Does your Christmas tree need a little something extra? Learn how to sew a tree skirt that encircles the base and hides the stand while adding a bit of holiday color.
The fabric can be the star of this show, so with a small amount of sewing you will have a handmade tree skirt you can use for years to come. Here’s how to measure, cut and sew your own.
DIY tree skirt sewing tutorial
For this tutorial, I’m using:
- 2 yards of Boundless Home for the Holidays Holly Red Print for the skirt
- 1 yard of Boundless Home for the Holidays Scroll Red Print for the ruffle edge
- 2 yards of lining fabric (I used red fleece)
- Grosgrain ribbon
Step 1: Determine size and cut the circle
Your finished tree skirt can as wide as the width of your fabric. (If you want it to be larger, you’ll need to create a wider piece of fabric.) My fabrics were 44″ wide, and I planned a finished diameter of 42″.
Fold the fabric selvedge edges together (as it comes off the bolt). You can cut the two skirt layers at once if you fold both fabrics and overlay one on top of the other, carefully lining up the folded edges. Alternatively, you can cut out one circle, then place that on top of the lining fabric, and use that as a guide to cut the second circle.
Lay your tape measure along the folded edge. Put three pins in place: One at the beginning of your tape measure, one at the end distance (42″ for me) and right in the center between those pins.
Place the tape measure at center pin and pivot it, measuring out an an equal distance (again, 42″ for me) from the center pin. Mark as desired. Continue pivoting your tape measure until you have enough marks to form a circle. Cut out your circle using these marks.
Step 2: Cut out center opening
Next, cut out the center opening, which will go around the tree trunk. By keeping the two folded edges aligned and the edges of the circles even, you can cut the center circle out of both fabrics at the same time.
Mark and cut a small circle using the same center pivot method as in the previous step. You want the tree skirt to cover the stand, so the opening circle doesn’t need to be too big — about a 5″ diameter will be sufficient (unless your Christmas tree is really large).
Step 3: Cut opening in circle
You need to be able to wrap the tree skirt around the base of the tree, so it needs a opening — much like a shirt or jacket needs an opening to go around your body.
Open the circles and place one circle aligned exactly over the other. Cut a straight line from the outer edge to the inner, opening in both fabric circles.
Step 3: Add ties or closures
For this tree skirt, I used grosgrain ribbon to for the ties, which will keep the skirt in place around the tree. You can make ties yourself using contrasting fabric, bias tape, ribbon or other trims. The amount and type of closure is yours to improvise!
Here, I pinned ribbons in place at multiple points on either side of the opening so that they could be tied in a bow when placed around the tree. You don’t need to sew them in place just yet — that comes in the next step.
Step 4: Sew the two circles together
Align your two circles one on top of the other, right sides together, and pin in place. (Your ribbons or other trims should be on the inside; just make sure they are out of the way.)
Stitch up one side of the the straight opening, pivot at the corner, continue around the circle and then down the other straight opening. Leave a small opening so you can turn the skirt right-side out. I used a ½” seam allowance.
Step 5: Clip and trim
Trim the four corners as shown and clip the circular opening so it can open up and lay flat when turned right side out.
Step 6: Turn and press
Turn your fabrics right-side out, stitch the last opening closed, and press both the inner circle and the long edge.
Step 7: Add embellishments
If you like, you can add more holiday color! Start with a simple tree skirt shape and add some embellishments like ruffles, quilting, appliqué and even beading. It could be a multi-year project that gets better with every holiday season.