How To Make A Tree Skirt
Learn how to make a tree skirt with this step-by-step sewing tutorial! Beautiful details, like the knife-pleat ruffle, make this a one-of-a-kind project!
Hey friends! For today’s post, I’m sharing a detailed Christmas tree skirt sewing tutorial. I know, it seems too early, but I wanted to give all of you some time to make this great tree skirt before you put your tree up! And no, I don’t have my tree up already, these are pictures from last year’s tree!
There are a couple of details that I especially love about this tree skirt.
The first is the knife-pleat ruffle around the outer edge. It’s a detail that shows even if the rest of the tree skirt is covered with presents!
I also love the “frogs” with buttons that close the tree skirt. You could also switch out the “frogs” and make ties to close the tree skirt if you prefer.
How To Make A Tree Skirt
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Update: I have created a video for this tutorial, and have also included the written instructions below the video.
2 yards of fabric for skirt- (You may need more fabric if you use a fabric with a print or pattern.)
1 yard of fabric for ruffle
Covered button kit size 36
1 1/2 yards of lining or fabric for reverse side – 54″ wide
Thread to match fabric
That Purple Thang
Hook and loop sew on tape
*I used a 1/2″ seam allowance.
1. Cut out 8 triangular pieces with these dimensions –
2. With right sides together, sew 8 pieces together leaving the last two not sewn together. Iron seams open.
3. Knife-pleat ruffle – Cut out 3″ strips and seam together. The length of the strip of fabric will need to end up being about 3 x the circumference of the tree skirt. My fabric was 54″ wide, so I cut 9 of the 3″ strips. (It might be helpful to read my How To Make A Knife-Pleat Ruffle post if you’ve never made this type of ruffle before.) With the wrong sides together, serge the long edges of the fabric strip. Pleat the fabric strip to make the ruffle. Here’s a video I created showing how to easily pleat the fabric to make the knife-pleat ruffle –
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The tree skirt is gorgeous do u use 1/4″ seam allowance
Thanks Lorraine! I use a 1/2″ seam allowance. I have added that important info to the post! Thanks!
That is just beautiful! I love the fabric. Can you share where you got it?
Thanks Hannah! I bought the fabrics from Greenhouse Fabrics.
Can you share a specific link to the fabric please – I’m in England, so can’t get anything from your supplier – hoping to find something similar over here.
Melanie, sorry, the only source I have is my wholesale supplier.
Thank you so much for this tutorial – i have been looking for something that will help me since I have a fabric that has a border print that i did not want to lose doing it as a round.
Barb, I’m so glad the tutorial was helpful! Good luck with your project!
Hiya, I’m going to try to make this this year and wondered if you could tell me what this type of fabric is called? It looks more substantial than the cotton etc. I was looking at and I’d like to use a similar fabric in my project but I’m not sure what this is called.
Thanks for the great tutorial, gorgeous and simple!
Thanks Christina! This is a decorator fabric, so it’s much thicker than a cotton quilting fabric. Decorator fabrics are usually 54″ wide instead of 45″, and more expensive. I bought these fabrics 3 years ago from Greenhouse Fabrics, which is a company I use to buy decorator fabrics for my clients.
Love all the tailored details on this tree skirt. Thank you such great directions.
I just finished making the Christmas tree skirt. It looks amazing. Thanks for the tutorial….
Yay! I love hearing that! I’m so glad the tutorial was helpful!
What are the finished dimensions of the tree skirt?
Approximately 45″ by 45″.
This is perfect! I love the fabric you chose. Great tutorial. Thank you so much.
I love this tree skirt and plan to make it for our new tree. The problem I’m having is our tree is huge so we need a skirt that is at least 72inches from edge to edge(36inches from center to edge). How do I scale the wedges for the larger size?
Alicia, I would do a mock up to see how big the wedge pieces need to be. I’ve only made the tree skirt this size.
Did you end up figuring out how to make the tre skirt larger? I also want one larger than 45×45!
I love this tree skirt and looks easy to make. Will try making one for next year. Hope it turns out as pretty as yours. Thanks
Thanks Mona! Good luck with your tree skirt!
How big was the piece of cardboard you used to make your knife pleats? Do you find narrower pleats are easier to ease around the corners?
Meg, you can make the cardboard whatever size you want. Mine was probably 3/4″ to 1″ wide. I think you have to really ease in any size of knife-pleat ruffle around corners.
An octagon calculator! http://www.liljedahl.info/projects/octagon_calculator/ This will help with the size of your pieces if you want to scale!
Could you please explain sewing the lining? Do you sew with right sides together or wrong sides together?
Right sides together.