Like a Ball Gown for Your Christmas Tree
You can make this tree skirt for $12 and in less than an hour! A tree skirt is an important part of Christmas decor. It helps conceal the tree stand and ground the tree. The fabric goodness under the tree looks great before there are presents under the tree. The downside to tree skirts…they are expensive, often starting at around $30. Seems silly for something you are going to throw on the floor. So, I just walked right past the tree skirts and started looking for an alternative.
Enter the 70″ round table cloth and a simple ruching technique. Chances are you can find an inexpensive table cloth in a color or pattern to match your holiday decor. I chose this beautiful blue. I plan to decorate the tree in neutral tones this year, so the tree skirt will be a great place to introduce some color. This blue goes well with my normal home decor and I am confident it will look great wherever we decide to put the tree.
- 70″ round tablecloth
- Heavy duty string
Step by Step:
- Start with the tablecloth folded in quarters.
- Use a small plate or bowl to trace a semicircle at the center of the tablecloth. Place the plate with the center at the point of the quartered tablecloth. Cut out the quarter circle to create a perfect hole in the center of the table cloth.
- Open out the table cloth and cut a straight line from the edge to the hole in the center.
- For the raw cut edges on the slit and the hole, I folded the fabric over about 1/4″, then over again another 1/4″ and stitched a hem. If you want a large, plain tree skirt you can stop here.
- If you want to take it a step further, a simple way to dress up a plain tree skirt is to ruche the fabric. (I finally ironed my tablecloth before this step.) Thread your needle with heavy duty string and tie the ends of the string together in a knot. Thread will not work for this. It is too thin and will break easily. Use string or embroidery floss. Starting at the outer edge of the tree skirt, pull the needle up through your fabric and make large 1″ stitches in a straight line toward the center circle. I stitched about halfway toward the center.
- Start ruching by pulling the tail of the thread. The fabric will start gathering toward the middle.
- Once the gather is made, make a small stitch with the needle and pull the tail to the backside. Tie a knot.
- Repeat the previous steps to make 9 ruched gathers around the table cloth. The end goal is 8 evenly spaced gathers, but you will need to gather each side of the opening in the skirt. The gathers at the slit are shown below. I ruched each side separately. They are not attached. Around the tree you can overlap these two sides slightly to conceal the opening.
- When you lay the skirt around the tree, take a few minutes to play with the gathers to get the nice gathered ball gown look. The tree will look all dressed up while it waits for the presents to arrive.