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Making a Christmas Tree Skirt

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 page about making a Christmas tree skirt.
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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.

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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.

  1. Cut 64 squares that are 6 1/2 inches.
  2. Sew 8 squares together in a row. Do not put 2 of the same next to each other.
  3. Sew the 8 rows of 8 together forming a square piece of fabric. Matching the intersections of the corners as if you were sewing quilt squares together.
  4. Measure from the folded corner down the center about 22 inches. Measure starting at the folded corner again down each side 22 inches. Now draw a line with chalk from the side point to the center point to the other side point.
  5. Cut along this line and open. You will now have a circle. Notice that the squares at the bottom of the circle may be cut off. Save this extra flannel to make your prairie points.
  6. Make a slit from the exact center down to the bottom edge only on one side
  7. Take the back fabric and lay on top and cut the same slit in it. Cut it in a circle the same size as your tree skirt fabric
  8. Make enough 3 1/2 inch squares from scraps to use for the prairie points around the entire bottom. To make a prairie point, fold the square in half, then fold in half again. Now take these squares and place them side by side as you sew around the bottom edge. Remember only 1/2 of the square is going to show on the outside forming the point.
  9. Now lay your backing fabric on top of the front fabric with right sides together and match the slits together. Pin all the way around so it doesn't slip. The prairie points are now on the inside.
  10. Sew all the way around the bottom and up the slit and down the other side of the slit but leave an opening big enough to turn inside out.
  11. Turn inside out.
  12. Top stitch around the entire bottom and up the slits.
  13. Attach a Velcro piece at the top of the slit to hold the skirt closed around the tree trunk.
  14. Take the yarn with a big tapestry needle and go thru both thicknesses and tie the centers of each square so it now looks like an old tied flannel quilt.
  15. The prairie points can be tricky. You can make fringe on the bottom or just have it plain also.

By D. Lockwood from Millbury, OH

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Kelli Mahoney
December 19, 2005

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.

Photo of a homemade tree skirt.

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For an inexpensive Christmas tree skirt, buy a knee length secondhand ladies skirt. Just select one in the appropriate color you desire.

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December 2, 2004

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 & my kids love the design.

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January 7, 2019

My father-in-law passed away and he had a bunch of overalls and red bandanas. Do you have any ideas for using overalls and the bandanas to make a Christmas tree skirt?


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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

Check out this video. I think you could cut out his items into these shapes and sew them together nicely:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA-f2a3icIo

What a wonderful way to commemorate him. Good luck on your project.

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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

As long as you piece the fabric into a circular shape, you will be fine. Here is a tutorial. www.diynetwork.com/.../how-to-make-a-christmas-tree-skirt...

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November 5, 20200 found this helpful

Just off the top of my head, I'm thinking a full skirt for a pattern and lay it open and place one piece of clothing to cover over an area and snip with scissors to match the skirt allowing enough to sew another piece of measured clothing to it. Face down over the other face up and pin in place and trim with scissors and use glue gun or sew together raw edges. Open all the way and add another piece of clothing face down to the face up cut clothing. Continue until enough clothing is used to create the same measurements as the full skirt. Add some trim work to raw edges with glue gun or hem the edge and decorate. Leave last piece of cut raw edge fabric open, so it's easily removed from around the tree base. Just add sticky back velcro to close it up.

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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

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July 30, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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July 30, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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January 24, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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December 14, 2010

These are little tree skirt sets I made. One is for my daughter and the other for my grand-daughter.

tree skirt with matching stockings

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December 7, 2018

Christmas tree skirts can be pricey. Since they are only used once a year many thrifty folks like to fine a better decorating solution. This is a page about using a blanket as a Christmas tree skirt.

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April 8, 2017

A seasonal vinyl tablecloth is a perfect item to convert into a pretty, even inexpensive, Christmas tree skirt. It is easy and quick to do. This is a page about how to make a tree skirt with a vinyl tablecloth.

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July 29, 2010

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.

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