Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Tree Block Tutorial

Feeling a little Christmasy?

Well today I have my Christmas tree block tutorial to share with you for the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler Quilt Along. Thanks Sara for including me!

If you missed any of the other awesome block tutorials, you can check them out HERE.

tree template (CLICK HERE) (Print the 2nd page only. Sorry it is so light!)
green fabric for your tree- a few strips-one at least 7.5" long
white fabric
red christmas fabric for the border
ironing board
sewing machine

Let's get started: The pictures are above the directions.

1. Trim your green fabric strips at an angle and line them up as desired. Sew them together. Measure against your triangle template and add additional strips as needed. Press.

2. Lay the tree template over your green strips and trim to the tree shape.

3. Use the smaller triangle template and cut out two pieces of the white fabric. Start with the left side of the tree and line up the flat side of the white triangle about 1/4" above the flat top of your tree. Sew on.  Press.

Repeat for the right side. Trim the small points at bottom of the tree.

4. Cut 2 white pieces 2.5" x 3.5" and one white piece 1.5" x 1." Cut a trunk piece 1.5" x 2" and sew on to the small white piece to the trunk piece.
Now, sew the two 2.5" x 3.5" pieces to the trunk piece. Press. Center the trunk piece on your tree and sew it to the bottom of your tree. Press again.

5. Trim your block - mine is 6 1/8" x 8.5."

6. Cut 4 white strips to border your tree.  2 strips 1.5" x 9" and 2 strips 1.5" x 10.5." Sew on the short strips first, press and trim excess,  then add the longer strips on the sides, press, and trim excess.

7.  Last add your red border pieces. Cut two pieces for the top and bottom 2" x 8" and two pieces for the sides 3.5" x 12.5." Sew on the top and bottom pieces first, press and trim excess then add the longer side pieces and press. Now, square up your block to 12.5" x 12.5."

Ta-dah! You now have a festive Christmas tree block for your sampler quilt. You know, this would also be really cute as a pillow too!

Be sure to add your blocks to the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler Quilt Flickr group and the Ellison Lane Quilts Flickr group. I would love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing!



  1. ***LOVE*** This would be such a cute pattern for a mug rug! Which is a little more speed currently... thanks for sharing!! :)

  2. Very cute! I think it would make a great mini quilt to hang on the wall as is -- a pillow would be great, too! Thanks!!

  3. I love this scrappy little tree. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

  4. This is great!! I intend to do at least one of these before Christmas. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  5. Cute tut Jennifer! Putting me in the holiday spirit!

  6. next year, for sure, Jennifer! I am too late to start any Christmas themed sewing now. This is so cute.

  7. Very cute--I'll be making this one for sure!

  8. wow, adorable! You are getting to be a template all-star! Thanks, also, for turning me on to the series.

  9. Great Christmas Tree block and tutorial!

  10. This is great! I'm planning on making a woodland themed quilt for my mother in law for Christmas - this tree tutorial is going to come in really handy! Thank you for sharing :)

  11. That's such a sweet block, love the scrappy idea

  12. molto bello ,grazie per il tutorial

  13. I love it! This would make such a cute pillow!

  14. Great tutorial and very cute block.

  15. I love this block! Great tutorial, I'll have to try (:

  16. Jennifer- I love this! So sweet and very doable. And that Kumari Garden framing it is perfect!

  17. Nice tree. I love that it is a bit out of kilter.

  18. I love this ! and I think it will look good with the bow package block on earlier ! too too cute !! thanks .

  19. I love this tree tutorial! I'll try to do for these 2012 Christmas¡¡¡ ***Thank you for sharing***

  20. Thanks for the cute tree block. I am going to make one quick before Christmas to quilt and hang on the wall.


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