A quilted Christmas tree skirt cover an unsightly tree stand and add a personal touch to the arrangement. Moreover, it catches needles that fall from a fresh tree to make after-holiday cleaning up much easier. If you decide to make a tree skit on your own, follow the simple steps below.
Tools and Materials
- Cotton fabric
- Thin quilt batting
- Quilting needle and thread
- Tailor's chalk
- Pattern paper
- Cutting table
- Ironing board
- Measuring tape
- Double-fold bias tape
Step 1 – Start with the Pattern
Put a sheet of pattern paper on top of the cutting table. Using the measuring tape, draw a line that measures 3 feet in length. Create another line to form a cross. Make several more diagonal lines of the same length to form a wheel with 8 spokes.
Step 2 – Draw a Circle
Draw a circular line around the wheel. Cut the circle using a pair of tailor’s scissors. Fold this circle cloth in half, and then fold it in half once more. One foot from the tip of the center of the circle, cut the curve out. When you unfold the circle, you will now see a half loop. From the edge of the fold, cut along one half-inch. Unfold the pattern.
Step 3 – Iron the Fabric
Along with the fabric, you should iron the quilt batting. Put the fabric on the cutting table with the right side facing down. Pin the pattern to the fabric and then trace around it. Unpin it before you cut out the traced shape. Do the same procedure for the top fabric and quilt batting.
Step 4 – Lay the Quilt Bottom
Lay the quilt bottom still with the right side facing down. Put the quilt batting on top of the fabric’s bottom. See to it that the edges are aligned. After that, pin the 3 layers together. Use the ruler and chalk to indicate the pattern that you want to be quilted on the tree skirt.
Step 5 – Begin to Quilt the Pattern
Put the entire tree skin in a quilting hoop. The right side should be facing up towards you. See to it that the fabric is fitted snugly into the hoop. This will ensure that quilt the pattern properly onto the tree skirt. Move the quilting hoop around until you are done with the entire skirt. Quilt the pattern with care. You do not want to make a mistake and re-do the whole thing again.
Step 6 – Finish the project
Use the double-fold bias tape to pin the quilt edges. Using the whip-stitch, bind the tree skirt quilt to the right side. Do the same thing on the other side.