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Beautiful Christmas Tree Skirts: Ideas and Tutorials

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I live in the cold north country on an old farm with my hubby, 3 cats, and 2 dogs. We enjoy our little farm and the wildlife around us.

Fairy Tree Skirt

Fairy Tree Skirt

Tree Skirt Patterns

Everyone needs a tree skirt. This article is about skirts you can make with patterns and tutorials. Some skirts are not hard to make. I made some years ago for our tree and for our kids' trees. Mine were just fabric. I added sparkles and Christmas cloth decals with fabric glue. They turned out pretty. They took some sewing, but they were fun to make. I always cut my circle for my tree skirts with my husband’s help. We folded our fabric in half and cut out a circle with a string attached to a pen or pencil.

When I made mine, I also added a lace edge. You can add any kind of trim you would like or make your own trim for the edge and glue it on. I also used quilted fabric.

Use any kind of little add on items you want like buttons, charms, felt snowflakes, pom-poms, beads, or the family name. Many items can be found in craft and sewing stores or make your own. Fabric paint can also be used to add designs on your skirt.

Your skirt only comes out at Christmas, so if you don't want to sew it, gluing will work fine. It wouldn't hurt to sew a little tack by hand onto each item you add then glue. I know with some items you won't be able to do this. The tack would make it more secure, if possible.

Below our daughter's friend made her tree skirt from old pants. I think it looks very pretty reminds me of the country. It's always good to reuse and not waste anything you have.

In the above capsule is a great no-sew skirt from HGTV looks amazing and is easy to make.

Bridesmaid or old wedding gowns also make pretty skirts for your trees. No one ever seems to wear a bridesmaid dress again, so why not put it to use for a skirt. Any skirt you might have will do, especially if they're lace. Cut up and turn into a tree skirt! Tina, over at Tina's Treasures, can show you how.

Also, old table cloths, curtains, quilts, and bedspreads can be used. If it's a round tablecloth, you're almost there. Just cut a slit up the tablecloth until you get to the middle. Then cut a circle in the center. You can finish it off by sewing a ribbon around the hole and down the slit, add hooks for closure.

Upcycle Ties

Chicago Lost And Found

Chicago Lost And Found

Necktie Skirt

This skirt is made out of ties and sells for $1200. You can buy it or make one yourself. The pattern on this picture is different from the tutorial I found on making a tie skirt, but it's pretty close. Visit Thrifty Fun to start your adventure.

Crochet Yourself a Skirt

Granny Square Skirt

Granny Square Skirt

Crocheted Skirt

You can also crochet or knit a tree skirt. My mother-in-law crocheted hers years ago. This one is crocheted with granny squares.

Give Fleece a Try

Fleece Tree Skirt

Fleece Tree Skirt

The fleece skirt is kind of neat because it takes very little or no sewing.

We make blankets out of fleece every year because they don't require sewing, just tie the two fabrics together. This skirt is the same. Skirts can also be put together with no sewing just by using iron-on fabric tape or by using fabric glue or hot glue.

  • Try Another Fabric: You might also consider making a skirt from velvet, brocade, lace, cotton, muslin, oilcloth, or felt—anything and everything, really. Make the skirt look modern or country. Burlap sacks make nice skirts. Decorations added to a skirt makes it look so festive.
  • Add Photos: You can also add family pictures to a skirt by printing on transfer paper and ironing onto your skirt or printing right on fabric and making the skirt from this.
  • Use a Pattern: Patterns for skirts can also be bought at the fabric store or anyplace, which carries patterns like Simplicity or McCall's.

In our house, there was always more than one tree. Our kids like to have small little trees in their rooms. So we needed more than one skirt.

Burlap or Coffee Bags

Coffee Bag Skirt

Coffee Bag Skirt

I love this coffee bag skirt because it's so pretty.

Quilt It Up

Tree skirt

Tree skirt

Quilted skirts are always popular, and there are many patterns on the internet. The link will give you the pattern for this skirt. Spiral and square block skirts are pretty easy to find. Remember, skirts can be made out of old clothing fabric made to look rustic with old denim shirts or jeans.

Items You Can Use for Your Skirt Closure

On your tree skirts, you can use any kind of closures you would like.

