A Simple Old-Fashioned Christmas Tree Skirt



Hello!  I'm liZ from over at Simple Simon and Company and I'm super excited to be here at the Moda Bake Shop today sharing a Christmas Tree Skirt pattern. 

When it comes to Christmas I'm always looking to the past...I love anything traditional, vintage, and old fashioned.  So when I saw the Historical Blenders line by Howard Marcus I knew I would have to use it for a Christmas project and a Christmas Tree Skirt seemed to fit the bill. 

Here's what I did:





One Fat Quarter Bundle (I used Historical Blenders by Howard Marcus)



The first thing that you will need to do make this Christmas Tree Skirt is to print out the pattern pieces. You can download them here:  An Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern.

Once you have them cut out and ready to go it's time to.....

 You will need to cut out 8 of each piece. 
(I used a different, dark fabric piece for each of the large bottom triangles and then I choose 8 different light (or golden) fabric pieces to use for the long skinny triangle pieces.)

Next you will sew piece #2 to piece #3.  (Numbers are marked on each pattern piece.)
You will do this with right sides together and make sure to sew from the top down to the bottom.  (Starting at the small point of the large triangle and sewing down the entire side.)

Now...
 I do this by laying my ruler flush with the edge of my large triangle and cutting off small excess that you will have at the top.

Then...

 Now it's time to sew piece #1 to pieces #2 and #3 that you just stitched together.
To do this again start at the top (with your light or golden pieces) and sewing with right sides together sew down the entire side of the triangle.  (Like in the photograph below.)

After they are sewn together you will have a little piece at the top that needs to be trimmed so....

Now repeat that process with the other 7 sets of pattern pieces.
Once you are done you are ready to...

Do this with rights sides together. 
When you have all 8 pieces sewn together stop!  Do not close the circle!  (Meaning do not sew piece 1 to piece 8 and you go around the Christmas Tree Skirt.)  You will need an opening to wrap your skirt around the base of your tree.

All you have let to do now is to back and bind your skirt in which ever method you prefer.
(For mine I made my own binding from 2 of the red colored fat quarters and for the backing I pieced together 6 of the remaining fat quarters.  It was easy!)

And you're done!




One simple, old fashioned Christmas Tree Skirt.

-liZ
{Simple Simon and Company}


16 comments:

Amy said...
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Amy said...

Thank you so much, this is the perfect pattern for the fabric I've been hoarding for years!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for your pattern Liz! I love it!

Unknown said...

Very nice - plain and simple!
I have so many nice holiday fabrics that speak for themselves, no need to decorate with frills or so.
This is just THE pattern for my needs.
Thank you!

Quiltjane said...

Very simple and elegant. I will have to make one for my tree this year. Thank you for sharing.

Amy DeCesare said...

This is very pretty and unique. Can anyone give the finished skirt's measurements?

Susan said...

I would love to know the finished measurements also. Thanks!

Pamela V said...

About the pattern pieces, do you overlap the pieces any to tape together? Or are the pieces butted together with no overlap?

Simple Simon and Company said...

Amy and Susan,
I just measured and the diameter of the skirt is 44 and 1/2 inches.

Hope that helps!
liZ

Simple Simon and Company said...

Pamela,
With the pattern pieces there is no overlapping...do it just like you said (butting them together with no over lapping).
-liZ

Lauren Barry-Schafer said...

Would you have to quilt this? It is so pretty!
Lauren

Pierro said...

Rosemary b here:
This is a really nice pattern. It looks like a great week-end project.
Now I have to dig up some of my Christmas fabrics and see .... what else I should buy hahaha

Simple Simon and Company said...

Lauren,
I didn't quilt this one but now that you say that....

...maybe I should!
That would be darling!
-liZ

Denise said...

For the past couple of years, I have been in search of a Christmas Tree Skirt--one that would be classic, charming, and sophisticated all in one, but nothing has really, really appealed to me until now. Yes! This is it! I really love this pattern and the fabric complements the design perfectly. Thanks for posting this--my search is over.

Betty said...

I love the Tree Skirt!
The pattern is great in all it's simplicity.
It could easily turned into a baby quilt, couldn't it? All you need it a centre for your star.
I have a question: how many fat quarters are in "one bundle"???

mimi423 said...

In putting piece #3 together, the bottom and top pieces are too skinny, should they be wider or the middle piece skinnier?????? Help!