Whilst your decorated artificial Christmas tree may look stunning, the stand usually doesn’t, by virtue of it having to be practical rather than aesthetic. I used to just lay sheets of cotton wool ‘snow’ around mine but then heard of a tree skirt and set about making my own. We have two trees so I made one with Christmas trees on and one with snowman. Here’s the snowman skirt.
A friend was admiring the skirts and asked where I’d bought them and subsequently commissioned me to make one for his tree. His daughter then admired that one and requested one of her own so I thought it’d make the perfect Christmas project for the blog. So, if you fancy having a go at making your own, here’s how I did mine.
First, draw a circle that will cover the legs of your stand plus an extra inch or two for the seams. Cut out a section so that the skirt will form a cone shape and then cut this out from your main fabric and backing fabric. I divided my paper template into 3 pieces and sewed them together to save on fabric. You may also need to divide the template into more pieces if the pattern on your fabric is directional. Remember to add extra width for seam allowances!
Now is where you can go wild with your decorative elements! My friend wanted Christmas trees so I drew out a tree shape, divided into three tiers, as I wanted to use different fabrics. I traced around each shape and the trunks 5 times onto Bondaweb and roughly cut them out.
The beauty of Bondaweb is that you can then iron your shapes onto your chosen fabrics and cut the shapes out precisely.
I then peeled of the backing paper, revealing a layer of fusible adhesive web, and placed my trees onto the skirt base, ironing them in place to secure, ready for quilting. The quilt sandwich was stuck together with Odif 505 temporary adhesive and formed using polyester wadding and another piece of fabric. It doesn’t really matter what fabric it is as it won’t be seen. I like to reuse old bed sheets (washed, of course!) for this purpose.
Using a satin stitch on my sewing machine, I quilted around the edge of each tier of the tree and around the trunk. This makes the trees puff up and adds lovely texture.
Once the appliqué was complete, I sewed on 3 rouleau loops onto one side (for the buttons) and then sewed on the backing using the bagging out method, turned right side out and top stitched all around the edges. Finally I hand stitched some rope trim around the edge, gold stars on the trees and some covered buttons to hold the tree skirt in place.