It’s almost Christmas (!!)…where has the time gone? I felt like I just rang in the New Year and I said my wedding vows (May). It has been quite a crazy year, but definitely memorable and one for the books.
This Christmas we actually decided to put up our tree. We’ve never celebrated Christmas at home, always at our parents home, so we’ve never thought to make time for it. I’ve decided that we would make the time to put our tree up and chose a Buffalo Check Design, by design I mean making a Buffalo Check tree skirt. Since we’ve never had a tree up I wasn’t sure what decorations we had in our basement, if we had enough ornaments to suit the theme. The decorations were more than enough, we had a bunch of old ornaments that kind of fit our woodsy, outdoorsy, lumberjack-ish theme. We even found fabric pinecones I was planning on making, and for our topper there was oddly an old stuffed moose toy that became our shining star.
Now I was on a mission to create a tree skirt. I’ve never made one before but given my sewing background I had an idea just how to go about making it.
I first chose my buffalo check material I bought at Fabricland at $14/m, I only needed a meter since the width of the fabric was 56″, I knew I wanted my skirts diameter to be 50″ . I found a quarter of a meter of black fur trim for $5 in the “ends bin”, which is a bin that they fill with dirt cheap material that may have been the end of the rolls or slightly damaged.
[Remember to preshrink all raw fabrics, wash and dry and iron before cutting and sewing]
What I needed:
Main Tree Skirt Material
Tree Skirt Trim
Cutting Shears (Fabric Scissors)
To cut my fabric, I laid out the material and cut it down 50″ X 50″ (Since the width was 56″, I saved the 6″ at the selvage edge [finished edge of the material] for the binding of the skirt and cut it into 3 strips at 2″ each)
Next I folded the now square piece in half. Then in half again. You now have a square of roughly 25″ x 25″. From the very center of the 25″x25″ square, I measured out 25″ from where the centre tree hole will be, and like the compass you used for math in school, I measured out 25″ from the centre hole and pinned down the material to mark where to cut. This is just how I cut it, you would have to go by the measurement you wish to make your skirt.
Cut along the markings you made.
From the center hole corner, I measured 2″ down, again like the compass, worked my way around, marking at 2″ down. Cutting along the 2″ pins to create the hole for the tree post.
Now that I had the body of the tree skirt, I needed the slit to make putting the skirt on easy, luckily with the check pattern I just followed a straight line from the hem up to the center hole.
Before I started sewing, I ironed down the strips of fabric I had cut into 3’s from the 6 inch leftover piece. This is how I create my own binding: Fold half an inch to the middle, iron and fold the other half inch into the middle and iron again. Fold it once more on the center line and iron it.
Time for sewing.
Using the bindings I created, I used it to bind two sides of the slit first and then the center hole. Stitching the binding requires you to sandwich the strips onto the raw edge of the skirt, to give it a finished appearance.
The hardest part about this tree skirt, was adding the black fur trim. I measured the circumference of my tree skirt and how much trim I had, selvage to selvage. I cut the trim into 3’s. I say it was the hardest part because since I bought it from the “ends bin” I was not able to cut the trim on bias(45 degrees to its warp and weft threads), which would have made sewing it on better, and lay flat on the skirt. Since the trim stretched I was able to have quite some play room. Stitching on the trim, I folded in the raw edges of the fur trim and sandwiched it on to the skirt, again giving it a finished edge.
This probably took me a couple of hours to complete, super easy, just choosing your finishes will determine the difficulty of your product. I love the outcome, I saw something similar to this but obviously I changed a few things and made it my own. I want to make so many different designs, but how many tree skirts can you make without having to completely change your concept. It’s fun, try it out yourself and let me know the outcome 🙂