Spaghetti Bias Tree Appliqué


With just under two weeks to go until Christmas day, I doubt many of you are looking to begin work on an intricate holiday garment. Luckily, this little project is anything but complicated. Designed by Connie Palmer, the adorable matching appliquéd outfits first appeared in our November/December 2009 issue of Sew Beautiful and can be made in a jiffy using pre-made spaghetti bias and a quick-sew (or ready-made!) jumper or John-John pattern. Connie used the dress and romper pattern from Appliqué the Easy Way by Martha Pullen. She lined the red cotton corduroy with red and white cotton check lining and trimmed the dress with a bias ruffle. For the tree, she used green spaghetti bias and then added beads and buttons as ornaments.

To make the spaghetti bias tree:

  1. Mark tree on front of garment using tree template provided here (click photo to enlarge).


  1. Glue-baste spaghetti bias strips following template lines.
  1. Stitch using a 2.0 twin needle.
  1. Cover ends with a bead or button.
  1. Embellish with buttons and beads.

Isn’t that easy? And the design isn’t limited to children’s garments – it would also look great on a Christmas stocking, seasonal apron, sweater … anywhere you need a quick-and-easy seasonal embellishment!

Shop our Sew Beautiful back issues and special collections for more inspiration!


Happy Sewing,



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