Welcome back everyone. Well, Halloween is over and we are now in November and we all know what that means……start thinking about Christmas. I know, I know. It seems like poor Thanksgiving sometimes gets passed over and we skip right from costumes and candy to Santa Clause and Christmas trees. I always cringe a little when I go to stores and I see Christmas decorations up even before Halloween, but it’s the nature of the beast. But, in my defense, I have to get started early on my Christmas decorations this year since I am making most of them. Yup…..making most of them. Crazy. I know.
Since we moved here to Kentucky and most of our stuff is still in storage and will continue to be until we move again, I can’t find my Christmas stuff. I found the tree and some wrapping paper, but no decorations. Why is your stuff still in storage you ask? Well, with my husband’s job we will be moving a lot. I joined him here in Kentucky in July, but he had been here since January of 2016. We are supposed to be moving to the next job site in Pennsylvania at the end of January 2017 so there is no point unpacking what I will have to pack again in a couple months.
This makes decorating a…..hmmm what’s a good word I could use here?…….oh yeh a NIGHTMARE. I have a lot of pretty things and cool pieces, but I don’t really feel like taking it all out of storage and just to pack it back up again.
Anyway, enough about that. Due to this dilemma I decided since we are in a cabin in the woods of Kentucky what better place to have a country Christmas.
On to the project.
Follow along and you can see how I made this skirt and it shows how you can make one too.
First I taped together a bunch of printer paper to make a large square so that I could create my pattern. (I don’t get real fancy and use specialty pattern paper. Printer paper does the trick too.) You need to decide how far out you want your skirt to extend out from the tree. A lot of things I read on line were using 22 inches. I looked a 22 inches and that didn’t seem like it would peek out from under the tree so I went for 30 inches.
Once you have all your paper in a square, take a pen and tie a string around it and start out at the very corner of the paper and extend your pen on a string out 30 inches. Hold your finger on the string and take your pen and draw your arch.
Now cut out your arch.
Now measure 3 inches from the tip and again taking your pen on a string and create another arch. Then cut that off. That is what goes around your tree base.
Now fold your pattern piece in half and then fold it in half again. Open it up and you have your defined pattern pieces ready to be cut out. Cut these out.
Your pattern is ¼ of the tree skirt. You have 4 pieces so in total you will have 16 pieces. Think about the fabric you have chosen. How many fabrics are you using? 1, 2, 3 or 4? This will determine how many pieces you cut from each piece of fabric. I chose 4 different fabrics so I will have 4 pieces of each fabric for a total of 16 wedges.
Begin to position your pattern pieces on your fabric. Lay them in a way so that you aren’t taking up space and wasting fabric. On fabric that doesn’t have a specific pattern you can lay the pieces in any manner. However, if you have a one way directional fabric like my little Christmas tree fabric you need to make sure you lay your pattern so that your trees are all going the same way.
Now that all your pieces are cut out you can begin sewing your wedges together. Remember to leave one section unsewn (don’t complete the circle) so that you can get it around the tree. You can use a regular sewing machine to do this or a serger if you want your edges to be finished and not all ragged and frayed. If you want the frayed look you do have the option to sew wrong side together so that your seam is on the top and you can fray this to give it a primitive look.
I used my new serger to finish my seams to give it a more professional look. I am loving my new serger.
I also finished my outer edge with my serger too.
I got 2 spools of a lace trim from Walmart for $6 to finish and complete the look of my country Christmas tree skirt.
I pinned on the lace and used my regular sewing machine to stitch my lace in place right over the serged edge. This gives the skirt a complete and finished look.
Well, there ya go! Christmas tree skirt is complete. I would provide a beautiful pic of it around the tree but, it’s not up yet. The hubs said not till after Thanksgiving. So once I have all my Christmas décor projects done I will make sure to give an update picture.
Hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial and stop back to see my other projects I am working on to get ready for Christmas.
See ya soon