What did we do before….
tv remotes? (I actually remember when we had a tv that didn’t have a remote and we had to get up to change the channel. My brother and I use to fight over who’s turn it was to get up.)
I think I’m starting to have similar feelings about Pinterest.
What DID we do before Pinterest? How did we find all those amazing ideas and projects?
Pinterest and I are in a pretty serious relationship and I think we’re both in it for the long haul. You can follow me here.
I found this very fabulous tree skirt about a month ago and it was love at first sight. The second I saw it I said to myself, “Well, I’ll be making that for my tree this year.”
This tree skirt was done by Miss Mustard Seed and the tutorial was no sew, instead she used hot glue. I wanted mine to be a bit more durable so I choose to sew it and plus, I hate hot glue gun burns on my fingers.
So this is mine!
What do you think? I’m crazy in love with it!
When I went to the fabric store I was 100% set on getting turquoise fabric, but then I found this fabulous red with pink polka dots. And I must say that pictures do not do this fabric justice. It’s hard to tell that the polka dots are pink. But trust me, it’s adorable and there’s something a little Suess-ical about it too.
My amazing mother-in-law, Carol, is a sewing aficionado. Seriously. She has crazy mad skills. We went to the fabric store together and by the time we got there she had done all the fabric math in her head and knew exactly how much fabric I needed. It was something to behold.
So here is what you need to make this fabulous tree skirt:
- a tree skirt “base” made of a heavier fabric 58 inches in diameter
- 4 yards of fabric
- matching thread
I started by tearing my fabric into 4 inch strips then I ironed them so they were nice and smooth. I call this tree skirt ruffled, but actually it’s pleated. I shy away from using the term “pleated” because it brings back memories of horrific jeans I had in middle school.
So I pleated all my strips of fabric with a 1 inch pleat before sewing them on. This might seem like more work, but it made it so much easier.
Once you have your base cut out, draw lines around the circle 3 1/2 inches apart. You can very faintly see them in this picture. This made sewing on the ruffles a cinch. All I had to do was line up the edge of my fabric with the line on the base and sew it right on. Easy peasy.
Start from the inside of the circle and work your way out. That way you’re not fighting with all the ruffles and fabric as you’re sewing like you would be if you started on the outside.
Just keep sewing on your ruffles until it’s all covered.
When I was finished with the sewing, I cut a straight line up the back and a circle out of the middle so it could fit around the tree.
And now I have the most amazing tree skirt I’ve ever laid eyes on! I don’t even want to put presents under the tree because they’ll cover it up.
Honestly, I was surprised how easy this project was and it didn’t even take me that long. I think it only took me a total of 4 to 4 1/2 hours.
Not too shabby.
I’m glad I got this red fabric because it looks so fantastic next to my turquoise piano!
Until next time….