My monstrously large behemoth Christmas tree skirt is finished! I have been wanting to make a larger Christmas tree skirt since last Christmas, and of course waited until December to tackle that project. I have a few tree skirts including this one, which I absolutely love, however find it to be just too small for our large live tree we get every year.
This skirt measures 60 inches in diameter, and took a little quilty math and geometry to figure out the logistics, but in the end I must have retained something from 9th geometry with Mr. Rizzardi because it came together easy as pie. With a little help from Google on how exactly to use a protractor (seriously never thought I would need those 9th grade skills again...) I had the dimensions for my large and in charge tree skirt.
I used a plethora of various holiday prints from my stash as well as some non-holiday red and green favorites. I didn't get a chance to snap a picture of it nestled quite nicely under our tree, but I am so so pleased with how this turned out, and I'm sure will be used for many years to come.
Quilt Name: Festive Christmas Tree Skirt
Size: 60" round (diameter of 60")
Fabrics: Assorted holiday and red and green prints
Binding: Bias cut red and white stripey fabric found at Joann's
Quilting: Straight line quilting 1/4 inch on either side of each seam done by me
In case you'd like to make your very own tree skirt here is a mini tutorial for how I made mine:
(32) 6.5" x 26.25" or (32) 6" x 23.75" strips of festive fabric (choose one set measurements for all 32 strips of fabric-you'll see why!)
6.5" x 24" quilting ruler
Appx. 1 yard fabric for binding
3 yards fabric for backing
1. Measure and cut your strips of fabric. I used the first set of measurements when making my tree skirt, and it measures almost exactly 60" in diameter. The only slight problem with this, is when you go to cut your angles for piecing the skirt, the length of your cutting line is longer than the quilting ruler!
See what I mean? It's totally workable, you just have to get a little creative. If creative cutting isn't your thing, you can cut your fabric strips to the second set of measurements (6" x 23.75"), and all of your cutting will work with one 6.5" x 24" quilting ruler. Using the second set of measurements will result in a slightly smaller tree skirt. **Be advised, I have not physically put together the second set of measurements into a tree skirt, but according to my quilty math it should work! If you try this with the smaller dimensions, pretty please leave me a comment or email me with how it turned out.
2. After your fabric strips are cut, you will make three marks on one short end of your fabric. One mark in the middle (at the 3.25" mark if you are using the larger measurements or at the 3" mark if you are using the smaller measurements), and one mark 5/8" on either side of your middle mark.
3. Now align your ruler from the far left mark you just made to the opposite left corner and cut your fabric. Repeat for the right side.
4. Once all your wedges are cut, you are ready to sew! I sewed mine together in 4 sections of 8 strips. Sew with a very careful 1/4" seam allowance. Sew three of your four sections together, leaving one seam open. Spread out your tree skirt on your design wall, your seam that you left open should overlap by about 1/2".
5. To make things easier when basting your tree skirt, I trimmed approximately 1/4" off of each open seam so that it lies flat, and no longer overlaps.
Once those edges are trimmed, you will have one festive holiday tree skirt top ready to be basted, quilted and bound! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Happy Holidays and happy sewing!