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No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

FinalMy husband and I love the holidays. One of our favorite things about the holidays is finding the perfect Christmas tree. For us, the perfect tree is the biggest, fullest, most beautiful tree we can find. A few years back, I bought a tree skirt and every year I pull that dang thing out, I ask myself, why on earth did I buy this? It is small, boring, and it barely covers the tree stand. This year, I started looking to buy a new tree skirt, and was shocked at some of the prices. Every skirt that I liked cost over $100. Seriously!

I noticed that I was really drawn to hand-crafted skirts that I found on Etsy. After some thought, I decided I would make one myself this year. I figured I could bust out the sewing machine and give it a go. I started looking online for some patterns and came across a few different tutorials on no-sew tree skirts. I was sold, since I can’t remember how to thread the bobbin on my machine, and let’s face it, I’m not very good at sewing. No-sew was definitely right up my alley. Today I will share my experience, the how-to and the final product with all of you. This was a fairly easy project, and the result is a beautiful cream and burlap ruffled tree skirt. The total cost to make was around $50.00. Not bad! If I was able to make this, anyone can.

I used this tutorial from HGTV as a base for my design, and made adjustments to the size (since I like a bigger skirt); I also added some burlap, because, like most people these days, I am really into burlap!

Materials I Used

  • 6′ x 6′ canvas cloth (I bought a canvas painters drop cloth and cut to 6′ x 6′)
  • 3-½ yards burlap
  • 3-½ yards of cream colored fabric
  • A spool of cream ribbon, cut in to 8 strips measuring 9″ each
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Scissors

Steps
1. Fold the 6’x 6′ canvas fabric into quarters to make a square.

square
2. Fold fabric over itself to make a triangle.

triangle
3. Cut a small section from the point (this will make a hole for the tree trunk. Do not cut too much, or you will have a giant hole. Start small;  you can always cut more if needed).

top cut
4. On the opposite end, cut from one side to the point.

bottom cut
5. Open skirt and it should look like the image below:

open skirt
6. Measure and cut 3-inch strips of the burlap and cream colored fabrics.

strips
7. Preheat hot glue gun.
8. Apply a line of hot glue about an inch and half from the top.
9. Pinch and gather cream colored fabric and press down on to glue until circle is complete.
10. Repeat step 8 and 9 with burlap fabric.
11. Continue adding ruffles and altering fabric until skirt is complete.

ruffles
12. Once complete, cut from bottom to middle in a straight line.
13. Add ribbon ties by applying hot glue, and pressing ribbon down. You’re done!

Ribbons

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About Meagan Sabich

Meagan Sabich
Meagan Sabich grew up in Las Vegas, NV and moved to Reno in 2004 to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Since then, she has called Reno her home. She's a former corporate girl who worked for Microsoft and Facebook, before turning in her work badge to be a stay at home mom and wife for her two girls, Sophie and Sadie, and husband Mike. Meagan is an avid cook and very passionate about food. When she gets free time she likes to blog about her cooking adventures on her blog at Waist Not, Want Not, or share recipes for Reno Moms Blog Feed the Fam Series. Meagan is very passionate about fitness and enjoys yoga, zumba and weight training.

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