Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Zipper Christmas Tree {tutorial}

Cute, Easy, Cheap.  My kind of project!

What you'll need:
  • Dollar store bib (or this would also look great on a onesies or shirt)
  • Steam A Seam (my is lite but regular would be better, I picked up lite by accident.  Heat n Bond would also work. Whichever you've got on hand)
  • Scrap fabrics
  • Zipper
Unzip zipper and cut into several pieces depending on how big you want your tree.  Mine were about 3 inches, some smaller cause you'll be trimming it into a tree shape.

Cut your scrap fabric a little larger than your zipper pieces.  Place a Steam a Seam piece next, then arrange your zipper pieces overlapping just slightly.  Now go gently iron the zippers in place.  
Now trim your tree shape.
Place another piece of Steam a Seam on the back of the tree, trim excess.  Position this on your bib, iron in place.  (I chose to do a small tree trunk out of brown, but that is totally optional.)
Sew around the edge of your tree and you're done.  You could actually skip this step and just be done, but I didn't feel my zippers were quite secure enough (probably cause of my Steam a Seam Lite).  
It's SO festive.  I love the texture!!  And even though Mr. Lincoln is not exactly eating food and in need of a bib, he will still look so cute in this.


  1. That is ADORABLE!!! I love it! If my sewing machine wasn't in storage and I had an extra room in my little rental I would make me up a few of these!

  2. That's SO cute!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


  3. HA! I spotted Anne's post at Craft Gossip and came over for a peek - that project is SERIOUSLY cute and I'm going to try it!

  4. I love this! I featured it today on my blog Today's Top 20! I'd love if you could stop by! While your there please click on my water widget on the top right. For each click p&g will donate 1 day's worth of clean water! :) Thanks!


  5. What a cleaver idea! First of all green is my favorite color, and I LOVE trees, but you really got me by using an old zipper, how awesome is that! Fantastic work!
    - Kim
    Upcycle On Everyone!

  6. WOW! i love new ideas :) I hope you can join us on Monday for making monday marvelous and link up you fun idea :)

  7. I love this. I featured it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" butotn.

  8. This is SO clever and cute! I will be making this for all the new little ones in my life (friends and family). You've got me thinking of what other fun shapes and things this could be ...Thanks for the project!

  9. I have so many scrap zippers. I'm going to get on this right away!!!


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