Do you enjoy adding something a little different to your festive décor? So do we 😀 and this little drop cloth Christmas tree, with Gorjuss baubles, sure is different. It’s great for adding a fun element to your Christmas decor and the perfect size for small apartments. It’s cat-proof too and if you have four purr babies as we do, then that’s always a bonus.
And when Christmas is all done and dusted you can take her down and use her as a cushion since those cabochon baubles are all removable.
Purrfect for kitty cuddles or to add to your scatter cushion collection 🙂 If you don’t want to use cabochons, you can dress the drop cloth tree up with fairy lights or drape some beads over her and add an earring or seven 😉 It’s entirely up to you. Okay, before we get to the tutorial, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!
What you need
- Drop cloth (1/2 m x 3/4 m or 1/2 yd x 3/4 yd)
- “Easy to follow” downloadable pattern
- Batting or stuffing
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
- Wooden stake
- Bucket or tin can
- Furry wool and wire (optional)
- Gorjuss cabochons or baubles of your choice
- Safety pins or button pins (optional)
I have this huge collection of cabochons. Don’t ask me why, but I can’t resist buying them, especially the ones with the Gorjuss girls drawn by Suzanne Woolcott. They always make me feel happy inside. Go follow her on her Facebook page coz she’s a really talented artist. We used some of our “Gorjuss girls” cabochons to decorate our drop cloth Christmas tree but you can add pom poms or pretty jewelry or felt ornaments if you prefer.
How to make a drop cloth Christmas tree
Fold your drop cloth in half and trace the downloadable pattern onto the fabric. Cut out two pieces. You can enlarge the pattern depending on how big, or small, you want to make your tree. Pin and sew 1” in from the edge all around the tree, leaving the middle bottom open.
Stuff firmly with batting. You want your tree to be nice and puffy 😀
Push a stake or wooden pole inside the opening you left earlier. The stake should be at least 1 1/2 times as tall as your tree to help keep her firm and upright.
And hand sew the opening closed.
“Plant” the drop cloth Christmas tree in a suitable container. We used a PVC pipe and wrapped some drop cloth around it. A tin can will work too.
Making the Gorjuss baubles and tree topper
If you like the minimalistic look you can leave your tree unadorned. I love something with a bit more color and texture so …….
…… I glued a little fluffy wool around the Gorjuss cabochons before adding a safety pin using heavy-duty tape. The Gorguss girls were then pinned onto the drop cloth Christmas tree. It makes it easier to remove them later and the baubles can live with my brooch collection for the rest of the year 😉
For the star, I simply wrapped some jewelry wire in fluffy wool and glued that around a large silver star, before sticking it in the top of the drop cloth tree.
It fits with the whole look of the Gorjuss girl baubles.
Our drop cloth Christmas tree is 36 cm (14″) tall, excluding the wooden stake, so it’s perfect for a small space. Place it on your mantle or a bookshelf to add a little festive cheer.
And it’s a lovely way to display some of those Gorjuss cabochons too.
When January rolls around again, remove the baubles, take the wooden pole out and hand sew the opening closed to turn her into a pretty scatter cushion.
If you like the idea of making a drop cloth Christmas tree, that can be used as a scatter cushion, don’t forget to pin it for later.
How would you decorate your drop cloth Christmas tree? I’d love to know, so leave a comment or two 😉 It always makes my day when you do.
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Until next time, I hope you have a lovely crafty week and an amazing and safe festive season. Thank you so much for popping for a visit.