- 1 Metre Square Fabric (I used purple polycotton)
- Sewing Machine (optional)
- Decorations if required (I created my own templates and made snowmen)
Time Taken - A day.
Skills Leant: Hand sewing, cutting techniques.
Preparing the Fabric
I squared my fabric by measuring the sides to 1 meter and cutting off the excess. Also I ironed the fabric to get rid of any creases.
Cutting the Fabric
I folded the fabric in half and half again so that the fabric is folded 4 times.
I used a pin at the top corner of the fabric and held a tape measure measuring 50cm to create a curve.
At the top I made a smaller curve.
With scissors I cut out the bottom and the top curves.
Preparing to Hem
After cutting out the curves I unfolded the fabric.
I then cut a slit from the bottom to the middle of the circle, this is so the Christmas tree skirt will go around the base of a tree. I measured a 5/8" hem all around the fabric and used tailors chalk to mark it.
Then I made slight cuts at the bottom and also the top of the curves, this is to help it create a circle shape.
After all the cuts were made I pinned all the hems and used a straight stitch on the sewing machine.
Decorating the Tree Skirt
I decided to decorate mine with snowmen wearing hats. For this I made templates for the snowman bodies and hats and hand sewed the fabric onto the tree skirt.
Overall I am very pleased with how its turned out. The hand sewing of the decorative snowman took the longest. I still hope to add silver trim to give it a more polished look and also use Velcro to close the opening. I may have missed using the tree-skirt this year but have plenty of time to finish off for Christmas 2010. Do you have any ideas or techniques you can share with me on how I can attach the trim to my skirt?