Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial - Super easy way to make ruffles and sew them onto a cheap skirt. {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Decorating under the tree needs as much as attention as the tree itself! Use our cute and easy Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial and dress up your tree for the holiday season. Click to read more!

I’ve seen a bunch of no sew ruffle tree skirts. But I wanted one that could last me year after year! So I made this easy, quick, and DARLING ruffle tree shirt that is sewn together so it will hold up.

~ Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial ~

What you need:

  • Cheap dollar store tree skirt
  • 3 coordinating fabrics – 1 yard each
  • rotary cutter and mat
  • straight pins
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine

I started by cutting my fabric in 3 1/2 inch strips. Then using my cheater ruffle method, I ruffled each strip 1/4 inch from the top.

Cheater Ruffle Method:

Set your tension to a 9 and stitch length to a 5 on just a straight stitch. Make sure to do a back stitch at the beginning and end of each strip, because this will give you an even and cohesive ruffle throughout the whole product.

Another way I “cheated” was at the end of each thread, I did not cut the threads, I made it all into one continuous ruffle with all the fabric strips. That way when it comes to laying it out/pinning it, it is almost as if it is one long ruffle!

Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial - Super easy way to make ruffles and sew them onto a cheap skirt. {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

My bottom ruffle is actually the tree skirt. Because it matched the colors I was using, I instead started with an actual ruffle about 5 inches up the skirt.

The first ruffle used just under 6 strips. The second used 4, the third 3, the fourth 2 1/2, the fifth used just under 2. But this all depends on the size of your original skirt.

Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial - Super easy way to make ruffles and sew them onto a cheap skirt. {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Sew your ruffle to the skirt using a straight stitch with normal stitch length and tension. Then layer each ruffle, continuing up the skirt, with each one overlapping just enough to hide the previous stitch.

Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial - Super easy way to make ruffles and sew them onto a cheap skirt. {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

I love how this turned out!! It adds a little something more to the Christmas tree than just the décor and lights. My family doesn’t put presents under the tree until Christmas Eve, so this makes it interesting and fun to look at!!

I’d love to have you follow along at Our Thrifty Ideas!

Thank you Vanessa!

How I love this Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial! I have been so wary of starting a big project like this, despite the beautiful result, but this tutorial shows just how easy it is. Use our beautiful fabrics along with this tutorial, and you can have a gorgeous skirt that shows off your craftiness! 🙂

Check out Mama Said Sew for Moda and more of our designer fabrics to create your own beautiful skirt. And Vanessa has lots of fun Christmas crafts over on Our Thrifty Ideas, so go check them out and be sure to say Hi!

For more Christmas tutorials click here and here… we have so much!

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  1. Posted December 22, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    That turned out super cute! I need to make one fast, as Christmas is right around the corner and I *just* realized we don’t have a tree skirt!

  2. Posted September 26, 2015 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    Nice creative tree skirt tutorial.
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  3. Sally Brewer
    Posted November 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to make a soda one as well. My question is did you hem the bottom of each ruffle or did you double it so that you’d have a nice edge at the bottom of the ruffle?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted November 24, 2015 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      Hi Sally! Thank you so much for your question. It looks like Vanessa did not hem or fold any of her ruffles at all. She actually kept all of her edges rough and unaltered. When making this cute tree skirt; however, you could definitely hem or fold the ruffle edge in to get a clean edge if you would like. You may just want to cut your ruffles wider to accommodate for that. I hope this helps. Good luck with your tree skirt and thank you again! Michelle 🙂

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