Friday, November 30, 2012

The 29 by 30 - Project 12: DIY Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

I've been wanting to make a new Christmas tree skirt since I first saw this HGTV ruffled tree skirt on Pinterest. I had a moment two weeks ago when I realized that it was almost December and I haven't started on any of our Christmas DIY's and I freaked. But then I came to and remembered that I am super obsessive and can usually finish a project in a day. Which is how long it took to finish the skirt. It's easy but a tad time consuming.

5x5 canvas drop cloth
3.5 yards of linen-look fabric
Glue gun
TONS of glue sticks

HGTV materials calls for a 4.5 x 4.5 drop cloth but Lowes had a 5x5 so that's what I bought. I found some awesome linen-look-a-like fabric that has stripes of gold and I'm all about some bling. HGTV says 4 yards but I only used 3 and a half yards.

So for those of us that learn by trial and error - please read carefully. Fold your canvas in half, half again, then fold over into a triangle. This is where I got all kinds of confused. The original tutorial said the center of the fold should be at the "point".  There are 3 points in a triangle and of course I had the folded center at the wrong point (I mean anyone could make that mistake, right?!). It's a good thing I bought two dropcloths.

Arrow shows where the folded center SHOULD be.
With your triangle, folded center at RIGHT, cut a quarter circle into the left angle (I had to cut a couple of times to make it resemble a circle).

Then cut a quarter circle into the right side of your triangle - this will be the skirt's center hole that wraps around the tree.

At this point you should have a circle of fabric with a circle cut out in the center. Lay your drop cloth out and cut a slit from the edge of the circle into the center circle. This step can't be done without several animals lying around or directly on your fabric. I don't know what I did before I had thirty animals and a husband looking over my shoulder.

And now it's time to start ruffling the linen fabric. Yay! I cut the linen into 2-3inch strips. Put a think line of hot glue about 2 inches from the bottom of the dropcloth and bunch the end of the linen fabric on the glue, ruffling it as you go. I started at the bottom and worked my way up to the top. I started each layer about 2 or 3 inches above the start of the one below it.

After I ruffled, I added some smaller strips of the linen fabric as ties. I just super glued the strips below the ruffle - a tie under every 3rd ruffle. That will keep the skirt together when your furbabies are rubbing their dirty, wet schnauzer beards all over it. Yeah Shooter, I'm calling you out.

Updates will follow when I get some presents under the tree! I've got some more DIY Christmas ideas that I hope to finish this weekend. Are you doing any fabulous Christmas decorations?

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1 comment:

Alicia said...

Ill have to get you to help me make one of these when we get back!!!! Love that!!