Felt Tree Forest


Our Christmas gnomes, Holly and Noel, are in the Evergreen Forest dicussing the possibility of snow! Directions for a large tree (6"), medium tree (4") and bush (2") can be found below.

Materials:
1/4" dowel rod: (6" tall, 4" medium, and 2" bush.)
base: approximately 1 1/2" sliced branch, 3/4" tall NOTE: If you do not have branches available, you can cut bases out of wood. You could also make them out of clay OR I was even thinking you could use Tinker Toys. They have different sized sticks and the round wooden connectors could work as a base.
wool felt - I used 3 different colors of green for each tree
floss - white (snow) cranberry (berries)
brown yarn - for wrapping trunk
yarn needle
crafting glue
tools for cutting branches and dowel rods. Drill for drilling a hole in the base.
optional - fusible web - I cut my boughs out of 1 piece of felt. If you would like the boughs to stick out farther, plan on cutting 2 pieces of felt. You might want to iron them together with a layer of fusible web between them to make them a little stiffer.
PATTERN

Trunks (dowels) and stumps (branch pieces)
1] Cut 1/4" dowel to length. Cut branches about 3/4" tall. Drill holes in the center using a 1/4" bit. Drill holes 1/4 - 1/2" deep.

NOTE about Felt: When making these trees and bushes, I tried to think about the evergreens in nature. I choice 3 different colors of felt to make them look more "natural", but use what you have available! For the tutorial, I chose colors that reminded me of a blue spruce!

1] Make copy of your pattern. NOTE: All 7 tree boughs are printed inside one another in decreasing size. You may use just 1 pattern piece if you begin by cutting out the largest bough, moving your way down to the smallest. Save paper :)

2] Cut out boughs. See NOTE above in #1. If you are making the large 6" tree you will need to cut out A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. If you are making the medium 4" tree you will need to cut out C, D, E, F and G. If you are making the small bush you will need to cut out D, E, and F. I used 3 different colors of green felt. Use any colors you like.

3] Using 3 - 6 strands of white floss, blanket stitch around each bough. Your stitches to not need to be perfect. You want to give the illusion of snow. If you start your thread on the back, carefully weaving in in the felt and end by weaving the the thread between the felt and cutting the tails close to the felt, your back will look almost as neat as the front!


4] Blanket stitch all pieces.

5] The top bough needs to be a "cap". To do this: on the backside of the top piece, using a disappearing marker, draw a circle on the back side. (I used the cap of a chap stick!) Using 2 strands of floss, use a running stitch to sew all the way around the circle. If you are careful, you can keep the thread between the felt fibers so the thread is not visible on the front.

6] Before tying off the thread, pull gently to gather the stitch. You are making a little cap that will sit on the top of the dowel. Only pull it tight enough so it creates contour. You don't want a tight cap! Try it on the tree top. When you're happy, tie off the thread.

7] Using the pattern as a guide, mark the dowel with permanent marker.

8] Place a drop of glue in the stump's hole. Put the end of the yarn in the hole then push the dowel rod in, making sure the bottom goes in the hole. NOTE: Thread a yarn needle on the yarn.


9] Place glue on trunk up to the first mark. Begin wrapping the yarn around the trunk. Wrap the yarn tight and close together. Wrap to the first mark. As you are wrapping, add more glue if necessary. Glue will dry clear. It is better to have too much instead of not enough glue.

10] Clip a small hole in the center of the largest bough. Start by making a small hole. Slide the bough, right side up, down the dowel. If the hole is too small, cut it a little more. You want this to be a snug fit.
 
11] Slide the bough down the dowel. From underneath, poke the needle through the hole of the bough and pull it through the top. Slide the bough tightly against the wrapped portion of the trunk. Add a dab of glue at the spot where the bough touches the yarn. Pull up any thread slack.

12] Add glue to the dowel between the bought and the next mark. Wrap the yarn to the next mark, then add the next bough, pulling the yarn through the hole in the bough. Continue this until you get to the last mark before the top of the tree.

13] When you get to the last mark, add glue and wrap to the top. Cut the yarn, gluing the yarn end to the top of the tree. Add a dab of glue to the tree cap and place on top of the tree. And tah-dah... your very own Felt Tree!

A Few Notes;

The small bushes: If you are making the small bushes, add French Knot berries using 6 strands of floss. Be Careful not to have threads travel over the center of the bough, where you will be cutting a hole to slide onto the trunk.

I have made my trees using 1 layer of felt. If you want a stiffer bough, use two layers of felt, blanket stitching them together. If you want rigid boughs, place heavy interfacing between 2 pieces of boughs before blanket stitching them together.

If you want to add pine cones, add using French Knots and 6 strands of floss. To make it realistic, remember, most pine cones are higher up the tree and on new growth.

Try using non felt... like calicoes and twills. You will want to stiffen with interfacing.

