How To Sew a Reversible Christmas Tree Skirt

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When we decided to have our first Christmas tree above 18" this year, it seemed the right time to make a tree skirt. It's not difficult, and making your own means it can be made out of any fabric you choose. Here, I share how to make a reversible one so if your preference changes from year to year it's as easy as a flip of the fabric:

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What You Need

Materials

  • (2) contrasting 1.5-yard pieces of fabric in at least 44/45-inch width
  • 48" of ribbon
  • thread

Tools

  • sewing machine
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • string
  • marker or fabric chalk
  • straight pins

Instructions

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1. Lay out the two squares of fabric, finished side facing in. Marking a dot at the center of the fabric, use a string measured to half of the desired diameter of your skirt to draw a circle on the fabric. I made a 42" skirt, so my string was 21" long.

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2. Measure a string to half of the diameter of the desired opening at the center of the skirt and draw a small circle using the same center point on the fabric. I went with a 4" opening, so the string is 2" long.

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3. Draw a line from the center point of the circle to the perimeter.

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4. Pin both layers of fabric together and cut along the outer circle, inner circle, and line, being sure to cut through both layers of fabric.

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5. Cut (4) 12-inch lengths of ribbon and pin two ribbons on either side of the line, sandwiched in between the fabric layers.

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6. Sew along the line and outer circle. Leave the inner circle unsewn for flipping the fabric right-side-out. Flip the fabric right-side-out.

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7. Hand stitch the inner circle, iron, and tie around the tree with your (currently) favorite side up!

(Image credits: Regina Yunghans)

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