Something about Christmas makes me want to make stuff. It’s like I’m an elf. I just might be; ELF is my initials after all… Enough of my secrets, though. After making my own lovely Christmas stockings, I had to make a tree skirt to match! It’s only right, after all. I have 2 trees so I had to make 2 tree skirts. My first one was a pretty patchwork for the main tree. I didn’t take pictures as I went because I was trying to figure it out. But I made a 2nd smaller DIY Christmas tree skirt for the other tree and I explain at the end of the post how I made the patchwork one. Plus I made a bonus tassel tutorial!
DIY Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial
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- Fold an old tree skirt in half and use it as a pattern. Cut around the edge, leaving about 1/4″ around it. If you don’t have an old tree skirt to use, follow this tutorial on how to make a circle.
- Cut another circle for the top fabric as well. I used an aqua flannel for the lining and an aqua ticking for the top fabric. Be sure to cut a slit on each piece for the tree skirt to fit around the tree.
- Place the fabrics right sides together. Pin around the edge and sew around, leaving the center circle open.
- When it’s sewn together, clip around the edges. Cutting slits will help it look better once it’s flipped and ironed. I also cut away any excess fabric.
- Flip the skirt inside out and iron it.
- Pin double fold bias tape around the center. (I only had single faced bias tape so I made it work.)
- Sew around the edge, going very slowly. Sew the ends of the tape to act as a ribbon for tying it shut.
- Top stitch the edge around the edge of the skirt. This gives it a nice, finished look.
- It can be done at this point. OR we can make it super fun and add tassels. Or add ribbon, ruffles, rickrack or pompoms.
Bonus Tassel Tutorial
- Grab your supplies. You need yarn, scissors and something to wrap the yarn around. I’m using a journal because it’s about the right size that I wanted. A cell phone would have worked nicely too!
- Start wrapping yarn around the journal.
- When you think you have enough yarn, slip the loop off of the journal. Cut a piece of yarn about 10″ long and tie it around the top part of the loop.
- Cut the long loop to make tassels. It might need some trimming.
- Sew your tassels to the tree skirt. I made 7 to go around my tree skirt and spaced them equally around the front and sides.
- Ta da! (You should always gloat after finishing a craft project! Especially a DIY Christmas tree skirt!)
Isn’t she a beaut? Did you know that ticking and tassels could be so perfect together?
I didn’t take photos while I made the large tree skirt, but it’s the same concept, just with patchwork and trim. I folded the existing tree skirt into sixths for my patchwork pieces, cut around them and sewed them together. The other steps are the same. When it was done, I sewed a ruffle around the edge instead of adding tassels.