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
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.
Once sewn, flip it over and trim the seam down to 1/4″. Fold the fabric back and press.
Finally, add the third fabric in the same way.
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.
Now, flip it over and cut it out! Then, tear away the paper.
Here it is so far! Not bad, eh?!
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.
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.
Once sewn cut backing and batting away and before turning, trim all points. Be careful not to trim into the stitching.
Turn right side out and stitch the opening closed. Quilt if desired (I did).
Ta-da! Beautiful, right?!