A couple weeks ago I invited two friends over for a “Sewing Saturday” as a way to get a head start on our handmade holiday gifts. We spent the day working on projects we could quilt in a day as we watched movies and drank apple cider.
In the afternoon we worked together to make the adorable Scrappy Trees from Modern Patchwork Gifts. This was without a doubt my favorite part of the day! Not only was the final project darling, it was so fun to work on the trees together, with each of us in charge of a different step of the process.
Scrappy Trees are a wonderful holiday project you can quilt in a day, whether you decide to make them by yourself or to have a few friends over to help.
I am so excited about these trees that I couldn’t help but dream up different uses and ways to display them. Here are my five favorite ways to display these charming stuffed trees:
Wooden Bases – The designer of this foundation piecing project, Carrie Palmer displays her Scrappy Trees on wooden bases, as seen in Modern Patchwork Gifts. This method to display the trees looks wonderful on a mantel or as the centerpiece of a dining room table. The wooden stands can be purchased at craft stores or you could even cut your wooden bases from fallen tree branches. Carrie suggests using a wooden dowel to attach the fabric tree to the larger wooden base.
Glassware – For those of us who have limited woodworking skills, using glassware as a base is a great option. I used mason jars of various sizes to display my trees, but you could easily use a collection of vases or even empty candle jars. Get a variety of different looks by filling your glassware with beads, coffee beans, fabric, or even mini ornaments.
Baskets – There’s something about baskets that reminds me of home. I think these trees would make a festive centerpiece. You can feature one or two in a smaller basket, or you could use a long and low basket to hold a forest of Scrappy Trees. I used floral foam in my small basket with white mesh over the top and instead of wooden dowels, I used skewers. Try covering up the floral foam with moss or even sparkle batting to look like snow.
Ornaments – There is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to the Scrappy Trees. Cut a smaller triangle out of muslin as the base for this foundation pieced project. Add a loop of ribbon as you’re sewing your petite trees together so you can easily hang them onto a tree, garland, or wrapped gift.
Stuffies – These soft Scrappy Trees make cute stuffed toys for little ones and pets. I plan to make one of the larger trees for my niece so she can have a festive tree that she can keep in her nursery or take with her on the go. As for pets, I have a kitty who will adore a small tree with a little catnip surprise in the center.
There are so many uses and ways to display these Scrappy Trees you are only limited by your imagination.
Get the pattern individually to start making trees with your green scrap fabric. Don’t have much in the way of green fabric in your stash? No problem; our friends at Craft of Quilting have curated a fat quarter bundle perfect for making Scrappy Trees.
For more handmade holiday ideas, be sure to order or download your copy of Modern Patchwork Gifts. With over 30 festive and fast projects, you are sure to find something to make for everyone on your list.