December is my favorite time of year. I love getting my house ready for Christmas. For me, that means decorating three large trees and several small ones. I know, I can’t help myself! Half the fun is deciding on a different theme for each tree, then buying ornaments and trim that coordinate with the themes. Although I love traditional red and green decor, I always “dress” a tree untraditionally in an elegant palette of cream, white and gold. What’s Christmas without a little bit of glitz and glam?
This year, I’m starting from the bottom up and making a new Christmas tree skirt. I found a lovely sheer fabric with glittery gold trees and a coordinating cream fabric for the backing. I tried a variety of trims, but ended up with a fine gold fringe and sparkly rickrack. Read on to find out how I made the skirt.
Step 1. Cut your skirt pattern. I cut two circles 48 inches in diameter from each fabric, but you can make yours any size.
Step 2. To make an opening, cut a slit (through both layers) from the edge to the center
Cut out a small circle of fabric in the center. This will allow you to get the skirt around the tree and fit the trunk.
Step 3. Pin right sides together and sew around all the raw edges, leaving a 3-inch opening on one of the cut edges. Turn right side out and press.
Step 4. Pin the fringe along the pressed edge and sew.
I wanted to give the skirt the look of a quilted one without all the work, so I sewed lengths of the rickrack to make it look like a pieced quilt. If you do the same, first measure equal “pie” sections around the skirt. Pin and sew the trim from the center to the edge, creating wedges.
An elegant, glamorous tree skirt calls for equally elegant and glamorous ornaments. Bring out all the gold and white ones you can find. Won’t Santa be surprised this year!