After seeing this picture on Pinterest, I knew that I wanted to make this tree skirt.
The original tutorial is found at HGTV. I followed along for a few steps, but did a few things differently. Here’s how I made my ruffly tree skirt!
Start with an old tree skirt. This one cost me $2.50 on clearance after Christmas a couple of years ago. I never loved it, but it served the purpose. If you don’t have a tree skirt you’re willing to cover with ruffles, you can use a canvas drop cloth or any other upholstery grade fabric. The HGTV tutorial covers how to transform fabric into a skirt. For my tutorial, we’ll assume you have an old tree skirt.
The original tutorial used linen for the ruffles. Because linen is expensive and hard to come by, I found a natural tone muslin that looks very similar. I bought 4 yards, but really only needed 3. At $3.99 a yard, it is budget friendly. Don’t forget to use a 40% off coupon!
I wanted wider ruffles on my skirt, so I cut my fabric into fourths. The HGTV tutorial did 2 inch strips, mine are closer to 6 inches. I didn’t want to spend 4 hours gluing ruffles! There was no measuring on my part. Just eye ball and cut away. Perfection is not necessary for this project!
This is just one strip of fabric stacked up. You will have lots of strips.
To start, use a low-temp hot glue gun and run a 6 inch long bead of glue about 4 inches away from the edge of the skirt. Then take your strip and bunch or fold the fabric pressing the edge into the glue.
Keep doing this until you have one circle of ruffles. From here on, the process gets quicker and quicker to complete each circle.
Keep following the same steps and soon you’ll have circles and circles of ruffles.
Once one strip ends, just start the new one on top of the old one to cover the seam.
Does anyone love ruffles as much as I do?
Once you’re finished, it will look like this.
Mine took me about an hour and a half to complete. Not too bad considering the beautiful outcome. Play a Christmas movie or music and enjoy the crafting time!
Here it is around my tree.
What do you think? Will you be making a ruffle tree skirt this year?
p.s. Here is a sneak peek of my tree.