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How to Make a No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Put the finishing touch on your tree with an elegant and feminine ruffled linen skirt. This easy no-sew skirt can be made using only scissors and glue.

Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors
Christmas tree skirt

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.

  • Fold Fabric Into Quarters
  • Cut Fabric Along Line of Straight Pins
  • Prepare Skirt for Tree Trunk
  • Cut Fabric in Half

Measure and Cut Linen

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

Cut Fabric Along Line

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.

  • Bunch Skirt Material
  • Fabric Strung With Care

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.

  • Layer of Burlap for Skirt Project
  • Fabric Bows
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