Hi everybody! It’s Justin & Diane from Keaton Quilts bringing you a fun sewing tutorial. Today, we’ll be making a festive small Christmas tree skirt.
20 – 11” x 5” holiday print fabrics
24” Square of fabric for backing
4 – 6” pieces of ribbon/twine or string
50wt thread in neutral color
Printed template A
1. Cut one template A piece from each of the 20 holiday prints. My favorite way to cut them out is to separate them into 4 stacks of 5 pieces with right sides down, then trace the template onto the top piece and cut out the pieces using my Olfa frosted rulers and rotary cutter.
2. Place your A piece on top of another one and clip together.
3. Sew along the long edge using a ¼” seam allowance.
4. Repeat until you have sewn all 20 pieces together making sure not to join the first and the last together.
5. Iron your seams toward the darker side.
6. Pin your pieced unit to the 24” square with right sides together.
7. Sew along the edge of the perimeter and the inner circle making sure to start and finish at the open seam without sewing through it.
8. Place your first 6” string toward the top of your first open seam with most of the string toward the inside and only a small bit peeking out of the outside. Do the same for the 2nd string toward the end of your seam and sew along the edge using a ¼” seam allowance – locking the string in place. Back stitch a few times over where the string is to secure it in place as you sew.
9. Trim off the excess backing around the inner circle and outside of your piece. Also cut along the open dresden and cut notches along the inner and outer circle making sure not to cut through your seam.
10. Trim off your 4 corners, again making sure not to cut through the seam then turn right side out and press nice and flat.
11. Fold your open seam ¼ in and press. Place your string toward the top and bottom of the opening.
12. Topstitch along the seam to close the opening and secure the strings in place. Backstitch over the portion of the seam where the strings are for extra strength.
13. Use the string to tie together the open part of the skirt and just like that – you have a festive holiday tree skirt.
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XOXO – Justin & Diane