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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ruffled Ribbon Christmas Tree Applique Tutorial


For those of you who followed the Hip for the Holidays series, you may remember this teaser photo.  I had originally intended on creating a ruffled ribbon Christmas tree applique, but became distracted with sequined snowflakes.  I figured that rather than shelving the project for next year, I'd show you the finished product.



For this project you will need:



6 strands of green grosgrain ribbon-I used two different shades of 2" ribbon.
1 scrap piece of brown ribbon

Sewing machine and thread
Scrap piece of fabric, larger than the size of the applique
Heat and Bond fusible adhesive
Onesie or other item to be appliqued
Embroidery Floss for star
Fray Check or a lighter


Use a gathering stitch (long stitch 4.0 with loosened tension 4 or 5) to stitch 1/4" away from the top edge of your strands of ribbon. Leave thread long on either end, and do not back stitch.
Gather your strands of ribbon by pulling on bobbin threads.  Spread the gather evenly along the  ribbon.  When the ribbons are uniformly gathered, tie long threads at the end of each ribbon.  This will keep your gather in place until stitched.  Trim long strands of ribbon.

Attach your ribbon to your scrap piece of material.  Stitch each strand on individually, starting at the base, and stitching along the original stitch line.  Make sure that each additional layer of ribbon covers the stitching on the layer beneath.

Continue attaching ribbon, until all layers are attached to material.  

Using a straight edge and marking pen, create a basic triangular tree shape.  

Stitch along markings.  Trim ribbon 1/8" outside stitch lines.  Use fray check or flame to seal the edges of your ribbon.

Attach a piece of heat and bond to the back side of the trunk and base of tree. 
Fuse the tree trunk to the item to be appliqued.  Stitch close to edge of the tree trunk using your preferred stitch.
I attached my applique to my item using a triple stretch stitch.  It is option number two on my machine. You will want to use a satin stitch if you have not sealed your edges.

Fuse the ruffled tree to the item, by heating the applique from the backside of your onesie or shirt.  I did this in an  attempt to avoid flattening the ruffles.  

Stitch around the two sides of the Christmas tree, leaving the bottom edge of the base ruffle free.

If desired, trim your tree with sequins, small buttons, and a star on top.  I used a bit of yellow embroidery floss to create a star for the top of the tree.  A star shaped button, or a sparkly pom pom would be cute as well.

That's it, a simple and dimensional Christmas applique.  As you can see in the last picture, I appliqued my tree to a scrap of white knit.  I'm planning on saving it for a future day...just in case I end up with a girl that needs to be ruffled.

Interested in other dimensional applique ideas?  Check out my Holly Berry Applique here.



 I'll be linking up here.  Thanks for reading.

11 comments:

The Extra Ordinary Bree said...

Love it!!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

This is all sorts of adorable!! Makes me want to break out my ribbon!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

Oh, that is SUPER cute!

Kelli said...

What a fun blog you have! I am glad I found it. I love all your creative ideas!

April said...

That is sooo adorable. I have seen the ribbon trees where the ribbons are looped but I like this soooo much more! Really precious! I would love for you to link up to my Sew Crafty party...

http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2010/12/startin-early-for-orphaned-no-more.html

Bella said...

TOTALLY adorable, and I JUST KNEW it was yours, when I saw it. How funny is that??

I would so love this on some pillows,,, Thanks so much for sharing at **Amaze me AUgust**

Merry Christmas girl,

Bella :)

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Very cute!

Lu said...

Oh, Tricia, this is SO cute! The ruffles just make it POP.

Quiltstory said...

LOVE IT! Thanks for linking to quiltstory!

Jess said...

adorable!!

Shannon said...

This is adorable! I will add this to my to do list for next year. I have two little girls that would "wear it well"! Thanks for sharing!
Shannon
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