Beautiful Christmas Tree Skirts: Ideas and Tutorials
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.
Reuse an Old Wedding GownClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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
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
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
I love this coffee bag skirt because it's so pretty.
Quilt It Up
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.
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.
My SkirtClick thumbnail to view full-size
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
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