No Sew Christmas Tree Skirt

Measures 10" x 7"
 

Good quality Christmas tree skirts can be very costly and many people would rather make their own.  But if you don’t sew you may wonder how you can create one. This no-sew skirt is the ideal solution. Using fleece for the project eliminates the need for hemming the edges. Pretty ribbon joins the four pieces and adds a decorative, colorful accent. I’ve painted mine with pine cones but you can easily add any holiday images using stencils and paint. 

Directions

COVER EXPOSED AREAS TO PREVENT ACCIDENTAL OVER SPRAY. ALLOW PAINT TO DRY BETWEEN STEPS.

step 1 - The Pattern Create a 27” square from gift-wrap tissue paper or other handy materials.  Piece the paper together with painters tape.

step 1 - The Pattern

Create a 27” square from gift-wrap tissue paper or other handy materials.  Piece the paper together with painters tape.

step 2 - Download and print out the quarter circle template.  Match the corner of the template with the corner of the paper square.  

step 2 - Download and print out the quarter circle template.  Match the corner of the template with the corner of the paper square.  

step 3 - Pin in place and cut out the grey area with scissors or a rotary cutter.  You now have the curve for the top of the tree skirt.

step 3 - Pin in place and cut out the grey area with scissors or a rotary cutter.  You now have the curve for the top of the tree skirt.

step 4 - Pin in place and cut out the grey area with scissors or a rotary cutter.  You now have the curve for the top of the tree skirt.

step 4 - Pin in place and cut out the grey area with scissors or a rotary cutter.  You now have the curve for the top of the tree skirt.

step 5 - Using a yardstick, make a mark on the longest side of the folded pattern at 24”.

step 5 - Using a yardstick, make a mark on the longest side of the folded pattern at 24”.

step 6 - With the yardstick edge against the top curve of the pattern, keep moving toward the shorter edge, making dots at 24”. 

step 6 - With the yardstick edge against the top curve of the pattern, keep moving toward the shorter edge, making dots at 24”. 

step 7 - Connect the dots creating the cutting line for the pattern bottom.  Cut on the curved line.  Unfold the pattern piece.  This represents a quarter of the tree skirt.  Use this pattern to cut out four identical pieces of fleece.

step 7 - Connect the dots creating the cutting line for the pattern bottom.  Cut on the curved line.  Unfold the pattern piece.  This represents a quarter of the tree skirt.  Use this pattern to cut out four identical pieces of fleece.

step 8 - The Stencil

Print out one copy of the pine cone stencil on card stock.  Flip the image horizontally and print out one copy.  

Using scissors or a craft knife, remove the black areas of the stencils.

Spray a light coat of repositionable adhesive on the backside of each stencil.  Applying too heavy a coat will result in problems removing the card stock from the fuzzy surface of the fleece fabric.  

step 9 - Overlap the two stencils to form one large stencil, tilting the images slightly to match the pine cone positions in the skirt photo.  Cut around open areas that are blocked by the overlap.  Center the stencil on one of the skirt pieces with the bottom edges of the image one-inch from the bottom of the skirt. 

step 9 - Overlap the two stencils to form one large stencil, tilting the images slightly to match the pine cone positions in the skirt photo.  Cut around open areas that are blocked by the overlap.  Center the stencil on one of the skirt pieces with the bottom edges of the image one-inch from the bottom of the skirt. 

step 10 - The Paint Mask off the green areas of the stencil with painter’s tape.  Protect everything that isn’t being painted.  Airbrush the open areas with Burnt Sienna paint.

step 10 - The Paint

Mask off the green areas of the stencil with painter’s tape.  Protect everything that isn’t being painted.  Airbrush the open areas with Burnt Sienna paint.

step 11 - When the paint is dry, carefully remove the tape from green areas and cover the already painted stencil areas. Mix Green, Yellow and White paint to match the color of the ribbon and spray open areas of the stencil.  When the paint is dry remove the stencil but not the tape.  Move the stencil onto the second skirt piece and paint the green areas first, then the Burnt Sienna.  Continue until all four pieces are painted with the pine cone image.

step 11 - When the paint is dry, carefully remove the tape from green areas and cover the already painted stencil areas. Mix Green, Yellow and White paint to match the color of the ribbon and spray open areas of the stencil.  When the paint is dry remove the stencil but not the tape.  Move the stencil onto the second skirt piece and paint the green areas first, then the Burnt Sienna. 

