your own Christmas Tree Skirt
There is something
about a Christmas tree skirt beneath your holiday tree that
just seems to make it look polished as well as beautiful.
But even if you have limited or no sewing skills, you can
make your own Christmas tree skirt easily, without having
to shell out a lot of money to buy one. And you can do as
little or as much sewing (or even no sewing at all!) to make
First, you will
need to hit your local fabric store. You will find a wide
selection of fabrics at a fabric store, but you can also check
WalMart for nice fabric as well. And most fabric stores get
their fabric in as early as the summertime, so it probably
isn't too early to start planning! If you don't have a budget
for your skirt, you can also try a store specifically for
quilting for some exception fabric.
First, select the
fabric. You can chose a cotton print fabric, felt, corduroy,
or chose a velvet or even one of the pre-embroidered fabrics.
If you are matching an accessory you already own (such as
the tree garland, the Christmas stockings or a sofa accent
pillow) make sure you bring it so you can be sure it matches.
Usually, once the fabric is cut, it is yours!
You will need 4
to 5 yards for your tree. If you have sewing skills, make
sure you buy matching thread.
If you are going
to do sewing, pre-wash the fabric, then hem under the edges
of the fabric. otherwise, carefully cut away any lose threads,
or perhaps trim the edges with pinking shears (scissors with
the zigzag cut) if the fabric is fraying badly.
When your tree
is up, simply wrap the fabric around the base of the tree,
folding under the ends and edges if you did not hem them.
If you are really
on a budget, consider the fabric you have on-hand, such as
a festive table cloth or even those snowman flannel sheets
in your linen cupboard. Try them out and see what you think,
you might find you already own a large piece of fabric that
you'd love to see under the tree as your tree skirt!