Sunday, December 04, 2011

Stripey Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

I have absolutely fallen in love with all the ruffle tree skirts out there.  I wanted one for myself but I really really really don't have time to make one right now.  No really, I don't have time.  I made one anyway!

I started with some heavy duty canvas that I had.  Let's be honest, the stuff is almost 10 years old and I haven't stretched my own canvas in years.  It's time to put this stuff to good use.

I folded it

Marked it with my teacher style big fat blackboard compass

And cut it with my rotary fabric cutter

I seriously can't believe what a nice circle I ended up getting doing it this way!  Are you admiring my circle as much as I did?  It's OK if you don't get as excited about circles as I do.  It's about 50 inches in diameter; I snipped a cut that was 25 inches from one end straight to the center so I had a way to get it around the tree.

Then I went all Fraulein Maria on some old curtains

I cut them into 8" strips

And hemmed them.  I know there are all those beautiful shabby chic ruffle skirts with their raw edges out there, but I couldn't help myself.  I wanted it hemmed

Then I started bunching and hot gluing the ruffles to the circle
Here's the outermost layer of ruffles.

It really didn't take that long to do (about two hours) and I used less than 2 window panels.  I ended up with 5 tiers of ruffles.

And here it is under the tree

Now I want to redo my entire tree... more on that later this week.
Blessings,
Jamie
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71 comments:

  1. oh my gosh oh my gosh oh my gosh!!!!!!
    i am in LOOOOOVE with that!!!!!!!!

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  2. Why am I not so surprised it looks amazing!!!
    P.S.: I would have hemmed it too ;)

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  3. This looks beautiful! I wish I had the patience to attempt this1

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  4. Love it! I just bought canvas remnants for cheap, durable backgrounds, now what can I ruffle up from my stash? I'm not a fan of fraying either, maybe my my pinking wheel will get a trial run.
    Janet
    craftythriftydecoratingwifemom.wordpress.com

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  5. OH MY GOSH--this is totally the most gorgeous tree skirt!!!! I LOVE it!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  6. What a gorgeous tree skirt! I love, love, love, LOVE it!

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  7. so cute! I have wanted to make a ruffle tree skirt, but I can't get myself motivated. You inspired me! Love it:) Saw you on COM!!

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  8. Nice job Fraulein! Love it! You are fearless!

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  9. That is gorgeous! I just can't resist some pretty ruffles! :)

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  10. I am sooo in LOVE with this TREE SKIRT!!! Great job!!

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  11. Gorgeous! I'm thinking this would also make a great rug once the holidays were over!

    Followed you from Craft-O-Maniac.

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  12. I LOVE this...and I am also a circle maniac. I just bought a new Olfa cutting compass - it's my new favorite tool. That thing can cut through anything! I might have to make a ruffle background for my mantle . . . I was just going to do a plain piece of burlap, but this looks so amazing! And so much better than those weird one-piece outfits from SOM - I mean, I love the movie, but those were not cool. I'm your newest follower - can't wait for more inspiration!

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  13. Ooooo , I just made one of these too I love it , I would love for you to come and link up at my party http://www.getouttamyheadplease.com/2011/12/show-it-off-mondays-link-party-1.html

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  14. That looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. I made a very similar tree skirt using a dollar store tree skirt and cheap white fabric. It was so fun to make and looks so awesome when its done. I really like the fabric you used - very cute!

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  16. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing! I'm your newest follower. Please stop by Bellanest.blogspot.com if you get a chance!

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  17. So Pretty!

    I would love for you to share it tomorrow evening on my link party over at http://www.the36thavenue.com. i hope to see you there!

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  18. What a great idea, it looks so pretty.

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  19. oh man, amazing!!! i am the reader picker over at sugar bee crafts, and i picked this to feature! i would also love love to be included in your list of parties where you link up! Mine is Once Upon a Weekend at Family Ever After, starting on Friday nights.

    www.familyeverafterblog.com

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  20. I LOVE this! I'm showing it off on Mushki Loves on facebook...i hope that's OK!

    Kirsten

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  21. So pretty! i so need a new tree skirt! And i love that you went all Gone with the Wind on those curtains!

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the fabric you used!! Now I want to get a tree just so I can make a tree skirt! ;)

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  23. I love this tutorial! Hmmm, do I NEED a ruffled tree skirt? I just might!
    Stopping by from Eisy Morgan.

