Free Pattern: The Stanley Tree!

Today we have an adorable free pattern to share with you: the Stanley Tree!


Stanley is a cute stuffed Christmas tree (or holiday tree, if you prefer) made from cotton and stuffed with fiberfill. Choose from a full size tree approximately 17″ tall, or choose the even cuter baby size that stands about 9.5″ tall. See them side by side here to get an idea of the two sizes.

stanley tree free downloadable sewing pattern

Both versions are stuffed firmly with a flat base, so they can stand on their own.

stanley tree free downloadable sewing pattern

Decorate the tree branches with bows and bells, twine, ribbons, anything you like! It’s a neat decoration because it’s soft, cuddly and completely unbreakable. The Stanley Tree in either size is incredibly cute and a fun and easy project to sew.

stanley tree free downloadable sewing pattern

We’ve sewn samples in both traditional holiday colours of red and green, as well as a modern colour palette of pale aqua and cream. We think it would make a sweet hostess gift for the upcoming holiday season, a cool coffee table decoration, even a neat gift for people who adore all things Christmas!

How about a centrepiece for a winter wedding, in icy pastels? Natural linen with gold bells? So many possibilities for taking this pattern and making it your own.

stanley tree free downloadable sewing pattern

Why Stanley, besides the fact it’s been really fun calling a stuffed tree by a human name?

stanley tree free downloadable sewing pattern

Our Stanley pattern is named after Stanley Park, a 1001 acre public park in downtown Vancouver. It’s one of Vancouver’s most famous landmarks, and it’s full of trees. It seemed appropriate and humorous to name our cute stuffed tree after a massive park full of centuries-old trees.

I wanted to offer this pattern as every year around the holidays I post a photo of a similar tree I sewed around age twelve. When I post the photo, people ask about where they can get the pattern, and I never have a good answer!

I’ve long lost the original pattern which was provided by the fabric store, and the store itself is also long gone. It’s been fun and nostalgic to recreate the original and add the second mini tree. Also, I don’t remember having diagrams to follow, just the paper pattern piece and basic written directions. Our version features our usual clear diagrams and instructions. Easy to make, adorable to give or keep!

Download the Stanley Tree pattern today, for free!

If you make one, do come back and post a link in the comments, or tag it #sewaholicstanley on Instagram. I’d love to see the new generation of Stanley Trees!

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32 Responses to Free Pattern: The Stanley Tree!

  1. Joyce Hamilton November 4, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    Thanks so much! “He” is so cute :)

  2. Carley November 4, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Hi Tasia,

    Thank you so much for the free pattern! Now I know what I am going to have my sewing students (all 32 kids!) make as their holiday project!


  3. nothy November 4, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    I love this! Thanks

  4. Erin B November 4, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    Aww! My great aunt made one of those for me when I was a kid. I think it was lost with all my mom’s stuff years ago. I will definitely have to make this with my 5 year old son this year! It will be a perfect little project for us to do together.

  5. Sandra November 4, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Muchas gracias por este patrón gratuito
    Es un detalle muy bonito para hacer en los próximos días preparando la navidad

  6. francesca November 4, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    So cute! Thanks very much:)

  7. lisa g November 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    So cute! Might have to make this with my kiddos. :)

  8. Jools November 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Very cute! I have to admit, though, that my thought process went from thinking that if I made it, I’d have to be careful about my cat eating any bows or other decorations on it, to realizing that making the small one and adding some catnip to the stuffing would make a great seasonal cat toy…

    • francesca November 5, 2015 at 1:40 am #

      haha! Another cat person, I see;)

      • Jools November 5, 2015 at 7:49 pm #

        You know it! Plus I might as well make something for my cat, given how “helpful” she is when I’m sewing things for myself!

    • Emma November 11, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

      I was worried about the bows and bells being swallowed too! And I have a feeling one of mine would take ‘unbreakable’ as a challenge! Maybe she could play with it under supervision only, haha!

  9. Sandra November 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    Tasia, I love this!! I have never seen this before. I am so excited, it’s the perfect gift for my friends and co-workers! Thanks so much- I will make one for my mother-in-law too!!

  10. Amanda November 4, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    This is so precious, Tasia!! Thank you for sharing this with us!! I usually get overwhelmed thinking about tackling a lot of holiday projects, but this one seems quick and fun to sew. It will make the perfect gift!! xo, Amanda

  11. Janneke November 4, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

    I have seen this before, and this I am going to make one or two or more. The fabric stores especially our Fabricland store have all the lovely Christmas prints out now. Great for table topper.

  12. Cathi November 4, 2015 at 2:05 pm #

    Thanks for this Tasia! I made of these MANY years ago (I still have it) and have planned to copy the pattern and make more for ages. Now I don’t have to!
    The turquoise one is SO beautiful!

    Thank you

  13. Rona November 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm #

    Hi Tasia
    Thanks for gifting us your childhood christmas tree pattern. Will definitely make this for our Australian Christmas this year. Not all snowy and fluffy as the usual decorations are eventhough I would dearly love to enjoy a white Christmas. Happy and peace holidays for you, your husband and staff.

  14. Nina November 4, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    I love it! Another thing to add to the to sew list ♥

  15. francesca November 5, 2015 at 1:42 am #

    Yesterday I commented on this on my tablet which I can’t download from – and which I hate writing on – today I am on my work pc so I have to tell you this – my mum died 12 years ago on Boxing day (day after Christmas) and I haven’t had a tree since then. This is the first tree I actually feel like having. Thank you so much. Best wishes to you and everyone at Sewaholic for a lovely Christmas :)

  16. Toni November 5, 2015 at 2:16 am #

    Thank you – such a delightful tree. Hopefully there will be time to make several for this Christmas….

  17. Annette November 5, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Thank you very much! I love Stanley, large and small! They/He are super-cute. And the one you made when you were 12! Terrific! TFS, Annette

  18. Elle November 5, 2015 at 7:24 am #

    Wow, this is amazing! My first time using a sewing machine (at 8 or so) was spent making a set of trees just like this with my mom, in alternating red and green panels. The fabric had little metallic trees printed on, and I overstuffed those things until the seams were fit to burst. Tiny red bows covered my mis-sewn tree points. I begged Mom for them when I moved out but she couldn’t bear to give them up.

    I didn’t start sewing again until a few months ago, and have now made several great skirts using your Rae pattern. Now I feel confident enough to make loads of other things, and these trees are now first on the list. I can’t wait to pick out a modern fabric and have a holiday set of my very own making again!

  19. Ang November 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm #

    So cute and adorable! Thanks for the pattern download. I have visited Stanley Park many years ago and it’s beautiful. Can’t wait to visit again.

  20. Albertine November 6, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    I love these trees, they are so adorable! I will definitely make some with my daughter. Last summer when we were in Vancouver we rent bicycles and went to Capilano Bridge via Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. We enjoyed Stanley Park so much and now we can make our own Stanley Tree here in Holland. Thank you very much!!

  21. lisbet November 6, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    I made one years ago but lost the pattern. It will be fun to make one again, with my hand painted fabric.

  22. passionofsewing November 15, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    It’s so cute…amazing!!

  23. Billy's mum November 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    I have a lot of Christmas fabric in my stash and this pattern is just lovely. A grove of Stanley trees have appeared at my place. Have a look at the sewaholic flickr pool to see a photo.

  24. Debbie January 4, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    Thank you SO much! These trees are so cool! I can make them for EVERY occasion! The sky’s the limit! <3
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