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Classic Christmas Tree Skirt

Celebrate Christmas in a big way when you make your own classic tree skirt! We used navy suede, and a satin lining to bring this creation to life. Plus, we even added tassels to make this finished project truly elegant. We will walk you through the process of how we made this tree skirt in the project instructions below.

  • The finished tree skirt is 58" diameter from point to point, 48" diameter from indent to indent 

Supplies


  • 4 yards of Top Fabric
  • 3 yards of Bottom fabric
  • Medium Weight Cutaway Stabilizer
  • Topper Stabilizer
  • Temporary Spray Adhesive (such as Gunold KK100)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Sewing thread
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Fabric, ribbon, or cord for ties
  • Trims or accents (optional (6 1/4 yards of trim needed to go around whole tree skirt)

Tools


  • Pattern PDF (found below) 
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Iron, ironing board, and pressing cloth
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marking tool
  • Ruler
  • Clear tape
  • Masking or Painter's tape
  • Sewing pins or clips

Products Used


  • Baroque Decor Corner (Sku: ESP56514-1)
  • A All is Bright with Echoes Design Pack - Lg (Sku: EDP10270-1)

Steps To Complete

To start the tree skirt, print the PDF of the pattern piece linked above. The pattern piece for the tree skirt will print out across multiple 8.5" x 11" pieces of paper. Cut all of the sections out and tape them together.

To decide what design and size you would like to embroider on the tree skirt, use the printed pattern piece as a guide. The tree skirt will have a 1/2" seam allowance which is shown around the edges of the pattern piece. One method is printing out a template of the design (as explained in the next step) and setting the template on the pattern piece to see if it will fit inside of the seam allowance. Another method is looking at the height and width of the design you are considering, and using a ruler to measure on the printed pattern to see if those measurements would fit inside the seam allowance.

A template (also called a print out) of a design is an excellent tool to help with placement. Print off a template of your design using embroidery software. Then cut out the template very close to the design to help make it easier to place and mark. If it is not obvious what side of the design is the top, it can also be very helpful to mark "top" or "up" on that edge of the printed template.

Cut out a piece of fabric that is large enough for both the tree skirt pattern piece and for embroidery hoop to have enough fabric to hoop where it needs to. Then spray a piece of cutaway stabilizer with temporary adhesive and smooth it onto the back of the fabric behind where the embroidery will be sewing.

Then place or pin the paper pattern piece on the fabric.

Use a fabric marking tool to trace the pattern shape onto the right side of the fabric. After tracing, remove the pattern piece.

Next, take the printed design template and position it as desired inside of the traced shape. Make sure to leave space in between the traced shape and the design for the 1/2" seam allowance. Use a fabric marking tool to mark the center point and both the horizontal and vertical axis lines. Then use a ruler to connect and expand these marks to make an cross hairs on your fabric. Expanding these lines makes it easier to line up the hoop when hooping the fabric.

Matching up the drawn axis lines with the marks on the hoop, hoop the fabric and stabilizer together firmly. Make sure the fabric is tight and flat in the hoop.

If embroidering on a fabric with a longer nap (such as velour, velvet, or faux fur), using a light weight stabilizer as a topper will help the embroidery to sit entirely on top of the fabric texture. This helps prevent the embroidery from sinking into the fabric texture causing the fabric to poke through the embroidery and cause gapping.

Cut a piece of the light weight stabilizer (we used Sulky Solvy) that is larger than the embroidery design. Lay it over the hooped fabric, and tape the edges down to the plastic hoop. Tapping the stabilizer to the hoop is more secure then trying to get tape to stick to the fabric.

Then attach the hoop onto the embroidery machine and load the chosen design. To make sure the embroidery will sew in the correct place, use the controls on the embroidery machine to position the needle directly over the center point drawn on the fabric. Once it is lined up, embroider the entire design.

After the embroidery is finished, remove the topper stabilizer (if used) and flip the fabric over to reveal the back of the embroidery. Trim away the excess cutaway stabilizer around the embroidery design on the backside of the embroidery. Trimming the stabilizer 1/4" -1/2" away from the edges of the design works well.

Then cut out the tree skirt pattern shape following the traced lines.

To make a complete tree skirt, 12 top pieces (like the one we just made) are needed. Repeat the previous steps to trace, embroider, and cut out all 12 of the top pieces of the tree skirt. Embroider as many or as few of the 12 top pieces as desired. They can all be the same fabric and embroidery design, or you can create different looks by alternating different fabrics, patterns, and designs.