Fur Trimmed Tree Skirt
December 1, 2009
I was just fa la la la la-ing my way through the fabric store the other day, in search of more velvet for those stockings I have every good intention of sewing whenever I get around to it.
Darn it, why did I have to spy those bolts of faux fur ? I was completely stopped in my tracks. I couldn’t think about stockings, I could only see a fabulous tree skirt trimmed in that cream colored fur. I’ve never ever ever had a tree skirt - it’s one of those luxuries I’ve just never bothered to purchase. In years past, I simply wrapped a piece of crimson velvet around my tree trunk. In truth, that worked just fine since the fabric always seemed to be covered up with Christmas presents relatively quickly.
This year, after spying that fur, I just had to make myself an authentic tree skirt. I wanted a skirt with a luxurious look, but without the big price tag.
So I came up with this purty little number.
Here’s the quick and easy way to make this simple sew faux fur trimmed tree skirt in one afternoon.
- One square piece of base fabric (velvet, polyester blend, or felt – your choice). If your fabric has a width of 54” on the bolt, then purchase the same length.
- Enough 7′’ strips of faux fur to make 300” inches in length.
- Three yards decorative trim (optional)
Step One: Fold your square piece of fabric into quarters (I chose bronze polyester shantung), then use your scissors to trim off the sharp corner and round all the edges.
Step Two: Measure the diameter of your tree stand, then use a measuring tape to mark the radius (half the diameter). Cut the corner off in a round shape.
Step Three: Unfold your tree skirt, then cut a slit to provide an opening to wrap around tree.
Step Four: Hem inside circle and edges of opening. If you seek perfection on the inside circle, cut slits in the fabric as you go around to prevent puckering.
Step Five: Stitch your strips of 7” faux fur together to form 300” in total length.
Step Six: With your base fabric turned right side up, and your fur turned upside down, attach the two with your sewing machine. Your fur will eventually flip over the top.
To achieve this ruffled look . . .
Pinch your fabric with your fingers as you sew around the skirt to form a ruffle.
No need to hem the bottom of an acrylic faux fur fabric that has a nylon backing like this since it won’t fray.
Step Seven (optional): Attach decorative trim with sewing machine
That’s all folks. A few straight stitches in one afternoon led to this.
I’m smitten this season with this combination of cocoa and pink !
This skirt adds just a little touch of luxury to my tree. The best news ? It only cost me $30 dollars and two hours to make !
I’m signing up with Kimba’s DIY day too.