This week, instead of finishing aprons, I was momentarily sidetracked with making a candle mat. The embroidery design is for an embroidery machine, but if you haven't got an embroidery machine and you like a bit of applique, this is a simple project you could recreate with a simple triangle shape and a suitable shape for the basket. If you are using your machine for applique, and it has a few fancy stitches, you could use these as the swags of tinsel on the tree. (This design will be posted on Sewforum, shortly).
If you fancy making one of these, the following are some of the measurements you will need to get started. It is an idea - run with it, make it as big or as small as you like, decorate as you wish. I used some Swarovsky Crystals to finish off the tree baubles.
For this size mat, you will need 55 cm or 22 inches of 112cm/42in of fabric. Mine was plain white with self coloured stars. Cut this in half - one for the front and one piece for the back.
Batting/Wadding 55cm/22inches by 55cm/21inches. You will also need scraps of fabric for the trees.
I used the front fabric and the wadding first, and quilted using stippling, to stabilise the fabric. You could also use a grid type of quilting or a few random lines running up and down and across - maybe even some fancy stitches if you like.
This will be the base for the applique.
Here are the measurements of my triangle (before seam allowances).
If you are using the embroidery design, print out a template and use to position the Christmas Tree correctly. I lined the tree base up with the bottom corners of each triangle. You can of course, position them how you like.