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
- I used Mama Said Sew (5496-24 Cream Mist Gray E 1 Yard)
- Mama Said Sew (5498-11 Apple Red Chevron E 1 Yard)
- So Fine! Thread (401 Snow 1 Spool (550 Yards))
- 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!
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.
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.
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!
Happy Holiday Crafting!
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