2017 Christmas Tree BOM

December 2017 – Completed Trees

August 2017 – Month 5 – 9 Ladies Dancing


Marlyn’s Tree – I am continuing to have fun – trying different paints (bearing in mind that I never plan to wash these ornaments). For Lords-a-Leaping and Ladies Dancing, I have used a mix of acrylics, fabric paint, markers including gel pens and soft colour colouring pencils so all over the place but I wanted glitz for these two. As you can tell by now, I am rather eclectic in my choice of images, and shapes just as I am with my own Christmas tree.

If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy of the image or images, just let me know and I will get them to you.

September is around the corner. Time to buckle down and get those Christmas presents and decorations made – wouldn’t this make a lovely gift for someone you know who no longer puts up a tree?

Yvonne’s tree – 9 Ladies Dancing

  1. This time I cut a triangle (3″ at the base and 2″ high) for the lady’s dress from my Christmas charm fabrics.
  2. I cut 1 inch fabric circles  for the head and collar from a white cotton. I cut a slightly smaller cardboard circle and put a fabric circle on it and stitched around it to turn the edge. I then pressed the circle and took out the cardboard.
  3. For the arms I made orange peel pieces about 1″ long from felt.
  4. I then first glued down the triangle dress, trimming it until it looked an appropriate size. Glued the fabric circle on top of the triangle for the head and collar and the arms in the appropriate place.
  5. Then I sewed around everything  with my sewing machine using some embroidery thread and a fancy embroidery stitch.
  6. Next I added the lace to the bottom of the dress. Sewing on some beads as I tacked down the lace.
  7. Next I drew the ladies head on the circle with light pencil – very simply.
  8. I painted the part of the circle that is the collar with gold paint. Let this dry.
  9. Then I painted the ladies head with pink (with white added to tone it down a bit). Let this dry.
  10. I then added 2 small beads for the eyes keeping in mind the eyes are level with the ears so at least a 1/3 down the head. I drew a small mouth with a red pen.
  11. Next I outlined my pencil head line with a thin black Sharpie pen. I used this pen to add some hair.
  12. Now time for the jewelry. I used gold metallic thread to sew some small gold beads along the edge of the collar. I added a pearl bead as a necklace and I put a small red bead on each hand just for fun. Voila the dancing lady is done!

July 2017 – Month 4 – 10 Lords a Leapin

  1. I used the same method to make my hexagons and Lords-a-Leapin as in 12 Drummers below. Instructions below in 12 Drummers.
  2. Here is an image that contains Lords-a-Leaping.
  3. Artist: Xavier Romero-Frias from Wikipedia Commons
  4. You may use these images for your “12 Days of Christmas” but be sure to credit the Artist: Xavier Romero-Frias.
  5. The commons.wikimedia.org site is great place to find copyright free images.   Sometimes they request that you credit the author when using the image so check licensing information which is with the image.
  6. I used my printer to reduce the size of the image until  it fit my hexagon. If you would like a copy of my appliqué pattern just let me know.
  7. I again used the freezer paper method to create my appliqué.
  8. I cut out the shirt of the Lord from my Christmas charm squares and used the Elmer’s washable school glue to stick it on to my hexagon. Leaving it loose where the legs and head would be added.
  9. Then I cut the head, legs, boots, and gloves out of felt.
  10. I tucked the legs under the shirt and glued them down.
  11. Then I tucked the head under the shirt and glued it down.
  12. I glued the boots on top of the legs trimming so the legs didn’t show from under the boots.
  13. I added the gloves to the end of the hands,
  14. Once glue is dry, I machine stitched around the shirt with an embroidery machine stitch on my machine.
  15. Then I did a fancy embrodery stitch from my machine to stitch down the boots.
  16. Then I hand stitched down the head, gloves and legs.
  17. Now I cut out and glued down a small piece of brown for the hair. Handstitch the hair down once the glue is dry.
  18. Next I cut out a collar, crown, gold cup from gold lame and glued them down.
  19. Once the glue is dry, you may either use your machine and metallic gold thread to embroider down the collar, crown and cup or hand stitch them down.
  20. The next step was to add the beading. I added a small seed bead to each cup, used gold bugle beads and small round gold beads for the crown and finally added a small blue seed bead for the eye.

June 2017 – Month 3 – 11 Pipers Piping

  1. I used the same method to make my hexagons and bag pipes as I did the drums. Instructions below in 12 Drummers.
  2. The image I used for bag pipes can be found here. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Great_Highlands_Bagpipe_001.jpg?uselang=en-ca
  3. The commons.wikimedia.org site is great place to find copyright free images. Sometimes they request that you credit the author when using the image so check licensing information which is with the image.
  4. I used my printer to reduce the size of the image until  it fit my hexagon. If you would like a copy of my appliqué pattern just let me know.
  5. I again used the freezer paper method to create my appliqué.
  6. I cut out the body of the bag pipe from my Christmas charm squares and used the Elmer’s washable school glue to stick it on to my hexagon.
  7. Then I cut the pipes out of felt. The 4 pipes are all one piece as I thought that would make it easier to manage. I glued the pipes on again using the glue.
  8. Finally I cut 3 contrasting rectangular felt pieces to cover where the pipes join the main bag pipe part and for the end of the bag and glued them in place.
  9. Once the glue was dry I was ready to use a decorative embroidery machine stitch to stitch the pieces in place.
  10. The next step was to add the beading and then finally I added some thick gold embroidery thread – doubling it – to mimic the cording on the bagpipe.
  11. Now you are ready to stitch your Piper hexagon on to your tree to join your Drummer hexagon and French Hen hexagon.
  12. If you are making the tree made entirely of hexagons you will need to make 11 of these hexagons and then stitch them to the 12 drummers drumming. Centre your Pipers over the Drummers.
  13. If I can provide any further information just let me know.


