For years I’ve complained that I don’t have a tree skirt that properly fits around the tree stand. My oldest wants a space themed Christmas Tree and we came up with the idea of making a Galaxy Christmas Tree Skirt.
- 2 yards of galaxy printed cotton quilting fabric from Joanne Fabrics
- 2 yards of black satin fabric
- 2 yards of black quilted fabric (has batting on the inside)
- Black thread
The basic steps:
- Cut a square of fabric that will have the appropriate diameter for your tree skirt. A tutorial I found here recommends 22″. Fold lengthwise and then fold again, creating a smaller square.
- Once the fabric is folded over 2x, you can measure from the exact corner/center most point around at the same number of inches, mark and cut the curve. I messed up cutting out the galaxy circle and ended up with a half circle instead. In the end, I think it was for the best. I compensated by cutting the circle in 4 quarters which allowed me to rotate the pattern and prevent it from looking too repetitive.
- Sew the 4 quarters together
- Lay the newly sewed circle on top of the satin and carefully measured and drew in a few lines:
- Draw exactly where the circle touched the satin
- Draw 1/2″ line on the satin inside that line (under the circle – seam line)
- Draw 1″ line on the satin from the circle line (under the circle – cut line)
- Draw a line 5″ outward from the edge of the circle (cut line for the border satin)
- Cut carefully
- Pin the right sides together on the satin border to the galaxy circle. Spend some time lining everything up properly and use lots of pins.
- Sew the border to the circle 2x around and then cut triangular notches out being careful not to cut too close to the seam, open the seam, and iron it flat. (wrong side)
- Lay the circle with border on top of the fabric you want to use for the back. The quilted fabric I chose is good for stiffness but difficult for the same reasons. A plain piece of fabric would work fine as well.
- Trace around the circle and then cut
- Pin the right sides together. Measure and cut the center hole and slit from the outside edge through to the center hole. I used a bowl for the center that had the same diameter as my tree stand.
- Pin one of the straight slit sides and the seam for the center hole.
- Sew around everything except one slit side. Cut notches carefully every 2″ or so around the center hole seam and outside seam so that it lays flat. Working with the quilted fabric at this point became a bear. The batting on the inside was very thick and created a lumpy, raised edge that would not lay flat at all. Ultimately I opened up the excess notched seam with my fingers and carefully cut away the white batting from the edge. Once that was completed, I could turn it right side out and it laid flat.
- Iron all the seams flat. This will take some patience and probably some steam or a spray bottle as you iron.
- Once it looks good and flat, turn the edges of the final straight edge to the inside, press and sew.
- I am very happy with the result. I have added a picture of it around the tree below! Yes that’s a raptor tree topper that will dressed accordingly soon.