Simple DIY Folded Christmas Tree Napkin | Shabby Fabrics Tutorials

Simple DIY Folded Christmas Tree Napkin | Shabby Fabrics Tutorials

Hi everyone. This is Tammy with Shabby
Fabrics. I have the funnest DIY project for you today. This is a folded Christmas
tree napkin. A very good friend of mine brought this to me and showed me she had
received it as a hostess gift and I asked her if it’d be alright if I showed
you all how to do this and she said absolutely! So this is a folded Christmas
tree napkin. I’m going to show you what this looks like. It’s just this half
circle and you simply fold it together and you have this adorable Christmas
tree. Wouldn’t this be fun on your table? I think I’m making lots for my table. So
let me show you how to do that. To get started you’re gonna go to our our
homepage on, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on
Free Downloads. There you’re gonna see a folded Christmas tree napkin. From that
you’re gonna click on “download the free pattern”. This is what your pattern is
gonna look like. Here’s your template. You have your fold
lines, you have a cut line, and you have a seam line on here. Okay? So to make this
napkin – you can make two napkins out of a Fat Quarter. So you can take two Fat
Quarters and put them together. I just pressed my fabric Right Sides Together. I
have a beautiful green and a beautiful red, so I’m gonna put them together like
this, I’m going to place my template on here, and then I’m gonna take a few pins
and get this on here just to hang – just enough pins just to hold onto my
template. I didn’t go crazy pinning this, but I am gonna keep my pins away from my
cutting line which is my outside line. I don’t want to put my pin over that. I’m
going to show you how I do this with a rotary cutter. Alright.
And I’m gonna move this guy out of the way so he’s in the safe zone away from the cutter. Alright, here we go. I’m gonna take my big ruler and I’m
going to line this up on my solid line here and cut just like that, and now I’m
going to use my rotary cutter and I’m just gonna slowly cut around this circle.
This is a gradual enough curve that I feel confident doing this. If you don’t
feel confident doing this feel free to use your shears. Your nice fabric shears
would work well. I usually use a larger shear when I’m cutting circles like this
rather than small scissors. I find it just makes my cut smoother and nicer.
Just like that! Ta-da! Done! Alright? Now I’m going to remove my pattern and
set this aside. I’m gonna use this again when we make our folds on it so it’ll
give you a guide for folding. We’re going to pin this together. Just a few pins is
all I need and now when I do this – so I’m sewing this with my right sides
are together, I’m going to take my little Shabby ruler and a Frixion Pen and I’m
gonna make a mark right here at the top. I want – a mark always reminds me to leave an
opening. You know how that goes, right? I don’t know how many times I’ve gone to
sew something, not made a mark, I sew the whole thing closed.
Great, now I’m seam ripping! So I always make marks so I know where to start and
where to end and I did do a little back tack at the end of these. Okay, so instead
of you watching me sew on camera, I have done that ahead of time for you. So
here’s my piece. Here’s my little marks with my back tacks. I took my little Kai
Scissors and I clip my corners off. This just
helps to reduce the bulk in those corners a little bit. This is a fairly
gentle curve but I did go ahead and clip this around like this. I just wanted to
make sure that when I open this up this is gonna be a nice smooth edge, so I do
have little clips in here and I’m being careful not to cut my stitches. Okay?
Alright, ready to go. Let’s turn it right-side out an d see what we’ve got.
So I can’t very well get into this point very well, so I’m gonna use my Clover
Point Turner. I love this point to point turner. Wow!
Makes a really sharp point. Do the same on this side just like this. Beautiful.
Turn this. Now I’m gonna use this smooth spatula side. Let’s turn that over. I’m
just gonna run this in here. Look how nice that just quickly and easily puts that
fabric right where it’s supposed to be. I love that. Okay? Now we’re gonna seam
press it and then we’re gonna take it to the sewing machine and stitch it with
some pretty metallic thread. So I like to roll my seams when I press just to make
sure that I have that seam right where I want it. Go ahead and give this a press
here just like this. Keep going. I’m just kind of working
those edges. I’m just getting that seam right where I want that before I press
it in there. On around and the steam is turned on on this. You can steam that as
much as you want to. You don’t have to worry that you’re not to use steam on
this. I use steam all the time. Don’t know if I got that corner quite poked out like I
want it, let’s redo that a little. There we go. Okay? Now when we get up here to
the top the reason I leave an opening on the straight edge is it is a lot easier
to fold my edges in on a straight edge than it is on a curve. I have done
circles and you fight that curve when you are doing that. So I’m gonna fold the
front out of the way, I’m gonna take my back, and I’m gonna fold it down a
quarter-of-an-inch, and I’m gonna give it a press. Okay, so all I pressed right now
is the back. Now I’m gonna come back with my front and it’s easy to just fold this
where it needs to go. Now I have a guide and I can just line this up just like
this and I’m just fussing with my fabric and pulling it in and out a little bit
with my fingernail just so I get them all lined up and give it a press. Just like
that. Perfect, okay. Now we need to top stitch that to stitch
our opening closed, so what I’m gonna do is I decided to use metallic gold thread;
give it a little bling, I love that, I love metallic thread at Christmas, so I’m
gonna go to the sewing machine and I want to talk to you about the Thread
Director because metallic thread can sometimes be a little scary to use. I
understand that. I didn’t used to like metallic thread either, so I’m using a
Sulky Sliver Metallic today. This is a Thread Director and what
this is gonna do it’s gonna guide my thread through my machine. If I attach this
spool here, when it comes off it’s twisted and it turns. What the Thread Director
does is it redirects my thread. Let me put this on here correctly. You want it
so it’s coming up and over, okay? Just like this I’m gonna attach it here.
Now I want this spool to spin freely. I don’t want it to catch at all or
to grab, so you can loosen this little disc back and forth on here so you make
sure it goes freely, alright, and then we just go ahead and thread our machine
as normal and then we’re going to stitch this lovely Christmas tree. Alright, so
here we are at the sewing machine. I am going to start on this corner up here,
and I’ll hold my thread out of the way, and I have loosened the tension on this
machine a little bit and I’m going to sew this with about an eighth-of-an-inch
seam allowance, so I’m just gonna find a – find somewhere on your machine that you
can use as a guide. I am gonna use this right here where this metal piece and my
feed dogs are. That’s a really good place to use as a guide. It’s about an eighth-of-an-inch and then my seam is gonna be even all the way along. Let me get that
thread back where I want it. There we go. Perfect, alright, here we go. I’m gonna sew
slowly. I don’t want to sew really fast. There we go.
I love this Bernina machine. I have a Schmetz Metallic Needle in here. I always
want to use a Metallic Needle when I’m sewing with metallic thread. It’s gonna
make your life a lot easier. The Thread Director feeds that thread so it doesn’t
get twisted. I’ve also lengthened my stitch length a
little bit; I think I’m at 2.75, and my tension has been lowered to 2.75 as well.
Normally I think it runs around five and a quarter so a little bit less tension.
There we go, we’re gonna come around the corner and again I’m just lining this up
right on that – right on that mark there. Go through, there we go,
alright. So now we have top-stitched this and we have a beautiful half circle
that’s top-stitched. We have our gold thread here. I used red on the back so
that you’re not gonna see my stitches there. Now we’re gonna take it back to
the iron and we are gonna press this and press our folds into it, so now we’re
gonna use our pattern that comes with your download, and these have your fold
lines on them. I’m gonna lay this on here like this and lay this on here, alright.
Our first fold is over like this. There it is. You see that fold line? So all I’ve
done is I’ve laid this on here with my red side facing up, fold this over for my
green, I’m gonna fold it back now to line that up, and down. This is so cute! I just
love this little thing. What a clever, clever idea. Alright, here’s our napkin.
So now I want to set that crease in there really well because I don’t want
them to come out. So I’m going to take my iron on
hot and I’m gonna give this a little bit of extra steam because I definitely want to
steam that in there. There we go. Nice. Clever! Isn’t that cute? And we’re done. Just
like that! So I hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY project on making a folded Christmas
tree napkin. We’ll see you again soon!

