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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ruffled Tree Skirt

All the shopping is done and the gifts are wrapped. The cookies are baked, cards are stamped, the salt dough ornaments are made and you are lounging on the couch wondering... what am I going to do for the next 10 days? Well we are here to save the day! You can make this Ruffled Tree Skirt! That's what I did in every spare minute for the last 4 days! Maybe not the best use of these precious countdown days but isn't it pretty? It makes me happy.

Click here to get our Ruffled Tree Skirt Tutorial.
1. Cut a 44" diameter circle from a large piece of felt, fleece, or wool. An old blanket would work well but you can also use a sheet in a pinch. To draw a circle, pin one end of a string to the center of the fabric and tie a marker to the other end (22" out.) With string stretched to the max, draw your circle.

2. Draw a straight line out from the center to the edge of the circle. Repeat 3 times at 90 degrees to make a "+"

3. Ignore that you can't see the "+". Mark 3" out on each line and draw a 3" radius (6" diameter) circle out from center. 

4. Now draw a circle 7" out from center. Repeat 3 more times adding 4" to the circle each time. Your last section will be less than 4"

5. Cut up one of the lines and cut out the center circle.

6. Compose your fabric layout. I love the way different fabrics look in the rows but I think this would also look really nice in all one color, especially white. A sheet would be really cost effective! At the very least use inexpensive broadcloth with maybe an accent of designer fabric.

You want to end up with strips that are 6" tall when finished so if you are going to leave the edge raw or do a rolled hem, just cut them 6". If you are going to hem them, add seam allowance.

Your measurements may vary but for rough planning purposes, I used...

2 - 6"x42" strips for center
4 - 6"x42" strips for row 2
6 - 6"x42" strips for row 3
7 - 6"x42" strips for row 4
8 - 6"x42" strips for row 5

7. Along the top of each strip trim with pinking shears. This wont show on the finished piece.

8. And I finished the bottom of each strip with a rolled hem on the serger.

9. At the end of each row, I ran the hem out a few extra inches before cutting off. Like I said, if you aren't going to do a rolled hem, you can do a pinking shear edge or iron and sew a small seam.

10. Along the top edge, do a basting stitch about 1/4" in. If you pull the back thread on one end, your fabric will gather.

11. You will need to gather each strip down to between 16" & 18" depending on the row.

12. Lay them out, starting with outside circle and adjust ruffle width accordingly, leave a seam on the cut edge. When you have proper ruffle-ing, tie the thread on both sides so your ruffles stay put.

13. With right sides facing, sew the ruffles end to end.

14. Trim off the rolled hem end and add a dab of glue to secure.

15. Now you will attach the ruffle to the outside circle using your most outer marker circle as a guide. You can pin it if it makes you more comfortable but it was pretty easy without it.

16. Repeat steps to attach the next 4 rows.

It's starting to look purdy!!

17. Now take a length of 1/2" double fold Bias Tape. Long enough to go around the center circle and tie a large bow.

Flip over your skirt. Open the bias tape and pin the shorter side along the edge of the open center circle, starting the center of the tape at the center of the circle.

18. Continue pinning around the edge of the circle.

19. Sew the bias tape to the circle. Note that I didn't sew along the first fold per usual but about 1/4" in.

20. Fold the tape up and over the edge and pin in place to cover the stitching.

21. Starting at the end of the bias tape, fold in the end and sew in place with a few forward and back stitches.

22. Start at the end of the tape and sew all the way up to the skirt, continue around the circle and continue out to the end of the tape, finishing the second end the same as the first.

And you are done! What do you think? Willing to give it a go?

Leave us a comment and you might win that fab Christmas fat quarter. Tell us where you are with your Christmas task list or just tell us you love the Ruffled Tree Skirt. We live on your validation.

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Blogger gina said...

I absolutely love the tree skirt! Ruffles are a girl's best friend!! So adorable!


December 14, 2010 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger The Venturas said...

