Monday, December 13, 2010

A Fully Dressed Tree

Our poor Christmas tree has been skirt-less for the past five years. This is due to my insistence that I make vs. buy a skirt, and trouble deciding what kind of skirt to make. I am happy to report that our tree will be naked no more! Inspiration struck after I completed the sweater stockings and still had quite a few sweater remnants. I love that the new skirt ties the mantle and tree together and that I gave me another use for the sweater project. A similar look could easily be accomplished with fleece or felt.

Here's the how-to:

STEP 1: Select a fabric for the base of the skirt (I used some green corduroy I had on hand). You'll need about 1.5 yards. Fold it in half and use a long string and pen fashioned as a compass to make a semicircle. Cut out the semicircle then unfold it to reveal your circle and skirt base.

STEP 2: Cut smaller circles out of the felt, fleece, or old sweaters that you have selected. I used a Tupperware top as a template. I traced and cut 60 circles.

STEP 3: Arrange the first layer of small circles on around  the base of the skirt. You'll want to leave a 6-8 inch space to cut the slit that will enable you to wrap the skirt around your tree.

STEP 4: Sew on the first layer of circles. I sewed mine on about 1.5 inches from the top (pointing into the skirt) of each circle, with half of each circle hanging over the edge of the skirt base.

STEP 5: Arrange and sew on the second layer of circles. They should be staggered, like bricks, over the first row and will overlap slightly.

STEP6: Arrange and sew on the third layer of circles.

STEP 7: fold the skirt to find its center and trace a circle in the center. Draw a straight line from your opening and cut up the line and cut out the circle. If you are using felt or fleece you will not need to finish this edge. I used pinking sheers then a zig-zag stitch along the edge of mine to prevent fraying.

STEP 9: wrap the skirt around the base of your tree!

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