DIY Fabric Scrap Craft Tutorial: Christmas Tree Greeting Card

Updated on July 12, 2018
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Claudia has been writing about crafts online for many years. She is an avid crafter who has been creating for most of her life.

This is an easy-to-make unique Christmas tree card, made with fabric scraps and scrapbooking supplies.
This is an easy-to-make unique Christmas tree card, made with fabric scraps and scrapbooking supplies. | Source

If you are familiar with some of my other craft projects, you'll know that I love fabric scraps. I've never met one I wanted to throw away. The result of that is a sewing room with bins full of scraps in every shape, size, and color.

Deep down in my heart, I know that I'm never going to use all of the fabric, but I keep it just in case. A while ago I found that the bins were completely full, so I challenged myself to use up the scraps for projects.

Slowly but surely, the bins are getting emptier, and I'm filling my house with cute crafty items. In the case of these Christmas cards, I'm getting a nice jump start on the holidays.

I know that my friends and family will enjoy getting these. Each one is unique and made from the heart, and they are different from the run-of-the-mill printed cards. I can finish a card quickly with only a little preparation and I should have a stack of them for the upcoming holidays in a couple of weeks.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I do.

This will definitely be my Christmas card this year.  It's simple to make using this tutorial.
This will definitely be my Christmas card this year. It's simple to make using this tutorial. | Source

Supplies You'll Need

What you'll need for the card.
What you'll need for the card. | Source

It's time to raid your fabric stash and pull out your favorite greens, reds and other holiday fabrics. Not all of the scraps in this collection are Christmas themed. Many are red or green pieces that I used in other projects. All of them combine to give a festive look.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Fabric scraps in various sizes and colors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Scrapbooking scissors with decorative edges (optional)
  • Double-sided craft tape
  • Card stock in various colors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutting mat

Use Older Tools

Nothing dulls scissors or needles like sewing and cutting through paper. Use old tools when at all possible.

1. Sew the Fabric Together

Take 2 individual pieces of fabric and pair them up, right sides together.
Take 2 individual pieces of fabric and pair them up, right sides together. | Source
Trim along the matched up pair so you have a straight sewing line.
Trim along the matched up pair so you have a straight sewing line. | Source
Press open and then decide how to trim.
Press open and then decide how to trim. | Source
Trim along ruler so you have a straight line for the next pairing.
Trim along ruler so you have a straight line for the next pairing. | Source
Fabric scraps sewn together and ready for cutting.
Fabric scraps sewn together and ready for cutting. | Source

Sewing the fabric together doesn't take much time, it just takes a little planning.

  1. Assemble the pieces you want and, using a rotary cutter, trim up the edges for easier sewing.
  2. Pair up fabric pieces, lining up the edges, and prepare to sew. I match up pairs and put them on a pile before I start. Then I chain sew the pairs together.
  3. Once done, snip the string between the sewn pairs apart, and press open.
  4. Treating the pairs like individual fabric pieces, repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have a piece of fabric large enough for the tree template.

2. Get the Paper Ready

Paper needed for the card.
Paper needed for the card. | Source

You'll need the following sizes for one card that will fit in a legal envelope.

  • 1 piece - white card stock, cut with regular scissors : 3 3/4" X 8 7/8"
  • 1 piece - colored card stock, cut with decorative edge scissors: 3 1/4" X 8"

You can switch any of the colors for a different look, and if you don't have pinking shears or decorative edge scissors for the colored piece, any scissors will do.

3. Cut the Tree Shape Out of the Fabric

Cut out the triangle template.
Cut out the triangle template. | Source
Using the template and a ruler as a guide, cut out the tree shape.
Using the template and a ruler as a guide, cut out the tree shape. | Source
The finished shape, ready to be sewn to the card stock.
The finished shape, ready to be sewn to the card stock. | Source

For the triangle template you'll need:

  • 1 piece of card stock cut 2 1/2" X 6"

Cut a triangle out of the rectangle by marking the center point of one of the shorter ends and then, using a rotary cutter, cut from one of the corners of the card stock to the center point. Repeat on the other side.

