How to Make a No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Put the finishing touch on your tree with an elegant and feminine linen skirt. The only tools you'll need are scissors and glue to make this easy no-sew ruffled tree skirt.
White Christmas Tree Skirt and Presents

White Christmas Tree Skirt and Presents

No Christmas tree is complete without a skirt to hide its base or stand. Rather than using a traditional store-bought tree skirt, Marian Parsons transforms a piece of canvas into an elegant, ruffled linen skirt using only cuts of linen, scissors and glue. Whip one up with HGTV's step-by-step instructions.

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Materials Needed:

  • 4-1/2' x 4-1/2' piece of canvas
  • measuring tape
  • 4 yards cream linen
  • sharp scissors
  • fray-blocking glue
  • 3 1/3 yards grosgrain ribbon
  • hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Measure and Cut Canvas

Using a tape measure, mark and cut a square of canvas that is approximately 4-1/2' x 4-1/2' (Image 1). Fold the square into quarters, then over itself to form a triangle with the folded center at point. Cut base in a quarter circle (Image 2). Cut a small quarter circle out of the point (Image 3). Open the skirt until it's folded in half and cut along the radius on one side of the center hole only (Image 4). This will provide a hole for the tree trunk and a slit in the fabric so the skirt can be placed under the tree. Apply no-fray glue along all raw edges and allow to dry. Tip: A canvas painter's drop cloth is an inexpensive material perfect for this project.

Measure and Cut Linen

Using sharp scissors, cut linen fabric lengthwise into 2-inch-wide strips.

Measure and Cut Linen for No-Sew Christmas Tree Skirt

Measure and Cut Linen for No-Sew Christmas Tree Skirt

Using sharp scissors, cut linen fabric lengthwise into 2-inch-wide strips.

Create Ruffles

Preheat hot glue gun. Apply a line of hot glue approximately 1 1/2 inches from outside edge of skirt. Create ruffles by pinching linen with fingers and pushing gathers down onto hot glue (Image 1). Work in small sections, no more than about 12 inches at a time. Continue this process around the entire skirt edge (Image 2). Start the next row approximately 1 1/2 inches above the previous row. Continue adding rows until entire canvas base is covered.

Attach Ties

Cut 10 pieces of grosgrain ribbon into approximately 12-inch lengths. Use hot glue to attach ribbon to underside of tree skirt along slit created in canvas base (Image 1). Evenly space five on one side of slit and five directly opposite. Place skirt under tree and tie ribbons together in bows (Image 2). Note: Although this tree skirt is not machine washable, keep it looking its best by spot-cleaning stains and shaking off needles and loose debris.

How to Create a No-Sew Ombre Tree Skirt

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Looking for a burst of color under the tree? Here's how to create an ombre tree skirt with a twist.

Classic Skirt With a Twist

Skip the sewing machine and opt for this no-sew, ruffled tree skirt in a rainbow of ombre. You'll need: 1 yard of fabric in 3-5 different colors and patterns; 1 yard of canvas; fabric scissors; hot glue gun; hot glue sticks.

Cutting a Pie Shape

To create a perfect circle to fit below the tree, cut the fabric into a pie shape. First, fold the canvas into a triangle, then use fabric scissors to cut a rounded edge. While folded, the canvas will take on the shape of a pie slice. Once unfolded, it will become a perfect circle. Tip: For most 6- to 7-foot trees, use a 36-inch diameter.

Create a Center Hole

To ensure the skirt fits around the base of the tree, add a hole in its center. Use fabric scissors to cut the tip of the canvas approximately 2 inches in.

Add Slit

For a perfect fit beneath the tree, a slit will need to be made to the skirt. To do this, use fabric scissors to cut a perfectly straight line from the center hole to the outer edge of the canvas.

Cut and Place Strips

Cut fabric into 36-inch-long strips measuring 3 inches in width. Once all strips are cut, place the first one along the outside edge of the canvas. Before placing the fabric, make sure you know how you want the ombre effect to look. Tip: For the biggest impact, keep the most saturated fabrics along the outer edges of the skirt and the more muted ones along the inside.

Secure Ends of Strips

Each strip will be folded and glued for a ruffled effect. Before the ruffling can start, the strip will need to be secured to the canvas by adding glue along its edge, then firmly pressing it in place.

Create Ruffles

Once the end of the fabric strip is securely held in place with glue, create ruffles by folding the fabric strip up and then under itself in 2-inch increments. Next, add glue below the ruffles, securing them to the flat portion of the fabric strip.

Fold Edges Over

After all ruffles are folded and glued, fold the edge of the fabric over the outer edge of the canvas and secure it along the back with glue.

Layer Ruffles

After the first strip of fabric has been transformed into ruffles, repeat step 5 and step 6 until you reach the center hole, layering each strip of fabric 1/4 inch on top of the one below it. For an ombre effect, alternate fabrics from the highest saturation to the lowest.

Finish and Display

Once your Christmas tree skirt is complete, wrap it around the tree base and surround with wrapped gifts.

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