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Is your mini-tree naked? Are its feet cold?
Well add some modesty to your tree and wrap it up in a wee quilted tree skirt. This is a fairly easy and quick project. It took me 2-3 hours to complete. I like getting things done, don’t you?
To start, you will need a pattern. I used a large pot lid to trace a half circle on a piece of paper. (Newspaper or tissue paper work better than plain white paper, but I worked with what I had.) Since, I wanted my skirt a couple inches bigger than the lid I measured two inches longer. I made tick marks every few inches around the lid.
Once you have your half-circle cut out, you will need a smaller half-circle in the center. I used my coffee cup to trace a smaller half-circle. See picture below. Once you’ve done that, cut it out.
Once you’ve got your half circle cut out, fold in half twice. You will get something like the pattern pictured below. I stapled it to keep it from slipping, but you can use a pin.
Using your pattern, cut out 8 pieces of fabric. In the picture below (hey! I found some newspaper!) you will see that I added 1/4 seam allowances. I guesstimated these as opposed to tracing. Also, you don’t have to add seam allowances. Not adding seam allowances will make your final product smaller. So you decide. I made one each way. If I had to do it over again, I would add seam allowances.
Once you’ve cut your 8 pieces of fabric, arrange them how you want. Here’s what I did. I used 3 different reds and 2 greens.
Lay the two halves right sides together as shown. (Again mom?) Stitch the halves together. Press. (Pressing the seams to the right or so they are pointing clockwise will make sewing the next few steps easier. See picture below.)
Now you will have a completed circle with a hole in the middle. I see mine didn’t come out the way I lined it up, but that’s probably because I wasn’t consistent with which side I sewed. I told you to sew on the right hand side, but I probably did left one time. Whoopsie daisy. No matter. We live with mistakes in this house.
Before we start sewing you will cut you quilt sandwich. This will be the opening for the tree skirt. You will cut on one side, a radius if you will. It should look like this. A round of cheese (hmm must be hungry).
You will want to leave an opening so you can turn your quilt right-side out. So start here:
Finish sewing here:
Ok! Reach your hand into your quilt, in between the fabric pieces. As opposed to between the batting and fabric. Grab the far corner and pull your quilt right-side out. Once you’ve done that, put your fingers in to each corner, or blunt pencil, to pop out sharp corners. Press. (Put iron away! your almost done!)
Now, you will close up the opening. Pin the opening as shown in the first picture below. Using a small seam allowance, like 1/8th inch, machine stitch (can be done by hand) the opening closed and then continue top stitching allllll the way around the quilt, shown below in the second picture.
Now, you can quilt it. You could stitch in the ditch. Or if you are really good you can free hand some holiday themed things like a bell or a word. I just sewed from corner to corner. It turned out nice and ended up looking like a Lemoyne (8-pointed) star.
You could also use this same tutorial to make a tree skirt for any size tree. The size depends on how big your pattern is. I will answer questions in the comments if there are any. I tend not to be clear….