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.


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  1. That was really clever with the paper templates first! Your tree skirt is just perfect for the room and the tree. I was thinking of getting a small pencil tree for the family room as the bigger one is in the living room.

  2. You are so smart! Great idea for a tree skirt. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

  3. It's a perfect match, Jasmine, and looks beautiful. I'm glad you didn't worry the small gap, it clearly fits wonderfully!

  4. Very pretty Jasmine. Thanks for sharing your process.

  5. Very pretty. I see what you mean by a pencil tree.

  6. What a sweet little tree skirt! Thanks for sharing your process (because not everyone has a big fat tree.) Seeing how you put your tree skirt together, I may finally be able to create a custom skirt for our tree.

  7. I love the pencil tree and the tree skirt! They look perfect together!

  8. Thanks for this! We bought a new tree this year, on Boxing Day, (the 26th), so got a terrific deal on it. We'd got rid of our previous one because we have only spent a couple Christmases here since 04 and we have just a small tree in FL. Might have to make a new tree skirt for next year, using this idea!


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