Anthony and I got married a few weeks before Christmas in 2007 and so by the time we were back from our honeymoon and he had moved in, it was time to decorate our first house for Christmas…a.k.a. dole out $25 for a little Christmas tree on Christmas Eve and an extra $2 for a yard of Christmasy quilting fabric that we both picked out together at Walmart and that I wrapped around the base of our little tree. It wasn’t a tree skirt by any means, just a piece of fabric that was strategically placed to look like one and that left a foot of floor visible at the back of the tree but nobody knew it but us! Funny thing is, we’ve been wrapping that same piece of fabric around our tree every year since, partly because it has some sweet sentimental value and partly because we’re too cheap to buy a real skirt. But all that’s changed this year and our new (to us) nine footer’s legs are covered from front to back! Check it:
Here’s how I made it and how you can make one too!
I found this faux fur at JoAnn Fabrics.
There are lots of faux white fur(s?) out there but I wanted something that resembled shaggy bear fur vs. a curly or short fur. Using a 50% off coupon got me two yards of this fur for under $20 (around $17). The fabric itself is 60 inches wide. I wanted to be able to bunch up my skirt (in the most modest way possibly) so I bought two yards so that I could use the whole width and make one 60 inches in diameter. (I think the norm diameter for tree skirts is anywhere from 40-48 inches).
So first I cut off the excess 12 inches to give me a 60’ x 60’ square. (The plan is to use that extra 12 inches to make a few lumbar pillows! Those should be fun!) Fur cutting tip: When cutting fur, cut with the backside facing up and cut as close as you can to the backing so that you don’t cut off loads of the fur. Also, cutting little bits at a time instead of long chomps minimizes fur loss. Ain’t no Rogaine gonna help if you cut too much so slow and steady does it!
Next, I went all geometric and cut my future tree skirt into an octagon instead of a circle. I have a love for all things ‘agon so I went with my heart on this one. To figure out what length each side of my octagon needed to be and how much to cut, I scrapped my rusty math skills (although I did sit and try to do the math for five minutes) and used the handy tool from this website to do it for me. Once I knew what each of my sides needed to measure, I simply folded over my corners until each side measured what I needed it to measure (I think it was 24.5 inches for a 60 inch skirt) and cut them off.
If you want to go the traditional route and cut your skirt into a circle, Holly gives a good tutorial on how to cut your fabric to get that circle.
Then I cut a slit up one side and a small round hold in the middle in true tree skirt style. (Our tree is fake and our trunk is a skinny thing so the small hole works fine. If you go real with your tree, you’ll probably need to cut a bigger hole.)
Slit-cutting tip: Decide which direction you want your fur to lay before you cut your slit! For example, if you want the hair to flow forward towards the front of the tree, cut your slit on the side where the fur ‘grows’ away so that that part is at the back of the tree. Does that make sense?
The last thing I did before dressing the tree was hem the new skirt. Originally I was just going to leave it as is, with cut edges, but decided after folding under the edges that a hemmed edge looked a lot better. To make things easy on myself and to eliminate any fur matting a sewing machine hem might make, I used hot glue. All I did was run a line of hot glue around the edges of the skirt…
…and then I folded each edge over onto the hot glue.
I worked in small segments so that my glue didn’t have time to cool before I could hem. In under five minutes, I had a perfect hem all the way around.
We LOVE our new tree skirt!
The full monty:
(Tutorial on how to make a pipe cleaner tree topper like ours here on love Maegan.)
I mentioned this in last Friday’s post, but I invested $10 at Dollar Tree into a bit more Christmas decor this year. Along with some new ornaments, I also bought three long strands of gold/silver tinsel garland and strung all three strands down the center of the tree. It’s hard to see it in pictures but in real life it makes the trunk of our tree look like it’s made of glitter and adds lots of magic! As much as I love the economical sense of a fake tree, their skinny metal trunks don’t hold a candle to the real thing so adding the garland does wonders! You can see it in this picture, in between the silver and red ball ornaments:
I had high hopes of making more of this leaf garland to adorn our tree this year too but alas, I didn’t have the time and was antsy to get the ornaments on so we’ll tack that onto next year’s wish list. :)
Are you a tree-skirter or do you prefer it bare? Maybe presents are your tree skirt? Or maybe we’re not the only ones who have done it wrap-style? Or maybe you don’t even have your tree up yet so that’s the last thing on your mind? :)
Oh and btdubbs, what’s a holiday without a party?! I’m skirting into All Kinds of Things Christmas Link-up and Remodelaholics Anonymous!
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