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DIY Christmas Tree Skirt & {Trim The Tree} Blog Hop

November 20, 2014
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Okay … so yesterday I shared some awesome LAST MINUTE THANKSGIVING IDEAS for all your festivities next week.  And just like that … I’ve now transitioned into Christmas.

TODAY … I’ve got an abundance of DIY ideas for your Christmas tree!!

Don’t worry … you’re not behind.  We don’t actually have a tree yet.  Even though I’m sharing my DIY Christmas Tree Skirt today, I don’t actually have a tree to put it on.  In my mind, however, the skirt looks just perfect on a beautiful tree!  I did drag up the Christmas decorations last week, but they’ve been in a pile on my dining room table since then.  Molly has eaten a few letters (my gold ‘NOEL’ is just OL now … she ate the other two letters).  My boys have found a few items and have taken it upon themselves to do a bit of Christmas ‘decorating’ (the firetruck is now dragging some pom-pom garland and the motorcycle has a stuffed reindeer passenger).  So … I’ve thought about decorating for Christmas … just haven’t actually got any of it done yet.

If you’re thinking about getting your tree this weekend … or maybe next Friday when the season ‘officially’ begins … we’ve got a fun roundup of all kinds of DIY ways to fancy up your tree this year!

I’m sharing an easy and inexpensive DIY Christmas Tree Skirt today.

Take a look at what I did … do it the same if that’s the look you’re going for … or modify it slightly to get the look you’re going for!  It really was so easy to make!

Last year, I did all red and white Christmas decor.  This year, I’m adding in grey (crazy … I know!!!  Watch out!).  Anyway, we had a light blue tree skirt from last year, and that just wasn’t in my color scheme.  So … a trip to Joann, and an hour or so later, here’s what I came up with:

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And from up above:

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I choose to make the main part out of felt because …

  • It’s cheap
  • You don’t need to hem the edges
  • And they had grey felt in stock and my boys weren’t interested in looking at any other fabrics that may have also worked (I don’t know why not … fabric shopping is a blast!).

SUPPLIES

So … here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/3 yards of felt (I chose grey)
  • 1 yard of the cheapest white fabric you can buy (I used white muslin that was on sale for $0.99/yd
  • Red yarn (for poms)
  • White buttons
  • Fold over elastic (or any elastic)
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread (I used embroidery floss as ‘thread’)
  • Red Ribbon

STEP-BY-STEP

And here’s the process:

For the base of the skirt (the grey part):

  1. First, cut a 48″ square out of your felt
  2. Next, fold the square into quarters

    DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge

    FOLD IN QUARTERS

  3. Using a yardstick, draw an 24″ arc on the top of your folded felt. Tip:  ‘hinge’ the yardstick at the corner.  Place your marker at the 24″ mark on one edge, and rotate the yardstick to the other side while drawing your arc with the marker.

    DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge

    DRAW A 24″ ARC USING A YARDSTICK

  4. Cut along that arc you just drew.
  5. Next, make a hole for the trunk.  With the yardstick in the same corner, draw a 3″ arc.
  6. Cut it out.DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge
  7. Unfold and cut a straight slit somewhere on the skirt.

    DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge

    CUT A SLIT

Now, for the white ruffle trim:

  1. Rip 5-6 4″ strips out of the white fabric.  To do this, measure on one edge, make a small slit with scissors, then simply RIP the fabric to make a strip.
  2. Make 5-7 of these 4″ strips.

    DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge

    ~4″ FABRIC STRIPS

  3. Ruffle your strips:
    1. Using a sewing machine, set your tension to the highest setting, and you stitch width to the longest.
    2. Then, simply sew a straight stitch down the center of your fabric strips, and the fabric will magically ruffle!  Seriously … it’s my favorite thing to do right now!

      DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge

      RUFFLE STRIPS

Attach ruffles to outside edge of felt circle:

  1. Set your machine back to normal straight stitching settings (this is easy to forget and very frustrating if you do), and sew the white ruffles all the way around the outside of the circle.

    DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge

    SEW RUFFLES ONTO SKIRT

Add Yarn Pom Poms:

  1. For a little fun, we made some red yarn Poms (see this tutorial for the detailed instructions on the making of yarn poms).
  2. Using a needle and thread (or embroidery floss, in my case), stitch each pom in place along the edge of the skirt.  Start from underneath, go up through the skirt and through the pom, then back through the pom and back through the skirt.  Tie in a tight knot under the skirt.

