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Making a Christmas Tree Skirt

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Making your own Christmas tree skirts can be as easy as draping a length of fabric under your tree or as complicated as making a custom needlepointed skirt. It's your choice.

Cut a piece of fabric about 4 to 5 yards long to make the easiest Christmas tree skirt ever. Choose a simple cotton print or a lush velvet or taffeta. Wrap the fabric around the base of your tree and tuck the raw edges and ends in. You'll be able to wash and iron it if it gets dirty, fold it for easy storage from year to year, and change the look as simply as changing the fabric.

If your family doesn't put gifts under the tree until Santa arrives on Christmas morning, your Christmas tree skirt will give a finished look, color, and texture to the base of your tree until the big day.

If you display gifts under the tree all during the holiday, however, you'll hardly even see the Christmas tree skirt. Don't spend a lot of money on the skirt if it will be covered up most of the time. And by the time the gifts are removed, you'll almost be ready to take the tree down.

Use What You Have - You can use almost anything for a tree skirt, so be creative and look around your house. You just have to find something that's big enough to cover the tree stand. Consider using:

  • Tablecloths
  • Quilts
  • Sheets
  • Bedspreads
  • Blankets
  • Leftover upholstery or drapery fabric
  • Drapery panels
  • Fleece or Chenille Throws

Felt Tree Skirts - Wide felt fabric is perfect for a Christmas tree skirt. Choose your favorite color in the widest and heaviest felt available. Cut the largest circle from the felt that you can, then cut a slit straight from the outer edge to the center of the circle. Next, cut out an small inner circle in the center just large enough to fit comfortably around the tree trunk, generally 4-7" in diameter for average size trees. You can either leave the fabric plain or add decorations of felt cutouts, beads, fringe, or appliques.

Draping Fabrics - Just about any fabric can be draped around a tree. You'll save lots of time and money using about 4 to 5 yards of any type of fabric. Tuck in the selvage and unfinished edges so they don't show, or sew in a simple casing along one long side and gather it up tightly with cording to go at the tree trunk.

Lots of Fabric Choices - Your Christmas tree skirt can be as plain or as fancy as you wish. Choose from any of these fabrics for a custom look:

  • Velvet
  • Taffeta
  • Needlepoint, tapestry
  • Lame, metallics
  • Matelasse
  • Felt
  • Cordury
  • Burlap
  • Cotton, Calico
  • Quilted Fabrics
  • Patchworks
  • Blanket Fabrics, Fleece

Sewing Your Own - You won't even need a pattern to make a Christmas tree skirt, but you may want to look for inspiration and ideas for decorating in hoiday stores, catalogs, or on the internet. Just be sure that you make your tree skirt large enough to comfortably cover your tree stand.

Keep it Looking Fresh - When you make your Christmas tree skirt, or take it out of storage after being folded up all year, be sure to give it a good ironing. It will look like new every year.

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~ Coral Nafie

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