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Monday, November 19, 2012

A Christmas Tree for a Small Space!

       This little Christmas Tree Quilt is perfect for a dorm room, small apartment, hospital or nursing home room, a military hero's space or even a large room that needs a little Christmas Joy on the wall! I have two of these that I made to go in very small spaces. (I used to put a tree in every room and some rooms didn't lend themselves very well to the 3-D type!) These trees can be as large or small as you want. This one is about 45" x 30". The tree below is about 36" x 24".
The ribbon loops are perfect for hanging ornaments or candy canes (I've even put ornament hangers on Hershey bars and hung them from each loop for my version of a Chocolate Christmas tree!)
 

       You can see that I have two of these simple little trees. One is skinny, one is not. You don't need a pattern to make these. Each layer of the tree is a strip. The green is inserted with the sides angled. You can decide how much of an angle you want. You can see that the two trees above have different angles to the sides. As long as they are the same, it will be fine. For the tree on the right, I used large half-square triangles with pieced strips in between. I just made the pieced area progressively longer.  The tree on the right does not have pieced strips and the angle is a little different.
While pinning each strip together, just pin the raw edges of folded over ribbon (each length about 3" long) into the seam. You can use as many or as few as you want. I chose to use different green ribbons, but there is no reason you couldn't use color.
The trunk is just a narrow brown strip sewn in the center of the last row. 
 

21 comments:

  1. these are a great idea Linda and so cute,love the birds on them,well done.xx

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  2. The trees are a great idea. I especially like that you can use ornaments on them.

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  3. Your trees are just beautiful! Brilliant!

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  4. great idea....a real cutie!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  5. Love this - thanks for sharing.

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  6. I *adore* this idea!! It's the perfect tree for our RV ... perhaps not this year, but definitely the following! I would have to find a way to attach lights ... that's my favorite part! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  7. This is such a great idea! I love the ribbon loops!

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  8. It`s adorable.Thanks for sharing!

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  9. What a fabulous project and you've given me an idea to adapt it to make an advent calendar, thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Wonderful idea! I think I'll make one for my son in Hawaii! I know he won't put up a tree just for himself but he might hang one like that up! Thanks so much for showing us this project!

    sheri

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  11. The ribbon loops are perfect, Linda. What a special idea, this should be pinned a bunch, lol ~
    :-}pokey

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  12. Linda, Thanks for stopping over at my blog this morning. I decided to check out your blog. Well I have to say you made my day. Though I am confined to my bedroom for a few days, I have been searching for ideas for my daughter. She requested a wallhanging of a Christmas tree for her tiny living room. Your design is perfect! Especially with the tabs. I showed it to my other daughter. She said make two! LOL. Thanks again for the great simple design. I will credit you when I finish and post my version.
    Aileen from FL

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  13. Linda this is such a clever and beautiful little tree. I adore the ribbons to hang ornaments or keepsakes. You are wonderful to share such genius. Thanksgiving Blessings dear...

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  14. These trees are a brilliant, fabulous idea! I immediately thought of someone in an assisted living space. This would be so perfect for that kind of situation. Not to mention the cheer it would bring. Thanks so much for sharing it!

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  15. This is such a great idea. Using the ribbon loops to hang the ornaments is genius.

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  16. Linda, just cruising through your blog and saw this. I love it!!! I am going to put this idea in my files to make for a future year. Thanks for sharing it. I just love it!!

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