36 Replies to “Simple DIY Folded Christmas Tree Napkin | Shabby Fabrics Tutorials”

  1. Great tutorial Tammy! I am going to make a few for gifts for next year and a few for my table this year. These will make terrific simple gifts! Thank you!

  2. I made some scissor holders like this a few years back. You just stitch the 2 straight sides after you fold it and have a few pockets of different depths.

  3. Just a quick grammatical suggestion from a long time teacher….funnest is NOT a word…most fun would be correct…..but cute project!❤️

  4. Adorable! So you don't have to worry about pressing the metallic thread during the folding process? I always worried that metallic thread might melt–perhaps they are better quality these days? Thank you for all the excellent tips!

  5. Please help. I love this project. I went out to buy fabric to make 12. Now I am having trouble matching up the 3 pieces of pattern to make a half circle. I don’t know what I am doing wrong.

  6. Great tutorial, thank you, especially the extra knowledge regarding metallic thread. I’ve never felt comfortable trying it but will now. I have an older Bernina, which I still love, and hope the thread guide will fit on the older models.

  7. Trying to get ahead for next Christmas and came across this great idea. However I also found the template very confusing. There are too many dashed lines – you don't know which ones to line up. Also when pieces are together they don't quite make a smooth circular shape at the top like it shows in vid.

  8. Looking at your vid again to try to figure things out. Your template has different lines than the one you provided. The fold lines are very clear, whereas in the template you have several that say"first fold line" and no others.

  9. Ah! Finally figured out my mistake. Unfortunately I cut out material for 12 napkins and couldn't get them to fold correctly. Now I find my error – had put together template pieces incorrectly (my shape was off – longer & more narrow). But it would be more helpful if you only had dotted lines where you put the pieces together!

  10. Thanks for this easy to sew and fold Christmas napkin. I'm going to make a set for a Christmas gift and plan to give with it a template for folding. That way after they're washed, they can be refolded in the original manner.

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