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Thursday
Dec022010

simple tree skirt diy

I'll to my best to make this thorough, as I sort of "winged it" when I made mine.
Supplies // Any fabric - 1.5 yards was perfect for 42" round skirt // Trim - 6 yards
Tools // Scissors // Sewing machine

For a petal pattern, I just cut out newspaper to the size I wanted. Using the total round size based on my small tree, I needed each petal to be 21" in length. Tip: For the paper pattern, fold in half and then cut out the petal—this assures symetry along the curve. Using pattern, cut enough petals from fabric to create a circle. Fabric idea: I used burlap and wanted the frayed edges, you could use a non-fray material like fleece OR use pinking shears to cut out the petals.

Now take the petals, overlap about .5" and sew straight lines, connecting each one. Tip: I loved the overlapping layers {pictured below}, a zigzag cut from pinking shears would also add personality to the skirt. Or using alternating colored petals, be creative!

Sew all the petals together, leaving two unconnected for the tree wrap. Tip: Burlap has a finished edge, so I simply cut my petals where the finished edge fell along the unconnected petals. Saved some sewing time!

Lastly, sew your trim along the outside of the circle. Put below the tree and enjoy!

Simple, right!? Any other ideas to add flare and spunk?

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Reader Comments (9)

I like this! Ours is an old vintage one, but not cool vintage. I'm sure I have fabric lying around that I could turn this into a weekend project!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Great idea! Thanks!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

Such a simple idea! I will have to make one, as I was never a big fan of the ones you can buy. Thanks.

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

What a great holiday touch! It looks so easy to make but so cute under the tree... I just might finally get around to making my own tree skirt now... Thanks for sharing!

December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

love this! i bought a kinda crappy skirt for $3 at The Christmas Tree Shops. ha! works until i learn how to sew, i suppose!

December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

That is gorgeous!

December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia P.

Oh, I love this! I need to make one for my tree! So glad I finally learned how to use a sewing machine...
Love your blog, you have such great ideas!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

This is lovely! I've been looking for a Christmas tree pattern but didn't want anything as complicated as some I've seen. Just one question - how wide are the petals at the widest point (above the curved bit)?

December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

Thanks for this wonderful post! I found your blog through One Pretty Thing, and I'll definitely be following! Beautiful tree skirt, you inspired me to make one. I used window curtains from a thrift store, I made a post on my blog. Feel free to check it out! http://mbvalencia.blogspot.com/2010/12/okay-so-dont-ask-me-what-this-blog-is.html

December 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarbi

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