I love the season of Advent, just after Thanksgiving and waiting for Christmas. Tired of the endless chocolates of the paper Advent boxes for $1.99, and nothing to show for it, I decided to up our game for our family. We do not decorate for Christmas until the middle of December for a myriad of reasons, mostly because my children are young and become too overwhelmed. Advent is about preparing for the birth of Christ, so as a family, we prepare.
The Jesse Tree
This little project is an amazing 67″ long and 42″ wide, and fairly easy to put together with basic tools. The shape started as a triangle that I added three little ‘flippys’ to in true Dr. Suess fashion. I rounded out the bottom to continue the curvy look. I traced half of a tree out on dollar store tissue paper, taped together to get the length I wanted and just shy of 22″ wide. With the length of fabric folded in half (just as it comes off the bolt), I cut out the tree and the backing using the tissue paper pattern. The tree is a ‘quilt’ of corduroy, a layer of warm and natural batting, and flannel backing. I stitched wool pockets on the front to hold the Jesse Tree ornaments. I used wool so that I wouldn’t have to worry about turning under the edges to prevent fraying. Next, layer the top layer right side down, the back right side up and then the batting. Stitch all the way around leaving an opening at the bottom. Turn right side out, insert the ‘trunk’ into the open and stay stitch around the edge. I created little sleeves and hand stitched to the back for two dowels to keep it flat against the wall. Each of the pockets has a little bell to hang that day’s ornament from.
No tree would be complete without an angel, and she’s a keeper. She looks like my daughter weeble-wobble.
The ornament pictures are from Ann Voskamp Jesse Tree Devotional. I printed the ornament pictures and the O Antiphons pictures onto fusible fabric. I fused the fabric onto décor weight fusible web, layered with green felt and white felt to give the ornaments some stability. Over time, I hope to embroider ornaments, but I really like the hand drawn look of these. Our family reads from the Bible, using the recommendation from Catholic Culture. I will be making a book using Kendra’s tutorial this year. I would love have a hard back book to add to our collection and to make the readings easier to find, rather than flipping through the Bible at dinner time. Maybe next year, we can make the book scrap book style.
I’ll be linking up to with Needle & ThREAD.