Christmas Tree “Pants” Holiday Sew-Along ~ Part 3

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Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie brings us the final set of sew-along instructions for Christmas Tree Pants (because not all trees like to wear skirts!). Add your progress photos (and the final shots too!) to our Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along Flickr group, and you could win a pack of 12 Happy Mochi Yum Yum fat quarters (Monica’s fabric collection for Lecien)!

Welcome to Day 3, the final day of the Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along. If you’ve landed here on Day 3 and need to back-track, you can click over to Day 1 and Day 2.

This final week we’ll be putting together all our units and finishing up. I’ll be posting photos of my progress on my sew-along tree pants in the Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along Flickr group and hope everyone sewing-along will too! There’s some great photos in the pool already, and if you haven’t yet decided on what fabrics to choose take a peek in the pool and be inspired by what your fellow sew-alongers are making.

Part 3: Quilt Assembly:
1. Layout your units (star block, sashing, sashing stones, plain block/9-patch) as per diagram. Join units into rows. Press row units in direction according to diagram arrows.

2. Join rows. Press in any desired direction.

Red & White version:

Scrappy version:

3. Sandwich backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired. I echo quilted my red and white version by hand, and machine stippled my scrappy one. Sew,Mama,Sew! has an excellent resource page for all things quilty– sandwiching, batting, quilting and binding: Quilting Resource Links.

4. Draw a line from the bottom edge to the center of the quilt, over your blank blocks (red and white version) or your plain 9-patches (scrappy version).

5. Use an object to mark your center circle that’s similar in circumference to your tree’s trunk. I used an everyday drinking glass for my “template”. If you have a large tree, consider using a bowl. It doesn’t have to be perfectly matched in size, as there’s lots of fiddle room when you drape your tree pants around your tree.

6. After marking your lines, stay-stitch around the outside of the line and around your circle. Stitch about a â…›” from the line. This step is not critical, but it will be helpful when you put your binding on later.

7. Cut on the drawn line (between the stay-stitches) and cut out the center circle (inside the stay-stitches). If you stand too close to your quilt while you cut into your beautiful quilt you might hear it scream a little.

Red & White version:

Scrappy version:

8. Finish your tree pant by binding it. And for goodness sake, get your naked tree’s pants on. Your neighbors are starting to talk about you.

Final note: You can start the sew-along at any time, but if you join in during this month of October and you post your tree pant photos in the Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along Flickr group, that’ll make you be eligible for a chance to win some awesome prizes here at Sew,Mama,Sew!. No excuses.

Comment today for your chance to win a new sewing book! We’ll select two winners from the comments each week. This week YOU can win 100 Pretty Little Projects: Pincushions, Potholders, Purses, Pillows & More or ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs. For book details see this post, and don’t forget to add your progress photos to our Sew-Along Flickr Pools for more chances to WIN!

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36 Responses to Christmas Tree “Pants” Holiday Sew-Along ~ Part 3

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  6. Katie in Arizona says:

    Tomorrow is Day 3 for me. This is the first time I’ve ever done a geometric pieced quilt and it’s turning out so nicely!

  7. happy zombie says:

    To creativek9s:

    Have you worked your way to the circle yet? It really is no different than sewing binding on a straight line – except that you have to turn your fabric as you’re machine sewing it down. And if you’re at the hand-sewing point, it’s just like stitching on a straight edge – but it’s curved. The curved portion once bound will be a little lumpy, but it’s not a big deal (at least to me it’s not). After you’re done stitching the binding, give it a good shot of a steam iron and press it down – it’ll help to ease it a little bit flatter. Don’t let it stump you, k (tree humor).

  8. I am going on a christmas run, what are fun costume ideas to dress up as with a christmas theme?

  9. creativek9s says:

    Got any tips on binding. I have bound a square or rectangular quilt but, the circle in the middle has me stumped.


  10. Bree says:

    I haven’t started but I love this! Can’t wait to get a move on that long list of “oh I wanna make that”

  11. Samantha says:

    I just pin basted mine! I hope to quilt it tomorrow. I LOVE al of the color variations everyone used!

  12. Natasha says:

    I love these pants!!!

  13. Jennie says:

    Well, I’m close to caught up, I have a third of the top put together. 🙂 Pics going up on Flicker in a bit. 🙂

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  15. Katrina H says:


  16. lm says:

    Umm, well,…I got my first star pieced.
    I might be done by Christmas. Love the variety of colour combinations in everyone’s quilts.

  17. Malora says:

    Almost done! Just need to bind! Thanks for the fun sew a long!

  18. Ramona says:

    I haven’t started yet but still hope to do this before Christmas. I really do need clothes for my tree!

  19. Karen Martin says:

    I can’t tell you enough how much I love these tree pants! My fabric is ready to go – my kids just have to stop terrorizing me and let me quilt!!! 😉

  20. angelina says:

    everything looks so festive on your site . love it.

  21. Franziska says:

    thank you for the tutorial. I hope to do it sometime for us.

  22. Nik Kamisah says:

    Such a creative piece of work..from square you can do a wonderful pattern..keep up the good deed of making sewers and crafters of the world happy!

  23. VickiT says:

    Fabulous tutorial for the tree pants. I am not sure which version I like the most. They both are very nice looking. Thank you so much for doing all this work for us.

  24. Kristy says:

    Just finished the top. It was nice to do this over a 3 week period…..I looked forward to the next instructions. Time to quilt it all together (my favorite part).

  25. Lisa 2 says:

    I’m not too sure about the cutting part…

    Hoping to get some time on this in Nov!

  26. GigiV says:

    I love tree pants! Reminds me of my granddaughter’s “sockpants” (tights), right? Really enjoy the Happy Zombie blog. 🙂

  27. Tezzie says:

    I managed to piece the top before I set of to my Mum’s for the weekend but I’ll have to wait to get back to finish it.

  28. Alli says:

    Haha! People keep asking me what tree pants are. 😀

  29. Fawn says:

    I love the sense of humor in this tutorial, “And for goodness sake, get your naked tree’s pants on. Your neighbors are starting to talk about you.”

    …I’m hoping to actually do this after Christmas for next year b/c I think this is a project I can do in a week off of work..

  30. Jess says:

    Ahh, this is so gorgeous! I’m really excited to get moving on mine!

  31. Connie says:

    What a great looking tree skirt! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Sarah says:

    I know what I am doing this weekend!

  33. Kristin H says:

    I admit that I’m rather behind on my squares, but I’m going to try and get a lot done over the weekend!

  34. Samantha says:

    So excited to get my pants finished!!!!! Thanks for the sew along!

  35. Karen says:

    Such a fun project this is! Can’t wait to de-naked my tree!

  36. what beautiful stars turned out

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