Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Tree Skirt

 Over the last three years I've found several ways to recycle my wedding decorations into Christmas decor. I've used the ribbon as a garland, I've glued and pinned fake wedding flowers to Styrofoam balls and now I've re-purposed my former table centerpiece fabric into a tree skirt.

I started with the 18 inch wide squares of fabric I had used as a base under each centerpiece. I cut the squares diagonally into four triangles each and sewed them into a bigger square. (It took eight squares to get this pattern. That's enough to make two tree skirts, but you could always use one on top and one on the bottom to make it reversible.)

 I then measured 18 inches from the center and marked a circle

Luckily the center didn't need to be perfect since it was destined to be cut out.

 I stitched slightly away from one of the seams so I could cut it to open the circle.

I stitched close to the circle markings.

 I left the skirt square so I could easily quilt it,

and then I cut out the circles and the seam.

 Then I bound all the edges using strips of the brown fabric cut on the bias.
The 36 inch skirt is small for our massive tree, but I figured it was fine since the presents won't catch fire or anything if they touch the carpet.
 (Although, that would be kind of awesome.)

For those of you who wish to see my sketching blog, here is the link for sketchybee.blogspot.com

Next time: Felt Nativity Dolls

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