I LOVE the tree skirt! And as far as the Christmas "to do" list, I threw it out this weekend :)

December 14, 2010 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger hollyctr said...

Love this skirt! I need to find a way to get to the post office in this nasty snow storm we are having. Yuck!

December 14, 2010 at 4:38 AM  
Blogger Amy H. said...

Holy ruffled cuteness Batman!

Do you mine moving next door to me and making all these lovely things and I can just stop by on a daily and pick them up? That would not be a big deal right?!


December 14, 2010 at 4:46 AM  
Blogger Sew on and Sew on said...

Well, my Christmas to do list just got one task longer. I swear you ladies read my mind. Just this weekend I'm thinking, "I should make a tree skirt, but I don't know how, so I'll have to look one up." Then you come up with a crazy-cute tutorial. Thanks so much!!!

December 14, 2010 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger casserole said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your ruffled tree skirt!! I linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip Sewing:


December 14, 2010 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Olga said...

Love it! What a neat tutorial!!!

December 14, 2010 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

OMG! I spent hours in Joanns on black friday buying a bunch of fun non-christmasy fabric(you have to know my style) to make a tree skirt but could not find a tutorial i liked. This is SO what I am making with the fabric! Very non-traditional...our tree will be year!

December 14, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Bella said...

I LOVE this. I need to pick up some more Christmas fabric since I'm a new sewer and have found SO many ideas for decorations.

December 14, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger JamieS said...

Wow, that skirt is fabulous!

December 14, 2010 at 8:15 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

thats sooo pretty! left on my christmas to do list... finish my nephews super hero fleece cape, make my table runner..... i intended to enter into the contest... but you know... that silly thing called life...

and on my extra credit list... make matching stockings, make salt dough ornaments, and lose 15 lbs ;)

December 14, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
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December 14, 2010 at 8:46 AM  
Blogger sunflowerlin said...

I love the tree skirt!
I feel like I am behind on our Christmas to-do list, but we are going out of town so there really isn't much to-do!

December 14, 2010 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger GabbyRM said...

I love it!

December 14, 2010 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Daydream Believer said...

Oh my! This is AMAZING! Seriously, this is my dream tree skirt. LOVE IT! Love the fabric, love the ruffles. The only thing I dislike about it, is now I'm going to have to take my girlies out in the snow to buy more Christmas fabric so I can make one for myself! ;) Michelle

December 14, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

You're right! I'd definitely love to squeeze this project in before the holidays. But, between the 3 sock monkeys to sew, a treasure box to paint, a couple dozen cookie tins to fill and 5 little ones stockings to buy for and stuff... I'm all squeezed out. Maybe I can pick up some clearance holiday fabric for a head start on next year?

December 14, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

gorgeous! I would actually wear this as a skirt! :) And since I've finished all of my Christmas sewing and shopping (hooray!) I could start working on it for this year. :)

December 14, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

i'm with emily, would totally wear this as a skirt. it's so stunning i can't stand it.

December 14, 2010 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger VickiT said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE that tree skirt. Great job. There is a link above saying click here to get the tree skirt but it just loads the same post. Is that supposed to be something else such as a pdf or something?

vburr at charter dot net

December 14, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Desi said...

LOVE THE TREE SKIRT! Gah... I want a serger soo bad! Can I have yours? haha

December 14, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I LOVE THIS! only wish I could sew like you do How odd is the fact that you are my hero I love all the thing you sew and I try so hard but most don't come out like yours do. I do agree with others I too would love to own you serger!! I think you do such amazing job at everything you sew!

December 14, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

I love this tree skirt so much! All my Christmas shopping is done but I have to make a stocking for my baby's first Christmas and I don't think the skirt will happen this year, hopefully next year!!!

December 14, 2010 at 4:57 PM  
Blogger Jolene said...

This tree skirt is SO gorgeous!! I wanna wear it!!

