With Thanksgiving under our belts (whew!), it’s time to decorate our Christmas trees! A tree is not complete without a beautiful tree skirt, and I love that there are many DIY options available – whether you are friends with your sewing machine or not! Abby here from Sew Much Ado, and I’m excited to be back with you today, sharing how to make an easy No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt!
Grab a few of your favorite fabrics, and you’ll have a completely custom and unique tree skirt!
By using woven fabrics, the raw edges of the fabric will naturally fray, create a lovely shabby chic look! As an alternative, you could also use non-woven fabrics (felt, knit, etc) for non-frayed edges.
I loved the look of the gray faux suede with the white and tan linen. Great textures can really make a project and bring warmth into your Christmas decor!
Here we go!
No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt:
• Felt – 1.5yd (for 48” tree skirt)
• Fabric – 4.5 yds total (I used 1.5 yds each of two linen solids and 1.5 yds of a faux suede found in my local JOANN Fabric and Craft Store)
• Glue Gun
• Glue Sticks
• Ribbon – 2 yds
• Measuring Tape
• Disappearing Ink Pen
To make tree skirt base, fold felt in half, and then half again in opposite direction as illustrated. Use measuring tape to measure and mark 24” from corner point (where folds meet) along each folded edge, and 24” from corner point toward the center of the fabric, marking every few inches. Join marks to form a quarter circle and cut along the curved line.
To make the opening for the tree skirt, repeat steps above, measuring 3” from corner point (to form 6” finished opening).
With felt still folded, cut along one fold to form a slit.
Cut 4” wide strips of fabric from each fabric, removing selvages.
Lay strips out on felt to determine desired spacing. Remember that strips will need to overlap each strip below.
Heat glue gun and place a 2” line of glue at one slit edge, 3-3 ½” from the outer curved edge. Press top edge of one fabric strip into glue, then scrunch with fingers to form ruffled look (let ½” of strip overhang at slit). Be careful not to burn your fingers! It’s helpful to place the glue ¼” below where the top of the strip will be to allow it to expand when pressed.
Continue to glue and scrunch fabric strips, working in 2-4” sections. Repeat for remaining rows (see tip below). After each row, fold overhanging strip edges to the back of slit and glue to secure in place.
TIP: If desired, use disappearing ink pen and measuring tape to measure and mark the placement of each row (my strips were each 3” apart).
Once all rows have been attached, cut 6 12” pieces of ribbon. Optional: Use lighter or match to carefully seal one end of each ribbon piece to protect it from fraying.
Glue ribbon to the back of tree skirt along slit edges, spacing evenly on each side.
Now enjoy your new no-sew ruffled tree skirt!