Friday, December 16, 2011

25 Days of Handmade Christmas: Day 16

Today's tutorial is simply amazing! Ashley from The Johnston's put together this awesome tree skirt tutorial with tons of pictures to aid in the process. It turned out so great and I can't wait to try to make my own for my tree! Now for her tutorial:

 I wanted to revamp our tree skirt this year. I kept seeing plenty of fun ideas online. I finally decided on the style i wanted & just went for it. 
This photo, from one of my favorite blogs, was my inspiration:
{Photo found here}

So, here is our tutorial on how to make a Pretty, Ruffley, No Sew tree skirt! {Its a long one!!} 

{DIY NO sew Ruffle Christmas tree skirt}
You Will need:
A rotary board & cutter
GLue gun & Glue sticks 
about 4 yards of fabric
Your old Christmas tree skirt
Start by prepping your old tree skirt {Or whatever base you chose to use} I had to cut & peel off the felt pieces on ours.
Bye bye Santa! you will be missed :) 
Cut your fabric in strips. The length doesn't necessarily need ot be a certain length. But you need ot have a set width. I did 3 inch strips of fabric for both my linen & Burlap. 
Cut until you have a big pile of fabric strips. {Lots of work!}
Make your first line of glue at the edge of the tree skirt.
Place your fabric on top of the glue line. 
To make a ruffle, pinch a portion of fabric between your fingers& press it down, overlapping the previous ruffle.
Keep going until you have completed your first row. Looks good huh?
At this point, i would suggest stopping for a snack. {I did} This project takes lots of energy!  Soy butter & apples, Yum!
Now back to the project. A couple of inches above the first row, make your second line of glue. 
Make your ruffles the same way on the second row.
* If you are using burlap like i did, You may want to make your ruffles & pin them down before you glue them. Burlap does not like to stick to felt very well :(  Doing this will prevent bad finger burns & Will make it a whole lot easier. 
After you have pinned, then glued, Be sure to pull all of the pins out of the burlap layers.
Keep going! Your almost done! 
Keep making the ruffles until you reach the middle of the tree skirt.
& you're done! Tired yet? 
If you would like to add ties to keep your tree skirt tied around the tree:
I used twine. Thread your twine through a big yarn needle..
Choose your tie placement, Thread the twine through the bottom of the tree skirt
Once it is pulled through, tie a knot.
Tie a knot on the top portion as well, to prevent the twine from pulling through.
& a few hours, 50+ Glue sticks & a couple burnt finger later, you are REALLY done! 
It looks so pretty & ruffly! 
Especially now that it is under our tree :) {Last 2 pics added long after original post} 

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