Ready to dig into your selvage stash? I'm delighted to introduce you to my friend Cindy of Live a Colorful Life.
Cindy's so talented and creates such lively colorful things, especially with her stash of selvages!
I was so excited that she agreed to be part of Deck the Halls. You're going to love her festive and fun selvage Christmas tree tutorial.
Check out Cindy's tutorial below!
I'm going to show you how to make a wall hanging using selvages. Now I happen to categorize all my selvages in bags by "theme." A little obsessive, maybe? If you have some Christmas selvages hanging around, here is a chance to use them. If not, any and all kinds of selvages would be just as cute.
Muslin base for the selvage "branches" of the tree:
3 - 4 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
1 - 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Background (I found this fabulous gradated snowflake print, but blue would be great too--especially if you have something with stars or snowflakes):
6 - 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (two each for the bottom three "branches" of your tree)
2 - 4 1/2 x 5 inches (these are for the tree trunk)
2 - 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (these are for the top "branch" of your tree)
1 - 2 1/2 b y 12 1/2 inches (this will at the top of the tree)
1 - 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches
2 - 2 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
2 - 2 1/2 x 22 inches
1 piece approximately 20 x 30 inches
Button: I used a red star for my tree topper
First you will make Christmas tree. Each level of the tree is a simple rectangle: three of them are the same size and the top one is a little smaller.
Start by choosing your selvages. Sometimes I have selvages that are cute but too short--so I just sew the short one with a longer one. There aren't a lot of rules when it comes to selvages so just have fun with it!
Next take your background fabric. This part is kind of like make a flying geese block, except on the three bottom "branches" the background squares don't meet in the middle. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.
Sew on the line you have drawn.
Because this is the only place where your background is a rectangle rather than a square, make a little pencil line 4 1/2 inches down, then draw your diagonal line from the top left down to the mark and sew on that line. Trim, press back, and do the same on the other side.
Sew your selvage "branch" units together.
Sew the remaining background piece to the top of your tree (I added my button after it was completely quilted).
For your tree trunk, sew the two background pieces on each side of your trunk fabric. Then sew this strip to the bottom of your tree.
You realize there is a giveaway today too? One of my favorites--Zipit!
Zipit on the back.
my blog and leave a comment telling me whether your like to decorate with traditional colors--red and green--or do you go out on a (Christmas tree) limb and using a retro or modern color combination?
Thanks for having me, Jennifer!
Isn't Cindy's tree so cute? After you pop on over to her blog and show her some love, don't forget to ENTER TO WIN the $50 gift certificate from Contemporary Cloth !
Be sure to check out all the posts in this series!