Continue until all four pieces are painted with the pine cone image.

step 12 - Add detail to the pine cones by dabbing the top edges with Malt Shop paint using a brush.  Don’t be fussy.  Mother nature’s pine cones are not perfect. Yours don’t need to be either.  The natural texture of the fleece will resist a straight solid line of paint.  This is what gives the edges their dimensional texture.

step 12 - Add detail to the pine cones by dabbing the top edges with Malt Shop paint using a brush.  Don’t be fussy.  Mother nature’s pine cones are not perfect. Yours don’t need to be either.  The natural texture of the fleece will resist a straight solid line of paint.  This is what gives the edges their dimensional texture.

step 13 - Attach green rhinestones to each pine cone image using glue, or a rhinestone setter tool for hot fix rhinestones.  Note that using an iron to attach hot fix stones will flatten the natural fluffy surface of the fleece.

step 13 - Attach green rhinestones to each pine cone image using glue, or a rhinestone setter tool for hot fix rhinestones.  Note that using an iron to attach hot fix stones will flatten the natural fluffy surface of the fleece.

step 14 - Join The Pieces - Match one skirt section with another, painted sides touching.  Align the two straight edges.

step 14 - Join The Pieces - Match one skirt section with another, painted sides touching.  Align the two straight edges.

step 15 - Place a strip of painters tape 3/8 “ from the straight edge.  Position a yardstick beside the tape and mark the tape at one-inch increments.  Start one inch from the skirt bottom.  Add one extra mark at 23.5”.  Pinning the two skirt pieces together will prevent them from shifting during handling.

step 15 - Place a strip of painters tape 3/8 “ from the straight edge.  Position a yardstick beside the tape and mark the tape at one-inch increments.  Start one inch from the skirt bottom.  Add one extra mark at 23.5”.  Pinning the two skirt pieces together will prevent them from shifting during handling.

step 16 - With the sharp point of a very small scissor, poke holes in the fleece next to the one-inch marks.  Pierce through both pieces. Remove the tape and save it to use again.

step 16 - With the sharp point of a very small scissor, poke holes in the fleece next to the one-inch marks.  Pierce through both pieces. Remove the tape and save it to use again.

step 17 - Unspool one entire roll of ribbon.  Work with the entire length rather than cutting it into equal pieces.   Thread the ribbon through a big-eye, plastic needle.  Knot the end of the ribbon to keep it from slipping out of the needle.  Start at the bottom of the skirt leaving a 3” tail and work from the wrong side to the right side of the fleece.

step 17 - Unspool one entire roll of ribbon.  Work with the entire length rather than cutting it into equal pieces.  
Thread the ribbon through a big-eye, plastic needle.  Knot the end of the ribbon to keep it from slipping out of the needle.  Start at the bottom of the skirt leaving a 3” tail and work from the wrong side to the right side of the fleece.

step 18 - Weave the ribbon through the holes joining the two skirt pieces. Thread the ribbon loose enough so that the fleece pieces will lie flat without bunching up or puckering.

step 18 - Weave the ribbon through the holes joining the two skirt pieces. Thread the ribbon loose enough so that the fleece pieces will lie flat without bunching up or puckering.

step 19 - At the skirt top, pass the ribbon through the two top holes a second time, then bring it down through the first two ribbons on the backside.

step 19 - At the skirt top, pass the ribbon through the two top holes a second time, then bring it down through the first two ribbons on the backside.

step 20 - Knot the ribbon together and cut the end.  If at any time you don’t have enough ribbon to join an entire seam, connect pieces of ribbon and tie them in a knot on the backside of the skirt.  Connect the two remaining skirt seams in the same way, leaving the fourth seam open.

step 20 - Knot the ribbon together and cut the end.  If at any time you don’t have enough ribbon to join an entire seam, connect pieces of ribbon and tie them in a knot on the backside of the skirt.  Connect the two remaining skirt seams in the same way, leaving the fourth seam open.

step 21 - Finish the last two open edges by wrapping them individually in ribbon.  Allow a 6” tail at the top and bottom. 

step 21 - Finish the last two open edges by wrapping them individually in ribbon.  Allow a 6” tail at the top and bottom. 

step 22 - Tie bows with the 6” tails to keep the skirt together after it is placed around the tree. Tuck all the bottom 3” tails into the bound and finished wraps on the underside of the skirt. 

step 22 - Tie bows with the 6” tails to keep the skirt together after it is placed around the tree. Tuck all the bottom 3” tails into the bound and finished wraps on the underside of the skirt. 

TIPS 
Keep the long ribbon ends from fraying by painting a line of glue or Fray Check on the edges.

Wash the fleece fabric before painting.  Do not use fabric softener.

 

Supplies

At Testors.com

  • Paint: 4607 Burnt Sienna, 1334 green, 1305 yellow, 4769 white, ColorArtz Malt Shop
  • Paint brush

At JoAnns

  • Plastic big-eye needle
  • 2 rolls of 12 ft. 7/8” wide Simply Sheer Me Willow ribbon by Offray
  • 1 1/3 yards Ivory Fleece
  • Small scissors
  • Painters tape
  • Yardstick
  • Scotch Spray Mount repositionable adhesive

At Amazon

  • Aztek airbrush

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