we don’t have a lot of Christmas decor. I wanted my tree skirt to be
inexpensive, stylish and fun, but still give the main emphasis to the
finished tree skirt radius is 23″. If you want your skirt to be bigger
or smaller, you will need to adjust your pattern accordingly.
make the tree skirt piece, take your tracing paper and draw a right
angle 21.5″ tall and 21.5″ long. Now, connect the far edges of the two
lines together with a curve. Each part of the curve needs to be 21.5″
distance from the corner. I did this by lining up my ruler at the
corner at 0″ and move it at different angles, marking the distance at
21.5″ on the paper.
mark another curve, this time 2.5″ away from the right angle. Cut out
your pattern. Discard the ‘donut hole’. Essentially, this is 1/4 of
the circle tree skirt.
cut out your pattern, first lay out the muslin, folded. Place your
pattern on the fold so the donut hole is facing the fold. Cut out the
outer and inner curved lines but DO NOT cut out the straight line
that is perpendicular to the fold line. Instead, flip the pattern over
like a mirror-image and cut on the curved lines again. Now, holding only the top layer of fabric, cut on the straight line.
cut out your fabric strips. They will become your pleats. Place the
muslin on the cutting mat and cut strips 5″ tall from selvage to selvage
(on the crosswise grain). You will need 6 and 1/2 strips for 42″ wide
every 2″ along the folded strip. Pinch the fabric at the second line
from the right and match it up with the first line. Pin. Continue down
the line to the end.
your tree skirt pieces right sides together at the inner circle.
Stitch 1/2″ from edge, then clip up to seam allowance around the curve.
your pleats between the outer curved edge of the two layers of the tree
skirt (which are still right sides together) so that all of the raw
edges match up. As you can see, the pleats are pointing inward. Stitch
all the way around the edge 1/2″ from the edge.Turn
your tree skirt right sides out and iron the inner curve flat.
Topstitch the inner curve 1/8″ from the edge. At the outer curve, pull
the pleats away from the seam as you iron.
your rotary cutter, cut 2- 2″x20″ strips of red fabric. I used red
twill, leftover from a skirt project. Using the iron, press the strips
in half, lengthwise. Open them up and fold the edges in 3/8″. This is
your binding to each of the tree skirt slit edges. Make sure you fold
the edges of the binding in at each edge. Sew in a ‘U’, as shown below,
to finish all the edges of the binding.
Place your finished tree skirt around the tree and secure with ties at the base. Stand back and admire your hard work!