How to Make a Christmas Tree Skirt

Nothing says it’s Christmas like a beautiful Christmas tree. Decorate the area below your tree with a handmade Christmas tree skirt that you can be proud of.

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You Will Need

  • 1½ yards of lining fabric
  • A tape measure
  • String
  • A pencil or sewing chalk
  • Scissors
  • 1½ yards facing fabric
  • Straight pins
  • Decorative trim
  • A sewing machine
  • Masking tape
  • Thread
  • An iron
  • Glue-on trim (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Fold fabric and pin

    Fold the lining fabric in half twice to form a four-layer square. Measure the length of one side of the square and cut a piece of string the same length. Then pin one end of the string in a corner of the square.

  2. Step 2

    Draw an arc

    Wrap the end of the string around a pencil or chalk to draw an arc from one corner of the square to the opposite corner. Weigh down each corner to keep the material taut.

  3. Mark every inch as you move the string in an arc to ensure what you draw is as accurate as possible.

  4. Step 3

    Cut lining fabric along the arc

    Cut along the arc and unfold the fabric to reveal the circle you've created. Lay the facing fabric faceup and place the lining fabric circle facedown on top of it. Pin in place. Cut along the edge of the lining fabric to cut a circle in your facing fabric. Remove the pins.

  5. Step 4

    Pin trim between the layers

    Pin decorative trim around the edge of the circles, between the two layers of fabric, making sure the two layers are pinned closed.

  6. If you purchase glue-on trim, apply it later, after all sewing has been completed.

  7. Step 5

    Measure ½ inch from sewing needle and mark

    Measure a half-inch from the right of the needle on your sewing machine. Mark that distance with masking tape on the machine bed. This will keep your seams even.

  8. Step 6

    Sew the layers together

    Sew the lining, trim, and facing into place, using the tape as your seam guide and removing pins as you go.

  9. Step 7

    Fold circle and draw small arc

    Fold the circle in half, and then in half again. Cut a 1½-inch length of string, pin it in the corner, and draw an arc from one side of the folded circle to the other. Cut along the arc to form a center hole and unfold the fabric.

  10. Step 8

    Cut a slit from one side to the center

    Cut a slit from the outside of the circle to the center hole, and pin one side of the slit and the center hole closed. Sew a seam along the pinned side of the slit and the center hole, removing the pins as you go.

  11. Step 9

    Turn the skirt right side out

    Turn the skirt right side out, using the open side of the slit. Fold the raw edge into the pocket to hide it, pin shut, and iron the skirt flat. Sew the other seam of the slit closed.

  12. Step 10

    Decorate

    Decorate the skirt with glue-on trim, and surround your tree with your beautiful, personal tree skirt for years to come.

  13. Christmas trees start 200 fires per year, causing more than $6 million in property damage.

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