Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Christmas Week ~ Day 3
Welcome to day three of Christmas Week here at Quilt Kisses. Today I am sharing the tree skirt I made for my pencil tree in the piano room. It was made with the Patrick Lose Christmas fabric leftover from my Christmas Swoon I shared yesterday.
I love the look of Dresden tree skirts. There are many tutorials online, but the ones I saw were all for bigger, fatter, Christmas Trees. So I decided to figure it out on my own. I am sharing my steps in case anyone else wants to make a similar one. I made a template by extending the shape of my Easy Dresden ruler to be twelve inches long using some old scrapbook paper.
Then I taped a paper tree skirt together from more paper pieces made from the template which had the quarter inch seam cut off.
The twelve inches wide was a lucky guess. It fit my space and my tree perfectly.
Then I used the paper template (which still had seam allowances) and a long ruler to cut out twenty wedges.
I pieced those all together leaving the last seam unsewn. My paper template and piecing must not have been exact. However, I knew that tree skirts don't lay flat, so I was okay with that.
I used spray basting to attach the top to some Warm and White batting. Then cut them out the same size rounding the edge a little.
I put right sides together with some Kona White for the backing and sewed around the edges with a quarter inch seam leaving a straight part open for turning. I later trimmed the backing even with the edge of the tree skirt and clipped the small circle close to the seam. Note: I didn't add any ties because I didn't want them.
After it was right side out I quilted in the ditch and an eighth inch from the edge with my walking foot. Then I put it around my tree using safety pins on the bottom to hold it together.
It ended up fitting my tree absolutely perfectly. I love it! Not only does it match the Christmas Swoon, but it also matches the Riley Blake Christmas bunting in the window.
Tomorrow I will be sharing what I made with the rest of the Patrick Lose Christmas fabric.
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. Check them out to see even more quilty projects.