How to Make a Vintage-Inspired Christmas Tree Skirt

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 yards of felt

  • Measuring tape

  • Chalk

  • Ribbon

  • Glue gun

This retro felt circle skirt is easy to make.
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This easy no-sew Christmas tree skirt will add a finishing touch to your perfectly trimmed Christmas tree. Inspired by a retro midcentury modern decor, it is a funky and non-traditional must.


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Step 1

Use string as a compass to cut a perfect circle.
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Fold your large cut of felt in half and then once more, into quarters. Use a fabric tape measure or a scrap piece of yarn to determine the distance from the center of the tree to the desired edge of the skirt. Be sure to measure with the tree stand in mind. Draw a semicircle from edge to edge for your tree skirt outline. TIP: You can use a piece of yarn or string as a compass to cut a perfect circle by fastening it to the center fold corner with a safety pin, and tracing it's path with chalk.


Step 2

Carefully cut out circle.
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Carefully cut along the line made while fabric is still folded in quarters. When unfolded it will be a full circle.

Step 3

Trace a lid to give the tree skirt a decorative scalloped edge.
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Unfold your felt to make a half circle. Use a circular object such as a small glass or lid and trace half circles around the edge to give the fabric scallops. Carefully cut scallops out while still folded in half. Do this around all the edges.


Step 4

Cut a circle in the center of the skirt for the Christmas tree.
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Trace and cut a straight line from the center of the skirt to the edge. Then, cut a small circle in the very center that will accommodate your tree trunk. Fake trees will need a smaller center opening than a real tree will need.


Step 5

Trace and cut out felt embellishments for the skirt.
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Trace and cut out the felt embellishments that will decorate the skirt. Use a medium and a small lid to trace different sized circles in the various desired colors of felt.

Step 6

Measure out different lengths of ribbon for this retro design.
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Measure and cut out varying lengths of ribbon. Layout and space design before gluing anything down.


Step 7

Glue down felt accent with a hot glue gun.
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When the design is satisfactory, work around the circle using the hot glue gun to secure the design in place.

Step 8

Hot glue a mini circle to the center of the skirt to cover up any craft mess.
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Use steps 1 through 5 to make a mini circle with scalloped edge to cover up work at the center of skirt. This gives it a clean finished look.


If the hot glue is not holding up, the embellishments can also be sewn down. This project is fully customizable with colors and style.