Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Purple Buffalo Plaid Cone Trees

Welcome to the December Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by Erlene @ MyPinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! 
This month, in keeping with my theme of using purple buffalo plaid in my holiday decor this season, I chose to share how I covered cone trees with the fabric! You can see what I've made so far, here, here, herehere and here. Whew, I've been busy!

I was in Hobby Lobby some time ago to see their Christmas items (they always put them out in late summer) and noticed a theme using black and white plaid holiday items. There were lots of black and white fabric covered cone trees that I loved! 

pictures from:Simple Made Pretty

Of course I thought I could make my own using  purple plaid fabric, but when I checked on Pinterest to see if anyone had made any in plaid (any color plaid), surprisingly, I really didn't find much - a few in plaid cones that were store bought and altered, and some made on the bias. Of course I pinned those but I wanted to see ones with lines or fabric patterns matching somewhat! And I couldn't believe there weren't any tutorials like that on Pinterest. So I came up with my own version.

The first thing that I did was to lay the paper mache cone on the plaid fabric as straight as I could get it, eyeballing the middle of the cone and matching the lines - pinning the fabric on in place. I left about a two inch side border and cut off the excess material.
Next, I pinned the fabric as tight as I could, making sure the side ends were matching along the triangular shape,

and then after removing the pinned fabric from the cone. I hand-basted the fabric together following where it was pinned. 
After that, I put it back on the cone again to check the fit and it was perfect! 

I took the cone shaped fabric off again, and re-enforced the stitching, leaving a small seam allowance for the final fit. 

You can use a sewing machine to sew it together, but I hated hauling my machine out and literally scooping off craft stuff on my table to make room for it! Lol! Anyway, it looks neat hand-stitched!

And finally, I pulled the fabric down on the cone as tight as I could, adjusting the pattern for an awesome look, and tucked the bottom edge under. Then hot glued the bottom in place. I should have painted the exposed bottom, but couldn't decide which color so I left it natural.
I haven't quite decided where I'm putting these, but they will certainly blend in with all of my holiday decor!

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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Julie - Sum of their Stories • Lynne - My Family Thyme
Lisa - Blogghetti • T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet 
Beverly - Across the Boulevard • Debra - Shoppe No. 5 
Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Terri - Our Good Life
 • Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey  Gail - Purple Hues and Me
Kristie - Teadoddles • Marie - The Inspiration Vault 
Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Alexandra - Eye Love Knots• 
Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Susan - Suzerspace
  Marci - Stone Cottage Adventure • Bri - Halfpint Design


  1. I knew this was your project! The trees are so pretty. Well done, as always! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  2. Purple is such an unusual colour for Christmas decor but it works SO well. These little trees are fab. (I'm the same with the sewing machine too, if it's not already out and I've got a little sewing job I often find it quicker just to do it by hand, a little slow hand stitching is nice to do sometimes too isn't it?)

  3. I'm always surprised and delighted with how you apply purple to decorating and craft projects! Love me some buffalo check. Cute and festive.

  4. Your purple tees are really cute and you did a great job making them. You are so creative and make such nice crafts!
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  5. Those look perfect! Great job on matching plaids; I always had a tough time with that when sewing. Pinned.

  6. These are so cute! I love your purple decor and wish I could sew.

  7. I love how you kept with your purple holiday theme and made your own tree decor. This is a a great tutorial showing how easy this can be made. Pinned.

  8. These look so pretty on your mantel with your snowflake!

  9. I love these pretty purple check trees! They look so lovely on your mantel with your adorable snowflake!

  10. I am loving the purple plaid theme you've had going on with your Christmas decor! These trees are very cute!

  11. Hi I just found you through Discuss. You have a lovely blog. Purple seems to be your favourite colour. Love your plaid tree. I too did something similar on my blog. Have a Merry Christmas with your friends and family.

  12. Thanks for sharing how to get this look with the fabric straight and not going sideways! I may have missed it but have you shared all of your purple plaid Christmas decorating in one post so we can see it all together? Each item is adorable all on its own but it will be "WOW" to see them as your decorating theme this year.

  13. Buffalo check is a favorite of mine, no matter what color it is! You did a great job matching the stripes on an angle. That's not an easy thing to do! :)

  14. Simplemente bellísimos Gail !!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Un color increíblemente bonito para Navidad 😱😱😱

  16. I love your buffalo plaid trees! They are so perfectly festive!

  17. It’s beautiful indeed.. and purple for sure 💜💜💜. Perfect for brightening up your day

  18. They look lovely with your purple buffalo plaid snowflakes!


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