{create} felt art

Before Christmas, I created a small custom art piece for our mantle. I meant to post a how-to, but then never actually got around to it. But a couple people have asked and it has made the transition to our *winter* mantle, so today I'm going to show you how to make felt trees.

It's really simple. Felt. White artist canvas. I got the idea from here. And, I kept the trees neutral, hoping this simple this piece of art would transition nicely from *Christmas* to *winter*. It does.

Here's how you can create your own:
Supplies: Felt, of any color cut into triangles (2 per tree) and a stump. Thread, of a coordinating color and stuffing. 1. Put the two triangles together and straight stitch* down one side. 2. Round the corner to the bottom and put the stump in place. Stitch over to secure. 3. Stitch up the third side until almost to the top. 4. Fill with stuffing and then stitch up the rest.

Using hot glue, glue the trees onto an artist's canvas into any configuration you'd like. I chose striped rows to keep it more modern looking, rather than *cute* looking.

*Straight stitch. Below are directions on how to sew a straight stitch. Please skip if you already know how. But, I once didn't know how, and so I know there are some of you that don't know how either. It's really easy though, and worth giving a try.
1. Thread the needle from behind, with enough space to create the stitch length you'd like. 2. Bring the needle back toward the last stitch. 3. Pull through the fabric to create a stitch. 4. Repeat. At first it will feel like you're working backward, but it produces a great, easy stitch. It also helps me keep the line straight. 5. What the back will look like.

The great thing about this project is that you can create any shape for any space. I can see cute stitched flowers in a nursery. Have fun and be creative!

Do you have Christmas decorations that make the leap to winter?

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  1. So cute - love the felt colors you choose too!

  2. Aw, I love these, Jenn! So, I don't need to know how to use a sewing machine for these, its just all by hand?! Awesome! Love how they look for winter. I'm working on our "winter" mantel now, hope to post about it next week.

  3. This is a really cute idea. It could even work as a learning tool with shapes or something too.

  4. Simple and sweet! I love your color combinations. It looks perfect on your winter mantle!

  5. This is soo cute! And the possibilities are endless, but I do love the trees!

  6. Thanks for sharing the how-to on this. I was just thinking this would be really cute with red & pink hearts for Valentine's Day too...actually you could do it with any holiday graphic...shamrocks, flags, etc...I like it, thanks for the great idea!

  7. One of the gems in the Bristol City Museums and Art Galleries Collection is this wooden casket covered in linen and silk and raised work.

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  8. I love this!! I'm a sucker for trees. What a great winter craft project.


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