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quilted fabric tree pattern

Finally.

I’ve finally got my quilted fabric tree pattern finished.

The reason it took me so long is because I just kept coming up with more things I wanted to add to it. At first it was just going to be the basic instructions for making a quilted tree.

But then I wanted to add how to make stripes.

And then I wanted to add how to make swirls.

And then, I had the grand idea to figure out a way to add charms and jingle bells and little things like that, and I spent a few weeks just experimenting with that idea. In fact, I put the whole pattern writing thing on hold because I was so excited about it. (It doesn’t help that I’m a total scatterbrain…I have a tendency to start 37 things at once, and then it’s hard to finish just one of them.)

But, it was all worthwhile. Look at how cute this is with a little jingle bell dangling from the tree “branch”:

how to add grommets to fabric

Since I started posting a few sneak peeks on facebook a few weeks ago, I’ve had some of you emailing me asking to know when it would be done. It’s done now! You can get it right here:

swirl striped quilted fabric tree pattern

The no-sew tutorial is 45 pages long, with over 65 close up, professional photos, and it’s in PDF format. It is complete step by step, just like all my other tutorials, and teaches 2 different fabric folding methods, how to make horizontal, vertical, and swirling stripes, and will teach you my super simple “pin trick” for keeping your fabric and rows straight as you go up the tree. In other words, it’s an awesome pattern!

I wrote a short second tutorial to accompany the main pattern, which includes a bunch of ideas for embellishing your fabric tree. It also teaches exactly how to add those grommets I showed you above to the fabric points of the tree, so that you can add charms, bells, etc. (it’s easier than it looks). And, it shows how I added “garland” using jewelry chains, like this:

chain garland on folded fabric christmas tree

You’ll get that bonus tutorial free with the quilted tree pattern. Happy no-sewing!

no-sew-quilted-fabric-tree-top

Here’s what happens when you purchase a pattern from me:

My tutorials are in PDF format, which means they will be downloadable as soon as you purchase. No waiting!

As soon as you complete your payment, you will be re-directed to a special page on my site, where you will be able to immediately download your patterns. (It can take up to 10 seconds for you to be re-directed after payment, so please be patient and don’t click your back button!) You will also receive them by email (make sure your email address is entered correctly).

If for some reason, you do not receive your email, just fill out my contact form, and I will make sure you get it!

Oh, and by the way…I have pattern “bundles” available (which will save you money if you would like more than one of my patterns!).

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  • lynn October 20, 2012, 2:20 am

    Would you please tell me where you purchase the pins for the ornaments or if you sell them, please send me quanity and price. Tnx.

    • ornamentgirl October 20, 2012, 2:40 am

      Lynn, I don’t sell the pins separately, although they do come in the ornament kits that I sell.

      I try to buy most of my pins at Walmart; they seem to have the cheapest price that I’ve found, although occasionally I buy them at Michael’s or JoAnn’s, if I absolutely have to. WalMart’s price will vary because they base all their prices on other stores in the area, but where I buy them, they are $2.39 for a package of 450.

  • Paula October 20, 2012, 10:25 am

    I buy sequin pins at Michaels – 800 for $3.99.

    • ornamentgirl October 21, 2012, 9:16 pm

      Thanks, Paula…that’s a great price! I use sequin pins occasionally, but my fingers are so used to the longer pins, that the sequin pins are a little more difficult for me. But at that price, maybe it’s time to re-train my fingers. ;)

  • Paula October 21, 2012, 12:33 pm

    I have purchased your tree pattern and look forward to making one. Do you have a photograph that shows what an entire tree looks like? The photos I see show parts, but I’d like to get a “total” look. Thanks very much.

    • ornamentgirl October 21, 2012, 9:18 pm

      I didn’t even realize I didn’t have a full tree photo on here, Paula…I will post one on this page today or tomorrow. Thank you! And thanks for purchasing the pattern. :)

    • ornamentgirl November 4, 2012, 12:51 am

      Sorry it took so long Paula, but there is a new photo posted now. :)

  • Valerie October 24, 2012, 3:25 am

    I buy my straight pins at NASCO.com. They come in boxes of 2400 for $5.50/box and if you buy 6 boxes for more, the price decreases to $5.03/box. That’s the cheapest I have been able to find anywhere.

    • ornamentgirl October 27, 2012, 10:47 pm

      Wow, I will go check that out. That would be the cheapest I’ve ever seen them by far. Thanks for letting us know!

  • Charlotte Stockford October 26, 2012, 8:35 am

    I would love to see a pic from the side of the whole tree too – my mind isn’t quite wrapping around what it looks like finished up near the top as far as the ‘branches’ go. Beautiful pics at the top looking straight down and all the other pics of the trees in pieces in the pattern, thanks.

