Tuesday, December 3, 2013

next Christmas project..

I wanted to make a tree skirt for my son and DIL for their new home. I found lots of pictures and plans, but nothing quite what I wanted it to look like. I had a picture in my head. (of course!!) I wanted it round, with pie shaped pieces of different fabric, maybe with a scalloped outer edge.

I hate to sound like the Grinch...but I am not really a Christmas person (sorry)..so didn't really like all the really Christmassy fabric, BUT...I saw this...and it was perfect!!

So then on to the planning stage!  As I lay in bed one night I realized that the math was really pretty simple. If you cut a circle into 4...you have a 90 degree corner in the middle..divided into half makes a 45 degree corner and 4 wedges on each half of the circle.

If I wanted 3 wedges on each side....that would make each corner 60 degrees instead of 45 degrees, or I could make 6 wedges of 30 degrees! (easy peasy...right)

I know this is probably pretty obvious to most of you...but it was a true moment of clarity when I realized how simple it really was.

So I got out some paper. It would be helpful to have a big chunk..but I taped several sheets together. and using my quilting ruler, marked off a 45 degree line.
I decided I wanted this about 45" across when finished, so I used a pencil on a string, measured to 22" to draw the circle edge.

I added a 6" circle opening in the centre point by using the pencil on a 3" string to draw the circumference.
I cut this out and used it as my template.
Fabric requirements.. I used .6 metre of two different fabrics. 



 That gave me 4 wedges of each fabric. I used one side along the salvage...because it is round, there are going to be bias edges somewhere, and that fit the best on the fabric I had.

I sewed the wedges together, alternating the fabric, and leaving one segment open.

Once they were all sewn together, I sandwiched it with some batting and backing and quilted it up. I used a straight line echoing each seam, and a curvy line down the centre of each wedge.

On the opening I just turned under a 1/4" and stitched it closed. On one side I added 3 elastic ponytail ties for closures. (they were bulky and hard to sew in...I might try something different, or smaller ones next time)


Because I am lazy, I used store bought bias binding to finish the centre and outside edges.
I added some big buttons for the closure.

Anyway, I am really happy with how this turned out...I love it..I hope they do too.

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11 comments:

  1. It's really lovely and who wouldn't want a beautiful gift made with love.

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  2. I'm with you on the winter fabrics. Your tree skirt is beautiful, and no, most people would not have figured it out on their own. Good job.

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  3. I love it! Great work. And I don't think using store-bought bias binding is lazy at all.

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  4. It's beautiful! And a perfect choice of fabric.

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  5. It's lovely - and sure to be loved!

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  6. It's beautiful, Flo! The fabrics are so elegant I'm sure they will love it -- if not, send it to me! :)

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  7. I think it is gorgeous! My tree skirt this year is more winter than Christmas. Not that you can even see it because of the gifts. I think some Christmas fabrics are way too busy, and I do like Christmas. You did a beautiful job.

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  8. Well; I think it is wonderful Flo!! I love the fabrics and your tutorial is fantastic!I needed it...

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  9. Your tree skirt is just wonderful. And kudos for figuring it all out. A lovely, elegant tree skirt.

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  10. well that sure turned out great! i am sure they will love it

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