Earlier in the So Sew Easy Facebook chat group, I asked around for some ideas for this weekend's project. It turns out that a few would like to do an attractive and easy Christmas Tree Skirt pattern. So, I dedicate this skirt to Whitney and Sherry in the chat group for the idea. Since I have never made one before I decided to use a design that I have already used, and then expand on it. I based this design on the Christmas Table Runner which has been very popular.
I do have to admit that I had a bit of a hard time working out the pattern. However, I finally came up with one that will use very little paper when printing it at home.
This Scalloped Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern is only one pattern piece used four times in one color, four times in a contrast color, eight times on a based color and eight times on interfacing.
Just like on the Christmas Table Runner, you will finish each petal of the scalloped Christmas tree skirt pattern first, then sew the sides together which will expose the color underneath.
This skirt has a bias tape attached as a finish detail that turns into a bow so the skirt can be closed.
- 2 yards of cotton quilting (I used different contrasting fabrics for this as well so you'll see three types of fabric.)
- 2 yards of cotton quilting of contrasting fabric
- Thread to match
- Soft batting or fusible interfacing enough to match eight pieces of petals (depends on the width of the batting)
- 1 1/2 yards of 1″ to 1 1/4″ wide bias tape
Sewing Skill Level: Beginner
This is suitable for a beginner who can sew a straight stitch and can follow written instructions. You will need to know how to attach bias tape.
Please follow the following tutorial to make your own bias tape.
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These are the fabrics I used, in case you want to use exactly the same.
How To Sew The Christmas Tree Skirt
The seam allowance is included in the pattern. It is 1/4″.
Lay the main fabric print side up.
Lay the lining fabric print side down.
Lay the batting or fusible interfacing on top. Assemble all eight petals before proceeding to the sewing machine.
Sew all around the petal leaving the smaller side open to be able to turn the piece inside out. Iron. Make eight.
With lining sides facing each other, pin the petals together. Using your pattern, mark the stitching line with a tailor's chalk and sew one petal at a time.
Leave one set of petals open to insert the bias tape and to be able to insert the tree through.
Iron the skirt with a lot of steam leaving the contrasting edges of the petals open.
Leave a tail of the bias tape off and pin the bias tape on the right side of the skirt 1/4″ from the raw edge. Sew the bias tape using a small to medium stitch. Turn the bias tape and use the stitch in the ditch technique to sew the tape down.
Finally, sew the tails together to make the bow.
Did you know that the Christmas tree originally had nothing to do with Christmas at all? Leave in the comments below if you would like our resident historian to write about all the interesting things we use for Christmas, some of those stories might surprise you.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!