Monday, November 2, 2015

Make it Monday #229 - Fabric Strip Christmas Trees

Hello Christmas Crafters....
I am playing along with Melissa Phillip's wonderful Make it Monday today.  Her lovely video shows how to make an adorable Christmas tree out of strips of fabric.  I love making small Christmas trees especially to give as gifts to people who are unable to put up a large tree at Christmas time.  It allows them to have the spirit of Christmas in their home or hospital room etc without any work at all.  When I saw Melissa's video I immediately knew that I could create a tree like hers and add it to a spool to make a mini-tree.  Here is what I came up with....I apologize for the picture quality...the sparkly star and the inclement weather here in Seattle were making it difficult to get a good shot even with my OTT lite today....




I found this such a fun project to work on!!!  I used two grosgrain ribbons from Papertrey Ink - Simply Chartreuse and ripe avocado.  (Note: I think that a lighter weight ribbon is easier to work with for this project but unfortunately this was what I had on hand in "green"! )   I also used some gingham ribbon, crochet ribbon in cream and red, various fabric strips from what I had on hand, and sparkly eyelash yarn as my "tinsel"....insert smile here!  :)

The straws I used were some I got on clearance last Christmas.  The spool is one that I emptied a while ago and kept.  I added some cream crocheted ribbon and a decorative pin to it before adding the tree.  I also reinforced the straw on the inside with a 1/4 strip of 110lb card stock that I scored and folded in half length wise.  I wanted to make the straw a little bit stronger since I had bent it several times by accident while creating.

Thanks for taking a look at my little tree.  I loved this technique and have a feeling I will be making many more of these over the next few weeks!  I want to try a card next!  Thanks for a great Christmas craft Melissa! It is my favorite season of the year to craft for!

Edited on 11-3-15:  Adding a better photo:

Hugs,
Jill

33 comments:

  1. Hi Jill! This is totally adorable!!! LOVE it!

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  2. This is darling Jill, you did a wonderful job!! Love it placed in the little spool too!!

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  3. The eyelash yarn and touches of red are fabulous, Jill!

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  4. Adorable. . I watched the video of the card but I didn't catch the measurements of the card. So cute.

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  5. OMGosh! I LOVE the tree on the spool! FANTASTIC!

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  6. Super cute project Jill! That tree is adorable!

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  7. Hello Jill :) I can see why you want to make more :) It is just so very adorable!! I love the colors you used and prints. The little buttons are so sweet too.I appreciate the tip about the ribbon .

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  8. Hello Jill :) I can see why you want to make more :) It is just so very adorable!! I love the colors you used and prints. The little buttons are so sweet too.I appreciate the tip about the ribbon .

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  9. I love everything about your little stand up tree,Jill! The spool was a great idea, I love the gingham ! For sure a fun MIM project!

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  10. Wonderful spool tree, Jill! Beautiful ribbon, and thanks for the heads up about strengthening the straw.

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  11. Love your little Christmas tree!

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  12. Beautiful! Love your sweet little spool!

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  13. Jill, your Ribbon Tree is fabulous!

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  14. When I saw Melissa's video, I thought of you...and here you are, with an amazing full tree! So beautiful, Jill!

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  15. Such a beautifully adorned tree, Jill and that 'stand' is a great idea. Love it :-)

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  16. Love your little tree, Jill! It is so charming and sweet! The spool was a great addition.

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  17. Loving your little stand up tree Jill...using a spool was an ingenious idea and I think I just may have to CASE you on that! Love all the fabrics and ribbon and tinsel you added to your tree too...cute, cute, cute!!! :0)

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  18. Oh Jill, I just love the home style feel of your sweet ribbon tree!! I love it much better in the spool too, rather than on a card. You've completely inspired me to play along!!

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  19. This is darling, Jill. Remember, any time you are able, I would just LOVE to have you link up with us at Word Art Wednesday. I just adore your artwork, and would be delighted to have you play along with us there.
    Blessings.
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday Challenges
    www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Karen! I will try to remember to do so!! Thanks for the reminder! :) Love the scripture for this week! :) Jill

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  20. Ohhh, this is so sweet, Jill! I really really love your little trim tree! Everything about it is absolutely adorable! Great mix of trims, love the wooden spool, and adore your holiday straw. Great idea about reinforcing the straws, too. SO awesome!

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  21. Oh I love this idea better! I will try it sometime ! :)

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    1. They turn out so sweet! I just posted a video with some of your Ice Skate tags! I love them!!! I even added laces and ties to the skates! So fun! :) Jill

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  22. Just beautiful Jill! Love the spool idea.

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  23. such a pretty ornament- love the mix of fabrics you chose

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  24. Your tree is adorable! Especially tucked into that spool of thread at the base!

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  25. Oh my gosh, this is stunning! Love that you used a spool to hold your tree.

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  26. Love the straw, the tinsel, the colors--everything!

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  27. Your tree is super cute! Love your spool and the rustic effect you gave it. I'm with you on "the favourite season of the year to craft for"!! So fun

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Crafty Hugs,
: ) Jill