Speedy Christmas Tree Skirt

Leah Douglas again from thebuggspot.blogspot.com here to celebrate Christmas in July. Hope you enjoy this simple little tree skirt pattern!

1 jelly roll Holiday in the Pines by Holly Taylor
1 1/3 yds. Ivory snowflake fabric (6513 11)
1 1/2 yds. Ivory big print boughs (6511 11)
1 1/2 yds. red ribbon
ivory thread
dark green thread

The following instructions always assume a 1/4" seam.

Step One: Pick 5 of the green strips from your jelly roll and sew them together, side by side. Press seams in the same direction. Then cut at a 45 degree angle to create 8 "trees", like this:

Using the ivory snowflake material, cut 8 strips measuring 4" wide. Line up and sew a tree 4" below the selvage on the ivory material, like so:

Press towards the green and trim the ivory material like this...: 

...and like this:

Using the rest of the ivory strip you just cut off, sew onto the other side of the tree:

Press towards the green and trim:

Make 8 trees total in this way. 

Step Two: Choose 10 jelly roll strips that are NOT green or ivory for your "presents" beneath the tree. Cut lots of different presents in several sizes. I came up with:
          30   2" squares
          32   1 1/2" squares
          18   tall boxes: 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
          20   wide boxes: 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"
          24   2 1/2" squares
Using the ivory snowflake fabric, cut complementary background pieces for your presents: 
          30   1" x 2" rectangles
          32   1 1/2" squares
          20   1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles

Sew your complimentary pieces together and press seams towards the darker fabrics:

Arrange your presents the way you like, in a somewhat random way, and then sew together into one ENORMOUS strip. This strip needs to measure a good 160" or more. Press seams towards the darker fabrics. 

Using more ivory snowflake material, cut 4 strips measuring 1 1/2" wide:

Sew these 4 strips end to end, press open seams, and then sew this background strip to the tops of your looooong present strip. Press seams towards the presents. This strip should be 3 1/2" wide.

I failed to take pictures of the next part. =/ I like to blame it on the toddlers in the house. ;-)

Cut this enormous strip of presents into 10" chunks. You will need 16 total. 

Take the solid brown strip from the jelly roll and cut it into 8 rectangles measuring 3 1/2" x 2". 

Sew a 10" present strip onto either side of this brown tree trunk. Do the same for the remaining 7 trunks.

Step Three: Take one of your 8 trees from step one. Pin the very center of the bottom of each tree:

Pin your tree trunks to the bottom center of each tree:

Sew together, press towards the green, and trim either side like so:

Step Four: Lay out your blocks and sew them all together into one enormous circle:

Step Five: Lay out your backing (ivory large boughs) and batting and quilt that baby all together:

Now cut out a small circle in the very center of your quilt (I traced around one of my fiesta bowls, about 8" in diameter, then folded my quilt in half and cut out a half circle, which of course was actually a full circle upon unfolding the quilt). Also cut a straight line down the middle between two of your trees from the edge of the quilt to this new center circle:

Using 6 brown strips from the jelly roll, make your binding and bind the quilt, as in the picture above.

Step Six: Using the red ribbon, cut 4 lengths measuring about 11". You want one end cut perpendicular and the other end at an angle:

Roll the perpendicular side over twice and pin in place:

Measure down and mark 3" from the inner circle along the back of the tree skirt (on the BACKING, not the front):

Pin the ribbon in place at that mark, rolled side down. 

Sew in place (be sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end):

Do the same for the other ribbons (I ended up sewing the ribbons on the outer edge 4" from the edge instead of 3"):

You're done!

One Christmas Tree Skirt measuring 47" point to point

Leah Douglas

A note from Oda May - If you have trouble or questions about cutting the 45 degree trees, see Leah's blog post {here}.


Unknown said...

This looks "speedy" enough to me, since I wanted to have a christmas tree skirt for so many years now but never got around to it....
Too complicated, too little time!
This year I will start in my vacation mid December- and it will be just fine! ;-))
Thanks for sharing!

Quiltmakers Cottage said...

???I believe the angle to cut the trees is 60 degrees???

Lisas Mom said...

I feel so guilty each year when I wrap my tree with red fleece. This pattern is do-able, thanks...jpr :)

Leah Douglas said...

Quiltmakers Cottage, 45 degree angle for the trees. That's half of your regular 90 degree angle. That's why 8 trees multiplied by 45 degrees equals 360 degrees, a full circle to go around your tree. I actually ended up using a permanent marker to mark a 45 angle on my cutting mat and that helped speed up the cutting process. Hope this helps.

Nutsy Coco said...

I love it! I could use a new tree skirt.

Cindy said...

I just love this tree skirt. I just printed it off to make.

Vicki S. said...

I agree with Leah on the math, however those pieces do not look like they're cut at 45 deg. Look at the pic of them on the cutting mat. There's a 45 deg line behind them. I'm cutting some paper pieces first.

Leah Douglas said...

If you go to my blog here, I took a picture that will hopefully help explain this mysterious 45 degree angle. So sorry for the confusion, folks. http://thebuggspot.blogspot.com/2013/07/speedy-christmas-tree-skirt-tutorial.html?showComment=1374807590489#c8318758354015743021

momto1 said...

This is too cute! I stand a chance of getting this one done. Wouldn't it make a great tablerunner, too, with one tree right side up, the next upside down? I love the presents at the bottom. I totally get the angle thing. This is definitely going on my list.

ScrapandSew said...

Try this: Fold a piece of paper in half diagonally and then fold in half diagonally again, to create a very narrow wedge. Mark the center fold. Open up and fold the two outer pleats to the back. Mark each side "Cut". Place on fabric as shown in picture below. Once you have cut your first wedge, you can use this as a template to cut your other seven.

Leah Douglas said...

Ok folks, I wrote an entire post JUST on cutting these trees. Sorry for the confusion. http://thebuggspot.blogspot.com/2013/08/clarification-on-speedy-christmas-tree.html

NubianRoxanna said...

I don't have a black line on my cutting board to use as a reference and my 45 degree mark is awkwardly in the corner. I was trying to use my ruler's 45degree mark but this isn't helping either. I tried turning it and flipping it with no success to see and cut a 45degree angle. Any further suggestions for this newbie quilter?