A Little Whimsy for the Holidays: A Lolly Pop Tree

I like to call those fabric trees on stick Lolly Pop Trees. This video shows you how to make a quick sewn one. The video does take a little fizzle as I get frazzled after losing a needle. Don’t worry, I did find it after I finished the video.

This tree project will take:

  • Tree fabric (A fat quarter is plenty for two)
  • Filling – roving, batting, or poly-fill
  • A stick (I used a free chop-stick)
  • A base (I used a ribbon core)
  • Fulled wool or felt for trunk

Find the other tree project I talked about here: https://dontpaintthecat.wordpress.com/2021/11/26/a-fanu-style-tree/

See the introductory video, which shows three techniques I use for making many types of decorations: https://youtu.be/6p6Wy2VXFy8

Video 2 – How to Make a Wool Ornament – https://youtu.be/-kC1TzFb5Mg

Video 3 – How to Make a Stash Scrap Garland – https://youtu.be/tChOBaj-Q7E

Video 4 – How to Make a Gift Card Pocket Holder – https://youtu.be/VXinO-V3cYY

Video 5 – How to Make a Lolly Pop Tree – https://youtu.be/a-7hs5BvZcQ

I invite you to follow me on either or both of my blogs. For modern, crafty projects, visit Don’t Paint the Cat at https://dontpaintthecat.wordpress.com

For history focused projects, visit A Milliner’s Whimsy or If I Had My Own Blue Box at http://www.amillinerswhimsy.com

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A FanU Style Tree

I was going to do this tree as a video. Then I realized how long it was going to take to do. Instead, I thought it would be better as a blog post.

Here is the background… I had one tree idea in mind using the segmented pin cushion from An American Girls Book. I was picturing making three different sizes and stacking them. That would need 18 to 24 little triangles in three sizes. My favorite local shop, Chestnut Bay, had this great green on green cotton flannel. (I’ve had such a thing for soft fabrics lately.) I picked up a short length. It sat there on the table calling to me, saying “If you are going to make a tree, you ought to make a FanU style tree.” Well. It was right. Sorta. I decided to make a tree. I decided to make a tree the full size of a sheet of pasteboard. Here was the mistake. I hadn’t previously covered such large pieces of pasteboard…. they take Forever!

I divided each of 4 sheets of pasteboard in half diagonally. Basically, this makes two trapazoids for triangular tree halves to fit in. I freehand drew the outline of half a tree, and inverted the tree half to draw it on the other side:

I cut 4 pairs of tree halves (or 8 tree halves) and 4 pairs of fabric tree halves with allowances to turn over the pasteboard.

I covered each pair of tree halves. To do this I did use a little glue stick because the pieces were so big with stripes and mini-clips around all the sides. Each half took a while. In the end, I only made 3 halves rather than the planned 4. I wanted the tree to be able to fold shut for storage. I was also getting very tired. So. 3 piece tree.

Open
Folded shut

In hindsight…. I would recommend making smaller trees this way. Unless, you have a lot of time and attention.

A Little Whimsy for the Holidays: A Gift Card Pocket Holder

This videos shares two ways to make a pocket gift card holder. The first is a bound cotton pocket that can also be made in silk. The second is a wool pocket bound in a blanket stitch. Each can be personalized or decorated.

Materials for Cotton Gift Card Pocket Holder:

  • Cotton (or Silk) 4.5″ x 16″
  • Thin batting 4.5″ x 8″
  • Firm weave ribbon 3/4″ to 1″ wide approx. 18″
  • Embellishments and closure as desired

Materials for Wool Gift Card Holder:

  • Firmly woven wool 4.5″ x 8″ to 9″
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embellishments and closure as desired.


See the introductory video, which shows three techniques I use for making many types of decorations:

I invite you to follow me on either or both of my blogs. For modern, crafty projects, visit Don’t Paint the Cat at https://dontpaintthecat.wordpress.com For history focused projects, visit A Milliner’s Whimsy or If I Had My Own Blue Box at http://www.amillinerswhimsy.com Please consider supporting me on Patreon as well. Support from Patreon goes towards platform and video expenses, as well as research. https://www.patreon.com/AMillinersWhimsy