I finally made a Christmas tree skirt! I’ve been using this cheap hand-me-down since forever and it’s hideous so I was so excited to put that into the Freecycle pile and make a new skirt with the fabric I’d found at the local fabric yard sale that happens a couple times a year.
I also used this same fabric to make some fabric Christmas gift bags– my FAVORITE thing to have around for easy wrapping!
To make this, I used my old tree skirt as a pattern. I placed the old skirt on my fabric and cut around it, leaving a bit of a seam allowance. Once I did that, I folded the new fabric in half and then in half again. And I evened it all up so that the fabric was a perfect circle (mostly because my cutting wasn’t super awesome, kids were laying on fabric while I was trying to cut).
I cut a very small circle out for the middle. Less is more here. You can always cut more but it’s pretty difficult to add the fabric back on!
Then I cut my bottom fabric out. This is the same size as the top piece, of course.
I faced them right sides together. Then I cut a straight line on one side through it all. Pinned all the way around, including along the straight line.
Sew. Or in my case, I serged all the way around. It doesn’t matter. Note that you need to leave an opening so you can turn and topstitch. It would help to make that opening along the straight edge because I find it’s easier to close up the hole on a straight edge than on a curve. I did not do it this way and I was kicking myself for it after.
After you do that, turn the fabric right sides out. Make sure you push out all the fabric. Iron. Topstitch.
You probably don’t NEED to do this, but I added snaps to close up the skirt. I love this. I’ve seen buttons too which look FABULOUS, but I hate button holes so I did snaps instead. It works.
Here’s another picture of the final product. I love it!
Danielle Pientka is the sewing and DIY blogger behind DIYDanielle.com. She taught herself to sew in 2011 when she wanted to make cloth diapers for her first son. She’s been sewing everything from ecofriendly items to kids products to clothing since, as it has become a passion. She loves learning how to do new things and teaching others in the process. She hopes to inspire other moms to take time for themselves to find their own creative passion.
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