Printable Sewing Patterns: Softie Christmas Tree

Looking for a simple sewing project for your leftover fabric? Since many of you are looking for frugal and free ways to decorate for the holidays, why not try this little softie Christmas tree pattern! It’s a fun way to use (or reuse) worn clothing, bits of fabric, and odd buttons.

Softies are basically stuffed felt and fabric toys. They are fun to make, easy to design, and cost next to nothing if you’ve got some sewing notions kicking around the house. As far as sewing projects go, this one is super simple. Just make a cone, sew on a circle, stuff, then decorate. Done.

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If you make one of these softies big enough, you can save some bucks on bark by leaving the real Evergreen trees in the forest. Or just take a pass on buying artificial Christmas trees. Anytree, you don’t need serious sewing skills to stitch a forest using this free sewing pattern. This little sewing project creates a softie Christmas tree standing about 6 inches tall. Get creative and have fun playing with the pattern dimensions to sew slimmer or plumper versions.

Get Your Free Sewing Pattern

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Download: Softie Christmas Tree Sewing Pattern (PDF)

Sewing Project Ingredients

  • Free Sewing Pattern
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Pieces
  • Beans or Rice
  • Polyester Filling
  • Sewing Machine
  • Sewing Notions (buttons, ribbon, or other tree decorations)

Sewing Project Instructions:

1. Use pattern to mark fabric with 1 cone and 1 circle base.

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2. Use scissors to cut 1 cone and 1 circle base from the fabric.

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3. Add tree decorations like buttons and ribbon before sewing tree (optional).

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4. With cone inside out, use sewing machine to sew sides of cone with about 1/4 inch seam.

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Do you like my old Singer Sewing Machine? It’s a vintage 1960s Singer Featherweight. My mom got it for me eons ago, for Christmas.

5. Pin circle base to cone. You may need to play around to match the cone to the circle base, depending on fabric.

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6. Stitch circle base to cone with a 2 inch gap (for turning right-side out). The cone and circle base are now a softie tree. Turn softie tree right-side out.

7. Use polyester filling to stuff the softie tree. Do not pack too loose or too firm.

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8. Use rice or beans to weigh the tree bottom for standing.

9. Hand stitch the opening closed.

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Now get creative and plant trees for any frugal occasion! Seriously, this is a fun project for all sewing abilities.

Doing any handmade sewing projects this holiday? Got any Christmas tree decorating ideas?

Your two cents:

  1. Jules December 4th, 2008

    That says only one thing to me: cat toy! :-)

    I’m planning to make some hat-scarf sets (I don’t know if I’m ambitious enough to tackle mittens) myself. With the exception of a few books and a bottle of absinthe, I’m making most of the presents on my long Christmas list (presents for both my family and my boyfriend’s)…

  2. Kathryn December 4th, 2008

    Nice sewing machine. It is a bit newer than mine, a 306k Singer, built in the 1950′s. Mine belonged to my Grandfather. I adore it.

  3. marci December 4th, 2008

    Going to print out for my granddaughter, age 8. She’s at the hand stitching phase of her learning, but wants to use Grammi’s machine. I think this will be a great Christmas break project for us to work on together :) Thanks!

  4. Kerry December 4th, 2008

    @Jules LOL. Cat toys and absinthe indeed! I must admit, these little trees are pretty darn cute in person. :D I aspire to make mittens one day.

    @Kathryn I love my Singer Featherweight. It’s amazing how long a plastic-free quality machine can last. They don’t make them like they used too!

    @marci This sewing project is perfect for kids, especially granddaughters. If I can sew it, so can an 8-year-old. You are an awesome Grammi!

  5. Lise December 4th, 2008

    Yay, another Featherweight owner! I have one on “permanent loan” from my mom, who buys them when she finds them and sells them at a profit. You are absolutely right about how durable they are: mine will go through any fabric with ease. I have another machine that I use just for doing buttonholes (I do have a buttonhole attachment on my Featherweight, but this is a little easier), but I always come back to my Featherweight.

    My mom tells me that after they discontinued the Featherweight, the Singer stores used to *destroy* any Featherweights they could get their hands on, because they knew people would not buy newer models as long as they were in circulation!

    Whenever I talk to beginning sewers, I always tell them to get their hands on a Featherweight for their first machine. They can usually buy them for about $200-$300, which is MUCH cheaper than a comparable quality modern machine (I would not buy a modern machine other than a mechanical Pfaff or Husqvarna, which start at ~$600, just for value reasons). Yes, the newer ones have more bells and whistles, but if you’re just learning to sew a straight stitch, it doesn’t matter if you can do fancy embroidery stitches on your machine. Plus, as you said, it will last forever – the metal gears make a big difference!

    Well, that’s enough of my ranting… maybe I should write a post about my love for my Featherweight… ;)

  6. Kerry December 4th, 2008

    @Lise You must write an Ode to the Featherweight! These Singer sewing machines are incredible. If my house was on fire I would attempt to rescue it. The gears and structure LAST FOREVER. My “better half” (an engineer of sorts) is constantly amazed at the quality and construction of it. He even found free upkeep and instruction manuals online. There must be a fan club out there for the Featherweight. I am so sad to hear Singer would destroy these machines, but yeah, isn’t consumerism fabulous? Personally, I hate all the plastic crap out there. Don’t get me started… ;)

  7. MoneyNing December 4th, 2008

    Those things are amazing!!

  8. Kerry December 4th, 2008

    @MoneyNing Does this mean you’re making a “MoneyNing Tree”? :D

  9. Mama Bear December 4th, 2008

    Great craft, thanks for the pattern!

    I’m doing a LOT of handmade gifts this year, and I totally enjoy decorating with handmade things as well.

  10. rjleaman December 4th, 2008

    These soft little trees are appealing on so many levels – frugal, creative, decorative, easy, educational – thanks for sharing the pattern. I’ve never have been able to do the math to figure out the measurements for circles and arcs all by myself!

  11. Kerry December 4th, 2008

    @Mama Bear So happy to meet you through MSN Smart Spending! You have some crazy skills when it comes to homemade things. :D

    @rjleaman I have a degree in computer science. Doing the math is the easy part for me. It’s the sewing part which boggles my brain. ;D

  12. sara l December 4th, 2008

    A)you sewing machine is beautiful.
    B)those are adorable

  13. Sagan December 5th, 2008

    oooh great idea. Sewing is so much fun but I haven’t done it in forever. I’ll have to give this one a try!

  14. Emily@remodelingthislife.com December 10th, 2008

    I used to have a very very miniature version of that sewing machine :)

    So, do you think that I could do these with hot glue instead of sewing? ;)

  15. Kerry December 10th, 2008

    @Sara l so happy you like these.

    @Sagan If you do give these a try, post pictures! :D

    @Emily I’m no glue gun master, but depending on the fabric used, I am sure one can glue a tree together. :)

  16. Carla December 11th, 2008

    Those are so cute! I have a ton of fabric I need to find something to do with. Thanks for the idea. :)

  17. Mama Bear December 18th, 2008

    Right back at you, Fox – love your blog!!

  18. raajia October 17th, 2009

    waoooh !! great idea!! l like these.
    thanks for sharing the pattern.
    I love your blog!!

  19. Ann May 4th, 2010

    Nice Idea. Very creative and cute..Thanks for sharing

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