How To: A Vintage Inspired Tree Skirt

After scouring Etsy, eBay, a few thrift stores and your recommendations, the craft bug got to me. I set out making a tree skirt that was mostly inspired by this 1950s wrapping paper posted on the blog Present & Correct.

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So cute. With this pattern in mind, I went to our local fabric store to get some felt. Here’s what you’ll need for this project. Trust me, it’s easy and cheap.

Supplies:
Felt for the skirt: I made my skirt for a smallish aluminum tree, so in the end I needed 1 1/2 yards. It was on sale and only $2.99 a yard so $4.50 total.

Felt for the shapes: I used three different colors and bought the individual sheets of felt that were four for $1.00. This time I tried to pick something more modern (the neon pink), because I like to pair vintage with modern. I had a lighter pink and it looked super granny.

Aleene’s Tacky Glue: Hopefully you have this on hand because it’s so useful. If not, it’s around $1.50.

Scissors: I used my Fiskar’s spring-loaded scissors because I was lazy. You can also use a nice pair of shears.

Tree Skirt SuppliesThat’s it! Here’s how you make it.

I folded my felt in half then in half again and drew a semicircle using my measuring tape and a marker stolen from my son’s markers. Fancy. Just hold the tape in the corner with all the folds and pull the marker around in a semi-circle. Cut it out.

Then, use a glass to mark a small middle circle where it will wrap around the tree stem. I should have used a smaller glass. Now you know.

Tree Skirt Cutouts

Next, cut a line from the outside if your skirt to the inside circle you just cut out. My felt was heavily creased so I carefully followed that fold line.

Then, cut your little shapes. I used three colors of felt and cut a strip 1″ long out of the felt. Then I cut each strip to 1″ square. Some I made into little triangles. You can layer the felt and cut two at once. This speeds things up!

Cut out…oh…45 shapes of each color. It goes quickly, believe me. I think I spent half an hour cutting shapes. If you have a rotary cutter, a cutting board and a ruler this goes so fast. If not, you can cut strips with scissors.

Tree Skirt Cutting Board

Next, put them as randomly as you can on your skirt. I’d like to say I didn’t stare and over-analyze every shape placement. But I totally did. Once you’re happy, glue them in place with your tacky glue.

Tree Skirt Pattern

My skirt was done in about an hour and a half and cost $5.50. It looks so vintage and no one else has one like it I’m sure!

Tree Skirt

Now if everything else in here wasn’t so beige. Work in progress I keep telling myself!

I love the skirt peeking out from below the aluminum tree!

Tree Skirt Overhead View

The last thing I’m wondering is if I need to finish the felt edge. Pom-pom fringe maybe? What do you think?

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One Comment

  1. cindy
    Posted December 10, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    yes, pom poms… but it’s really cute as is!

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