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.
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
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
These are little tree skirt sets I made. One is for my daughter and the other for my grand-daughter.
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 have"Glistening snow write" by decoart.com. They have other writers. This one is like snow and sparkles. I'm sure any craft store has these writers also.I think it would complete your tree skirt.
I have seen the pre-cut letters in craft stores. They have adhesive backings and come in all sizes and colors. They may work. If the adhesive doesn't hold well, you could glue gun them on.
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.
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.
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 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?
Are you asking how to add photos to the skirt? You can use your computer printer to print iron on pages to add real photos. Look in craft or office supply stores for the photo transfer pages that go thru your printer and follow their instructions. If you are thinking Christmas motifs look for fabrics with designs to cut and applique on the top layer before you put the skirt together. Hope this helps. (11/21/2004)
An easy way to add cutout motifs as D suggested is to use WonderUnder or a similar product. It is a fusible web that turns any fabric into iron-on fabric. It comes with paper on one side. Cut out your motif roughly, leaving some extra fabric. Iron the WonderUnder, web down, paper up, to the back of the motif. Peel off the paper and the web is now on the back of your motif. Cut out your motif exactly how you want it to be in the end, position it on the skirt and iron again. It is now stuck down. No edges to turn under and it won't fray. I suggested that you wait to do the final cutting until the WonderUnder is applied because that means the edges won't fray when you do the final cut.
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)
For a Christmas tree skirt, I use a fabric tablecloth that I found at a $1 store.
By Faye (12/12/2004)