Oh. My. Gosh – this skirt was a LOT of firsts for me, and can I just tell you I’m SO IN LOVE with it!!! I’ve always wanted a Ruffled Tree Skirt, and now I can make one anytime I want! Originally shared December 2013.
It turned out better than I had hoped, and actually ended up being a lot simpler than I originally planned (once I stopped TRYING to do it the hard way)! If you couldn’t tell by now, I love Blue and Silver Christmas. Don’t know why, it’s just B-E-A-U-tiful to me. Love. It.
Now, this tutorial is based on how I did MY skirt – you may want different sizes, pattern, materials, etc. Change it based on what YOU want, but I can only write from my experience with the one I made. I wanted a big skirt, so my measurements are all based on 52″-ish skirt.
Sewing Machine/thread OR Hot Glue (lots of it)
Fabric – amounts will vary based on your pattern and TYPE of fabric (see Step 6)
Fabric Pen (I used a normal pen)
Fabric Measuring Tape
Ruler or Yard Stick
#1: Take a base fabric (flannel, cotton, scrap – it won’t show). Mark your center and pin the measuring tape there, then tie a pen to the 26″ mark on your measuring tape. Carefully draw a circle evenly (as much as possible) 26″ from the center all around.
#2: Using your Ruler or Yard Stick, draw a line from the center all the way to the edge, doing 90 Degree angles all around. Mark a noticeable X in the middle of the circle.
#3: Now mark 3″ out from the X in the center, doing a large 3″ circle all around the center.
#4: From the X in the center again, do a circle 7″ out. Then 11″. Continue, adding 4″ every circle until you’re to the edge – your last row may not be 4″.
#5: On one of your lines from the center to the edge, cut straight in. This will be where your skirt opens. Now cut out that 3″ circle in the very middle – this is where it will be around your tree bottom.
#6: This is where it gets a bit tricky and ‘guessy’. How much fabric you use will depend ENTIRELY on your pattern and what TYPE of fabric. For example, the dark blue I used ruffled more than the silver, so I had to use more to go further. Here is what I used on my skirt, using the fabrics and pattern I did. Measurements are what I CUT them, so PRE-RUFFLING
Center Row: 1 – 6″ x 52″ strip of dark blue
2nd Row: 2 – 6″ x 52″ strips of silver
3rd Row: 4 – 6″ x 52″ strips of dark blue
4th Row: 5 – 6″ x 52″ strips of silver
5th Row: 6 – 6″ x 52″ strips of dark blue
6th Row: 5 – 6″ x 52″ strips of clear/sparkly silver
Cut your strips – keeping in mind you may need more/less, depending on how they ruffle.
I did allow a margin of error when I cut mine – and also keep in mind if you’re going to hem them. I just did a cross stitch.
Note: You do NOT have to use expensive fabrics. I just chose these fabrics for my own. You could do it just great with cotton, flannel, sheets….make the skirt how YOU want!
#7: I did a cross stitch around all of my strips. You could also hem them (keep enough room when cutting). Your choice.
#8: Now for the gathering. I used a Gathering Foot on my sewing machine – first time ever! LOVED it! You could also do a basting stitch. Another option is to just HOT GLUE the pieces to the large circle piece, gathering yourself as you glue it on. I didn’t do this, but it’s an option.
#9: Now you sew (or hot glue, if you choose) the pieces to your large circle base. START AT THE OUTSIDE!!! Pin a few pieces at a time (VERY difficult if you try to do a large row all at once), then sew (or glue) them on…..
……Continue until the row is complete, going clear to the other end. If it hangs over the last edge a bit, that’s perfectly fine.
#10: Continue with all of the other rows, working your way from the outside towards the inside.
If it hangs off too much, like more than 1/2-1″, trim it off.
#11: When you’ve done all of the rows, take the edges (the long line you cut earlier towards the center, where it will open and wrap around the tree) and hem them under.
And you’re done!
Note: I left the little gathering edge in the center, because I liked the look. You can always hem that, or wrap a ribbon/fabric piece around it, if you’d like.
Seriously, I absolutely LOVE my skirt – the colors, the ruffles, the size – it’s perfect (for me)! I also love how much EASIER it was than I originally thought – I should’ve made this years ago!
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