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!