Mod Tree Wall Hanging TUTORIAL

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Welcome back to Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas! This tutorial is a fun wall hanging to help you deck the walls! I made a similar pillow last year for a swap and I’ve been wanting to make it a wall hanging for my house!

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Let’s get started!
1. Fabric & Supplies: You need 3/4 yard of white background fabric, five 6 1/2 x 12″ pieces of green, a 3 3/4 x 12″ piece of brown, 1/4 yard of red for border, 7/8 yard for backing and 1/4 yard of green for binding. Additionally, you’ll need 1 yard of Wonder Under or similar double sided fusible interfacing and a 30 x 30″ piece of white batting.

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2. Cutting & Fusing: Start by folding the white background in fourths (fold in half, then fold in half again). Press the folds.

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Cut the two raw edges 12 1/2″ from each folded edge. You are cutting a 25″ square with registration lines pressed in at 12 1/2″ in both directions.

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Fuse the Wonder Under to the BACK of the five green pieces and the brown piece. Trim any excess so that all green pieces measure 6 1/2 x 12″. Cut the brown piece into five pieces measuring 3/4 x 12″.

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3. Making the Trees: Mark the center lengthwise of the five green pieces.

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Cut from the center line to the corner on both sides to make a triangle. Repeat for all five green pieces.

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Trim off the bottom of four trees to make your trees different heights. Trim 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″ & 3″. Leave the fifth tree untrimmed.

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You should now have five different size trees!

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4. Attaching the Trees: Remove the paper backing from all five trees.

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Plan your layout with a pressing board beneath; this way you won’t have to transport it.

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Lay out your trees! Vary the height. The top tree should be about 2″ from the top and 6″ from the bottom. Leave 1 1/2″ on each side.

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Mark the sides of each tree using a frixion or similar erasable marking pen.

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Press the trees to the background.

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5. Attaching the Trunks: Fold up the bottom of the background fabric 3″ and press.

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Lay a trunk in the center of the bottom of a tree.

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Press just the top of the trunk, leaving the rest loose.

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Trim the bottom of the trunk even with the press line.

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Press the rest of the trunk.

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Repeat for all five trunks.

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6. Adding the Borders: Trim 1 1/2″ off each side and square up your piece to 22″ square.

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Cut your borders. They should be 2 1/2 x 22″ and 2 1/2 x 26 1/2″. You’ll need two of each.

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Attach the borders.

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Press neatly using starch. I recommend Best Press. Spray the starch on the back and press the front; this will help the starch penetrate the fabric.

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7. Quilting & Finishing: Make your quilt sandwich of backing, batting and your top. Press the layers together.

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Baste the quilt.

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Don’t pin through the trees or trunks. The holes in interfacing will not self heal as they do in fabric.

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The trees and trunks need to be stitched around the edge to secure. Use a heavier weight thread.

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Stitch around the trees using a blanket stitch (or another stitch you like!).

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Try another stitch for the trunks! I used #83 on my Bernina.

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Quilt. Free motion quilting or straight lines will look great! The stitching around the trees is enough if you prefer to skip this step.

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Attach the binding.

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And voila!

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I cannot wait to see what you make!! Please add pictures to my Made with May Chappell Flickr group! See you next week!
xo LC

7 thoughts on “Mod Tree Wall Hanging TUTORIAL

  1. Love the wall hanging…colors are great. Plunked it down on the “to do” list. Just got a set of green FQs! One is even a Christmas theme! Very clear tutorial. Thanks.

  2. Love this! I think I can even follow these great directions. Now where is my brown, wood print fabric??? (I might have to have fantasy trees!)

  3. Thanks for sharing your tutorial for a really cute wall hanging. My sister-in-law loves wall hangings with trees. I think I know what to make for her!

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