Let me show you how you can create a fun holiday scene with this DIY Fabric Christmas Tree Design.
I’m always looking for new ideas for holiday decorations. I’ve shared designs for Paper Star Lanterns and a Winter Wreath. I realized I haven’t created many designs using fabric, and believe me, I love Christmas fabrics! So for Day 11 of The Great Maker 25-Day Gift-Away Challenge, I am showing you how to use wonderful holiday fabrics to create a DIY Fabric Christmas Tree!
See exactly how to make fabric Christmas trees in my tutorial video (or keep scrolling if you prefer a printable step-by-step photo tutorial):
For this project, you just need a 1/2 yard of fabric in whatever color or pattern you want — you can use a fat quarter if you like. You’ll also want an iron-on adhesive for your fabric to make it stiffer — I recommend Heat ‘n’ Bond Extra Firm, but anything that allows it to stand up straight works fine. I also recommend a fabric adhesive to keep the tree together!
Tools used for this project include an iron or the Cricut EasyPress and a way to cut your fabric. You can use a Cricut cutting machine (Explore or Maker) and either the fine-point blade or the rotary blade, or you can cut your trees out by hand with scissors.
And that’s it! Super easy! Now you just need the pattern for the tree!
So let me show you where to find the designs, and then I’ll show you how to cut and assemble your tree! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials to Make a DIY Fabric Christmas Tree
- 1/2 yard of Holiday or Christmas Fabric (a fat quarter will work fine)
- Pellon Fuse N Shape Heavyweight Iron-On Interfacing
- iCraft Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive
- Cricut Fabric Grip Mat 12″X12″
- Cricut Scissors, 8″ Fabric Shears
- Cricut Rotary Cutter
- A way to cut your fabric (I used the Cricut Maker cutting machine)
- Design #262 – My free SVG design files (available in my free resource library—get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page)
How to Make a DIY Fabric Christmas Tree
- One (1) Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle
- One (1) 15" x 36" package of Pellon Fuse N Shape Heavyweight Iron-On Fusible Interfacing
- One (1) iCraft Fabric Fuse Liquid Adhesive 2.1 FL OZ
- Design #262 - My free SVG Fabric Christmas Trees design file available in my free resource library—get the password by filling out the form at the bottom of this page
- A way to cut your fabric - I used the amazing Cricut Maker, but you could also use a Cricut Explore or cut it by hand
- One (1) Clothes Iron
- One (1) Cricut Fabric Grip Mat 12" X 12"
- One (1) Cricut Scissors, 8" Fabric Shears
- Cricut Bonded Fabric Blade and Housing
- Cricut Fine Point Blade
- One (1) Cricut Rotary Cutter
STEP 1: GET MY FREE DYI FABRIC CHRISTMAS TREE SVG FILE
Get Design #262 which is the free SVG file for this tutorial. You can download it from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
Here is what the file will look like when you upload it to Cricut Design Space:
Tip: If you are not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you are on an iPad or iPhone, here is how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
STEP 2: CUT OUT YOUR DIY FABRIC CHRISTMAS TREE DESIGN
Before cutting the design, you will want to measure and cut your fabric and HeatnBond adhesive. Below is a picture of random Christmas fabrics I chose along with two additional choices. (The cloud print would be adorable in a baby's room! The hot pink and red Valentine's Day themed fabric would be a fun addition to your Valentine's Day decorations.)
For each set of three trees, you will need to cut a total of four 12" x 12" squares of fabric and two 11.75" x 11.75" squares of Heatnbond.
Place your first layer of fabric wrong side up. Center your Heatnbond on the square of fabric with the paper side facing up. Follow the manufacturer's directions for the best adhesion. You will want to apply a good amount of pressure while ironing.
After your first layer is cool to the touch, remove the paper backing and place your other 12' x 12" square of fabric over the other square. IF YOUR FABRIC HAS A DIRECTIONAL PRINT, BE SURE TO MATCH EACH SIDE BEFORE IRONING. Iron following the manufacturer's directions. You will want to apply a good amount of pressure while ironing.
After your fabric is cooled, place it on a Cricut 12' x 12" Fabric Grip mat and load it into your Cricut.
Cutting on the Cricut Maker:
Go to Design Space and click the Make it Button to proceed with cutting the design. It is very important that you choose the Extra Heavy Fabrics (Like Burlap) setting and choose More Pressure. Make sure you have your Rotary Blade in tool holder B.
Cutting on the Explorer Air 2:
Go to Design Space and click the Make it Button to proceed with cutting the design. Turn the Dial on the Cricut Explore to Custom and select the Bonded Burlap setting and choose More Pressure. Make sure you have your Bonded Fabric Blade and Housing in tool holder B. You can also use the Fine Point Blade.
After your design has cut you will need to carefully remove the trees. If you find any threads that didn't quite cut, just snip them with a pair of scissors where needed.
STEP 3: ASSEMBLE YOUR BONDED FABRIC CHRISTMAS TREES DESIGN
After you trim any stray threads, you will want to place a very thin line of clear-drying fabric adhesive to the interior cut edges. Hold the edges together briefly until the glue holds. This will allow your tree to be stable and look more finished. If you wish not to glue the interior edges, you can fold the trees flat for storage.
Step 4: Show off your DIY Fabric Christmas Tree
Special thanks to the JenniferMaker Design Fairy Team, specifically Design Fairy Kristin, for helping me design and assemble this awesome design.
Answers to Your Questions About DIY Fabric Christmas Tree
Q: Do you use light, medium or heavy weight interfacing?
I recommend a stiff, heavyweight interfacing, such as Pellon Fuse N Shape Heavyweight Iron-On Interfacing, for this project!
Q: Can these also be made with heavy cardstock instead of fabric?
You bet! You can use a heavy 110 lb. cardstock instead!
Q: Can you use the Easy Press on this project?
Absolutely! I recommend the Easy Press!
Q: Do you prewash your fabric?
No, it’s not necessary.
Get my free SVG files to make a DIY Fabric Christmas Tree
I’d love to see your DIY Fabric Christmas Trees and see all the fun holiday fabrics you use! Please share a photo in our Facebook group or tag me on social media with #jennifermaker.