Sweet Santa Face Raw Edge Appliqué – Sewing for Christmas

Sweet Santa Face Raw Edge Appliqué – Sewing for Christmas

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Santa Face Appliqué designs and quilt blocks by Tara Reed

What is Appliqué?

Dictionary.com defines APPLIQUÉ as: ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric are sewn or stuck onto a large piece of fabric to form pictures or patterns.

There are a few ways to do it, from sewing by hand or with your machine, fused appliqué, turned edge and more. The easiest is raw edge appliqué.

What is Raw Edge Appliqué?

Raw edge appliqué is when you cut your pieces the exact size you want them and you leave the cut, or “raw”, edges of the fabric shown. It’s easier because there is not trying to turn and press edges of small pieces so it works better for designs with small pieces like this. The edges will fray a little, depending on the way to choose to stitch them down. You can use straight stitching, zigzag or decorative stitches – the chose is yours.


sewing raw edge appliqué Santa face
Santa Applique in a Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
Santa Face Appliqué on green fabric

How to Cut Your Fabric Pieces

Just as there are a few ways to do appliqué there is more than one way to cut your fabric. In the video below I’ll show you how to:

  1. Use fusible web to hand cut the fabric and iron it on the back as well as how to
  2. Use your Cricut Maker or other cutting machine that can cut fabric and use temporary adhesive (I use this) to place the pieces on your background fabric.

The Sweet Santa appliqué can be used on any project you’d like but this pattern includes instructions to make a 20” square Sawtooth Star Quilt block with Santa in the center.

pin or clip book pillow pocket together
raw edge appliqué pieces


00:00 introduction
00:17 Raw Edge Appliqué definition
00:48 Raw Edge Fusible Appliqué
02:16 Put webbing on fabric
02:43 Small piece trimming tips
03:22 Cut appliqué pieces with Cricut Maker
03:47 Use temporary adhesive spray
03:57 Layout appliqué pieces
04:11 Mark placement before adhering pieces
04:51 Adhere pieces
05:56 Sewing the appliqué pieces
06:15 Free motion quilting

Santa raw edge appliqué and Sawtooth Star Quilt Block pattern available on Etsy

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🧵 Tara Reed

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How to Sew a Bench Pillow from a Placemat Panel

How to Sew a Bench Pillow from a Placemat Panel

If you have ever wanted a quick way to add seasonal decor to your home, bench pillows – or small rectangular pillows – are an easy way to go. When you make them from placemat panel fabric they are not only easy but economical.

Christmas Barn pillow supplies
Christmas Barn Pillow from Placemat Panel

With a panel of 6 images you could make 6 pillows or make some placemats and a few pillows, use them as quilt blocks and more. There are so many things you can with a sewing machine and creativity.

In the video below I will show you how quick it is to stitch up a pillow using a Christmas Barn: one of 6 images on the December panel from the Monthly Placemat Program I created for Riley Blake Designs.


00:00 introduction

00:13 Supplies

00:37 Prepare fabrics and sew

01:15 Trim and turn right side out

01:39 Stuff the pillow

02:09 Close the opening

02:25 Follow me for more tutorials

With the 12 panels in the Monthly Placemat Program you can make pillows AND placemats for the whole year.

If you make and share any pillows or other projects on social media be sure to tag me – I’d love to see what you create! (My social media links are at the bottom of the post)

🎄 Tara Reed

How to Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt – Free Pattern & Video Tutorial

How to Sew a Christmas Tree Skirt – Free Pattern & Video Tutorial

How to Sew a Reversible Christmas Tree Skirt – Free Pattern & Video Tutorial

DIY Christmas Tree Skirt

This is a Christmas Tree Skirt you’ll love to sew – no large curves or hooking a pencil to a string and hoping the circle lays flat. With this 8 sided design you only have straight cuts and a clean look. Works well for both whimsical and sophisticated fabrics.

I use two prints and images from the quilt panel from my Gnome for Christmas flannel collection manufactured and sold by Riley Blake Designs. It will of course work with any fabrics but I’m going for a “Christmas Gnome” theme this year!


Christmas Tree Skirt Supplies


  • IRON
  • ROTARY CUTTER & MAT (suggested)
  • ThermoWeb Heat ‘N Bond® Lite (if you do applique)


2 sec – Supplies Used
6 secs – STEP 1: Cut & Prep Fabrics
51 secs – STEP 2: Cut Fabric Segments
6:09 – STEP 3: Sew the 8 front segments together
6:46 – STEP 4: Creating the reverse side
7:09 – using a 54″ fabric for the reverse instead of 44″
7:57 – STEP 5: Adding Applique (optional)
15:32 – STEP 6: Sew the two sides together
16:42 – STEP 7: Turn, clip, press and topstitch
20:36 – STEP 8: Adding Kam Snaps for closures


Easy Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

Here is a run-down of how to sew this Christmas Skirt. I love that it is all straight cuts!

