Christmas tree skirts are a great way to personalize your holiday decorating. They perform the dual function of covering up a usually unattractive Christmas tree stand, and instilling an extra splash of color that complements the green of the tree and the white or colored lights. It also allows a lot of the falling needles to collect on the skirt, making cleanup after the holidays a lot easier.
How to Make A Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt
Lay your pattern paper on your cutting table. Use your measuring tape to measure out a line three feet long. Draw another line through the midpoint of this line perpendicular to the first line so that you form a cross. Draw a diagonal line of the same length that passes through the center of the cross. Draw another line of the same length along the opposite diagonal. You should have eight lines that look like spokes on a wheel.
Draw a circle, using the ends of the lines to help you form the perimeter. Cut out the circle. Fold it in half. Fold in half again. Use your measuring tape to mark one foot away from the tip of the circle's center. Draw a curve that reflects the outer edge of the circle. Cut this curve out. Unfold your circle so that you now have a half loop. Draw a line along one fold one half of an inch from the edge of the fold. Cut along this line and unfold your pattern.
Iron your fabric and quilt batting. Lay your bottom fabric on the cutting table with the wrong face facing up. Pin your pattern to the fabric. Trace around the pattern. Unpin your pattern. Cut out the shape you have traced. Repeat these steps with your top fabric and your quilt batting.
Lay your quilt bottom with the wrong side facing up. Lay your quilt batting on top of the bottom fabric. Make sure that the edges line up. Lay your quilt top on top of the batting with the right side facing up. Make sure that the edges line up. Pin the three layers together with safety pins. Use a ruler and tailor's chalk to mark the pattern you want to quilt on the tree skirt.
Place your tree skirt in a quilting hoop with the right side facing you. Make sure the fabric is taut and fit the outer piece of the quilting hoop in place. Begin to quilt your pattern onto the tree skirt. Continue to move the quilting hoop around the tree skirt until the entire skirt is quilted.
Pin your double-fold bias tape to the raw edges of the quilt. Make sure your pins are 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch from the edge of the tape. Gently whip-stitch the binding to the tree skirt quilt on the right side. Repeat on the wrong side.