  • Zippers
  • Buttons
  • Ribbons
  • Velcro
  • Snaps
  • Hooks

If you don't want to make your skirts, consider going to a Christmas craft show. They are usually loaded with skirts. You also might be able to talk a crafty friend into making you one.

I finally dug out my own skirt. This is one of the many skirts I have made. As you can see, this one did take some sewing. I used quilted fabric so that I didn't have to have a lining for the back. I added the lace, and this is about all I did to it, besides cutting it and seaming it together.

I made the skirt big enough so that lots of gifts could sit on top of it. Most of the time, this is where the cats slept.

Skirt patterns can also be found in quilt shops. We went on a quilt trip this weekend, and I saw so many nice patterns for skirts. Visit quilt shops even if you don't buy because you will get some great ideas for making skirts.

Quilt Shop Patterns

Christmas tree skirt in quilt shop.

Christmas tree skirt in quilt shop.

Take the Christmas Tree Skirt Poll

Another Way to Cut a Circle

© 2011 moonlake

Comments

moonlake (author) from America on December 03, 2015:

Suzanne, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate your visit.

Suzanne on December 03, 2015:

LOVE this and just had to let you know. Thank you so much for sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on December 16, 2013:

WiccanSage, The tie skirt is really neat. Thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on December 16, 2013:

CraftytotheCore, I know so many people are allergic to real trees it's not worth bringing them in the house. We got a fake tree last year. I have a small white tree that I'm putting up this year we're not having much company instead going to the kids homes for Christmas so why bother to put up the big tree. Thanks for stopping and for sharing.

Mackenzie Sage Wright on December 16, 2013:

Awesome, I just love the tie skirt-- now I am going to have to start collecting ties from the thrift shop to make something because it looks too cool. Great ideas here.

CraftytotheCore on December 16, 2013:

These are so beautiful. My favorite one is the fairy one up at the top. I haven't ventured in to making a tree skirt yet. This year we bought a real tree like we do every year. We got it for $20 on special at the hardware store. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to trees. Every year my asthma worsens this time of year. So silly us brings this live tree home and I get terribly ill. I ended up getting an artificial tree, decorating it with fake snow around the branches, and putting sheets of snow underneath the tree. It actually looks pretty neat. But I have always wanted to make an heirloom tree skirt to pass down. So thank you for this Hub! I'm sharing!

moonlake (author) from America on December 09, 2013:

carter06, Thank you so much for coming by I appreciate it.

moonlake (author) from America on December 09, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you I appreciate all you do for my hubs.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on December 08, 2013:

Thanks for this great idea moonlake..Love it!! I just looked at them in store a few days ago and deliberated whether to spend money on one or not & decided against it for this year, but will def give this a go for the future..will share and pin this it's such a fab idea!! P.s just glad i don't have to make 8 to put my trees on like Till.. whew that would be a job:) Cheers

C E Clark from North Texas on December 07, 2013:

Pinned this again to my 'Christmas II' board, this time with the red and white snowman/snowflake tree skirt. Christmas is just 2.5 weeks away, still time to make an heirloom tree skirt, and I want to help you promote this article as much as possible before this season is over. Sharing again, too.

moonlake (author) from America on December 01, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you and thanks so much for the pin and sharing.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 30, 2013:

Thought I would come back and share this again because anyone thinking about making a new tree skirt for their own tree or as a gift will want to get started pretty soon. Only 25 days 'til Christmas! Where does the time go?

A tree skirt can make a wonderful heirloom especially when it's handmade. You have some really nice examples here. Voted up again, pinned to my 'Christmas II' board, and sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on November 20, 2013:

Indian Chef, Thank you so glad you stopped by. I appreciate the vote.

