It’s here! Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie joins us today with her gorgeous design for our Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along (because not all trees like to wear skirts!). The simple Tree Pants quilt works with either solids or prints, with scraps or with yardage; it incorporates easy “stitch and flip” star points so there’s no triangle piecing. Monica will return on two more Fridays for the rest of the sew-along tutorial. Mark your calendar for October 14 and October 21! Start today and you’ll be set to trim that tree. Have fun!

Welcome to day one of the Christmas Tree Pants sew-along. Because not all trees like to wear skirts. Red & white quilts are so fresh, but how fun to pick from a large variety of color solids to match your home and style. Another alternative is to make Christmas Tree Pants out of scraps.

The finished Christmas Tree Pants size is 40″ x 40″. Yardage is based on 42″ wide fabric and all seams are a ¼”.

Materials: Red + White Tree Pants

  • 1½ yd. white solid
  • 1 yd. red solid (½ yd for stars, ½ yd for binding)
  • 1¼ yd. backing fabric
  • 44″ x 44″ batting

Materials: Scrappy Tree Pants

  • Scraps
  • 1 yd. white solid (½ yd for stars, ½ yd for binding)
  • 1¼ yd. backing fabric
  • 44″ x 44″ piece batting

Cutting: Red + White Tree Pants:
From white background fabric, cut:

  • 1 – 12½” strip
      —> subcut strip: 2 – 12½” squares, 6 – 2½” x 12½” rectangles
  • 2 – 2½” strips
      —> subcut strips: 6 – 2½” x 12½” rectangles
  • 9 – 4½” strips
      —> subcut strips: 56 – 4½” squares

From red star fabric, cut:

  • 1 – 4½” strip
      —> subcut strip: 7 – 4½” squares
  • 4 – 2½” strips
      —> subcut strip: 60 – 2½” squares
  • 1 – 4½” strip
      —> subcut strip and from left-over previous cut strips: 32 – 1½” squares
  • 6 – 2¼” strips for binding (or 2½” strips if that’s your preference)

Cutting: Scrappy Tree Pants:
From scraps fabrics for background, cut:

  • 12 – 2½” x 12½” rectangles
  • 74 – 4½” squares

From white star fabric, cut:

  • 1 – 4½” strip
      —> subcut strip: 7 – 4½” squares
  • 4 – 2½” strips
      —> subcut strip: 60 – 2½” squares
  • 1 – 4½” strip
      —> subcut strip and from left-over previous cut strips: 32 – 1½” squares
  • 6 – 2¼” strips for binding (or 2½” strips if that’s your preference)

Part 1: Assembly:
For assembly visuals, illustration diagrams will be in both red & white and scrappy versions.

1. Place one 2½” star point square atop one corner of the 4½” star square. Right sides together (RST). Stitch a diagonal line as per diagram.

2. Trim off top corner ¼” from stitch. Discard cut pieces.

3. Flip star point over and press (as per pressing arrow in diagram).

4. Repeat steps 1-3 on opposite corner of the 4½” star square to complete the unit. Make 28 units.

5. Assemble 9-patch block. Join units into three rows. Press pieces as per diagram.

6. Join rows to complete the star block. Press block as per diagram.

I’ll be posting my scrappy version pics in the Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along Flickr group and hope you will too. Note: Be sure to join the group so you’ll be able to see all the photos posted from everyone.

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All it takes is a progress photo! We want to see you sew all along the way, and every photo enters you to win.

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