Monday, November 3, 2014

30 Days of Repurposing Projects - Day 1: Chenille Christmas Tree

Project 1:  Chenille Christmas Tree

I had several chenille bedspreads left over from my sale.  Most were $3-$5 each.  I brought one in, washed it and turned it into this Christmas tree.  Here is how I made it.

I wanted to take advantage of the fringe that was already part of the spread.  I made a tree pattern, placed it along a fold and traced with a marker.  Cut out 2 on the fold.

With right sides together, stich from fringe end up to the peak and down the side; leaving an opening on the bottom.  Turn right side out.

Cut out a circle for the bottom - I estimated a bit bigger than the opening.  Stuff the tree and lay the circle bottom over the opening.  Whip stich closed, tucking in the raw edges of the circle.

Then I looked at the other items left over from the sale and thought that this milk glass bud vase would make a great stand.  After washing the bud vase, I cut a hole in bottom of the tree and used the end of a paint brush to make an opening in the stuffing.  I then pushed the vase up the tree.  I used hot glue to secure the tree to the vase and clean up the area where I cut into the bottom.  

I like the simple look to the tree, but thought it would look nice with some "snow".  I brushed modge podge on the raised part of the chenille and sprinkled with glass glitter - replicating snow on the branches.

I plan to make more of these that will be avaiable in one of my booths and at the "Vintage and Handmade Christmas" pop up here in my studio on December 12, 2014 - 6-9 p.m.  These trees will be $10 each.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  
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