Last Minute Holiday Decor
Are you as bad at being on top of decorating for the season as I am? Well if so, it’s your lucky day! Today, we have a double holiday post!! So exciting. So to start off we have a simple ruffled tree skirt. And to follow we have a guest post from the very talented Sandy of Common Wealth Staging on how to make Rustic Christmas tree (insert to the left is a close up).
Lets start with the tree skirt. I have a small tree; it’s only 4.5′. This will still work for a larger tree, but you may find you want a wider ruffle or something to make up for the size differential. Also, I made this pretty fast. It took me maybe an evening after work. I think it would have been even faster but the fabric I used for the backing was terrible and shifted a lot !
What you’ll need
-2.5 yards Red fabric (about 44″ wide)
-1/2 yard green fabric
Since my pictures turned out less than stellar, I’ve done some illustrations of the step.
2. Fold into quarters
3. Using a ruler, measure a 22″ arch starting from the corner, so you’ll end up with a quarter circle
4. Cut off excess
5. Measure a 2″ arch the same way as step 3, cut off excess
6. Making the ruffle:
6A. Cut 4 strips 4″ wide. Use the whole width of the fabric
6B. Sew strips together, press open seams
6C. Fold in half, wrong sides together, press
6D. You can either ruffle the length or pleat it. I pleated it because it was much faster, and it lays flat that way
6E. Either option you choose (ruffle or pleating) should bring your length down by about half. You are going to have more than enough to go around.
7. Pin ruffle strip to right side of one of your red circles
8. Pin the other red circle to the right side of your circle/ruffle combo. You should have a sandwich: red, green, red.
9. Pin along the inner edge as well. Sew outer edge and inner edge at 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave the long straight edges open.
10. Turn right side out. Press.
11. Tuck the raw edges in on each of the straight sides.
12. Top stitch around everything (long edges, outer edge, inner edger)
All done, so pretty!
And now for the guest post! Today’s post comes from the lovely and talented Sandy of Common Wealth Staging. She has a keen eye for design and quick do-it-yourself projects that lends itself perfectly to her staging and redesign business. (She’s also my mom )
Rustic Christmas “Trees”