4. Sew the Fabric Tree to the Card Stock

Sew the tree shape to the colored card stock.
Sew the tree shape to the colored card stock. | Source
The front and back of fabric sewn on the paper.
The front and back of fabric sewn on the paper. | Source

Center the triangle in the upper part of the smaller piece of card stock with the decorative edge and sew.

Because the fabric shifts a little bit, I find that it helps to sew from one corner of the base of the tree, go up one side, down the other, and then across the bottom, ending at the starting point.

Then I do a quick zigzag through the center of the tree. It adds a little dimension to project.

Snip the threads on the front and the back.

5. Add the Text

Print out your Christmas message on card stock.
Print out your Christmas message on card stock. | Source
Cut out a 1" X 2 3/8" rectangle with the text on it.
Cut out a 1" X 2 3/8" rectangle with the text on it. | Source
Apply a piece of double-sided tape to the back of the text.
Apply a piece of double-sided tape to the back of the text. | Source
Center the text beneath the fabric tree shape and press to adhere.
Center the text beneath the fabric tree shape and press to adhere. | Source

Print out the message of your choice on card stock. So that I'm not wasting paper, I like to repeat the message across an entire piece of paper.

When setting up the document, I leave enough space around the text so that the message fits on a piece of paper measuring 1" X 2 3/8".

  1. Cut out one of the messages.
  2. Put a piece of double-sided tape on the back.
  3. Carefully place the message on the front of the card, underneath the tree shape.
  4. Press to adhere.

Possible Messages for Your Card

 
Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Blessings of the Season
Peace on Earth

6. Final Assembly

Add tape to back of colored card stock.
Add tape to back of colored card stock. | Source
Center the colored card stock on the white base and press firmly.
Center the colored card stock on the white base and press firmly. | Source

You are now ready to stick the tree portion of the card to the base.

  • Put two pieces of double-sided tape on the back of the sewn card stock, one along the top, and one along the bottom.
  • Center this piece onto the white card stock base and press to adhere.

Your card is done. Write a personalized message on the back and it's ready to go.

Everyone will love getting one of these unique homemade Christmas cards.

For the Back of the Card

I like to hand write a note on my cards, but with a little planning, you can preprint a generic message on the back. Just make sure it fits the size you need.

With a little preparation, I can make one of these cute DIY fabric scrap Christmas cards in about 15 minutes.  This tutorial shows you how.
With a little preparation, I can make one of these cute DIY fabric scrap Christmas cards in about 15 minutes. This tutorial shows you how. | Source

© 2018 Claudia Mitchell

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    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Peggy. My stack for this coming Christmas is getting taller and taller with these cards. I know I love getting handmade cards.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      I love DIY projects and have really been into them lately. I'm glad you enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for reading.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Thanks Donna! It must be Christmas in July in my house because I'm thinking about all kinds of things. Now I just need to find the time to do the projects. I love getting handmade cards too.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Glad you enjoyed this Linda. I think it would be really nice to use some of your mother's fabrics. I bet family and friends would like that too.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Susan. I'm glad you liked this tutorial. I wasn't going to make envelopes since I have a huge box of legal envelopes, but that would be a really nice added touch.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I love this card. It is absolutely adorable. Your tutorial is wonderful and easy to follow. I think it is a wonderful idea to send to family and friends. Are you making envelopes to use with them?

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a fun and interesting project. I have a pile of fabric that my mother collected. She was an avid sewer. Using some of her collection to make Christmas cards sounds like a great idea to me. Thanks for sharing the instructions, Claudia.

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      Donna Herron 

      4 months ago from USA

      What a great project! I hate to think about Christmas so soon, but it's wise to get a head start. These cards are bright and cheerful, and handmade cards are always so special. Thanks for sharing this holiday idea!

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      Bill De Giulio 

      4 months ago from Massachusetts

      What a great do-it-yourself project. Bet this one really takes off as we get closer to the holidays. Easy to follow instructions with photos to follow along.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      What a clever idea to make Christmas cards using leftover scraps of fabric. It is a truly pretty card and one that would stand out from the ordinary. Your card recipients are sure to appreciate your efforts. Thanks for the idea. Pinning this to my crafts board.

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