I have a Christmas confession. The last few years for our tree skirt I’ve pulled out some unused sequin fabric and draped it around the base of the tree. I had yet to find a tree skirt that I really liked, until last year when I saw my step mom’s vintage tree skirt. It had glorious fringe, vintage ornament pattern and sequin beading. I was inspired to make my own fringe tree skirt.
I thought it would be extra special to use some of the iridescent fabric from our wedding tables. I love keeping little pieces to remind us of that magical day.
- Fabric (the width of your tree skirt plus a little extra)
- 3 in Chainette fringe
- Fabric scissors
- Hot glue & gun
- Ruler/Tape measure
1. First you are going to cut a big circle out of the fabric. To make an even circle, make a big square that is at least the width of your tree skirt. My square is 40″ x 40″. Fold the square in half to make a long rectangle, fold that rectangle in half at the middle to make a square. If your fabric is thin enough, make another fold so that you have a triangle. From the center of your folded square or triangle, measure half the diameter of the skirt and make mark across your folded fabric. Cut through the layers across the marked line with fabric scissors. You will have a circle when you unfold it, but not yet, let’s make the opening for the tree trunk.
2. To make the small middle circle for your tree trunk, repeat the same marking process as with the skirt. This time measure 3″ from the folded center and then cut with fabric scissor to make a 6″ hole.
3. Open the skirt so it is folded in half and cut along one side of the fold from the outside edge to the middle hole. This creates the opening that will allow you to place your skirt around the base of the tree.
If you are layering two pieces of fabric, hot glue or sew the two pieces together along the hole in the middle. For a clean edge, sew the two pieces wrong sides facing in, make small cuts in the seam allowance along the circle, and flip right sides out. Then sew the two fabrics together along the tree skirt opening
4. Hot glue the fringe around the edge of the skirt. Leave a 1/2″ of fringe extra at the opening edge for a clean edge.
5. For clean edges on opening, fold the edge over a 1/2″ and hot glue down.
6. On the underside of one side of the skirt opening and the top side of the other, hot glue the velcro along the edge.
Wrap the skirt around the base of your tree and velcro together! The mid century fringe definitely goes with the white tree!
I loved seeing the wedding fabric when I pulled out the tree skirt this year. Hopefully this will be a piece that we keep for a long time and pass on to family. Will you add a special touch to your tree skirt?!