Tree Pinnie TUTORIAL


Welcome back to Twelve MORE Weeks of Christmas! This tutorial is for a little tree pincushion! I wanted to make a holiday present for my sewing pals.
And away we go!
1. Supplies: This project is very scrap friendly. Gather up some red and green scraps. You need strips that are at least 3/4″ wide and 6″ long. You will also need a small piece of brown (1 x 3/4″).


You’ll also need 2/3 yard of ric-rac.


2. Cutting: You’ll need to cut six strips of green. Each strip should be at least 6″ long and the following widths: 3/4″, 1″, two at 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 1 3/4″. You will cut the same sizes from the red scraps. Additionally, cut another three 1″ strips in red. And cut the brown scrap to 1 x 3/4″. You will need two pieces for the back, one red and one green, measuring 2 1/2 x 6 1/2″ and 3 x 6 1/2″. You can do either color in either size. (Somehow these were left out of the picture.)


3. Piecing the Strips: I recommend you lower your stitch length for this whole project. Because you’re going to stuff the pinnie, I like a tighter stitch length so the stitches don’t pull. I lower mine to about 2. (I’m on a Bernina and my standard stitch length is 2.5)


Sew all the green strips together using a 1/4″ seam.


Sew the red together as well. Only sew the six original strips. Do NOT sew the additional three 1″ strips. Press.


4. Cutting the Tree: Lay the pieced strips on top of one another.


Angle your ruler to cut the tree shape. Use the lines on your cutting mat. You will cut diagonally between two lines that are 2″ apart. Repeat for the other side of the tree as well.


These two photos clarify the last step.



5. Piecing the Top & Back: Sew the two red sides with the green tree. (The extra pieces are trash unless you want a red tree version.)


Sew one of the extra 1″ red strips to the top. Press.


Cut one of the 1″ red strips in half and piece in the brown trunk. Press.


Attach the last 1″ red strip to the trunk piece. Press.


Fold the tree in half and place a pin at the center of the bottom of the tree.


Place the center of the trunk at the center of the tree using the pin. Press.


You should have this.


Piece the back. Trim the top to match the back at 5 x 6 1/2″. (The top is underneath the back in this picture.)


6. Attaching the Ric-Rac: Lay the ric-rac along the edge of the right side of the top and sew down with a 1/4″ seam.


When you’re 1/4″ from the edge at the corner, put the needle down and pivot 90 degrees.


Smooth out the ric-rac and continue attaching.


This is what you should have.


7. Finishing: Seam rip open a 1 1/2-2″ section in the middle of the back piece.


Lay the top on the back right sides together.


Sew a liberal 1/4″ seam just inside of the ric-rac seam.


This is what you should have.


Trim the corners just outside the stitching.


Turn the pinnie right side out.


Press. And this is what you should have.


Stuff your pinnie. I use crushed walnut shells and a funnel. Hand stitch closed.


And you’re done!


Please add pictures to my Made with May Chappell Flickr group! I love to see what you make!!
xo LC

5 thoughts on “Tree Pinnie TUTORIAL

  1. Amazing! I might make this into a pillow…a bit larger of course. I love that it doesn’t even have Christmas fabric but looks Christmasy (is that a word?)

  2. I love this pinnie and your instructions and pictures are done really well. Why do you use crushed walnut shells? I’ve never seen that before. Where do you find them?
    Thank you for sharing!

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