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Christmas Tree Bunting Garland Tutorial

December is here, which means it is time to think about putting the Christmas tree up and decorating the house. Several years ago I wanted to make some bunting to decorate our staircase, but didn’t want regular triangular bunting so I made some in the shape of Christmas trees. Each year they come out and I love them, and as this is the first Christmas that I have been writing my blog I thought I would share with you how to make them. They are very quick and easy to make. If you can sew a straight line on a machine then you are good to go!


You will need:

  • A Christmas tree template. Print off from the internet or sketch your own. Mine is approx 18cm tall
  • Scraps of pretty fabric for the ‘front’ of the trees, these need to be slightly bigger than the size of the tree template
  • Interfacing or polyester wadding to give the trees some structure. I chose to use the polyester wadding as I think it bulks it out just enough to give the trees a bit of body
  • Plain fabric for the ‘back’ of the trees
  • Bias binding or cotton twill tape
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Pinking shears or fabric scissors
  • Star shaped buttons, needle and thread


Firstly cut out your Christmas tree template. Roughly cut out a scrap of pretty fabric, some wadding and backing fabric just a little bigger than the size of the tree. Layer them so that the backing fabric is on the bottom, the wadding is in the middle and the pretty fabric is on the top. Finally place your Christmas tree template on the top and pin in place.dsc04599

Take your fabric to the machine and carefully sew around the edge of the tree, sewing as close to the paper edge of the template as you can. This just requires a straight stitch on the machine – when you change direction remember to leave your needle in the down position so that your fabric doesn’t slip.dsc04601

Unpin and remove the template. Your fabric should now look like this.dsc04602

Now you need to cut around the outside edge of the stitching using pinking shears or regular fabric scissors. I use pinking shears because I like the effect this gives. Take care not to accidentally snip your stitches.dsc04603

Repeat this with as many trees as you like!dsc04604

If you haven’t already, decide on the length of the bunting you want and cut your tape or binding to this length. I am using bias binding to hang my trees from so I folded it in half along its length and machined it together, encasing the tops of the trees inside the tape at regular intervals as I went. I also sewed little loops at each end to make hanging easier.dsc04607

If you are using a thicker tape that doesn’t require folding in half then simply attach your trees with a few hand stitches through the top of the trees. When all your trees are attached to the tape finish them off by sewing a pretty star shaped button to the top.Perfect!dsc04624

You’re all done! Now all you need to do is hang your garland and enjoy it! You could embellish your trees with buttons, sequins or ric rac if you wish – let your imagination go wild!dsc04620



I hope you have enjoyed this and will have a go at making them yourself. Let me know how you get on, I would love to hear from you.

Take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x


31 thoughts on “Christmas Tree Bunting Garland Tutorial

  1. Beautiful and very impressive too!

    1. Thank you Bea, they’re so quick to make too! X

  2. I love those fabrics – especially the paisley one

    1. Thank you Tracey, I just used leftover fabric that I have in my ‘stash’. They would also be cute using Christmas fabric but I rather liked just using regular fabric with the same colour theme X

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  4. Love these! Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. Thank you! You’re welcome! x

  5. I love this! So simple and straightforward. I can’t wait to get started!

    1. Thank you! Yes, really simple and a great fabric scrap buster if you have leftover fabrics! Happy Holidays! x

  6. Beautiful!!! I can’t wait to make one for our mantel. So pretty and simple. Thank you for the inspiration. ☺

    1. This would be perfect for the mantel, I’m so glad that you are going to give it a go! x

  7. Love this, thank you 😊

    1. You’re very welcome x

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  9. When you say fabric… what sort of fabric are you using? I quite often go into charity shops to look for scraps or clothes on over to use … but the material never feels quite right? Is there a certain type that works better then others? Thanks!

    1. Hi, I used a variety of different types of fabric for these – I have lots of leftovers! It’s best if it is something that has some ‘body’ to it. Soft, drapey fabrics would be no good for this. I used cottons, poly/cottons, and cotton/linen blends. The wadding padding gives it structure too and I used quite a stiff fabric (a linen blend) for the backing too. Charity shops are a great place to find fabrics – old curtains and quilt covers can be useful fabrics to re-use for projects!
      Kathy x

  10. How do you make it so the wadding doesn’t escape from the sides? I’ve just created a tree and it looks frightful 😅

    1. Oh no! This is not good! The wadding/batting that I used wasn’t terribly thick, and after cutting around the stitching line (fairly close to the stitching) the three layers of fabric (upper layer, wadding/batting, and backing layer) all just stayed put. I’m so sorry but I’m not sure what you mean when you say that the wadding is escaping, I’d love to help if I can, please do let me have some more info if I can help more in any way. Many thanks, Kathy x

  11. I am unable to find the tree template. Tired eyes I guess. Any direction would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much.

    1. Hi Claire, thanks for your comment. I’m sorry for any confusion, but there is no link to a particular template. I just searched ‘christmas tree template’ and found lots of free printables. I then just chose the nicest shape/size that I wanted and printed it off.
      Hope this helps, all the best,
      Kathy x

  12. How far apart are the trees?

    1. Hi, you can choose whatever distance you like! I measured the length of bunting tape that I wanted and just placed them on the tape to see how they looked, and fiddled around with them until I was happy with the distance. I’m afraid I can’t tell you exactly what mine are as they are all packed away in the attic at the moment with the Christmas decorations! x

  13. These are so cute! Wish I had a staircase to display them on. I think I will try them on my mantel. Thanks and would love to see more of your work. ❤️

    1. Thank you Connie, yes the mantel would look so pretty. I appreciate your lovely comment! x

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  16. I love this garland & being new to sewing found it really straightforward & relatively easy. Just finished my first one & am making for family members. Thank you so much

    1. Oh what a lovely comment to read Sue. I’m so glad that you like it, and love that you are making some as gifts too – I love to receive handmade gifts! Take care, Kathy x

  17. Where can I find the tree pattern to print off?

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for your comment. I’m sorry for any confusion, but there is no link to a particular template. I just searched ‘christmas tree template’ and found lots of free printables. I then just chose the nicest shape/size that I wanted and printed it off.
      Hope this helps, all the best,
      Kathy x

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