Create a farmhouse style Christmas tree banner this holiday season using green and brown fabric scraps! A great scrappy holiday project! Free template with tutorial.
On the Fifth Day of a Crafty Christmas…
Whenever I find a good way to use up some of my fabric scraps, I’m a happy camper! This Christmas Tree Banner was made entirely from scraps of fabric and felt I had on hand. I love how it turned out! It makes me think I should dig around my scrap bins way more often!
I have saved so many scraps of fabric that are all too small to do much with, yet too pretty to throw out. On top of the fabric scraps I have held on to, I also have bins upon bins of fabric swatches. I end up with all kinds of fabric swatches from my job – and again, I save them! I started thinking about how many green scraps and swatches I must have – and sure enough, I had a ton.
I turned my raggedy pile of scraps into this beautiful Christmas tree banner! I love all the different textures and patterns in varying shades of green. As I learned years ago as a child, while searching for the perfect Christmas tree to cut down with my family – no two trees are the same! This is true with my tree banner – each tree is unique using a different combination of green fabric scraps. They even have different brown wool trunks!
Below you can see how I created this fun Christmas tree banner! Search your fabric scraps and I bet you’ll have enough green ones to create this yourself!
DIY Christmas Tree Banner
- Kunin Brand Stiffened Green Felt
- Green fabric scraps
- Brown fabric scraps
- Green embroidery floss in a few different shades
- Embroidery Scissors
- Red and white Baker’s Twine
- Free printable template – directions for downloading the free template are located at the end of this post.
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Trace the printable template onto a sheet of stiff green felt. It is much stiffer than normal felt. At Joann Fabrics it was sold in the same section as the normal felt but was sold as a larger sheet. I was able to fit 8 trees on my sheet of felt. Once you have traced them, go ahead and cut them out.
Step Two: Time to cut your fabric scraps! I used my felt trees as a guide for cutting my scraps. You could also print a few more templates and cut them to be a pattern for each layer of the tree. Just be sure your layers will overlap and the green felt won’t be visible.
I initially used one fabric scrap for each tree, as pictured below, but decided using three for each tree looked so much more interesting.
Below you can see all of my trees ready to be sewn. I laid them all out and played around with what scraps I wanted to go together. I used a few of the scraps more than once but tried to not have them in the same spot on the tree.
Step Three: Stitch down each layer of the tree using green embroidery floss and a running stitch. I flip-flopped using coordinating floss with contrasting floss, depending on what I felt like doing :)
Once all three layers are stitched down, I added the trunk. I stitched them on with a small running stitch in matching thread so it wouldn’t be too visible. You could easily add the trunk at the same time you are stitching down the first tree layer – I just didn’t think of it!
Here are my cute little trees after being sewn together.
Step Four: String your trees together to create a banner! I threaded my baker’s twine through my needle and stitched the trees together. I took one small stitch at the top of each tree, making sure to leave a lot of baker’s twine at the beginning and end of the banner for hanging.
The banner is finished! I love how warm and cozy this banner looks! It reminds me a lot of my fabric scrap Acorn Banner and Carrot Banner – also great scrap busters. I still have a bunch of green fabric scraps left over – even though I did think of one more project to do with them that I’ll be sharing later in the series! (*Update – Oh, Christmas Tree Sign) I may have to start making more of these banners and gifting them until I use up my scraps!
I’ll be back tomorrow with the 6th day of a Crafty Christmas! Love making scrappy banners? Check out these other fabric scrap banners!
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*My “12 Days of a Crafty Christmas” logo was created using Maggie Malloy’s beautiful Sewing Logo Templates*