How to make Denim Christmas Tree Decorations

November 25, 2017

It is no secret that I love working with old jeans it’s such a versatile fabric. Somehow over the years, I haven’t made any denim Christmas tree decorations… its time to fix that!! These denim Christmas tree decorations are easy to make.

As I pack up my sewing room up this week I am particularly struggling with packing ripped jeans away. Yesterday a colleague gave me some old jeans, I am so delighted but felt I couldn’t bring them home – they have turned into my secret stash of denim, hidden in a box on a shelf at work #shhhhh


Denim Christmas Tree Decorations


  • Old ripped denim jeans
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery Threads & needle
  • Cushion stuffing
  • Ribbon

Start by cutting out two triangles from denim.

Hand stitch beautiful mini stars simply layering running one straight stitch on top of each. Stitch a variety of stars all over one triangle. You can choose whether to keep it simple with just one colour or go multicoloured – if you like a bit of sparkle you could add beads to the design. I have used a thread I had to hand which is thicker than sewing thread but thinner than embroidery floss, choose a thread you are happy with.




Place the two triangles together. Stitch together using a blanket stitch. Start at the base of the tree and work up one side.


Once you are close to the top pause. Tie a piece of ribbon, approximately 2″ long with a knot and place in between the layers.


denim christmas decorations

Continue blanket stitching around the top, encapturing the ribbon. This provides the Christmas tree decoration with a hanging loop.


denim christmas decorations

Once you have reached the base of the triangle stuff the triangle with cushion stuffing, ensure it reaches into each corner of the triangle.


denim christmas decorations

Continue with your blanket stitch to finish the decoration.

Since I first made these denim Christmas tree decorations I have modified the design and added in a cinnamon stick along the base to represent the tree trunk. If you would like to do this yourself, apply E6000 glue to the wrong side of the fabric, centrally along the base. Insert the cinnamon stick and hold in place whilst the glue dries, I have used a clover clip to hold.


Once the glue is dry finish stitching along the base and secure. That’s it, you are done! The only complicated piece is deciding on your colours.

Are you looking for further ideas about what to do with your old jeans? Check out my 25+ craft ideas for old jeans

How to make Denim Christmas Tree Decorations

How to make Denim Christmas Tree Decorations

It is quick and easy to make denim Christmas tree decorations

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • Old jeans
  • Embroidery Threads
  • Cushion Stuffing
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • 2" piece of ribbon
  • E6000


  • Scissors
  • Needle


  1. Cut out two triangles of denim
  2. Hand stitch stars
  3. Place the wrong sides together
  4. Blanket stitch from the base up along one side
  5. Place a ribbon loop into the centre, at the top (raw edges of ribbon encased between the two layers of denim). Secure in place with your blanket stitch
  6. Continue blanket stitching to bottom corner
  7. Stuff the tree with stuffing
  8. Insert cinnamon stick and glue in place
  9. finsih stuffing and stitching along base

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4 comments so far.

4 responses to “How to make Denim Christmas Tree Decorations”

  1. Ginny says:

    Gosh those are very cute. Love how simple they are.

  2. Claire says:

    You know I love a denim upcycle. These ornaments are very sweet, love the embroidery detail.

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