May 2017 – Month 2 – 12 Drummers Drumming



  1. The hexagon size that I use has a finished side of 2.5″. At the widest measurement the finished hexagon is 5″. You may use any size that you prefer. See the links to hexagon templates below in this post.
  2. To make my hexagons I used a “Quilt As You Go” technique.
  3. I first cut the top fabric of the hexagon and the batting to the finished size.
  4. Layer the top hexagon right side up on top of the batting. Quilt as desired.
  5.  I then cut a backing hexagon that has a 3″ side and is 6″ at the widest spot. Make your backing hexagon to fit the size of hexagon that you are using. I layered the quilted hexagon centred, right side up on top of the backing that has the right side down. I turned and ironed  each backing side twice to create a finished binding edge on the top hexagon. Do the sides alternately so that the corners finish nicely. I used a decorative stitch with machine embroidery thread to sew down the seams and produce a nice finished edge.
  6. Now you are ready to make your drum to appliqué to your finished hexagon.
  7.  Here is the drum. You can see the measurements marked on the photo. If you would like a photocopy of my drum just let me know.
  8. I used the freezer paper method to create my drum. Here is a video that demonstrates the technique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljl_O2aOT1M
  9. The top of my drum and the 2 bands are made of felt so I did not have to turn these edges. You could choose to do raw edge appliqué.
  10. I cut the middle section of the drum a little bit bigger so that it would go slightly underneath my bands and adhered it to my finished hexagon with the dab of a glue stick.
  11. I then cut the 2 bands and placed them just over the edges of the middle section and used a dab of glue to adhere them to drum.
  12. Finally I added the top of the drum and attached it with a dab of glue too.
  13. Then I stitched down all the edges using a decorative stitch and machine embroidery thread on my sewing machine.
  14. I then stitched the lacing between the bands using gold metallic embroidery thread. See photos for detail.
  15. I put decorative beads on top of my stitches. You could choose to use small buttons or ?
  16. Finally I added  long bugle beads as the drum sticks with a small bead at one end and a larger bead at the other end. You could embroider the drum sticks if you do not want to use beads.
  17. The finished hexagon.
  18. I then placed the finished hexagon on my tree.  As it is the 12 drummers I put it in the bottom right hand corner. I will add other smaller hexagons, etc to make up the 12 pieces. You can just add one or as many as you like.
  19. How to make a hexagon that has 12 pieces.

Tree Made Entirely of Hexagons

  1. If you have chosen to make a tree entirely of hexagons, make 12 of the drum hexagons and stitch them together.


Month 2 – Marlyn’s Tree – 12 Drummers Drumming

Caution: Always test the markers you plan to use on a sample of the fabric you intend to use for the ornament as some markers tend to bleed.

Trace the drummer and use as is or make a photocopy of the traced image and shrink or expand it on your printer.

Again, I encourage you to colour, embroider, appliqué in the style that best suits you.

For mine, I traced my paper image onto fabric using a Micron Pigma pen, size 05. You can use a pencil or whatever suits you.

I used fabric paints to colour the drummer (with the exception of the face, hands and hat), the bird, and part of the drum (the rim). I used Lumiere fabric paints which can be heat set. I used a colouring pencil for the face and hands because they are small. The hat strap, drum strap and eyes were done with the Pigma pen mentioned above. The pant stripe was done with a gold marker. The hat is simply a piece of batting glued and tacked on to provide some texture.

The bird’s features and feet were done with a fine marker pen.

Once all the painting was done and heat set, I hand embroidered the outline of the drummer’s clothes and
I used a wonderful gold, metallic embroidery thread too embroider the outline of the drum and drumsticks for some glitz.

Place your number 12 where you wish.


Instructions for Making Christmas Tree 

We will be making a fabric Christmas Tree with the theme of  “12 Days of Christmas”. The idea is to use your  ideas to personalize our Christmas Trees.

There are 2 options for creating your Christmas Tree.

  • Create a fabric Christmas Tree approximately 44″ x 50″ or smaller. Choose a tree size that will fit into your home.  Add ornaments depicting the 12 days of Christmas. We are suggesting one large ornament for each day and then if you wish smaller ornaments to make up the number of ornaments for each day. This would result in 78 objects on the tree. If you choose to make the smaller tree you probably will only be able to add one ornament for each day.
  • Create a tree made up entirely of 78 hexagons.

Ornaments on the Tree

  • Each member of the BOM committee will be making different patterns and methods to create their ornaments. The instructions will be added to this web page.

2017 Christmas Tree Project Instructions – click here

Useful Links

How to draw a hexagon video.

Hexagon templates

More Hexagon templates

How to make a tumbling block hexagon – 3 pieces without Y seams video

Three French Hens

Template for hen – Downeast Thunder Farm – click here

Template for hen in nest – Downeast Thunder Farm – click here

Template for rooster – Downeast Thunder Farm – click here