11.11.2013

Boxy Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

For several years now (actually this year marks 9 Christmases married for me) I've been wanting that perfect Christmas tree and Christmas decor. I made a Buggy Barn tree skirt a few years back, but we've never had stockings and the perfect tree. This year will be the year!
Kathleen and I have created a few new Christmas tutorials and we are so excited to share them! Up first, our Boxy Christmas Tree Skirt, with the tutorial.

My very favorite Christmas movie is Christmas Vacation, since I'm probably not going to decorate my house in that theme, although a party with cousin Eddie would be hilarious... we decided to decorate around my second favorite Christmas movie. Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. 

Boxy Christmas Tree Skirt 41"x41"
Materials needed:
1 1/8 yards red and white dot fabric
1 1/8 yards solid white fabric
1/2 yard solid green fabric
1/2 yard red and white dot for binding
1 1/2 yards backing fabric
1 1/2 yards batting

Cutting:
White fabric;
1 - 31 1/4"x5 5/8" rectangle
2 - 26 1/8"x5 5/8" rectangles
1 - 21"x5 5/8" rectangle
1 - 10 3/4"x10 3/4" square

Red fabric;
1 - 10 3/4"x5 5/8" rectangle
2 - 15 7/8" x5 5/8" rectangles
1 - 21"x5 5/8" rectangle
2 - 36 3/8" x5 5/8" rectangles
1 - 31 1/4" x5 5/8" rectangle

Green Fabric;
Cut 12 - 4" circles, use a cup or small plate for template. :)

Sewing
Step 1.
Sew one 5 5/8"x 10 3/4" red rectangle to the top of the white 10 3/4" x10 3/4" square.
Step 2.
Sew one 5 5/8" x 15 7/8" red rectangle to the left side of the piece from step 1.
Step 3.
Sew one 5 5/8" x 15 7/8" red rectangle to the bottom of the piece from step 2.
Step 4.
Sew one 5 5/8"x21" red rectangle to the right side of the piece from step 3.
Step 5.
Sew one 5 5/8" x 21" white rectangle to the top of  the piece from step 4.
Step 6.
Sew one 5 5/8"x26 1/8" white rectangle to the left side of the piece from step 5.
Step 7.
Sew one 5 5/8"x26 1/8" white rectangle to the bottom of the piece from step 6.
Step 8.
Sew one 5 5/8"x31 1/4" white rectangle to the right side of the piece from step 7.
Step 9.
Sew one 5 5/8"x31 1/4" red rectangle to the top of the piece from step 8.
Step 10.
Sew one 5 5/8"x36 3/8" red rectangle to the left side of  piece from step 9.

Step 11.
Sew one  5 5/8" 36 3/8" red rectangle to the bottom of the piece from step 10.
Step 12.
Sew one 5 5/8"x41 1/2" red rectangle to the right side of the piece from step 11.


Applique:
After piecing is complete applique the 12 - 4" circles onto tree skirt randomly using applique technique of choice. 
We used our accuquilt Go! and the Dresden Plate die to cut the 4" circles, then we used embroidery applique to add applique the circles. 

If you don't have an embroidery machine you can also use our starch applique technique to applique your circles.
After applique is complete it's time for machine quilting. I machine quilted this tree skirt using our Egg Cartons machine quilting pattern, pattern is available for long-arm quilters in both digital and paper formats.
After machine quilting is complete it's time to cut a hole! Yes, it seems crazy!
Kitchen dishes are our favorite templates, so head to the kitchen find an 8" bowl, lay it on the center square and trace a circle around it. Now cut a straight line from one side and around the center circle.
Now you will attach your binding, attach the binding around all of the straight sides and then the center circle last. Make the center circle a separate piece of binding with long tails folded over 2x to create a tie.
Lay the skirt under your Christmas tree and enjoy for the Christmas season!

Whitnee (my sister) made an adorable Christmas Tree Skirt a few years back, free tutorial available here.

Merry Christmas from Kathleen and Natalia!

8 comments:

  1. So cute Natalia! Thanks for the idea!
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  2. very nice, thank you for sharing it.

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  3. Love it; you did a great job! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love it! So simple, yet so effective. Your quilting looks great also.

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  5. Love this tree skirt! But won't have time this year, will just have to PIN IT!!

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