Indian Chef from New Delhi India on November 19, 2013:

Very very beautiful pictures . I have never seen people celebrating Christmas as I do not know any Christian here but the pictures are very beautiful. sharing, voting up and awesome.

moonlake (author) from America on November 10, 2013:

DDE, Thank you and thanks for the vote, so nice you came by.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 08, 2013:

Beautiful Christmas Tree Skirts and Tutorials so beautiful photos and such ca creative mind. Voted up, useful interesting and beautiful

moonlake (author) from America on October 30, 2013:

Au fait, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and for the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on October 30, 2013:

Came back to pin this article to my 'Christmas' board and to share it again. A handmade tree skirt can make a beautiful heirloom and you have lots of examples of different kinds of tree skirts here. Going to share again, too!

moonlake (author) from America on August 24, 2013:

TopTenChristmas, What a great idea for the family. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Brandon Hart on August 22, 2013:

It's obvious you spent a lot of time on this. My family makes a homemade Christmas skirt each year. So, I'm working on finding exactly what I want to do. I think I've at least got some new ideas here.

moonlake (author) from America on July 31, 2013:

rajan jolly, Thank you so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 29, 2013:

I love the different varieties of tree quilts and appreciate the tutorials as well. Thanks for sharing.

Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Lovely pictures.

moonlake (author) from America on May 12, 2013:

Peggy W, Thank you I appreciate it. Thanks for visiting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2013:

I'm going to start a new Pinterest board titled Christmas and will pin this hub to it. You have so many good ideas in this hub for creating beautiful Christmas tree skirts.

moonlake (author) from America on April 28, 2013:

Deborah-Diane , Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it.

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on April 27, 2013:

This is an amazing Hub. I love the variety of Christmas tree skirts you have made here, from the elegant to the whimsical, like the one made from ties. Very clever and creative. Definitely a Thumbs Up!

moonlake (author) from America on April 01, 2013:

Peggy W, Thank you. I know just what you mean I'm starting on quilts now for Christmas gifts. Thank you for the share.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Since we are sharing Christmas hubs even if off season...I came back to take another look at this hub. Will share because people might wish to think of making some of these tree skirts to give away as gifts and it is never too early to start when it comes to making homemade gifts. I have a friend who with others in her group sew year round to make and give Christmas stockings and other sewing crafts to the elderly in nursing homes, and different children's groups. You have some great ideas here!

moonlake (author) from America on December 02, 2012:

tebo , I always hate the ugly containers. Tree skirt work great to cover them and can be made from just about anything. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

moonlake (author) from America on December 02, 2012:

Nell Rose. Thank you so nice to see you and thanks for the vote.

moonlake (author) from America on December 02, 2012:

tillsontitan, 8 trees I bet they're beautiful. You have to do a hub showing all your trees. Thanks so much for stopping by and the vote and sharing.

moonlake (author) from America on December 02, 2012:

Au fait, They are fun to make. Your right it is some a child could help with. Thanks so much for stopping by.

tebo from New Zealand on December 02, 2012:

These are lovely. I haven't seen them before either, but I think they are a great idea for covering up the container you have your tree in. Must see what I have that I could use. Thanks for the ideas.

Mary Craig from New York on December 02, 2012:

With eight (yes 8) full size Christmas trees in my home I am always looking for something different. Your skirt ideas are phenomenal! I love everyone of them and of course your pictures are great too!

I voted this everything but funny...also shared.

Nell Rose from England on December 02, 2012:

You are so clever! lol! I wish I had the patience and the talent! these are great, voted up!

C E Clark from North Texas on December 02, 2012:

A fabulous hub for this time of the year! You have included so many great ideas and beautiful photos for inspiration. The photo of the tree skirt you made yourself looks like it was so fun to make and enjoy. Cutting circles is so easy and then decorating them with the help of young children can add to the fun. Great hub! Voted up, useful, beautiful, and will share!

moonlake (author) from America on November 21, 2012:

Tashaonthetown, Thank you I love mine. They are really showing up in different places. So easy to make. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Natasha Pelati from South Africa on November 21, 2012:

This is a great idea. I am going to make one!

moonlake (author) from America on November 20, 2012:

The Dirt Farmer, I saw a pretty skirt in Home Depot but the thing was 49.50. That's awful because it really takes such a small amount of fabric. I like the burlap one too. Thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on November 20, 2012:

Sherry Hewins, A hooked rug one sounds nice. I have never seen a hooked one. Thanks so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on November 20, 2012:

rebeccamealey, There is so much to pick from in making skirts now days. When I made ours there was lots to decorate with. Of course, we live in a small town that might have been why. Thank you so much for stopping by.

moonlake (author) from America on November 20, 2012:

Peggy W,

Thanks so much for sharing always nice to have revisit one of my hubs.

