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Don’t you love a beautiful tree skirt?
One of my favorite things at Christmas is the tree. I love the ritual of decorating, first the lights, then the decorations, one by one. Then sitting at night in the dark, the only light coming from the lit tree. Each and every ornament has a memory for me, where it came from and even the story behind it. Until a few years ago what I used for my tree skirt was an old twin bedspread that happened to be red. Sound familiar? It seems a lot of people use blankets or some kind of fabric, wrapped around the bottom, to hide the tree stand. A few years ago, a dear friend of mine surprised me with a beautiful hand-stiched tree skirt with bears and moose and deer blanket-stitched on a felt circle. As I place it under my tree it’s a wonderful reminder of the many hours she put into it and what our friendship means to me. Here’s some other posts that have tree skirt I’ve made.
Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorials: Frosted Tree
I love to make the gifts I give at Christmas. A few years ago I surprised my kids with new stockings based on the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. Nancy Halvorsen has a book with the pattern (here). They love them and with each new baby, they get a new one. The next year I made each family a Christmas Tree Skirt. I found pictures online and figured out how to make them, and each got one that suited their taste and personality. In this post, I will give you instructions and the pattern for what I call the Frosted Tree Christmas Tree Skirt. This will be the first in a series of tutorials on Christmas Tree Skirts to make. The felt was 72″ wide and was bought at Joann’s and the buttons were purchased in a larger package at Buttons Galore and More
The white wool can be bought at most any store that carries yarn (Walmart, Joann, Michaels etc).
Let’s get started. Download the pattern and instructions below and follow along with the pictures.
- The first part is cutting the tree skirt. It’s simple but here’s a series of photo’s to help you see the process
- The second part is cutting the template and transferring the pattern to your felt. It might feel a bit tedious but makes the transfer of the pattern much easier.
- The pictures now walk you through the stitching stage. Sit back and watch a movie or listen to something. It Takes about 15 minutes each tree, once you know what you’re doing. When you’re done start sewing on small red buttons. About 5-6 per tree in a random pattern with matching thread.
- Once the trees are complete, you’ll start stitching around the bottom, about 1″ long 1″ apart. Once you have done around the circumference of the skirt, before starting up one side (you’ll only do 1 side) stitch your three button loops in place. Then stitch up the side and around the center of the hole
- Once you have stitched the white edge, determine where to put buttons by laying it on the floor and overlapping the openings. Use large red buttons with matching thread. You’re done!
Let me know how you enjoyed your project and send me a photo! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!