Make a Mini Christmas Tree Wall Hanging! 🎄

Janome Continental M7

I recently created a mini-Christmas tree wall hanging incorporating felt and embellishments into the project with the Janome Continental M7 which I wanted to share with you.

Mini Christmas Tree project made on the Janome Continental M7

Now you can’t make a Christmas wall hanging without embellishing it and the features on the Janome M7 really helped me to add these extra touches to this project.

If you’d like to make your own mini-Christmas tree wall hanging, here are the materials you’ll need:

Background fabric: 13” x 15”

Batting and Backing: 15”x 15” each – use a low-loft batting such as 100% cotton or 80/20 cotton/polyester blend

Border fabric: 4” x WOF

Green felt: 10” x 6”

Brown felt: scrap

Yarn for couching: 4 worsted weight in contrasting colour to green felt

Monofilament thread or thread matching yarn for couching

Buttons for embellishment (I used small snowflake ones)

Thread for quilting

Erasable marking tool (I used a soap sliver) and ruler

Accessories: Janome Free Motion Couching foot, Janome Ditch Quilting foot for AcuFeed Flex (SD foot)

Some of the materials you’ll need for this project

You’ll need some fabric for the background, borders, and backing. I made my background 12½” wide by 14½” high and added borders that were 1½” wide by the appropriate size for the sides, top and bottom borders. I used the pillowcase method to make the quilt sandwich with the top, batting, and backing.

For the tree and tree trunk, I used green, and brown felt. For the tree, I folded the green felt in half, drew a diagonal line about 8½” long and about 2” wide at the base, then cut out the doubled felt along this drawn line. This resulted in a tree which was about 8½” high by 4” wide.

Green (tree) felt marked and ready for cutting

I cut the brown felt trunk into a piece about 1” wide by 1¾” high.

Tree and tree trunk cut out

I did mention embellishments, didn’t I? As there will be couching on the Christmas tree, you will need some yarn. I used a 4-weight worsted acrylic yarn. I also chose some snowflake buttons to be stitched onto the project as the last step.

Once the quilt sandwich was made, it was time to add the tree and tree trunk.

Quilt sandwich prepared with the pillowcase method

I centered the felt trunk and tree on the background, ensuring that the trunk was inserted slightly underneath the tree, and glued them down with craft glue. Next it was on to the quilting part of the project.

Tree and tree trunk glued to the quilt sandwich

I attached the Janome Ditch Quilting foot for AcuFeed Flex (SD foot) to the Dual/Twin AcuFeed Flex foot holder and secured to the Janome Continental M7. I used the straight stitch needle plate and stitched in the ditch between the background and the borders. The ditch quilting foot has a metal guide down the centre which worked so well for this part of the project. It’s the only way I’m able to always stay in the ditch when doing this type of quilting!

Janome AcuFeed Ditch Quilting foot (SD) for the Dual/Twin AcuFeed Flex foot holder attached to the Janome Continental M7,

I switched to the to the Open-Toe Darning Foot (PD-H) to free motion quilt the background with swirls using a silver metallic thread. There is a Low-Shank Darning foot and High Shank Darning foot, so be sure to get the correct one if one didn’t come with your machine.

Free motion quilting with metallic thread

Who doesn’t like glitter, especially at this time of year? I thought this would add some fun glitter to the project!

Now that the project was quilted, it was on to the embellishing. I attached the Janome Free Motion Couching foot, using the #2 foot (there are two in the set for various thicknesses of yarn), inserted the regular (zigzag) needle plate, lowered the feed dogs and proceeded to couch down the yarn with a zigzag stitch in a garland-like style on the felt tree.

Please note, the Janome Free Motion Couching Foot Set fits High-Shank 7mm and 9mm models only.

Janome Free Motion Couching Foot set installed with yarn on the Janome Continental M7
Couching foot settings on Janome M7 – note the lowered feed dogs

I used a polyester monofilament thread in the top, but you could use a thread that matches the colour of your yarn. I really liked the texture and look that this couched yarn gave to the tree. It’s sew fun!

Couching the yarn with the Janome Continental M7

Next, my favourite part, was adding those little snowflake buttons. These were quite small, and I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to use the Button Sewing foot (T) on the Janome Continental M7 to attach these but, of course, I shouldn’t have worried because the machine did an amazing and quick job attaching these!

Button Sewing foot (T) attached to the Janome Continental M7
The Sewing Applications Menu on the Janome CM7 makes sewing on buttons by machine so fast and easy!

I used a glue stick to hold the buttons in place on the tree before I stitched them down.

Sewing on the snowflake buttons with the Button Sewing foot (T) on the Janome Continental M7

I love how you can adjust the width of the stitches on the Janome Continental M7 so that you can easily stitch down many different styles of buttons.

As a quilter, I don’t usually add buttons to my project so I’m always excited when I get to use this feature on the Janome Continental M7. It is so much quicker, accurate, and secure than stitching buttons on by hand, and it’s really fun to do!

After all this work was done, there was just one thing left to do, and that was to add a larger snowflake button to the top of the tree. I used glue to do this as it didn’t have any holes in it so I couldn’t stitch it on with my machine. 😢. My little quilt was finished and ready to be added to my Christmas décor.

Adding the final touch!

I hope you’ll try this little project which allows you to explore some of the optional accessories and features on the Janome Continental M7. For a detailed video on how I made this Christmas tree project, click here.

Note: These optional accessories can also be used on certain other Janome models, so check with your local Janome retailer for details on the specific accessory which will work with your machine.

Happy creating from Kim Jamieson-Hirst of Chatterbox Quilts, a Janome Canada Artisan in Calgary, Alberta.

About Kim Jamieson-Hirst

Quilting teacher, host at Chatterbox Quilts and The Quilter's Way, inspiring and encouraging quilters through education.
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