Like our ornaments, our tree skirt has made its way under our tree for at least twenty years. While not a cherished holiday decoration like our ornaments, it does have some sentimental value. I made it when our oldest was just a baby but it was time to say goodbye and bring in something more stylish and current.
Inspiration struck one day while browsing the aisles at Michaels. They had pretty ruffled scarves on sale for $6.99. What I saw wasn't a scarf but a Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt.
Before I get into how I recycled that old tree skirt, I thought I would share some holiday photos that to my surprise, Google+ enhanced and made sparkle.
These are a few of the vintage ornaments from my childhood. They bring back so many memories...
These are a couple cherished ones from our annual Christmas ornament exchanges. I collect the whimsical folk art Angels and Santas from the Boyd's Bears Folkstone Collection. The candles are always on the tree each year but never lit, for obvious reasons.
How to make a Christmas tree skirt using a ruffle scarf
Here is my original handmade Christmas tree skirt...
This is the ruffled scarf I purchased.
With the gold metallic side of my old tree skirt facing up I pinned the scarf along the outer edge of the skirt and sewed it in place following the stitch line on the scarf.
I wanted the gold fabric underneath to be seen under the first ruffle and therefore sewed it in place along the second stitch of the scarf rather than the hem line.
I sewed a basting stitch (largest stitch setting) on my sewing machine along the top hem of the scarf.
Very carefully, without breaking the thread, I pulled the top thread of the basting stitch on both ends and gathered the fabric into a ruffle until it was the same size as the opening at the top of the old tree skirt.
Next I pinned and sewed the scarf in place at the top of the old skirt.
If you look at the photo below, you can see that I left a ruffle unattached which will be a flap to conceal the buttons and the opening. Along the left side of the skirt I hand stitched three large buttons. I didn't bother using nice festive buttons because they would be hidden.
And there you have it, a pretty tree skirt for under $7.00!
Update 2016: We've since simplified the tree my removing the ribbon and embellishments on the top. We've also scaled down our holiday decor and incorporated mercury glass into the mix. The Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt looks even better now under the tree!