Do you hold on to things that may just come in handy someday? My container of empty Aurifil thread spools is testament to the fact that I do. I have orange, red, green and grey ones...but mostly orange because that's the colour of the 50 weight spool I use most often.
Rummaging through my stash of Christmas fabrics, I found quite a few small green pieces. The brain said they would make a great forest of small evergreens. But I wanted a standing forest, not one that sits in a bowl, or hangs on a tree. In the past I have made small stuffed trees with dowels inserted in the middle; hubby would fashion a base from a piece of wood. Using Aurifil spools with the end cap in place makes them perfect as a stand!To make the trees, you will need 6 small squares of fabric (2 for each tree) of whatever size you want your trees.
7 empty large Aurifil spools
Small amount of Fibrefil stuffing
Draw out a pattern for your trees. My smallest is 4-1/2" across the base, and 4-1/2" measured up from the centre of this baseline. The medium tree is 6-1/2" wide and 5-1/2" tall, and the largest tree is 5-1/4" wide x 7-1/2" tall.
Remove end caps from 4 of the dowels. For 2 trees, simply glue one spool section on top of the spool/cap using a hot melt glue gun. A wrap of sturdy tape works well also.
Poke a little fibrefill into the tips of the triangles and then put the spool in all the way to the top. Poke in fibrefill around the spool and pin the opening; stitch opening closed with hand stitches.