The holiday season is the perfect time to show off your sewing skills by making a DIY Christmas tree skirt. 

April 16, 2018

This tree skirt can be made from whichever colors or patterns that match your Christmas decor. A blue Christmas tree skirt is a fun foray from the traditional red and green. A colorful, pattern fabric allows for a few more stitching mistakes than a plain white or black fabric. It also gives you more options for a thread color. Head to your favorite fabric store and pick something perfect to start the process to making a DIY Christmas tree skirt!

  • Working time 45 mins
  • Start to finish 45 mins
  • Difficulty Kind of Hard

What you need


How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Start the Pattern

Use your wrapping or parcel paper to make a pattern: Cut out a 60-inch square. Fold the square corner to corner, making a triangle. Then fold the triangle corner to corner, making a smaller triangle that has four layers of paper.

Step 2

Make the Pattern

Unfold your paper triangle back into its original square shape. Tie a string on a pencil to create a compass that is shorter than 30 inches. Hold the string in the center of square (where all of the folds meet). Tug the pencil until the string is taut. Then draw an arched line around the paper, forming a circle. Fold the paper back into the triangle and cut out the arched line, cutting through all of the layers of paper. Once the cuts are made, unfold the paper. At the center, trace a small circle for the tree opening. Fold into the triangle to cut out the bowl outline. Once there is a cut out circle in the middle of the paper circle, cut down one fold to create an opening to the circle. This will serve as your pattern. The finished sewn fabric tree skirt will be 1-inch smaller, because of a 1-inch seam allowance.



Step 3

Sewing the Fabric

Layer two pieces of the cotton fabric, right sides (pretty sides) together. Pin the pattern on top of them. Trace the pattern onto the fabric. Cut it out. Pin the two cut pieces of cotton fabric together, edges touching for sewing. Cut 6 lengths of ribbon, 10 inches each. These will tie the skirt together. Place the ribbon between the layers of fabric on the inside of the straight edges. Put three ribbons in one edge, and three in the other. Starting at one of the straight edges (where the skirt opens), sew along the perimeter of the skirt, using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Leave a 6-inch section not sewn.

Step 4

Right Side Out

Using the 6-inch opening, turn the tree skirt right-side-out by pulling it through. Push out all of the corners and press with a warm iron. Close the opening by using a 1/4-inch top stitch seam.

Comments (2)

How difficult was this project?
December 10, 2019
Difficulty: Kind of Easy
Instead of making a paper template, measure out from the tree how far you’d like the skirt to reach. Then lay out your fabric, take a pencil and a stick and tie a piece of yarn to each item, with the yarn measuring the distance you from the trunk of the tree to the edge and draw your circle that way. Saves time and paper.
November 16, 2019
Difficulty: Very Easy
It is so easy to understand. I have sewn before a tree skirt, but used quilting underneath for the second layer. This time I am going to try burlap with plaid red and brown.

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