Monday, December 5, 2011

Christmas tree skirt

I fell in love with a striped Christmas tree skirt from this darling shop, and thought I might be able to do something similar with the stacks of fabric I've collected over the years.

I presented my idea to make a circle tree skirt to Peter (resident math-doer) and he suggested I just make a square one. I reminded him that he was not really living up to his high school mathelete title, so he stepped up and did some tricky math for me to make my template. 

To make a skirt that is 50 inches across with a nine inch hole in the center (for the stand), have the bottom of your template be 9 3/4 inches, the top be 1 3/4 inches, and make it 20 1/2 inches long. You'll need 16 fabric pieces. 

I usually say that a project is so easy at this point, but I'll be honest. Sewing in a circle is surprisingly challenging! I sewed all the strips together first, then hemmed the bottom and top, and then sewed off the edges for the opening. You have to leave an opening between two of the strips and hem them (instead of sewing it into a complete circle) so that you can get it around the tree. Make sense, jelly beans?

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!


  1. This is great! And I love that Peter's mathlete skills were required--trust me, I rely on Adam's skills more often than not! :)

  2. So crafty! I'm totally impressed - our Christmas tree skirt is an old, colorful quilt. But it works for me! :)

  3. Mildly jealous of Peter's math skills. Sadly you and I did not inherit any valuable math skills. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  4. Thanks, ladies!

    And Sal, this IS the finished product. Ha! I guess I should have straightened it out better.


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