Update your Christmas decorations with a simple sewing project: a homemade Christmas tree skirt made of Christmas fabric that matches your holiday decor. Tree skirts are circles of fabric that wrap around the trunk of the tree and lay flat on the floor. Christmas presents are arranged on the skirt. Choose fabric that contrasts or coordinates with your wrapping paper. Making a tree skirt is a quick project that can be completed in an afternoon.
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Things you need
- Wrapping paper
- 1 1/2 yards Christmas fabric, 45 inches wide
- 1 1/2 yards muslin, 45 inches wide
- 48-inch-square quilt batting
Cut a 24-inch square of wrapping paper on which to create a quarter wedge of your tree-skirt pattern. Mark one corner of the square as the centre point of the pattern.
Fold the square in half diagonally from the corner to the right of the centre point, over to the corner to the left of the centre point. Crease the fold. You now have a triangle. Fold the edges together on both sides of the centre point two more times.
Cut the wide end of the folded triangle from the end of one side edge to the end of the other, with a slight outward curve. Unfold the pie-shaped pattern.
Lay the Christmas fabric in a single layer on a large work surface. Pin the tree skirt wedge pattern on the fabric, and cut out the shape. Rearrange and cut out three more wedges. Cut out four wedges from the muslin fabric in the same way.
Place two Christmas fabric wedges together with the right sides facing. Pin the layers of one long edge together. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the remaining two Christmas fabric wedges. Open the stitched wedges, and iron the seams open. You now have two half-circles.
Place the two half-circles together with the right sides facing. Pin the layers along the long straight edge. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Open the stitched halves, and iron the seams open.
Stitch and iron the muslin wedges in the same way. The muslin circle is the tree skirt's lining.
Spread a 48-inch square of quilt batting on your work surface. Center the Christmas fabric circle right side up on the batting. Position the muslin circle with the wrong side up on the Christmas circle. Pin the circles to the batting through all layers, and cut the batting using the pinned circles as your pattern.
Draw a 7-inch circle in the centre of the muslin lining with a compass. Pin around the outer edge of this traced circle through all layers, and cut out the centre circle.
Draw a straight line through the centre of a stitched wedge, from the outer edge of the tree skirt circle to the centre, using a yardstick as your straight edge. Pin the layers of the skirt together on both sides of the traced line. Cut along the line through all layers. This slit is the opening that allows you to wrap the skirt around the tree. The outside edge, inner circle edge and both edges of the slit are now pinned. Sew around the pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance and leaving a 6-inch opening in the centre of one slit edge.
Trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch around the curved outer edge of the skirt and the curved centre circle. Turn the skirt right side out through the opening in the slit. Hand sew the opening closed. Press the skirt.
Tips and warnings
- An all-over, nondirectional design on your fabric is recommended for this pattern.