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Christmas Tree Quilt Block Tutorial

Learn how to make the super simple Christmas Tree Block. Step by step tutorial with printable layout pdf. The block can be used in quilts, totes, pillows even wall hangings!

christmas tree quilt block tutorial

I took advantage of some of the pre-black Friday sales recently to stock up on a few fat quarter sets and holiday themed bundles. One of the bundles I bought was a stash building holiday scrap bundle.

After I opened up this little holiday themed bundle of scraps, I knew all of the reds and greens would be perfect to make a Christmas tree block.

How adorable did this 12 inch block turn out?!?christmas tree quilt block up close

I have plans to make one more with similar scraps and make a pair of Christmas pillows! But it would be adorable in a holiday throw quilt as well.

If you would like to make a couple of these fun Christmas Tree Quilt blocks, I have put together a quick tutorial and included a printable template.

(Don’t print the image below, download the free Christmas Tree Quilt Block Template here.)

christmas tree quilt block template

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Materials Needed to Make the Christmas Tree Block

  • Christmas Tree Block Template
  • Various Red Fabric scraps
  • Green fabric scraps
  • Brown Scrap
  • Basic quilting and sewing supplies: ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter, quilting needle, 1/4 inch seam allowance presser foot

Skill Level: Beginner friendly

Time Needed: About an hour

Block Details: Finished block is 12 inches square.

Instructions:

Step 1: Cut your squares

For the Christmas Tree block, you need:

  • 19 red 2.5 inch squares
  • 8 green 2.5 inch squares
  • 5 red 3 inch squares
  • 4 green 3 inch squares
  • 1 brown 3 inch square

christmas tree quilt block tutorial

Step 2: Make the half square triangles.

1. Line up one red and one green 3 inch square. Draw a line from corner. Sew a quarter inch seam allowance on each side of the line you drew.
2. Cut the triangles in half along the line.
half square quilt triangle
3. Press the half square triangles, trim off the corners and square square them up with a ruler. (Should be 2.5 inches.)
4. Make 3 more sets of red and green half square triangles.

Step 3: Line up squares.

Line up and arrange your red and green squares according to the chart. Take this time to move around any of the squares for the best “flow.”
how to make a christmas tree block

Step 4: Sew squares into rows.

Start with the top row and sew the 6 squares together with a .25 inch seam allowance.
christmas tree quilt block tutorial
Press the seams and move on to the 2nd row.

Keep going until you get to the 6th and final row.

Step 5: Sew trunk and final row of the Christmas Tree Block

Cut the last red 3 inch square and the brown 3 inch square in half.
Sew one brown strip to one red strip. Repeat for the second set of red/brown strips.

Trim red/brown squares to 2.5 inches. (They will be a little long.)

Line up the brown edges  and sew together. (RST)
Christmas Tree Quilt Block
Sew the rest of the bottom row together.

Step 6: Sew the rows together.

Sew the rows together, taking care to line up the squares as much as possible. I like to put a pin in the middle to start, then adjust as needed to get the farthest left and farthest right square to line up. Nesting the seams really helps line up squares that might be just a tiny bit off.
christmas tree block tutorial

That’s it! The finished block should be 12 inches square.

Now, what will you make with your Christmas Tree Block?

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Yield: 1 quilt block

Christmas Tree Quilt Block Tutorial

christmas tree quilt block tutorial

Learn how to make the super simple Christmas Tree Block. Step by step tutorial with printable layout pdf. The block can be used in quilts, totes, pillows even wall hangings!

Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Difficulty easy/intermediate

Materials

  • Christmas Tree Block Template
  • Various Red Fabric scraps
  • Green fabric scraps
  • Brown Scrap
  • Basic quilting and sewing supplies

Tools

  • ruler
  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • quilting needle
  • 1/4 inch seam allowance presser foot

Instructions

Step 1: Cut your squares

  1. For the Christmas Tree block, you need:
  2. 19 red 2.5 inch squares
  3. 8 green 2.5 inch squares
  4. 5 red 3 inch squares
  5. 4 green 3 inch squares
  6. 1 brown 3 inch square

Step 2: Make the half square triangles.

  1. 1. Line up one red and one green 3 inch square. Draw a line from corner. Sew a quarter inch seam allowance on each side of the line you drew.2. Cut the triangles in half along the line.3. Press the half square triangles, trim off the corners and square square them up with a ruler. (Should be 2.5 inches.)4. Make 3 more sets of red and green half square triangles.

Step 3: Line up squares.

  1. Line up and arrange your red and green squares according to the chart. Take this time to move around any of the squares for the best "flow."

Step 4: Sew squares into rows.

  1. Start with the top row and sew the 6 squares together with a .25 inch seam allowance.Press the seams and move on to the 2nd row. Keep going until you get to the 6th and final row.

Step 5: Sew trunk and final row of the Christmas Tree Block

  1. Cut the last red 3 inch square and the brown 3 inch square in half.Sew one brown strip to one red strip. Repeat for the second set of red/brown strips.Line up the brown edges  and sew together. (RST)Sew the rest of the bottom row together.

Step 6: Sew the rows together.

  1. Sew the rows together, taking care to line up the squares as much as possible. I like to put a pin in the middle to start, then adjust as needed to get the farthest left and farthest right square to line up. Nesting the seams really helps line up squares that might be just a tiny bit off.