    • ornamentgirl November 2, 2012, 6:56 am

      Thanks, Charlotte, I’m going to try and get some new pictures taken tomorrow. Thanks for being patient with me!

    • ornamentgirl November 4, 2012, 12:52 am

      Full length photo is posted now, Charlotte. :)

  • Karen November 1, 2012, 7:13 pm

    Hi,
    I ordered a fabric tree pattern on 10/26 but have not received the PDF. I can send you the Paypal transaction number if you need it.
    Thanks

    • ornamentgirl November 1, 2012, 8:59 pm

      Hi Karen,
      I received your emails this week, and I have replied to each of them, but for some reason, my emails aren’t getting to you. I tried sending you an email with the PDF attached, and then I also tried without the attachment, hoping maybe that would reach you. Have you checked your spam folder by any chance? I am not sure what else to do to get my email and pattern to you, except perhaps trying another email address if you have one… I can send you a refund through PayPal if we can’t get it to you…

      • Karen November 2, 2012, 6:33 am

        I checked my server and nothing is hiding in junk. This has happened to one other person and I can’t figure it out. Could you try sending to kferrande@gmail.com or cruisedfkf@yahoo.com. One of these is bound to work. Sorry you have a tough time getting this out. I appreciate your patience. I can’t wait to share with my mother (also a folded ornament fanatic). Thanks again.

        • ornamentgirl November 2, 2012, 6:58 am

          Karen, no need to apologize at all, it’s NO problem…I just hope I can get this pattern to you! I just tried sending you an email…let me know if you get it, and if so, I’ll reply with the PDF attached. I’m crossing my fingers!

  • Paula November 2, 2012, 5:55 am

    Hi,

    Can you show us a full picture of the fabric tree? Thanks!

    • ornamentgirl November 2, 2012, 6:55 am

      Hey Paula…yep, it’s on my to-do list; I just haven’t had the chance to snap new pictures this week, but I will try and get a few on here tomorrow. Thanks!

    • ornamentgirl November 4, 2012, 12:52 am

      New photo up, Paula, thanks again for your patience :)

  • Paula November 4, 2012, 6:12 am

    Thanks very much – beautiful!

  • Erin Putman November 13, 2012, 10:35 am

    Hi! I LOVE your pattern and am going to be making 4 of these beauties! My main question is that I am HORRIBLE at cutting the same thing over and over. I am afraid I won’t be able to get all of my squares 3 inches. Do you have any tips on how to cut them evenly and the same? It seems so simple, but for me I am scissor illiterate! Any help is greatly appreciated!

    Erin

    • ornamentgirl December 5, 2012, 9:11 pm

      Erin, sorry for my slow reply… I’m running a little behind with just about everything right now. I agree with Cookie; I just finally invested in a rotary cutter and quilting mat a few weeks ago, and it makes things so much easier, that I can’t even believe I hadn’t done that years ago.

      It’s so worth the expense. I bought my stuff at JoAnn’s with a 50% off coupon, so that really helped too. :)

  • Cynthia Pulsifer November 15, 2012, 12:10 am

    :) for great pin prices try http://www.ccartwright.com

    gorgeous work on here!

  • Cookie Pieczonka November 29, 2012, 2:55 pm

    I use a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter. Gets the squares very even.

    • ornamentgirl December 5, 2012, 9:13 pm

      I just started using a rotary cutter a few weeks ago… makes life SO much easier!

  • Erin Putman December 5, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Thank you, Cookie!

    Erin

  • Mary January 18, 2013, 8:23 am

    Love the cream color fabric you used on the tree. May I ask where I can find it or something close. Bought the pattern some time ago. Thanks so much!
    Mary

  • Peggy February 2, 2013, 9:14 am

    Hey! I hadn’t seen this and don’t know how I missed out! These trees are gorgeous, with their
    little decorations! Just fabulous. I’d like to get the tutorials someday, but I need to finish up with
    what I have, lots o’ ribbon and fabric too. Love all your creations.

  • Nancy October 25, 2013, 9:17 am

    Hi, i love your work, I bought the tree and I think it is beautiful, congrats!
    The only thing i wanted to ask you is if you have one photo of the complete tree cause in the photos you always cut it and i really can’t see how do to finish it. I saw that you put a bow in the piont but could you send me a picture to see it better? Thank you so much

  • Marilyn December 27, 2013, 10:53 pm

    Can you use silks and organzas. My sisters and I are looking for a way to use and share my mothers wedding dress with all of the family. There are 8 of us kids. This would be a timeless treasure. Thank you.

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