Five tips for sewing a Stanley Christmas Tree
Kym made an absolutely massive stuffed Christmas tree for our new shop window using the free Sewaholic Stanley Tree pattern. The version in our window, pictured below, is an adaptation of the larger size from the pattern, stretched to be as tall as possible while still fitting the pattern pieces on half the width of standard quilting cotton, without losing the shape of a tree. It’s toddler sized and used about 3.5 kg of toy filling. Woah! She also made a bite sized version using the smaller size of the pattern which is adorable too. The fabric used on this tree is Corny Cane in Green from Holiday by Michael Miller.
In the process, she learned a few tricks along the way that we wanted to share with you!
1. Use a small stitch length for the tight corners.
2. Double stitch around each tree to help avoid any stitches snapping when filling.
3. Press the seam allowances in on the gaps at the bottom before filling to make sewing them up easier.
4. Fill each section a bit at a time.
5. You will always need more toy filling than you think you do!