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Tree Skirts for EVERY Holiday!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorating is one of the highlights of the holidays. Create a stocking with your children’s names, make curtains with dancing reindeer, design a personalized custom tree skirt. With custom printed fabrics the possibilities are endless! In this blog, we’re going to show you how to create a tree skirt using fabric printed at MyFabricDesigns.com

Tree Skirt Sizes

To get started, you’ll need to know the height of your tree to choose the best size skirt in the correct proportions. We’re making a tabletop tree skirt, but you can see the chart below for a reference of recommended tree skirt size for your particular size tree!

Pattern Style

Next, choose what style you’ll want for your tree skirt. Will it be a circle, star, square? Will it be made up of one print, alternating prints, or multiple prints? Below you can see a variety of options that can be done with your tree skirt.

Our Christmas tree skirt will be a circle skirt with four different prints and a faux-patchwork skirt with a different print to fill every 6″ x 6″ block in a 2ft-by-2ft area. We were able to fit both these projects into a 1yd panel and still have enough fabric left over to fill with another print to use on a future project.

Site links to skirts seen above:

Simple Patchwork Christmas Tree (circle)

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt

The Quilted Tree Skirt (Diamond shaped)

The Holiday Tree Skirt (square)

Figuring out Fabric Usage

To figure out how much fabric we need, we created our patterns and measured the widest and longest part of the panel piece. This told us how much fabric we need per panel.

For our tabletop paneled pattern piece, 3.92″ x 8.74″, we would need 16 of these pieces to complete a tree skirt OR 4 panels of 4 different prints.

Making use of the Project Designer

To get the most out of our fabric we will be using the Cheater Quilt 6″ x 6″ Square project panel in the online Project Designer. In this project you will have the ability to use a different print in EACH square, you can even change the scale of the print! So, for each panel, we made sure to use 2 squares surface area of 12″ by 6″ of print, which is PLENTY as each skirt panel is only 3.92″ by 8.74″.

You can see below, the fabric that we used to complete one tree skirt but look at all the fabric we DIDN’T use!

To make use of this fabric, we decided to make a patchwork style Halloween tree skirt. Even after doing this, we STILL had extra fabric in the center, so we added in a print that we liked that we knew we could use in a later project!

Creating a Pattern

Supplies

  • paper
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  1. You will start off with a sheet of paper that is at least half the width of the desired tree skirt size. We are working on a tabletop 20″ skirt, so we needed a piece of paper that was at least 10″ by 10″.
  2.  Measure 2″ away from one corner, this will be the center opening for your tree “trunk/post”.
    1. Use 2″ for 20″ skirt
    2. Use 3″ artificial trees
    3. Use 4-5″ real Pine trees
  3. Then repeat this step but instead, use your tape measure to measure away from the corner of your paper to….
      1. … 10″ for 20″ tree skirt
      2. … 21″ for 42″ tree skirt
      3. … 24″ for 48″ tree skirt
      4. … 28″ for 56″ tree skirt

You can use this pattern to trace and copy it side by side until you make a complete circle pattern OR you can trace this directly onto your fabric, shift then repeat to create your full-circle pattern directly on your fabric.

Creating a Pattern: Paneled Skirt 

  1. Take the pattern you just created and fold it into 1/3rd’s or 1/4th’s. Trace this onto another piece of paper, making sure to leave about 1 inch of excess paper all the way around.
  2. Draw your seam allowance 1/4″ away from the edge all the way around.
  3. This is your pattern for your panel-style skirt. We folded our original pattern into 4th’s, which will mean we will need to cut 16 pieces to create our entire skirt top. We suggest you use 2 or 4 different prints so that you can alternate them evenly.

Cutting Out Fabric

Circle Skirt:

(1) Skirt top

(1) Lining (using the circle skirt pattern)

 

Panel Skirt:

16 panels if your pattern was cut into 1/4th’s, 12 panels if your pattern was cut into 1/3rd’s

(1) Lining (using the circle skirt pattern)

Sew

Paneled Christmas Skirt:

  1. Layout your pieces as you would want them to alternate
  2. Sew a 1/4″ seam to connect your panels
    1. Do NOT sew the LAST two panels together. This will be a center-back opening to get your tree skirt on and off.
  3. Take your lining piece and pin this to your skirt top, right-sides together
  4. Sew all the way around using a 1/4″ seam allowance, like shown below.
  5. Optional: add trim to the hem of your tree skirt for added flare
  6. Optional: You can also choose to add a tie closure to keep the skirt together at the “back” seam

Faux Patchwork Tree Skirt

  1. Using your circle skirt pattern, cut out your skirt top and a lining
  2. Then pin these two pieces together, right sides together
  3. Sew a 1/4″ seam to connect your panels as shown in the diagram from step 4 of the previous skirt instructions.
  4. Optional: add trim to the hem of your tree skirt for added flare
  5. Optional: You can also choose to add a tie closure to keep the skirt together at the “back” seam

 

That’s it! You can take this tutorial and make a festive tree skirt for any holiday occasion!

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