yule craft: little tree
This little tree was made a few years ago out of felted wool, stuffed with wool, and beaded with pearls. That pattern by Stephanie Congdon Barnes is no longer available (that I could find), and I wanted to make more so I drew up a new one for myself. What's that saying -- necessity is the mother of invention? And I wanted to stuff this one with fragrant dried herbs rather than wool so it could be a sachet as well as pretty cute to look at.
Trace and cut out an 8 1/2" and a 3" diameter circle for the pattern.
Now fold the larger circle in half.
Using felted wool or wool felt (this is a deconstructed thrifted skirt), pin & cut out the pieces.
Match the straight edges, right sides together, and sew as close to the edge as you can. Right sides together again, pin the smaller circle to the base of the cone. Pinning close together, along with the give of the wool, makes this step easier than you'd think. Sew around the base as close to the edge as you can leaving about 2" to turn right-side out.
pearl & rosy
Sew up the opening. Decorate with whatever and however you'd like. Rosy here is randomly beaded with rose quartz beads -- both the pearls and the rose quartz beads are from a yard sale. This one will be a Yule gift but I plan on making more -- including one for my nightstand!
P.S. If you plan on making this as a gift, keep it in an airtight plastic bag until the big day to hold the fragrance longer.