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At the Shop: Christmas Tree Napkin Tutorial

Sew you want a quick but memorable gift you can make for everyone on your list? How about these lovely Christmas Tree napkins suggested by staff member Gloria!

Gloria has been on staff at Keepsake Quilting since 2000.  She began quilting in 1991 when a local quilt shop offered an Eleanor Burns Log Cabin Quilt in a Day class and hasn’t stopped since.  Her favorite notion is her 6½” square ruler; she uses it all the time and finds it very helpful when making her preferred type of quilts- country scrappy! Gloria also has an addiction to all things chickadee, enjoys cross stitch, and is on a wool project kick at the moment. Here are some of her creations:

Gloria’s Chickadee Runner and Cross Stitch

Perhaps one of Gloria’s greatest qualities is that she is a fountain of knowledge. When asked for a suggestion of a simple gift to make for multiple people on a Christmas list, Gloria recommended these Christmas Tree Napkins.  She asserted that it was a quick & easy project, and she was right!  Another great thing about this pattern is that while it looks wonderful in traditional Christmas colors, it can easily be translated to other colorways.  The tutorial below uses primitive winter colors of navy and khaki, but you could also use fall colors for Autumn, or even Halloween fabric for a Nightmare Before Christmas theme!

If you would like to see these napkins being made, or want a little help picking out fabric, come to the shop this Friday, July 12th, from 10-2pm! Gloria herself will be on hand to demonstrate and assist. Participants will receive 10% off any fabric they purchase to make these festive napkins!

 Christmas Tree Napkin Tutorial

For four napkins: 2/3 yard each of two coordinating fabrics OR 8 coordinating fat quarters

Start with an 18″ circle of cardstock. Below we have demonstrated one way of doing this using a paper clip, thumbtack, twine, and a pencil. Make sure you cut the twine longer than necessary so that you can roll it along the ruler until you hit a little over 9″ in length.

Measuring for your circle

Then place the thumbtack in the middle of your cardstock and make a circle. You can also use a pizza pan or some other circular object; however you will have to adjust the rest of the pattern accordingly.

Drawing our circle

Cut the circle in half.  One side is the template for cutting your fabric. Take the other half and create a wedge template by drawing a line from 6″ on the straight edge to 7″ along the rounded edge forming a long, skinny, wedge.

Measuring for the wedge: measure from 6" on the straight
Measure to 7" along the rounded edge
Draw your line
Wedge template


Cut along the line.  This skinny wedge is what will help you establish your fold lines to create the “tree”.


1. Using the ½ circle template, mark and cut 4 semi-circles from each of your two fabrics (or one each from every fat quarter) so you end up with 8 semi-circles.

We love the Sewline Fabric Pencil; clear, clean lines that go on smoothly and come off just as easily!
Careful of your fingers!

2. Layer two coordinating napkin pieces right sides together and stich, leaving a two inch gap for turning. Make sure you reinforce either side of the openings.  Clip the corners.

Layered and sewn fabrics, reinforced at the opening

3. Turn, press, and slip stitch opening closed. Then topstich 1/8″ to 1/4″ from edge around the entire outline of the napkins to reinforce the seam and encourage the napkin to lay flat.

Topstitched napkins

4. Line your wedge template up against the straight edge of the fabric.  The curve of
the wedge should match the curve of your fabric.  Use a fabric marker to mark a line
on the fabric.

Lining up our template, marking our first point

5. Keeping the point of the template in the same place, slide the wedge so that the long straight edge matches your first line. Mark.

Continue around the wedge until you have five fold lines.

Marking the second fold line
Marking the third fold line
Marking the fourth fold line
Marking the fifth fold line
All five of our fold lines

6. Stitch along your fold lines to make it easy to know where to fold and create your tree.  Fold along each line and enjoy!


Folding our napkin


Our finished Christmas Tree Napkin


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