December 14, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Ok, so the tutorial is fantastic and the tree skirt is GORGEOUS, yes, but. . . . I adore it on the precious cherubs. Kudos to capturing the delicious merry moment. I am currently stitching out two more toiletry bags for some college girls at church, but I have run into a snag on the lining of a gorgeous cape for my sister-in-law, as she came early and I can't sew her gift in front of her. ARGH! How do you stealthily stitch?

December 14, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Oh my goodness, this is the cutest Christmas tree skirt I've seen so far! I'm jealous. :)

December 15, 2010 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger Em said...

I LOVE this tree skirt! I've been wanting a new one as long as I've been with my husband - I think his tree skirt is the only real disappointment he brought into our marriage! It's an icky circle of practically neon red felt-like-stuff that leaves fuzzies EVERYWHERE. I'm definitely going to take advantage of post-Christmas fabric sales and have a new tree skirt (and a disappointment-free marriage?) next year!

December 15, 2010 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger 11.10.09... said...

If only there were 20 days 'til Christmas! But, I must get the stockings done (the ones that I didn't do last year!).

December 15, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

REALLY CUTE! I am SO going to have to try this . . . I'm compiling a list of things to do during the year for next Christmas.

December 18, 2010 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Rising Designs said...

Your Nanny would've been so-o-o-o proud of you!

December 19, 2010 at 3:21 PM  
Blogger ChickiePea said...

I love this. I have been looking for a Christmas Tree skirt (or one to make) for YEARS now, but they are all so drab or heavy velvet and brocade-looking. This is so happy and bright!
I only hand-sew, so it would take me all year, but your is perfect!

December 19, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger The Fisk Family said...

Oh my! Just gorgeous! I knew there was a reason I didn't make a tree skirt this year..I was holding out for THIS! It won't happen this year but then I will have all year to work on it for 2011, lol!
Thanks for the tut!

December 20, 2010 at 12:02 AM  
Blogger Dizzy Broad said...

Absolutely adorable!! It will take me a year to make something like this so I better get started for next Christmas! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

December 21, 2010 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger GrandmaSews said...

A real gem of a tree skirt. Congratulations on your creativity. I decided to embroider napkins today since all my chores are done for Christmas. Just waiting for the family to arrive and the fun to begin.

December 21, 2010 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Cactusflower said...

My Christmas "to-do" list is huge -- but getting smaller and smaller, fortunately. Now that I have seen your gorgeous tree skirt I am so tempted to add on to my list! I will try very hard to be good and make it for next year -- we'll see though!

December 22, 2010 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Kalynn said...

Love it! I am going to make one for next year - this year. My tree skirt is about 30 years old. My daughter said that it is the only tree skirt she can remember. So out witht the old and create something new.

January 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger FlyAwayHome said...

This is too cute! Thanks for sharing the tutorial

January 8, 2011 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger Tristen said...

This is beautiful! Found from a link on Pinterest. So pretty!

September 30, 2011 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger J. Howell said...

Love, Love, Love !!!! Thank you for sharing :)

October 23, 2011 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger Lindsey and Joe said...

I just found this and am so in love! About how much of each fabric did you need?

October 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Mizufusion said...

This is gorgeous.. I might have to make one this year! Probably on a smaller scale, though. My apartment is tiny!

October 30, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger taloola said...

My daughter and I are going to make this tree skirt. It is so beautiful, thanks for the tutorial!

November 14, 2011 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger JustPam said...

This is really pretty. I will have to try to figure out how to use my second hand serger to see if I can do that hem so I can make one of these. Nice tutorial.

November 27, 2011 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Antique Mommy said...

Adorable - love it! Wish I had the patience to sew!

December 1, 2011 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I love this! Just bought my fabrics and will cut tomorrow. My tree is skirtless!

December 4, 2011 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hi! Just wanted to let you know I will be featuring this skirt in a round-up tomorrow, hope you'll stop by and check it out!

December 6, 2011 at 3:35 AM  

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