Scandinavian-Inspired No-Sew Felt Tree Skirt

Inspired by hand-painted Nordic designs, this colorful Christmas tree skirt is a no-sew project that's made by layering felt cut-outs then outlining them with chunky yarn.

Multicolored Christmas Tree Skirt

Multicolored Felt Christmas Tree Skirt

Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Materials Needed:

  • 1-1/2 yards white felt
  • 1-1/2 yards turquoise felt
  • 1/2 yard each of 2-3 complimentary colors of felt
  • chalk
  • pencil
  • length of string
  • chunky yarn
  • scissors
  • fabric/felt glue
  • ribbon, sequins, pom-pom trim or other embellishments (optional)

Cut Tree Skirt

Cut a 48" square out of white felt. Fold felt square in half and then in half again, making a smaller square. Tie length of string around pencil tip then hold (or tack) the end of string in corner where felt folds meet and extend string until tight. Use pencil to trace a quarter circle on felt (Image 1). Cut along pencil line, then cut corner where folds meet in a quarter circle pattern to create a hole for tree trunk (Image 2). When felt is unfolded, it should be a circle with a hole in the middle. Cut a straight slit from outer circle to middle circle to allow for placing skirt around tree (Image 3).

Cut Felt Overlay

Using white tree skirt as a template, cut turquoise felt in a 48" circle (Image 1). Fold turquoise felt into quarters and sketch a large, simple design in chalk onto felt (Image 2). Note: This design will be cut out as the felt is still folded, creating a symmetrical design, similar to a paper snowflake (Image 3). Cut along chalk lines and unfold felt. Position turquoise felt with cutouts over white felt. Tip: The sketch is with chalk and will not be seen, so don't be nervous about drawing this design freehand. Practice on a large piece of paper prior to sketching on the felt, if desired.

Add Accent Colors

Determine placement for complimentary colors and shapes of felt. Cut piece of felt a little large than desired design, fold in half then chalk half design onto felt and cut to create a symmetrical shape (Image 1). Put felt shape into position (Image 2) and make any necessary adjustments but don't glue the felt down until entire design is completed, so it can be adjusted if necessary. Once design is complete, glue felt pieces in place with fabric/felt glue (Image 3).

Attach Yarn

Apply a bead of fabric glue along edges of felt design then top with chunky yarn in coordinating colors (Images 1 and 2). The yarn adds color and texture to the design and hides raw edges of the felt, making the skirt look more polished. Glue on any other trim embellishments like pom-pom trim, beading, sequins, ribbon, etc. Tip: Allow fabric glue to dry completely before moving the skirt.

Cut Slit in Skirt

In Step 1, a slit was cut in the white felt tree skirt base before the design was created over it. Now, cut through design, along the previously cut slit, so the skirt can be easily placed around the base of your Christmas tree (Image 1). Trim cut edges with yarn, if desired, or leave as-is and position the slit behind the tree (Image 2).

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