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 used:
*16 Fat Quarters for the top of the skirt
*About 1/2 yard of fabric to make the bias tape with
*About 1 and 1/2 yards to make the back with
***All the fabric for this project came from Moda’s Historical Blenders line.***
And here are the instructions if you want to make and Old Fashioned Christmas Tree Skirt like the one I made:
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.)
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.
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.)
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 that I had in my bundle but you can also use a half yard piece for the bias tape and a yard and a half piece for the backing….what ever works best for you.)
And you’re done!
One simple, old fashioned Christmas Tree Skirt.
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If I decide to buy bias tape (rather than make it) about how much will I need?
Anna Riling says
What are the dimensions (approx diameter)? The pattern pieces look really small!
Heather Hewitt says
I agree with your observation, Anna. Liz, I’ve got the pieces cut, but nothing lines up the way they do in your pictures. The larger pieces look MUCH more narrow than the ones you’re showing above. Is the PDF not at 100%? I wonder if they’re printing too small…? any ideas?
Heather Hewitt says
AH! I see what I missed! The center larger piece is DOUBLE. There is a fold indicated, which makes it double wide. Then you get the fatter piece of fabric.
Could you please post the finished dimensions of the skirt (diameter would be very helpful!)
Which way do you put the pattern on the fabric?