Jill Spencer from United States on November 19, 2012:

Love this hub. So many great ideas here. Esp. like the burlap skirt--perfect for an outdoor Christmas tree. (:

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 17, 2012:

Those are beautiful. I love the polka dot one at the top. My kids helped me make a hooked rug tree skirt from a kit years ago. I still use that skirt every year.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 17, 2012:

How clever! I never thought of making my own tree skirt. And I just bought one last year. These are so pretty!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2012:

Came back to share this time as people might like to use these ideas for their Christmas trees. Some great looking Christmas tree skirts here!

moonlake (author) from America on November 10, 2012:

pstraubie48, How smart of your daughter to use clothing from each person. I bet they were cute. It's always so much fun when there is a little one to share Christmas. Our kids and grandkids aren't little anymore. Thank you so much for stopping and for sharing and pinning.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 10, 2012:

Moonlake, good morning...these skirts definitely add to the magic and beauty of Christmas. I live alone now but I haul out all of the lovely decorations each year as this is a magical time. My two year old grandson is caught up in the season already this year so this will be really special. I do not have a fabulous tree skirt like this but maybe I can get my daughter to make me one. She made the cutest one last year with little stuffed snowmen on it...one for each member of the family, dressed in a bit of attire from each family member. I am sharing and pinning this as it is A M A Z I N G ...an overused word but the only want that gets the job done. have a lovely Saturday :) ps

moonlake (author) from America on November 03, 2012:

pinappu, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving comment. Yes I am getting Google traffic.

pinappu from India on November 03, 2012:

You have taken so much pain to write such a hub. How much time you spent for it? I think you are getting 60-70 viewers daily for it. Are you getting any Google traffic?

moonlake (author) from America on October 11, 2012:

perlongnina, Merry Christmas thanks for stopping by.

perlongnina on October 11, 2012:

merry christmans

moonlake (author) from America on October 07, 2012:

TattooKitty, If I can make them anyone can. They are really not that hard to make. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment and thanks for the vote.

moonlake (author) from America on October 07, 2012:

Rusti Mccollum , Thank you so glad you enjoyed the hub. Your grandkids will be happy to get them I'm sure. There are so many ideas out there for skirts. Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.

TattooKitty from Hawaii on October 07, 2012:

How exquisite!! I absolutely love the quilted versions...so dramatic and full of life! Thanks for sharing this...maybe I'll give it a try this year! Voted up!!

Ruth McCollum from Lake Oswego, Oregon on October 07, 2012:

I made all my kids stockings and tree skirts. They take time, i do felt sequins that type . They give me the old Cristmas feeling when I was a kid. I have to say I LOVE the quilted one! they are all beautiful and amazing . Soon i'll start making my grandkids and I'll incorporate your tips and ideas! Thankyou very much!

moonlake (author) from America on October 02, 2012:

Mama Kim 8, Thank you so glad you stopped by. I hope it will become an heirloom. Thanks so much for pinning.

Sasha Kim on October 02, 2012:

Taking the time to make your own beautiful tree skirt is wonderful. Plus it will probably become a family heirloom ^_^ Great overview of the different types. pinning!

moonlake (author) from America on September 18, 2012:

Jamie Brock, Brides are doing it and paying photographers to take pictures of it. It’s hard to believe they would put out money for that. Thanks for stopping back by.

Jamie Brock from Texas on September 18, 2012:

moonlake, I had not heard of brides destroying their dresses after weddings.. that is TERRIBLE! My gosh, if nothing else they could give it away to others who may not be able to afford a beautiful dress. Wow, that's so wasteful.. and yes, I so agree... so much could be done with the beautiful fabric for sure. What is wrong with people these days?? LOL! Anyway, you are welcome for me visiting your hub.. I really enjoyed it and plan to visit more :)

moonlake (author) from America on September 18, 2012:

Jamie Brock, When is see all the brides that destory their wedding dress after the wedding because that is the thing to do just makes me sad so much they could do with that beautiful fabric. Thank you so much for stopping by I appreciate it.

Jamie Brock from Texas on September 18, 2012:

What a beautiful selection of tree skirts you have shared here.... LOVE them! Especially love the idea of using an old wedding dress to make a tree skirt. How beautiful is that?! Voting up.. thank you so much for sharing :)

moonlake (author) from America on August 29, 2012:

DMVmimay, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment and a thumbs up. I appreciate it and glad you like it.

