Gifty Galore Project – 23
12.8.2014

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I like to save the very quick and easy projects for the tail end of the Gifty Galore season. It seems like a practical thing to do given how little time is left to make last minute gifts, right? So, here is the final project of the year, a lovely Tree Trivet from Stitching and Bacon. The project is made from the collection Maryjo’s Sewing Room. I like this choice because Button Collection on the lower portion of the tree look like ornaments, Stitch Lines in the upper part of the tree looks like garland, and Wavy Checks in the middle remind me of flocking. The tree trunk is also made from Wavy Checks, however a different colorway; SO cute!

6730 Button Collection

6730 Button Collection

6743 Stitch Lines

6743 Stitch Lines

6748 Wavy Checks

6748 Wavy Checks

6744 Wavy Checks

6744 Wavy Checks

After downloading the PDF file of the tree, I noticed it was a paper piecing project. Well, for those who don’t know, this is not my favorite technique for piecing, however, it is only three pieces, so I proceeded.

Lay the Button Collection and Wavy Check-White fabrics right sides together. Then lay them under the tree template about a 1/4″ above the stitch line. I actually laid it about 3/8″ above the line. With the stitch length shortened to about 8-10 stitches per inch, sew on the line. Tightening the stitches perforates the paper more and makes it easier to tear away later.

Tree Trivet 2

 

Once sewn, flip it over and trim the seam down to 1/4″. Fold the fabric back and press.

Tree Trivet 3

Finally, add the third fabric in the same way.

Tree Trivet 4

Flip fabric 3 over and press. At this stage it looks pretty ugly but on the back side is the tree template and that is used to cut it into the tree.

Tree Trivet 5

Now, flip it over and cut it out! Then, tear away the paper.

Tree Trivet 6

Here it is so far! Not bad, eh?!

Tree Trivet 7

 

To add the tree trunk simply find the center of both the trunk and tree and mark both with pins. Matching pins, place right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam.

Tree Trivet 8

 

Tree Trivet 9

Tree Trivet 10

With right sides together, lay the tree right side down on the backing. Place some batting on the bottom. Pin. Stitch around the perimeter with a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving about a 3″ opening for turning right side out.

Tree Trivet 11

Once sewn cut backing and batting away and before turning, trim all points. Be careful not to trim into the stitching.

Tree Trivet 12

 

Turn right side out and stitch the opening closed. Quilt if desired (I did).

Tree Trivet 13

 

Ta-da! Beautiful, right?!

Tree Trivet 14


35 comments

  1. Mary Alice Espinoza - December 8, 2014

    Love it!! Definitely making this!

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    • Mari - December 8, 2014

      Thank you Mary Alice! I’m so happy you love it!

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  2. LouAnn - December 8, 2014

    So Cute!

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    • Mari - December 8, 2014

      Thank you LouAnn!

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  3. Lou Ann - December 8, 2014

    A nice quicky for the last one Mari!!! Good thinking and what a cute little thing. I’m invited out for Christmas and she will get one of them.

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    • Mari - December 8, 2014

      Well that’s cool! I’m glad you have an invite out!

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  4. Lou Ann Bucheimer - December 8, 2014

    Did I fool anyone with the last name gone. I just couldn’t help myself after I saw LouAnn was the one before me.

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    • LouAnn - December 8, 2014

      Lou Ann Bucheimer .. your post surprised me because I didn’t remember posting a 2nd comment! LOL!!!

      And .. here’s a kicker for you .. my maiden name is Buchanan!

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  5. Vickie S. - December 8, 2014

    Did you use regular batting or did you use Insul-bright?

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    • Mari - December 8, 2014

      In the project I used regular batting, however, I think I would try it with Insul-brite.

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  6. Sheila - December 8, 2014

    Mari, Mari, Mari! You’re going to drag me kicking & screaming into paper piecing!

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    • Mari - December 8, 2014

      I know Sheila, right?! When I saw that I said to myself, you’ve got to be kidding!!! Grrrr… but, it’s just three pieces and wasn’t so bad (and I HATE paper piecing). It goes REALLY fast too 😉

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  7. Kristenza Hatch - December 8, 2014

    I think this would make awesome potholders if i add a pocket on the back of the tree to slip my hands in.

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    • Mari - December 8, 2014

      Kristenza, that’s a great idea and one fairly easy to adapt the pattern for. I say go for it! What a cute pot holder!

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  8. Ann - December 8, 2014

    Cute last minute gift idea. So proud of you for doing paper-piecing! I think Insul-Bright would be a great idea.

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Thank you Ann! Well, it really wasn’t so bad 😉

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  9. Sara Medd - December 8, 2014

    Thanks! So cute and simple but effective. Happy holidays!

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Thank you Sara! Happy Holidays to you too!

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  10. Kathleen Dalecio - December 8, 2014

    This is such a cute Mug Rug! So festive and yet simple. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      You are very welcome Kathleen! Am SO happy you liked it!

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  11. Bette Jean - December 8, 2014

    Where can I find the paper pattern for the tree

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Bette, in the blogpost I mention the blog site in which I got the project. It is Stitching and Bacon. You can click on it in the blogpost and a window will open to the project. Hope that helps!

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  12. CAROL JILES - December 8, 2014

    This pattern really looks like a fun project – and it can be used in many different ways!

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Yes, I agree Carol! Once up, the ladies here were giving me a number of other ideas for uses. It’s a great project!

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  13. Mari Lisicki - December 8, 2014

    THANKS ! so easy I’m going to make lots of them

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Cool! That’s what Gifty Galore is all about Mari! Really, it was SO fast to make and very easy to do a number of them at the same time!

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  14. Geri - December 9, 2014

    Wow! So quick and easy, good gift for the office staff for their mugs or other cold drinks

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Oh, yes, Geri, that’s another great idea, mug rug!

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  15. Pam Swyndro - December 9, 2014

    Love the pattern. Unable to print pattern sheet. Please email. Many thanks.

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Pam, I cannot mail it from here. You would have to directly contact the blog site mentioned in the blogpost above. Did you try saving the pdf to your computer and then printing it? Or sending the pdf to a friend who can print it for you?

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  16. Debbie M - December 9, 2014

    I pulled up the blog post with the pdf file for the paper pieced tree pattern and it will not print a complete pattern. It starts the tree top and then prints a black block. Any suggestions?

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Debbie, I did not have any problem printing, so I’m not sure what the problem is. Try saving the pdf to your computer and then printing it from there instead of directly from the blog site.

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  17. Tammi Stillion - December 9, 2014

    This is such a cute idea and pretty easy and quick gift!

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    • Mari - December 9, 2014

      Thank you Tammi! I’m glad you love it! It was a lot of fun creating!

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  18. Danielle - December 12, 2014

    For those who have a problem downloading or printing the pattern, may I suggest sewing together three pieces of fabric to look similar to the pattern shown (who cares if it looks exactly the same, it might even be nice to have different looks, especially if you make several ones) and then cut out into a Xmas tree form (a triangular form you can trace on a piece of paper). Then add a rectangular piece at the bottom. Et voilà! Good luck!!

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