Create your tie for around the trunk:

  1. Along the inside circle of your skirt, fold the edge over ~1/2″, iron, and sew along edge to create a ‘tube’ or ‘pocket’ for a string.
  2. Using a larger safety pin, thread your ribbon/string though the tube.  Leave some length on each end to allow you to cinch and tie this around the trunk.

Add a couple button closures along the slit:

  1. I hand stitched two buttons onto the skirt along the slit.
  2. Then, I cut a piece of elastic to match up with each button, folded the elastic in half, and sewed in place along the slip opposite from the button.

DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge

DIY Felt Tree Skirt Tutorital | View From The Fridge

That’s it!

Can’t wait to actually show you what this looks like on our tree …

Stay tuned …

So now that you’ve got an awesome DIY skirt for your tree … how about some ornaments to make it fancy?

Check out all these ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Trim the Tree this Christmas with more than 35 ideas to inspire from your favorite bloggers! #trimthetree

Have you started decorating for the Holidays?  Over 35 of your favorite bloggers have come together to share their fun and festive ideas.  From Ornaments to Tree Skirts,  you are sure to be inspired by all of these amazing homemade ideas to Trim the Tree! 

Trim The Tree 1

1. Advent Calendar Pocket 

2. Polymer Clay Poinsettia

3. Yarn Wrapped Ornament 

4.  Vintage Green Paper Ornament

5. Trim the Tree Garland

6. Ribbon Stuffed Ornaments

7.  Wooden Star Ornament

8. Melted Snowman Ornament

9. Felt Christmas Tree

10.  Santa Star Ornament

 

Trim the Tree 2

1. Vintage Map Ornament

2. Yarn Joy Ornament

3.  Embossed Wood Bird Ornament

4. Snow Man Wood Slice Ornament

5. Christmas Garland

6. Tree Skirt for under $20

7.  Star Painted Ornament

8. Neon Christmas Tree Topper

9. Wooden Spool Christmas Tree

 

Trim The Tree 3

1. Gingerbread Cookie Ornament

2.  Wood Etched Cork Garland

3. Bow Christmas Tree Garland

4. Travel Map Ornaments

5. Homemade Glitter Ornaments

6. Felt Candy Ornaments

7. Make Love Ornament

8. How to Decorate your Tree like a Pro

9.  Joy Ornament

10. Glitter Pinecone Ornament

 

Trim The Tree 4

1. Scented Gingerbread Ornament

2. Diy Tree Skirt

3. Pinecone Decorative Tree

4.  Wood Slice Ornament

5. Wood Slice Child Silhouette Ornament

6. Tips for Decorating the Christmas Tree

7. Mason Jar Lid Ornament

8. Gold Basket Weave Ornament

9. Rustic Christmas Tree Garland

10. Starfish Christmas Ornaments

My Christmas to-do list just got a whole lot longer … how about you?!?

Do you have a tree up yet?  {ahem … Overachiever}

How’s your skirt looking’?  Need a new one?

Anyway … have a great day, and thanks for popping in!

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  • Reply Kristi November 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    SO pretty Katie!!! LOVE the pom poms and that super cute ruffle!!!
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  • Reply Ariean @OneKriegerChick November 20, 2014 at 11:07 am

    This turned out super cute…Love the pom pom detail! Excited to see the rest of your decor. :)

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney November 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Katie you are super woman, I don’t know how you get all these crafts done. This Christmas tree skirt is so adorable, love the colors you choose. So excited to see your home tour.
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  • Reply Mrs Major Hoff November 20, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I love your tree skirt! Adorable! Can’t wait to see the tree all decked out! Had a great time “hopping” with ya!
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  • Reply jeanna November 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Love it! What a great idea. I will defiantly be checking out all of your other great Christmas ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Cindy@DIYbeautify November 22, 2014 at 9:51 am

    This is just darling Katie! Love the little pops of red.

  • Reply Virginia Fynes November 23, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Super cute tree skirt
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    • Reply Katie November 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks, Virginia!!

  • Reply Cindy @ Upcycled Design Lab November 23, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Your tree skirt is really cute. I may try to replicate it with recycled materials. I decorated my tree with plastic bag and chip bag ornaments this year. It has worked out great for the cats. They have an endless supply of cat toys and I don’t have any broken ornaments. :-)
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  • Reply Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods November 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Love it! I’m so making my own tree skirt this year too. Crossing my fingers it looks half as cute as yours!

    Can’t wait to see the gray in your Christmas decor! Thanks for sharing on Show Me Saturday!
    ~ Ashley
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