DMVmimay on August 29, 2012:

very cool stuff! super creative.. like it so much! thumbs up (y)

moonlake (author) from America on August 27, 2012:

RTalloni, Thank you glad you enjoyed the hub. That is true they could be applied to any project. So glad you stopped by and left a comment.

RTalloni on August 27, 2012:

Such beautiful examples you have here! Your tips are great and the tutorials would be worth going through for reasons beyond making a tree skirt. These tree skirts have details and techniques that could be applied to other projects.

moonlake (author) from America on July 08, 2012:

KoffeeKlatch Gals, Thank you I'm glad you liked it. If I made another one I would make the muslin one I love it. Thanks so much for stopping by and for votes.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on July 08, 2012:

moonlake, what wonderful tree skirts. Each one is unique and beautiful. You have given me many ideas for my own tree. I especially love the last skirt, the one under your tree. Up and awesome.

moonlake (author) from America on May 16, 2012:

Athlyn Green, That second tree skirts seems to be the favorite. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on May 16, 2012:

That second tree skirt is particularly fetching but all the tree skirts complete the Christmas trees. Voted up.

moonlake (author) from America on December 19, 2011:

techygram,

Your welcome so glad you liked the hub. Thanks, for stopping by.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on December 19, 2011:

What a beautiful gallery of different designs... I love these hub tutorials too... thanks so much!

moonlake (author) from America on December 03, 2011:

mary615,

You are so right they are easy to make. You don't have to sew to make them.

Thanks, for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 03, 2011:

Good Hub! I wouldn't spend big bucks for a tree skirt, when they are so easy to make.

moonlake (author) from America on December 02, 2011:

Alastar Packer,

Thanks for stopping by my hub and leaving a comment. I really like the fairy lady one also I think it would look good on any tree but I think kids would really like it.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on December 02, 2011:

These are really attractive Christmas tree skirts moonlake. You know, I learn all kinds of cool things on the Hubs that I never really thought about before. The ruffled one's different and the fave(sssh-don't tell anyone) is the fairy lady with the Gingerbread men.

moonlake (author) from America on December 02, 2011:

Gypsy Rose Lee,

Thank you, for stopping by. I was looking at skirts yesterday in the stores there are some pretty ones to buy but so expensive. I like homemade the best.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on December 02, 2011:

Very useful and informative hub. I've had a hand-made Christmas tree skirt for many years now. It just makes the tree look so decorative.

moonlake (author) from America on December 01, 2011:

SusieQ42,

That works to use a quilt. Before tree skirts we use to use like a cotton batting around the tree. I think they still sell it.

Thanks for stopping by.

SusieQ42 on December 01, 2011:

Interesting hub! I started a quilt (red, white and green) and never got around to finishing it. I use it now for my tree skirt. Thanks for the info.

moonlake (author) from America on December 01, 2011:

Movie Master,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. We use tree skirts here all the time. I don't think I have ever seen anyone's tree that didn't have a skirt on it.

Thanks so much for the vote.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on December 01, 2011:

A tree skirt, this is completely new to me, I have never even seen one.

Lots of ideas here for making one, voting up and I just hope I will have time to make one!

moonlake (author) from America on November 30, 2011:

Peggy W

Thank you for stopping by. We have also had a smaller tree the last few years. I still have my skirt and keep hoping we will have a larger tree again. I'm not real crazy about the smaller tree. Thank you for the vote.

moonlake (author) from America on November 30, 2011:

writer20

Thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the skirts and thanks for the vote.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2011:

Since we no longer have a big Christmas tree we will probably never be in need of this advice...but I love it just the same! Such great ideas and they are pretty depending upon one's décor. Voted up, useful and interesting.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on November 30, 2011:

Great good ideas for Christmas skirt which I already have. Vote your good hub up and useful interesting.

moonlake (author) from America on November 30, 2011:

lady rain,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, glad you liked the ideas.

moonlake (author) from America on November 30, 2011:

instantlyfamily,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment.

lady rain from Australia on November 30, 2011:

This is what I need to make for my Christmas tree this year. Thank you for the great idea!

instantlyfamily on November 30, 2011:

BEAUTIFUL!