Making your own Christmas Tree Skirt is straightforward, and may be accomplished as a challenge for the whole household to enjoy together.
Good fabrics to decide on are plain cottons (red, green or white), or you can buy particular Christmas prints in a spread of fabrics including cottons and plush velvets. You may even choose contrasting colours for high and bottom.
Relying on the thickness of your fabric, you may also need some heavy interfacing to take a seat between the two fabric layers. If utilizing cotton for prime and bottom layers, I would definitely suggest utilizing some interfacing between these.
For a 6′ tall tree, your skirt should be at least forty four” spherical (or 112cm). You will need two circles of fabric, so you will want 2陆 yards of fabric (assuming the bolt of fabric is at least forty four” extensive) or 1录 yards of each if using contrasting fabrics high and bottom. In metric you’ll need 2陆 metres of fabric (assuming the bolt is not less than 112cm large) or 1录 metres of every if using contrasting fabrics top and backside.
Don’t be concerned about seam allowance, as we will likely be ending all edges off with ribbon or bias tape (see Notions part below).
We’ll want ribbon or bias binding tape to finish off all of our edges. The ribbon or tape needs to be a minimal of 1″ wide however can be as much as 2″ huge (minimum 2陆cm up to 5cm), and we’ll want 6 yards of ribbon or tape (or 5陆 metres).
For closures, I like to recommend utilizing Velcro tape 陆 yard will suffice (陆 metre).
If in case you have bought plain fabrics, you might also want to think about buying some coloured felt, to be able to reduce out and sew on colourful Christmas shapes corresponding to angels, Christmas trees, stars, snowmen, and, if you are significantly crafty, even perhaps Santa and some reindeer.
Drawing Your Sample
The trickiest a part of that is drawing out the circle. What I’ve discovered works for me is to tie my tailors chalk pencil to a knitting needle (use one among your kids’s coloured pencils in a contrasting color to your fabric if you do not have tailors chalk).
Now the length of the string is essential! That is what determines the size of your circle. The amount of string between your pencil and the knitting needle needs to be 22″ (or 56cm) or as near as you will get.
If utilizing one piece of fabric, fold in half with proper sides together, and, using your measuring tape, find the precise centre of the fabric. Mark the centre with an “X”. If you are utilizing two pieces, I like to recommend you do that individually for every piece of fabric.
I also counsel you weight down the 4 corners of your fabric with some heavy tins or books, as you need the fabric to be taut, and to not move as you draw your circle. If you possibly can speak some members of the family into holding the fabric for you a lot the higher!
Now place the pointy end of the knitting needle in the centre of the fabric, and lengthen your pencil to the tip of the string. Now easily draw your circle on the fabric. Remember to show the knitting needle as you draw the circle, otherwise you’ll find yourself wrapping the string across the needle and your circle will not be perfect!
When the circle is done, draw a straight line across the very centre of your circle. Now we would like to attract a 4″ (10cm) circle within the very centre of our larger circle (for the Christmas tree trunk). Mark off on your straight line 2″ (5cm) each method from the centre, and using a plate or bowl as a guide, draw your 4″ (10cm) circle.
Finally, we’d like to chop an opening within the skirt and cut out the center small circle. Cut alongside the straight line we drew earlier as much as the internal circle, after which reduce out the interior circle. Don’t lower the fabric in half, only cut one aspect and the inside circle. Now reduce away the surplus fabric from the large circle.
Place your top fabric piece proper aspect down on your desk. When you’ve got interfacing, place this on top now. Now place your backside fabric right facet up on high of the other fabric items. Make certain all of the edges are aligned.
We are actually going to pin on the ribbon or bias binding tape. Start at certainly one of your outer edges the place we reduce the opening on the skirt. Fold the ribbon evenly over the edges of your fabrics and pin the ribbon or tape in order that the pin goes by the ribbon on each sides of the fabric. Continue this all around the outer edge of the skirt. While you reach the other outer end of the skirt, snip the ribbon to fit.
Stitch this part of ribbon or tape in place.
Now, utilizing the identical method, pin the ribbon alongside the cut edges of the skirt, and around the internal circle, and back down the other minimize edge. You ought to be in a position to do this in a single piece. Snip the ribbon to suit. Before you sew on the ribbon, cut of two pieces on the Velcro fastener, about 2″ (5cm) each. Pin this on the opposing minimize edges so that they are going to fasten neatly and keep the skirt closed when it in your tree.
Stitch in place. If in case you have used a patterned fabric, your Christmas Tree Skirt is now full!
Decorating Your Christmas Tree Skirt
You probably have used plain fabrics, why not decorate it now by slicing out and sewing on angels, stars, Christmas trees, snowmen, Christmas parcels, holly, perhaps even Santa Clause. You should utilize felt or colored cotton fabrics.
Or, if you are not that crafty, why not consider pinning on some small plastic or wood decorations! Or use some fabric paint and write your individual Holiday Message.