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  24. I saw your link on Eisy Morgan and I love the stripes! It turned out very cute.

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous! I found you through Take a Look Tuesday. I'm your newest follower! :)



    Kelly
    http://crazywego.blogspot.com

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  26. First time visitor to your blog. Love this creative skirt. So glad you hemmed the ruffles. It's gorgeous.

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  27. This is gorgeous! I really want to try one of my own! Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I have been seeing these everywhere too! I love your stripes ( and hemmed edge :) Thanks for sharing! Definitely going to make one! Great JOB!!

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  29. That is gorgeous! I love the ruffles! Have you linked up with Creative Me Monday? It's open all week long and I'd love to have you! You can link up as many projects as you'd like! The link is:

    http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2011/12/creative-me-monday.html?utm_source=BP_recent

    Hope to see you there!

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  30. I love ruffles and I NEED an updated tree skirt! This is fabulous!

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  31. Gorgeous! I just saw one of these online for $90. You just saved a bundle and it looks fantastic!
    Happy Holidays! ~Shannon
    ShannonSews.blogspot.com

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  32. I love this! It turned out beautifully!

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  33. BEAUTIFUL!!! I just posted my Christmas tree skirt too, but yours is much more elegant! Love it! Way to use what you already had!

    --Katie
    www.blah2beautiful.blogspot.com
    Creatively Living Outside the Box

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  34. Oh Wow! You did that in 2 hours? It looks like something I would fall in love with in a magazine and then find out it cost a bazillion dollars. LOL Love the stripes.

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  35. This is amazing!! I have been wanting to make my own tree skirt! Thank you for the inspiration!

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  36. Wow, I am in complete amazement!! Well done :)

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  37. This is beyond cute and creative!! I love it!! Would love for you to please share it via my Pin'Inspirational Thursday linky party please...LOVE it :)) http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/12/pininspirational-thursday-11-linky.html?m=1 thanks so much :)) Wishing you a happy Thursday..~Marilyn

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  38. This is absolutely gorgeous and a great tutorial! I would love for you to share at my Blog Stalking Thursday Link Party. http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/12/blog-stalking-thursday-18.html

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  39. How do you solve a problem like Maria? Take down some curtains and make a fabulous tree skirt. I want one! BTW, Sound of Music is my all-time favorite movie.

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  40. visiting via Whipperberry. Love this!!

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  41. That's so pretty! I always seem to have the best project ideas when I don't have time for them ;)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  42. You've been busy! Love this! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

    Melanie
    Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
    bearrabbitbear.blogspotcom

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  43. Wow --- this is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Blessings, Becky
    www.fromgentogen.com

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  44. Thanks for linking up to Motivate me Monday, you were featured today!
    http://craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com/2011/12/motivate-me-monday-readers-features.html

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  45. Oh my gosh that is awesome awesome !! I am kind of in awe with my mouth hanging open right now :)
    Thank you for sharing it with us!!

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  46. This is so pretty with the stripes!

    megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  47. One of the most beautiful tree skirts ever. I love the ruffles and the stripes. Thanks for sharing at this week's BFF Open House link party!

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  48. So gorgeous, great job. I will be featuring you this week at my party. Will be up Tuesday night:)

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  49. I love this! I've got an old Christmas tree skirt I picked up at Goodwill to do something similar. I like the fabric you used. I didn't want to do burlap so it's nice to see what it looks like with something else. Now I just need to get out my glue gun and get busy!

    I found you through Centsational Girl. Great blog!

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  50. Just wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up! Please feel free to grab a button if you like, and thanks for making the BFF Open House such fun!

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  51. Such a beautiful Christmas tree skirt, Jamie! I'm spotlighting your post on my Facebook page today.

    Jenn

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  52. Umm TOTALLY love this!!! I'm in to anything ruffled right now, and it also gives it a little rustic feel. Super cute...wanna make me one?! ;)

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  53. I'm your newest follower btw! :)

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  54. Oh wow, your tree skirt is gorgeous! I made one this year too, but it's got nothing on yours :)

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  55. Hi!

    I featured you at Mushki Loves! Thanks for linking up!

    Loves,
    Kirsten

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  56. I featured this today! Thanks for sharing this!

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  57. This is gorgeous. I need a new skirt so we'll have this one for next year...might make one for my daughter too!

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