Sewing a skirt for your Christmas tree can add so much charm and personalization to your space this holiday season. I repurposed some old red pinstripe fabric ,from valences, to make our tree skirt.
As we settle into our new (old) home that we moved into this Spring, I find myself drawing to more and more handmade items. The reason for this is because it adds so much charm and individuality that can be achieved on a tight budget.
What I was realizing as I was going through our Christmas bins is that most of our Christmas decor was handed down from parents. I wanted to create new traditions and new decor that suits my style of a collection of vintage farmhouse and handmade items.
One of my favorite projects and DIY’s lately have been our custom loft beds for my kids. This was a great way to fit all of my toddlers in a small room. It is a bed that we will use for years to come and rotate to the smaller children as the older ones grow out of it.
I have also been sewing a ton of gifts for Christmas baskets to include: linen tea towels, aprons, and nourishing tallow body cream. I know part of this passion to create has been due to being pregnant and wanting to “nest” to create a space. There is also something to be said though for the feeling you get when you accomplish creating something so unique and personal. I pray that my kids will cherish these handmade items for years and years to come.
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How Many Yards Of Fabric Are Needed To Make A Tree Skirt?
Because I made this tree skirt with repurposed fabric form some valences, I do not know the exact yardage needed for this size of tree. My Christmas tree is 7.5 feet tall and has a 4-leg metal base.
I would say that for my size of tree, I ended up using about 1.5 yards of red ticking stripe fabric that I pieced together.
The way you could figure out the yardage needed would be to measure the diameter that you would want the skirt to be and divide that by yards. Be sure to allow any extra space for seam allowance and overlapping. If you plan to make a ruffle, like I did, you’ll need to account for 9 extra inches of fabric in width and 1.5 times the diameter of the whole skirt.
What Is The Best Fabric To Use?
Different fabrics add different texture elements to a space. I had some old, drapery material that were on some valences that were left at our house when we moved in. I loved the red ticking stripe but I knew it was something I only wanted out around Christmas. The red didn’t match my aesthetic, but the ticking stripe brought a farmhouse feel to our home. The valences were attached to some ugly floral fabric. I went ahead and separated the two fabrics and saved the red ticking stripe to repurpose for Christmas decor.
Here are a few fabric recommendations that would be great to use for this project:
I love the way that washed linen looks when it’s layered and laying on surfaces with other decor. It brings a farmhouse and rustic feel to a space, which I love.
Velvet fabric brings a super cozy feeling out during the holidays. If you layered some thick backing underneath a velvet fabric, this would make a super pretty and unique tree skirt for Christmas.
Bleaching or dying drop cloth is a great way to save money. It can be used for SO many different projects. Not just any drop cloth will do. Some brands are a mix of different materials and it won’t bleach as well. Here is the one that has worked the best for bleaching or dying for me. I’ve created slip covers for my couch with bleached drop cloth as well as bed skirts, pillow cases, and other decor.
If you are a natural minded person and love natural fibers, like linen, then you’ll also love cotton for this project. By adding a couple layers of cotton material, you can create a timeless tree skirt.
There are so many other types of fabric that would work great for this project. Now you know a few of my favorites! Let’s get sewing.
Supplies You May Need To Sew A Tree Skirt
- Thread to match your fabric
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine
- Fabric ruler
- Safety pin
How To Sew A Christmas Tree Skirt
Measure under your Christmas tree to find out how wide you want your skirt to lay. Convert the inches to yards and gather fabric needed.
I used an old tree skirt as a guide for cutting out my fabric in a circle. If you do not have a guide, you could just draw out a pattern on some large paper. Fold the fabric in half. Pin the fabric to the paper and cut in the shape of a half circle. When you unpin and unfold the fabric, it should make a full circle.
Cut out 3 1/2 inches in the center of the circle to the opening to go over the base of the Christmas tree. Cut a slit in the tree skirt. This is where we will place the ties to close the skirt.
To create an optional ruffle
If making a ruffle, measure all the way around the fabric and times that length by 1.5. Cut fabric 9 inches wide and 1.5 times the length.
Fold the ruffle fabric in half lengthwise. Place a few sewing pins to hold the fabric in place. Adjust your stitch width and thread tension to the loosest setting. Leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch down the length of the raw edges of the ruffle fabric to make the fabric gather into a ruffle.
Pin raw edges of the ruffle fabric to the right side of the skirt fabric.
Lay bottom piece of fabric on top of the right side of the fabric, including the ruffle, and pin into place. Adjust your sewing machine to proper thread tension and stitch width.
Sew a topstitch all the way around the skirt. Be sure to sew and close to the thread on the ruffle fabric as possible. When you get to the end, leave 6 inches or more open to pull the skirt right side out. Fold the open edge under 1/2 inch and topstitch all the way around the skirt to finish. Topstitching is optional, but recommended.
Creating the ties for the tree skirt
The next step is to create the ties. Cut out 6 pieces of fabric 5 inches wide by 24 inches long.
Fold top over 1/2 inch. Fold each piece of fabric in half lengthwise and pin into place. Top stitch down the length of the tie. Attach a safety pin to the folded end and feed the fabric through the tie with a safety pin.
Once the tie is right-side-out, top stitch around the tie. Leave the raw edge open as this is where we will attach the tie to the skirt. If you’re making a ruffle, you could add this piece before finishing the skirt with a top stitch.
Place the tie inside the right sides of fabric on the skirt so that when the skirt gets turned right-side-out, the ties will be in the right spot.
Secure the ties by stitching and backstitching over the edge of the skirt.
You’ve done it!
I love the way the ties add rustic, farmhouse charm along with the ruggedly pieced together fabric I used.
I’d love to hear how you created your one-of-a-kind DIY tree skirt, leave a comment below!
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