One of my favorite parts of the holidays is the decorating. Ornaments, garland, stockings – it’s all so lovely and nostalgic! This year, I began decorating my new apartment only to realize that I was without a tree skirt; the sparkly tree lit up with red and gold just looked bare and awkward. To remedy this, I took to Mood’s free Christmas Tree Skirt Calculator immediately and then began shopping for the perfect fabrics. Armed with some luscious velvet, soft flannel, and a stunning 3D floral trim, it was time to begin my DIY Christmas tree skirt!
First, fold your fabric in half and in half again so you’ll be cutting a 1/4 wedge of the full circle you’ll need of your fabric.
Next, use the Tree Skirt Calculator to find your radius and length measurements for this skirt. For mine, the radius was about 1.27″ and the length was 28″.
Measure 1.27″ in from the double folded corner, mark an even semi-circle, and cut. From the cut circle, measure out your 28″ length and mark repeatedly to create another semi-circle. Cut along the marks.
Unfold your semi-circle once so it looks like a half circle. Trace it onto your lining fabric and cut the same shape from your lining. Cut along one of the folds from hem to center on both your main and lining fabrics. This will be the center back of your skirt.
Evenly divide your 3 yards of ribbon into six 18″ cuts. If desired, angle the edges. I also recommend lightly burning your edges with a lighter to melt the fibers and avoid fraying.
Evenly space 3 ribbons onto each center back edge of your main fabric. Pin into place and then lay your lining layer over the top, faces together. Pin and sew along the circumference and center back of the skirt. This will also secure the ribbons into place.
Clip the seam allowances, particularly at the corners and then turn your tree skirt right side out through the open inner seam. Lightly press your edges from the lining side of your skirt.
Pin and secure your trim along the outer circumference of your tree skirt. For mine, I simply used a few dots of hot glue on the back of each flower, but you could also stitch your trim into place for some extra security.
Lastly, pin and slip-stitch the inner seam of your circle skirt closed. For some extra decor, you could also add some secondary trim along this edge as well!