If you are joining me from the Janome blog or social media sites – welcome! I’m so excited to be part of Janome’s Making Merry event. For those that have found my blog for the first time, I’m a baking, sewing, knitting, basset-loving, half-marathon running blogger in Winnipeg, Manitoba and yes – I really will cook for shoes (I love shoes!).
My project for Making Merry with Janome is a Christmas tree skirt.
– top fabric, 44 x 44 inches
– batting, 44 x 44 inches
– bottom fabric, 44 x 44 inches
– binding, 1 meter
– fabric for applique
The basic tree skirt pattern is fairly straight forward. I call it the paper snowflake technique.
Take the fabric you have chosen for the top of your tree skirt and fold it in half.
Then fold it in half again.
Using an erasable or washable fabric marker, on the corner where all the folds meet (the centre point), mark down two inches on both sides. Use those marks as a guide to make a curved line. On the bottom two corners, you will also join them with a curved line. I used a ruler to make sure that I was marking my curve at the same distance from the top point. Then I used those marks to hand draw my curve.
I learned the hard way that it’s better to NOT cut an opening in one side just yet. But, mark on your fabric where you will cut the opening so that you don’t place your appliqué over that spot.
Now it’s time to create your appliqué for your tree skirt. My appliqué was completely improvised. I’m a big fan of trees right now. It seems to be a theme for me this Christmas (I’ve also created an advent calendar with the same tree theme).
To make my trees, I cut out different size triangles using three different Christmas theme fabrics. I also cut out the tree bases using a solid brown fabric. I recommend using a double sided interfacing on your appliqué pieces. Not only will it adhere your fabric appliqué to your top fabric but it gives it some sturdiness so you don’t have your fabric pulling in all directions when you are sewing on your appliqué.
I placed all my appliqué pieces on my fabric top to check the layout.
After making sure everything was spaced out evenly, I used a classic blanket stitch to secure all the appliqué pieces. I also did a simple straight stitch outline around all the trees. I may go back and do more quilting later. I was undecided about that at the time I finished my appliqué.
Finish with binding of your choice. A little tip for this project is if you are making your own binding, be sure to cut it on a bias. This will allow it to move around the curve of your Christmas tree skirt more easily.
To finish of my tree skirt, I used one of the decorative stitches on my machine. This one reminds me of snowflakes, which I just love.
When do you start decorating for the holidays? What Christmas crafts do you currently have on the go or are planned?