Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY No Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

Decorations courtesy of my 2 year old!
As I was doing my daily Pinterest searching, I came across the most beautiful Christmas Tree skirt. Of course after following the links to the actual skirt, it was around $150. Really?! Now I love Christmas and will buy almost anything, but I could not find it in myself to spend that much money on a tree skirt. 

So then I took to Google, my second love. I came across a project for a very similar skirt through HGTV. Sold! I piled my clan into the minivan with promises of ice-cream if they could behave while mommy looked around Hobby Lobby. For under $20, that is right 20 bucks, I made a feminine and elegant ruffled linen tree skirt. Come on, with 2 boys and a husband, this lady right here will do anything for a feminine touch. Granted, when I was done with it, my boys turned it into a race car track, sigh!


Here is what you will need:

4 1/2 x 4 1/2 piece of canvas 
measuring tape
5 yards of cream linen
sharp scissors
hot glue gun and glue stick

Buying a painters drop cloth is the cheapest way to get such a large piece of canvas. Mine was $7 at Walmart. You just have to cut it to size.

Using a tape measure, measure, mark and cut a piece of canvas 4 1/2' x 4 1/2'.

Fold the square into quarters, then over itself to form a triangle with the folded center at point.

Cut base in a quarter circle

Cut a small quarter circle out of the point

Open the skirt until it's folded in half and cut along the radius on one side of the center hole only. This will provide a hole for the tree trunk and a slit in the fabric so the skirt can be placed under the tree.

MEASURE and CUT the linen

Using sharp scissors, cut linen fabric lengthwise into 2-inch-wide strips.

CREATE the ruffles

Preheat hot glue gun. Apply a line of hot glue approximately 1 1/2 inches from outside edge of skirt. Create ruffles by pinching linen with fingers and pushing gathers down onto hot glue. Work in small sections, no more than about 12 inches at a time. Continue this process around the entire skirt edge. Start the next row approximately 1 1/2 inches above the previous row. Continue adding rows until entire canvas base is covered.

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