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Advent tree – Making the Tree Pattern

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I searched the mighty internets searching for a pattern to make a tree for our Advent tree. Eventually, not happy with just a plain triangle and not liking some of the others that I had seen, I decided to make my own. I started off with three peices of parchment paper taped to each other and my kitchen table.

After measuring the wall, I decided to make the tree 36 inches wide and 40 inches tall, not including the star at the top or the trunk at the bottom.

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Since my wooden ruler only measured 36 inches, I used a piece of red yarn to help make sure I would keep the line straight when I moved the ruler. It worked out very well!!

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There you have it! A (mostly) equal triangle, that has also been sectioned every 10 inches (hence the decision to make it 40 inches tall) – leaving four 10 inch sections.

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Knowing that when I cut out the pieces of the tree they would not have any over lap, and wanting the tree to have a bit of bounce and not be just a triangle on the wall, I decided to make bounces to go on the bottom. The bottom level (not shown), I added it at the bottom of the pattern. The bounces there were each four inches long. These were drawn free hand, so they aren’t even, but I wasn’t looking for perfection.

Each other bounce set is as follows:

  • 27 inches long, by 1 inch wide and the bounces were 3 inches each
  • 18 inches long, by 1 inch wide and the bounces were 2 inches each
  • 9 1/4 inches long, by 1 inch wide and the bounces were 1 inch each

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The pattern is all complete once the bounces have been taped to the bottom of the pattern pieces!

Coming up next: Cutting out the pattern pieces and sewing it all together.

 

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