Yesterday I revealed my Christmas tree and promised a quick tutorial on the linen ruffle tree skirt. I won’t make this post long because I basically just followed Marian’s tutorial here. She does a great job of walking you through the steps so I’ll just add a few of my own tips.
I cut a piece of drop cloth in a curvy circle because I wanted my skirt to have a bit more interest than a circle skirt. It turned out fine, but if I were to do it again I would just cut it in an exact circle. The edge of my linen already had a nice fray to it so I matched the fray with other pieces of linen on the outer edge. I didn’t bother fraying all the edges.
Here you can see the shape I was going for. Once around the tree, that shape didn’t look as great. (Eowyn has to get in on ALL of my projects!)
Marian recommends pushing out a bead of hot glue no longer than 12 inches and gathering your material in the glue as you go. I found it easier to just fold and glue, fold and glue. The hot glue soaks through the layers of material nicely and holds it all in place. When I would come to the end of a ruffle (see picture below)…
I would simply fold my next length of linen over….
..and glue in place. This isn’t necessarily a “dirt cheap” project. I already had the drop cloth on hand but a drop cloth costs $10. The linen is about $5-6/yd and you will need 4 yards. I spent about $25 on the skirt (and numerous hours and even more numerous hot glue burns), but I think it was worth it.
The tree skirt also makes a beautiful cape! Not that I wore it around my house for awhile or anything *wink*.
You still have time to make one this weekend and I highly recommend doing so!