics. All circles will start out the same size.
Now is a good time to watch TV while you cut out all those circles!
CUTTING THE CIRCLES:
- All circles start out the same size and will be cut along the marker circles
- Decide the fabric stack order as seen in photo above
- Consider the top circle as #1 and the bottom circle as #4
- Cut circle #3 about 1/4 inch less than the bottom circle #4
- Cut circle #2 about 1/4 inch less than #3 and continue like so until all circles are cut out
TIP: Cut 1/4 inch straight into the circle, as seen in photo below, so you don’t loose your 1/4 inch when cutting since there will be no markings.
STEP 5: CHOOSE THE FABRIC MIX AND STACK ORDERS
Play around with mixing the patterns and the order of the stacks for how you want them to look as Christmas ornaments.
I tried to vary using the denim fabric versus the drop cloth as the bottom layer.
Also, I varied the order of the patterned fabrics from one ornament to the next as much as possible.
SWITCH TO GLUEING AND STUFFING THE PILLOW
Place the tree pillow panels together. Match edges up and smooth out any wrinkles.
Hot glue together the entire first tier of the tree and half of the second tier.
Run a small bead of glue on the back piece leaving a 1/4 inch or more unattached (kind of like a seam allowance so to speak) near the edge of the pillow panels and press down.
You’ll be using Poly-fill stuffing as your pillow insert.
Begin pulling apart the Poly-fil kind of like your shredding it with your fingers. This will prevent a lumpy pillow.
SHOP PHOTO LINKS BELOW FOR SUPPLY OPTIONS:
Stuff one section of the pillow at a time while making sure to get enough stuffing into the tree curves.
Use any household tool like a chop stick or an unsharpened pencil to help stuff the pillow. You’ll mostly be using your fingers.
- Once the first tier is completely glued, hot glue together the rest of the 2nd tier and a little past the sharp corners and then add stuffing.
- Now, run a bead of hot glue down the rest of tier 3 of the tree, stopping at the curves at the bottom and then add more stuffing.
- Run a bead of glue in the curves on each side, leaving about a 4 inch gap open in the middle and then add more stuffing.
- Complete stuffing as much as possible and glue the gap together.
TIP: It’s easier to glue the bottom of the tree together and keep the edges aligned if you turn it backwards and glue from the back side.
SWITCH BACK TO MAKING THE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
STEP 7: JOIN THE FABRIC STACKS TOGETHER
NO-SEW VERSION: Hot glue each fabric layer together and top it off with the button.
OPTIONAL NEEDLE AND THREAD: Hold the entire stack along with the button and hand sew the stack together.
STEP 8: ATTACH THE ORNAMENTS
Determine your final placement and add about a quarter size bead of hot glue to the center, which will leave some of the ornament loose and unglued.
That completes the Christmas tree fabric shaped no-sew tutorial.
I hope you enjoy creating your DIY Christmas tree shaped pillow for the holiday season.
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