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First you will cut the 2 1/2 yard fabric for the front into four 21″ lengths per the diagram below. Keep the fabric folded for the next step.

STEP 1: Cut the Main Fabric


Christmas Tree Skirt - main cuts

STEP 2: Cut the Tree Skirt Segments

After doing my basic cuts I then ironed my four fabric pieces, ironing the fold as well – we will cut it off so it doesn’t matter.

Cut the fabric to 20″ (top and bottom if you are using a directional fabric) x 20 1/2″ high.

Next follow the diagram to cut eight pieces that are 3″ wide at the top and 20″ wide at the bottom.


Christmas Tree Skirt - Cut Shapes

STEP 3: Sew the Tree Skirt segments together

With right sides together, sew the 8 segments together with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving the last seam open so you can sew the front and back together.


Christmas Tree Skirt - sew and press seams
making the reverse side of the Christmas Tree Skirt

STEP 4: Decide on your Reverse Side Fabric

Since I wanted to use my flannel that comes 44″ wide, I used the same 8 segment process used for the front to create the back.

If you want a plain back or have a 54″ fabric you’d like to use, you will need 1 1/2 yards. You then lay the skirt pieces you just sewed together on top of the ironed 54″ square and use it as a template to cut the backing.


54 in backing fabric
Adding applique gnomes to the Christmas Tree Skirt

STEP 5: Add the Applique (if desired)

I used ThermoWeb Heat ‘N Bond Lite to apply gnomes I cut out of the Gnome for Christmas Quilt Panel – placing one gnome per section of the tree skirt. 

I chose to do a loose free motion quilting stitch around each gnome applique to make the project go a little faster.

I used a ruler to position each gnome about 1 1/2″ up from the bottom edge of the fabric and centered them on each section.


Tree Skirt - ironing applique
Pinning the Christmas Tree Skirt together

STEP 6: Layer both Sides Together and Sew

With right sides together and seams lined up (if you did both sides in 8 segments) – pin all the way around the tree skirt.

I added quilting pins on seams and within the skirt for added protection against shifting as I moved the fabric around the sewing machine.

Sew around the entire tree skirt with a 1/2″ seam allowance, leaving a section over on an end for turning.

NOTE: If you choose to add ribbons to tie your tree skirt instead of Kam® Snaps like I’ll show you later, add them now on the ends. (details not included – I’m all about the snaps for this project!)


finishing the Christmas Tree Skirt

STEP 7: Trim, Turn, Press & Topstitch

You are almost done!

Clip and trim the points and pivots to get rid of excess fabric that would prevent the angles from being crisp and flat. (More details are in the video around the 17 min mark)

Turn your Christmas tree skirt right side out and carefully  press around all the edges.

Press the area left open to turn the tree skirt in 1/2″ so it is consistent with the rest of the edge.

Topstitch 1/4″ from the edge, all the way around the skirt.


DIY Christmas Tree Skirt

STEP 8: Add Snaps

I debated about what I wanted to use to close the back of my tree skirt – if anything to be honest.

There are lots of options: velcro, buttons, ribbon ties and more.  I decided that Kam® Snaps were exactly what I wanted to use.

They are plastic snaps that come in a variety of colors. The white would look good on both sides of my tree skirt (it’s reversible, remember? 😁) They would blend in with the white beards on the gnome side and look like more snowflakes on the red side.

They are easy to use and have great directions – you can find details directions at the 20 minute 36 second mark in the video.

That’s it – you are done!

Now you have a versatile and reversible Christmas Tree Skirt to use for years to come.

If you make one and share it on social media be sure to tag me!

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Happy Sewing and wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

🎅🏻 🎄 Tara Reed 



Gnome for Christmas Ideas for the Whole Family!

Gnome for Christmas Ideas for the Whole Family!

Another stop on the  Gnome for Christmas flannel collection project tour takes us to Quiltscapes where Deonn has whipped up a little something for the whole family!

From Pajamas to Pillows to a Gnomie (and yes – there is a free pattern for him, I totally need to make one!) she has the whole family covered!

Here are a few of her photos but then hop over to her blog where she shares all the details and even an adorable video of her grandson trying to put on his cap – hopefully he figures it out by Christmas! (Although I have to say it’s so cute I kind of hope he doesn’t!)

If you make something with the Gnomes for Christmas and post it on social media – tag me – I love to see what people create.

Now Deonn has inspired me to try to make pajamas for my family – I’m glad the flannel came out in April so I have lots of time!

May your creative juices flow and these little gnomes bring you joy!

Tara Reed

Click here to see more projects with the Gnome for Christmas fabric >