Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Tree Skirt

I have been wanting a TREE SKIRT for the past...
oh 7 years or so, but they are SO EXPENSIVE and most aren't my style.

A few years ago I decided that it wouldn't be too hard to make one, 
but when Christmas rolls around & you pull out your tree & remember 
you still don't have one, you don't have the time & so you throw a red sheet around 
the base of your tree...year after year.

I have been wanting to do a "Peppermint Skirt" because my tree is all red & white, sort of like this one...
But have yet to find the time to sew one up.
Well the other day I pinned this gorgeous tree skirt to my pinterest account.
LOOK AT IT! It is beautiful & ruffly and I love it!!
The best part? NO SEW! She hot glued the whole thing & I decided that I could manage that!
The Crafted Sparrow gives an excellent tutorial, so hop on over there to check it out!
I did mine basically the same, except that I ended up doing my strips more than twice as wide(pure laziness on my part) & I didn't pleat my fabric as often(also pure laziness) & I ended up using pinking shears to cut the edges to avoid fraying.
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My mom was giving away this red tablecloth years ago & I snatched it up, knowing that it was the perfect size to make a tree skirt. And here I am YEARS LATER, actually putting it to use!
Even though I decided against the "Peppermint Swirl", I still wanted to use REDS & WHITES to match my tree & these are the fabrics I found...
My favorite fabric to cut was the STRIPES! So easy, I could just cut right on the lines!:)


I bought 1 1/2 yards of each fabric & then cut 5 inch strips & used about 4 strips of each color...I'm guessing I used about 3/4 yard of each fabric in the end. You would use more if you did the entire skirt and pleated more often like the Crafted Sparrow!
So...my "PLAN" was to do several layers of each fabric, like the Crafted sparrow, but after doing one layer of each, I decided I wanted to leave the rest of it the RED fabric peeking out(ok, if I'm going to be honest, it was pure laziness, AGAIN) If you used an ugly scrap piece of fabric, you would probably want to cover the entire thing, but since my base fabric was red, it worked for me!
I LOVE my tree with it's new RUFFLY SKIRT & can't believe it took me 7 to sit down and whip it up!
If you don't have a skirt around your tree, you now know how EASY it can be, so get to it!

15 comments :

Holly Noel said...

I was just looking to buy a christmas tree skirt..and thought the same- way too expensive.

Yours turned out darling.

I need to make me one!!!

i love it!!!!!!

Ryan and LeDawn said...

aw, I LOVE it! we just bought our first tree and it desperatly NEEDS a skirt, but like you said, I am 100% out of time to make one!

Ryan and LeDawn said...

aw, I LOVE it! we just bought our first tree and it desperatly NEEDS a skirt, but like you said, I am 100% out of time to make one!

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

That looks great. Love the red and white together - so classic and the skirt matches perfectly.

Raquel said...

It turned out great! I think I like the result of your lazy way better.

The Atomic Mom said...

Thankfully, I found one at TAR-ZHE a few years back, red and black plaid, and I just paid for it, becaue I'm so lazy even hot gluing is too mcuh!

Kendra said...

I love it! It looks good with the red at the top, especially since the white is plain. How much material, other than the tablecloth, did it take? I love your tree too. Have you seen a tutorial for the peppermint skirt or just one you can buy?

Jenn said...

It's beautiful!!

April said...

It looks so pretty! I would love to have you link up at my Handmade Christmas party!

http://cupofdelight.blogspot.com/2011/12/link-party-delightfully-handmade.html

Staci at Craftify It ! said...

Kendra,

I think I used about 3/4 a yard of each fabric & I haven't seen a tutorial for the peppermint one, but look on pinterest or google it, I'm sure you could find one! With your skills, you could make one up:)

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Oh what a beautiful project and it looks perfect with your tree! Have a wonderful Sunday! Angie xo

April said...

Thanks for linking up! I featured this today! http://cupofdelight.blogspot.com/2011/12/delights-of-week-features-from-link.html

Karan said...

Oh wow I love it and it just set your tree off so well. Beautiful tree.

Karan

Amy said...

I LOVE it!!! Cutest tree skirt I have EVER seen!

Lisa said...

Wow that is so cute! And hot glue? Genius! I don't know how to sew so this is totally do-able!