Be creative... explore... and create you own unique Forest!

 

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Comments

felt tree forest pattern

Kimara - Your suggestion to right click on "pattern" worked perfectly...thank you so much. I have several shades of green but need a few more. Can't wait to get the girls started on it.

Yay! Let me know how they

Yay! Let me know how they turn out. Have fun :)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

felt tree forest pattern

I love your site and know that I can always find just what I want.

I'm having trouble printing out the felt tree forest pattern. I click on the word "PATTERN" and I get an exclamation point. I was hoping my granddaughters and I could make these for a Christmas scene to put on the fireplace. Please tell me what I did wrong or have not done.

Thanks

Sometimes if you reboot the

Sometimes if you reboot the computer it fixes that. However, if you right click on the word PATTERN, then, when the drop down menu shows up, click open. Let me know if that doesn't work for you.

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Excited to find you!

I just came across your blog and let me tell you I am so excited. My daughter loves gnomes! So I think for Christmas this year I am going to make her the Santa Gnome, Christmas Gnomes and the trees. Your Gnomes are just adorable!
Thank you!!!

Hello!

Absoluty wonderfull, greeting from Belgium.

I've just discovered you

I've just discovered you passing by Our little nest...
Your handmade works are amazing!!!
Thank so much to share all things !
Have a good weekend
Hugs from Italy
Silvia

wool felt

Thank you for your generous sharing. I have been looking for 3" wooden rings for months & your link to casey's was deliverance from bleary eyed internet googling.

Love the felt forest creation...I am trying to figure out how to get a star on top to make a Christmas forest for next year's celebrations.

have you ever used wool felt blends for these trees? how do they compare to 100% wool felt as far as ease of creation, stiffness for forming the tress, etc...? thanks for the help.

peace,
k-

I do most of my "daily" felt

I do most of my "daily" felt work with wool blends that I've gotten from Wool Felt Central. They are one of our sponsors but I was using their felt long before that. I haven't noticed that much difference between working with a quality wool blend and 100% wool, plus, the blends are about half the price, and given how much I do, the cost is certainly a factor. My trees are made from the blend. If you shop at Wool Felt Central (see the direct link in the right hand column) make sure to use the WEEFOLKART code to get a 20% discount. Awesome, right?

Now, having said that, I will admit I LOVE 100% wool felt for 2 reasons. First, 100% wool felt is usually more durable. If you are making a wool rug or patches for sleeves, go with 100% wool. Then, although their are now 90 different colors in the wool blends, you get some lovely, more natural shades in the 100% wools. Check out the wool felts at A Child's Dream. They are also a sponsor (see the direct link in the right column) and a shop I use for many supplies, including my 100% wool felt. I especially love the plant dyed felt colors. They are beautiful.

Hope that helps. I just put evergreen star on a post-it. I'll see if I come up with a design. I love the idea of Christmas stars on them :)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

thank you

You are awesome! & the 20% discount...what joy!

Thank you for your detailed answer, it helps so much...

peace,

k-

Really NICE and simple ...

Really NICE and simple ... THANK YOU AGAIN :)

Felt Forest

These are absolutely precious! I make needlefelted houses and other little items and I can just picture of forest of these adorable trees around one of my little houses! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial and pattern!

~ Donna

We always love to see

We always love to see completed projects from our readers. Keep us posted!

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Thank you!

Thanks so very much for sharing this tutorial! We love our gnomes and their home but it was missing something and these are it! I can't wait to make trees and bushes, the kids are going to love them!!!

Thank you

Dear Kimara,

Wanted to thank you for sharing your special gifts. I am truly inspired and find myself up at night until the wee hours making beautiful little creations for my children. It's amazing how they seem to treasure things that are made by their mom rather than bought. That is truly the greatest reward.

Sincerely, Kimberly of RI

Whenever the grandbabies see

Whenever the grandbabies see something they like, they always ask, "Who made that for you?" whether it is clothing or a toy. I LOVE that! Hearing comments like yours is why Michelle and I spend the time we do here. Thanks for sharing :)

Kimara
Wee Folk Art Publisher
 

Felt Trees

Just happened upon a stash of felt in my house, with some rather peculiar greens that will be perfect for these trees.

Thanks for the pattern!

Thank you!!

These are awesome I am on my way to get the felt now!! Your instructions are so detailed (like everything else) you make them look so easy to make. I can't wait!

Trees

I too want to thank you for your generosity and good will to take the time and post these super instructions!!!!
Lynn/Cincinnati

THANK YOU!

Dear Kimara,

Thank you so very much for this tutorial and pattern. Even though you said it would be posted Monday, I decided to check today and am glad that I did. Everything else will come to a standstill as I craft the Felt Forest. Thank you for the time, effort, kindness, and generosity that you have put into this, sharing it here. Have a great day.