Thinking about Christmas ….. free Robins pattern

I know Christmas (whisper that word!) is still a little way off – although approaching very fast!  But, for me at least, October is the time I begin to think about Christmas stitching and I’ve been very busy with Christmas projects here at Bustle & Sew.  I’ve already mentioned Robert the Red Nose Reindeer, and this morning I’m pleased to announce that my Christmas Tree-O is finished!

Christmas Tree-O(!)

 I don’t have room in my workroom for a conventional tree so I’ve designed a trio of hoops – would you like to see?

Christmas Tree-O(!)

 … that together form a cheerful applique tree decorated with ric-rac braid, felt and a lovely selection of vintage buttons from my Grandma’s button tin.  And best of all, it hangs on the wall so no space needed at all!  Here it’s laid out on the sofa in my workroom, but I’ll take some proper photos when the light is better outside ….

Christmas Tree-O(!)

  Patterns for both Robert the Red Nose Reindeer and the Christmas Tree-O will be in the November issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine

Robins in Love

 This won’t be published until the end of this month – so if you’re in the mood for some a little easy Christmas stitching before then, you might enjoy my Robins in Love design from a couple of years ago showing nine fat robins – two of whom only have eyes for each other! If you’d like the free pattern for Robins in Love, then please just CLICK HERE to download. 

Christmas Tree-O(!)

 Meanwhile – enjoy the rest of your weekend, whatever you’re doing (we’re off for another lovely walk this afternoon!).


  1. Kathleen Robertson says:

    Love these patterns, especially the trio of hoops Christmas tree. I see you often use a hoop as a frame, how do you finish these. I’ve seen two different methods and wonder what you do? I’m planning on making my son and future daughter in laws wedding favours, using 3″ hoops embroidered with their names and wedding date but would love some advice on finishing the backs, any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

  2. Just darling! Is the Tree-O all stitched by hand or machine as well? Since I’m not much for using a sewing machine if this is stitched by hand, I just might have a go at it after all! Thank you…. Have a lovely walk!

  3. omg the Christmas tree in three separate hoops wow what a wonderful idea you are one hot sewist lol thanks for sharing your amazing work have a good day:))))x

  4. Very Coolie idea with the Christmas tree hoops. love it!

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