Continuing from where we left off on the playscape lesson, we'll work on the three-sided trees in this post.
If you're starting here, and not making the playscape base, you'll need the following supplies for each tree;
- wool felt 4 x9 inches
- cotton floss in coordinating color (take 6-ply embroidery floss down to 2 or 3 strands)
- scissors and needle
- pen for tracing
Here is a PDF file of my tree pattern; Download Playscape
If you didn't already do so, trace and cut out 3 tree pieces for each tree.
We'll be using the blanket stitch for this project. If you need to brush up on your blanket stitch skills, see this post.
I made three trees, in two different colors.
Take one pattern piece and find the middle. On my photo, 3 inches marks the middle. This will be your starting point.
Start sewing and bring needle from the back. Thread on the front, knot on the reverse.
Place this piece on top of a second pattern piece and begin sewing around one half of the tree. You're sewing through two pattern pieces and you'll end at the tip of the tree.
Once you get to the tip of the tree, separate the open side of the trees so you can insert the third pattern piece.
One side sewn, two more to go.
Fold flat, as shown. On the left is the sewn side in addition to the third side to be sewn. You'll be sewing side two now, which is on the right in the photo.
Send your needle through just the front layer, then bring your needle around to the back and set your thread to the left of the stitch.
One more time. Bring your first stitch through just the front pattern piece, then bring the needle around to the back and send it through just the back pattern piece. The needle will come out between the two pattern pieces and to the left of the stitch.
Sew all the way around side two until you reach your starting point.
Once your reach your starting point, hook your stitch on to the very first stitch. This locks the two sides together.
If you have enough thread, start sewing side three and continue until you get to the top.
I did not have enough thread so I set a knot and started fresh.
If you're starting with fresh thread, remember to bury your knot on the inside of the tree and catch one of the existing stitches from side 1 and 2.
Once you reach the top, catch the first stitch on both of the other sides and pull tightly.
Send your needle down the middle, and out between the two felt pieces on any side.
Tie a knot. Then send your needle back through the exact spot where your knot is so that you can pull your knot to the inside of the tree. Snip thread.
From the top, you can see how the tree sides work to make a free-standing tree. You can also fold them flat for storage.
Pine tree season is coming. Experiment with sizes and shapes. Embroider some ornaments on the tree before you assemble, or maybe a bird.
Don't forget, every photo is clickable and should take you to a larger image.
I don't have a preview for our next lesson because I haven't decided what to do next. :) Something two-sided with some stuffing, I imagine.