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How to make a Christmas Tree Skirt you’ll love

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My Christmas decorations are not something I have ever done. I prefer to display things that have sentimental value.

My Christmas Tree Skirt was lacking both style and sentiment, as I discovered when I pulled out my holiday decorations. Instead of a festive, beautiful skirt that wrapped around my tree’s branches, I used a piece of serged black fabric. This is seriously unattractive and totally lacking in holiday cheer.

It is time to do something different.

Although I could go to Target and buy something beautiful, I wanted something that my family could treasure.

I wanted a Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern I could quickly sew. The pattern should include some quilting but not excessively. It must be affordable for both the pattern and the supplies. This is a quick project that can be completed in a weekend.

Simple quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern

My friend Caroline Critchfield has created a class that includes a simple quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern. This fits my criteria. Seriously, easy. It’s also very easy to do.

Pro Tip: Take a look at my Strip Piecing tutorial. These hints will assist you in the process.

The pattern is fast because it doesn’t require any cutting. The pattern requires a bundle pre-cut strips. After looking at the different tree skirts made by class members, I decided to go scrappy. One simple change was made.

The star-shaped outer edge of the tree is mirrored in the center of the tree skirt. Due to the tree’s shape, I made my center circular-ish. It’s hidden under the tree so it won’t be noticed.

No buttonholes are required as the pattern has simple elastic button closures. You can even reverse it. Add a few buttons to the back, and you are good to go.

This pattern is unique because of its clever use the stitch and flip Quilt As You Go technique (Caroline refers it to as “foundation piecing”).

Fabrics to Buy

It can be difficult to find Christmas fabric, especially when you are closer to the holidays. Fat Quarter Shop has a Christmas Fabric Store. You will find a wide selection of Christmas jelly rolls at Fat Quarter Shop, which is a must-see for this project.

BONUS: Matching potholders

I had some fabric leftover from my tree skirt project so I decided to make a few potholders with it. The instructions for making the tree skirt require that the strips be sewn in sets of nine. Then, you can use the blade template to cut the sections.

You will have enough material to make four potholders if you leave a bit of fabric at the end each strip set. Recycled fabric from the tree skirt backing can be used as the back of the potholder. Four additional 2.5-inch strips were left over from my pre-cut bundle. These are the perfect length and size for binding potholders.

Step 1.

For each potholder, cut the following:

  • From the remnants of the strip piecing, two pieces measuring 9” x9”.
  • Two 9’x9” pieces of quilt batting
  • Insul-Brite Heat Resistant Batting – One Piece
  • One 2.5″ Strip WOF

Step 2.

This is how to add layers.

  1. Bottom fabric, right side up
  2. First piece of batting
  3. Insul-Brite
  4. Second piece of batting
  5. Top piece right side up
  6. Optional Step: You can add some Christmas Appliques to your fabric if it has a basic design.
  7. To stitch diagonally, use a walking foot. My spacing was 2 inches apart.

Step 3.

Reduce to 8.5′” x 8.5 “

Step 4.

  • Press the 2.5″ strip on its wrong side together.
  • Use a 1/4″ stitch allowance to attach the potholder’s back.
  • Turn the binding to your front and sew down.
  • Optional: I can add 1/4″ Steam A Seam to my binding near the fold edge. This will prevent it from moving when I sew it on the front. Nothing moves!

From my scraps, I was able make four potholders. From start to finish, it took me approximately two hours. These will be amazing at Christmas!

I loved the fact that I could use most of my scraps. This is what I had left after making the Christmas Tree Skirt, four pot holders, and the Christmas Tree Skirt.

Simple projects like these are my favorite. The cherry on top was being able use most of my scraps!

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