Whether you have an artificial or a real tree, a festive skirt is a great way to cover the base of your tree. There are many different materials that can to be used or re-purposed to make a unique skirt. This is a guide about making a Christmas tree skirt.
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Instead of using an expensive Christmas tree skirt, we have a pretty blanket we use at the base of our tree. A nice blanket is cheaper than most Christmas tree skirts.
For an easy and economical tree skirt, I purchased a round holiday tablecloth (vinyl front, flannel back). I cut a small hole in the center and cut a straight line from the hole to the outer edge. It works great, is easy to clean, and my kids love the design.
By Karen in NH
I no longer have to worry about a skirt for my Christmas tree. Last year, I bought a round vinyl tablecloth on clearance after Christmas for $0.79. I found the center of the tablecloth, cut a slit to that point and cut a small circle out of the middle. It works like a charm! If water gets spilled while filling it won't soak in and make a mess, plus the flannel backing keeps the skirt from sliding around.
By Karen from NH
For an inexpensive Christmas tree skirt, buy a knee length secondhand ladies skirt. Just select one in the appropriate color you desire.
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
This Christmas tree skirt gives your tree that country-home feel. It is simple to make and can be embellished in any number of ways. Since it is all done with felt, the sewing can even be done by the novice or use a dull needle to let a child sew on the pieces.
1. Take large felt squares and cut out 2 large circles to fit under your Christmas tree. In center of circles, cut smaller hole to fit around base of tree. Cut slit from outside to inside along back of circles.
2. Take white felt square and cut three triangles with flat top. The triangles from top to bottom should be 1/2 the length of the radius of the skirt. This will be the body of the angel.
3. Cut small right angle triangles from the white felt for the sleeves.
4. Take the yellow felt. Fold it in half and cut out the angel wings. Each wing should be at least an inch longer than the angel's body. If you fold it in half, you will be able to cut out one piece with two wings.
5. With the peach felt, you will need to cut out three large circles for the head of each angel. The circles should be one third the size of the body of your angel.
6. Take the quilt batting and use the body to cut out three pieces of batting the same shape as the body. Do the same with the angel's head.
7. Begin by pinning the angel wings to one piece of the tree skirt. Then use two strands of yellow embroidery thread to make large stitches sewing the wings to the skirt.
8. Then pin the sleeves to the skirt. You should place the body of the angel so that the bottom of the body comes at least 1/2 to 1 inch beneath the bottom of the wings and fit the sleeves under the body to determine placement.
9. Then pin the body of the angel to the skirt with the body shaped batting under the felt. Remember, the top of the triangle should be placed so that at least 1/2 to 1 inch of the body comes below the body of the wings. Continue to sew on the body with the same large stitches you used on the wings, but use the white embroidery thread.
10. Take the flesh circles and the quilt batting and pin at the top of the triangle for the head. Use the peach colored threat to sew on the head.
11. Using 6 strands of the blue embroidery thread (you can also use brown, black, or green) sew eyes toward the center of the face. You sew a small "X" and then a "+" for each eye.
12. Take the gold pipe cleaners and cut a piece to form a light "U" for the halo and sew it toward the top of the head.
13. Sew the finished front of the tree skirt to the back of the tree skirt using large stitching on the outside of the skirt.
14. For embellishment, cut a piece of garland, ribbon, or lace to fit the outside of the skirt. Stitch onto the outside of the circle. Cut a smaller piece to fit the inner circle and stitch on.
15. Place under tree.
This tree skirt is made with old flannel shirts bought at the Thrift Store and made to look like the old fashioned country tied quilts.
Approximate Time: Estimated time is 5 hours.
When I made this, I actually made 4 so it is hard to estimate the time it took and the amount of flannel shirts required. I bought the shirts at the Salvation Army Thrift store. I guess you can say it is a recycled craft.
By D. Lockwood from Millbury, OH
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Here are questions related to Making a Christmas Tree Skirt.
I'm making a felt Christmas tree shirt. I want to write Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on the skirt, but just don't have many ideas of which way I could do this. Fabric paint most probably wouldn't work. Maybe making some sort of banner with the sayings on it and gluing it on the felt? Anyone have any other suggestions? Please help.
By Patti from Baltimore, MD
I just recently used letters that I drew myself on fabric with pencil and then cut out to applique on a wall hanging. It looks really neat because you can add shape to each letter differently and you aren't stuck with plain stencil looking words.
These are little tree skirt sets I made. One is for my daughter and the other for my grand-daughter.
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I wanted to make a christmas tree skirt for a very special friend and family member. I was putting it down on paper, but I am stuck on how to do it. I have a sewing machine and I can sew by hand. I wanted to put pictures on it, how do I do this without using other machines to do it?
If you want you can now use your machine to do decorative edge stitching around the motifs, using gold thread would add a nice festive touch. Or you could use that glitzy fabric paint that comes in a squeeze tube and makes a raised bead.
Have fun! (11/28/2004)
By Faye (12/12/2004)