Ruffle Christmas Trees

Ruffle Christmas Tree Tutorial

Materials –

applique pins

hand embroidery floss or thin string at least 80″ in length

hot glue (optional)

basic sewing supplies and machine

For the small cone –

4″ square fabric

2 – 2 1/2″ x width of fabric strips of fabric

For the large cone –

6″ square fabric

5 or 6 – 2 1/2″ x width of fabric strips of fabric




Fold each 2 1/2″ strips in half lengthwise (to yield 1 1/4″ x width of fabric). Lay the embroidery floss on the edge of the strip towards the raw edges and zig zag stitch overtop of the floss, taking care not to sew directly through the floss.


Pull the floss to create a gather.  If you gather it tightly, you may need 3 strips instead of 2. and set aside

Lay the styrofoam cone on top of the 4″ square and roughly cut out the circle shape of the bottom of the cone leaving about 1/2″ all the way around the cone. Pin and/or glue the fabric on to the bottom of the cone.  I prefer to glue and pin for extra durability.

Begin pinning and/or gluing your ruffled strips onto the tree, slowing winding up the tree as you go.  When one strip ends, slightly overlap the next strip on top of it and keep going.  When you reach the top create a small swirl with the strip and pin it down well so it looks tight on the top.

Add a topper of your choice or leave it as is! Voila. You are done!


Stayed tuned for the last tutorial on the prairie point trees!