I’m meeting up with lots of friends down in London over the weekend, so I’ve had to get going on my Christmas cards about 3 weeks earlier than I usually do… Don’t know what’s happening to me this year – cards and cake sort-of-sorted before December. Deary me – It’ll be presents next!
Influenced by Kerry’s lovely Scandinavian tree cushion, I had an idea to do fake patchwork Christmas trees. And the good news is, they don’t need quilting, fake or otherwise..
I can’t call this a tutorial, but I’m definitely pleased enough with these, to share the idea..
So…. I cut some 1/2″ strips of bondaweb (using a quilting ruler and the rotary cutter I keep for paper) and and ironed them on some scraps of fabric. I played around finding some scraps that had starry shapes, just so that I could have stars for the top of the tree. Then more playing – cutting up the pieces, and arranging fabric patches in triangle shapes on my blank cards. Such fun!
Now for the fiddly bit – peeling off the paper bits on the back of the bondaweb. I did this on the ironing board (who am I kidding – I did this on a folded up tea-towel..), so there was no chance of the bits being dislodged. Then I put a piece of baking parchment over the top and ironed the whole lot to fix the bondawebbed fabric bits into place. Don’t have the iron on too hot or iron for too long because the card does get distorted…
I think they look pretty funky. And if you can’t be bothered faffing around with bondaweb and fabric (although it is a fab way of using up scraps), you could always do something really similar with washi tape, MT tape or patterned sticky tape.