Get Scrappy With This Modern Christmas Tree Block

There’s nothing better than using scraps to make a fun quilt block. After all, you already have all the supplies you need! And these cute Christmas trees just so happen to be the perfect holiday project. Not only are they a cool foundation for a pillow or table runner, but you could even transform them into a big ole’ Christmas quilt. Regardless of which direction you choose, these cuties are guaranteed to put you in the festive mood.

Scrappy Christmas Tree Block

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Fabric scraps
  • Rotary cutter
  • Clear ruler
  • Instructions

    1. Cut the Tree Fabric

    To make the scrappy strips, cut your assorted fabric scraps into pieces so each is between 2 -3″ tall and 4-6½” long.

    Pro Tip: Don’t worry about making them all the same size — the variation makes the block look even more interesting.

    2. Arrange, Sew, Press

    Arrange the strips so the widest one is at the bottom and the thinnest at the top. Sew the strips together using a ¼” seam allowance. Keep most of the strips relatively straight, but sew one or two at a slight angle. For these crooked ones, trim your seams to ¼”.

    Press all the strips. Altogether, your piece should measure about 9″ x 6″.

    3. Make the Big Cut

    Fold the strip set in half width-wise and line up the folded edge with the 0″ mark on your cutting mat. Align your ruler on the 8½” tall and 3″ wide marks on the mat, then cut along the line with a rotary cutter. When you unfold the fabric, you’ll see your tree!

    4. Stitch the Trunk

    Cut a black rectangle 1½” wide x 2½” tall. Cut two white rectangles that are each 4½” wide x 2½” tall. Sew the white strips to both sides of the black, using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seams toward the black fabric.

    5. Piece It Together

    Choose a piece of background fabric that’s about 16″ long x 9½” tall. Arrange the tree trunk strip below the background fabric, so the left edges align.

    Center the tree piece on top of the trunk, laying it on top of the white background fabric. Use a rotary cutter to cut the white background fabric along the left side of the tree from top to bottom.

    6. Attach the Tree

    Lay the tree face-down over the line you just cut. Arrange it so the bottom point overlaps the white fabric by ¼ of an inch. Sew the tree to the left background piece using ¼” seam allowance. Press away from the pieced strips, toward the white.

    7. Finish the Background

    Pick up the straight edge of your remaining white background fabric. Place it above your tree stump, so the left edge extends 1″ to the left of the stump.

    Place the tree piece on top and use it as a guide to trim the white background along the right side of the tree, cutting from top to bottom on the white fabric. (Don’t panic if you cut off the tip of the white background fabric in the upper left corner — you’re supposed to!)

    Repeat the steps you used on the left to sew the right side of the tree to the background fabric.

    8. Make the Final Touches

    Center the tree stump under the tree. Place the fabrics right sides together and stitch using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seam away from the tree.

    Trim the block to 8″ wide x 10½” tall and press. You can use this finished block as a template to make others, or make it the centerpiece of a larger project.

    Photos by Marni Weaver.

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    14 Responses to “Get Scrappy With This Modern Christmas Tree Block”
    1. SandyMay

      Too late for me to use this year, but I can always get a head start on 2021. Nice simple pattern that can be used as is or dressed up. Thanks.


      I like the multi-fabric tree. I’ve made the tree with with one fabric but this looks more interesting

    3. Darlene

      What a lovely tree block. Using up scrappy pieces to make these is a great idea, your color combo imagination is limited only by your scrappy pieces. Extra nice is the finished block is large 8″wide x 101/2″ long. I love large blocks.
      Thank you for sharing this tutorial.
      Nova Scotia