Sew patchwork Christmas trees with cinnamon stick trunks! My video tutorial (plus the step by step photo tutorial in this blog post) guarantee that it will be an easy and quick project. Plus I teach you how to do simple triangle patchwork piecing.
And this project is great for using up scraps! Scroll down for the link to the free templates – in the materials section.
This blog post has been converted to an optional PDF that’s optimized for printing. Find it here. The free pattern in the blog post below is totally free to read, print, and sew! Just hit CTRL +P on your computer to print. The Optimized for Printing PDF download for $2 is totally optional.
The Cinnamon Tree Ornaments are about 8’’ tall (including the cinnamon stick).
If you don’t want to try the patchwork trees, I’ve also included a larger triangle template for making a plain tree with no patchwork.
Are you ready? Let’s sew!
Cinnamon Tree Christmas Ornament Free Tutorial + Pattern
For each patchwork tree, you will need:
8 pieces cut from the ‘Patchwork Cinnamon Tree’ template (use as many different cotton fabrics as you like!)*
polyester fiberfill stuffing (I like the silky kind)
6’’ long cinnamon sticks (these are the sticks I used)
a hot glue gun and glue stick
* If you would rather not have patchwork Christmas trees, use the larger triangle on the downloadable template file and skip past the instructions for sewing the patchwork triangles together – to Step 2.
My video tutorial for these sweet smelling holiday trees is embedded above. Just click the play button over the image to get started. If for some reason that doesn’t work, you can also watch this video on my YouTube channel.
The step by step photo tutorial is below.
Step 1 – Make the sides of the trees with patchwork triangles
1. Arrange 4 triangles cut from the patchwork template as seen above.
2. Sew the 3 triangles on the bottom row together first, pressing the seams open. Then sew the triangle on top and press the seam open. Refer to the video above if needed.
Repeat this step to make one more patchwork piece using 4 small triangles.
Step 2 – Sew the sides of the trees together
1. Place the two patchwork triangles right sides together.
2. Pin the triangles together.
Plan to leave a 1 1/2’’ – 2’’ opening at the bottom center of the tree for turning and stuffing.
3. Sew around the tree, leaving 1 1/2’’ – 2’’ open at the bottom center as mentioned above.
Step 3 – Finish making the tree
1. Before turning, press the edges at the opening back to help when closing the opening.
2. Trim the extra fabric away from the corners to help make sharp points.
3. Turn the tree right side out through the opening at the bottom. Use a chopstick or turning tool to help you press out the corners.
3. Stuff the tree with polyester fiberfill. If you stuff it too firmly, it will be difficult to insert the cinnamon stick.
4. Insert a 6’’ cinnamon stick through the opening, sticking it in about half way (or as desired).
5. Make sure the seam allowances at the opening are still turned to the inside. Apply hot glue to the seam allowance on one side and over the cinnamon stick.
Pull the corners of the tree apart, to close the opening with out burning your self on the hot glue. Gently press the opening together with your fingers as needed.
6. To make a hanging loop, thread a large eyed needle with pearl cotton or other thick thread and take one stitch at the top of the tree.
Cut the thread with about 5’’ on either side of the tree. Tie a knot at the top.
Now make a whole forest of Cinnamon Tree Christmas Ornaments! Make sure you upload a picture to Instagram and tag me @sewcanshe so I can take a look. I love to see what you do with my free tutorials and patterns.
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