In my attempts to put plaid on everything this winter, I made up a few simple ruffled plaid trees. Made from thrift store shirt scraps and foam cones, these decorations add a cozy cabin feel to your winter décor without breaking the bank.
These ruffled plaid trees will look fantastic in the same room as some Plaid Shirt Throw Pillows, and they can be easily made from the fabric left over from that project!
To make Ruffled Plaid Trees, you will need:
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strips of plaid fabric
Begin by cutting your fabric into one inch wide strips — the longer, the better. Thrift store plaid shirts are perfect for this (and several other Christmas crafts — wink)
Next, thread your machine and set the stitch length to the longest stitch it will allow. Work your fabric strips through, adding one piece onto the next. The machine will do a lot of the ruffling for you. If you would like even tighter ruffles, when you are done sewing, gently tug on one end of the thread and scrunch the fabric down the thread.
I chose to attach my ruffles to a Make It: Fun foam cone because this technique doesn’t require any adhesives. If I would like to after Christmas, I will be able to pull the ruffles off of the foam and use them for another project.
I just used the foam tool to poke the fabric into the foam as I wound the ruffles around the cone.
Wrap the ruffles around the cone so that none of the foam underneath shows.
When you reach the top of the cone, fold a bit of ruffle over the top, poke it into place, and trim off the excess fabric.
I made two of these ruffled plaid trees to go with another that I wrapped in strips of burlap ribbon. I am glad to have more plaid goodies to add to my collection this Christmas!
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