Monday, December 12, 2011

$9 DIY Easy-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

Have you seen the prices they are selling tree skirts for?  It’s insane!  I’m not a big fan of theme-y or orverly ornate tree skirts, which are logically priced higher because they involve more work.  However, even a simple tree skirt at any store I could find was at least about $50 or more.  I said, “No way, no how” and did a little thinking and searching around online.  Many bloggers have gotten crafty and have DIY-ed a tree skirt.  Mine is nothing spectacular, but I like to share what I’ve been up to, so I’ll post the details and steps.

I wanted a neutral tree skirt with a little bit of interest, so I went with a white ruffled one.  I picked up one and half yards of 90” white cotton fabric for about $8 and bought a white tree skirt at the dollar store.  $9 out of pocket – not bad!

Here is the tree skirt before:


I ripped the fabric in about 8”x90” strips and sewed the edge to make it look nicer after ironing it down.


Then, I flipped the dollar store tree skirt over so that none of the leaves would show through my white fabric and decided where I wanted the outermost ruffle to land so that it would hang over the tree skirt edge below it.


I used a pen to mark the starting point at the slit.


I then measured how far from the edge the mark was and went around the entire circumference marking the points and connecting them in a smaller circle.


I did that until I got all the way around.


Then, instead of using a basting stitch to ruffle the fabric, I simply bunched it up right as I was sewing it to save time and thread.  I would stop every few inches, scrunch up the fabric, sew, and then repeat all the way around the circle.  I used the line as a guide.  I had trouble taking a photo of it, so I just showed the ruffling part, but I really sewed it all along the line I had marked.


When finished one piece of fabric in the middle of one row of ruffles, I would add another by ruffling it with another piece so that they were slightly overlapping, making sure that the ruffles would hide the slit between the two fabric strips.

I added each inner layer by repeating all the steps.  I would measure where I wanted the next piece to lay, add marks around the circle, connect them, and sew along the line.

When I got to the outer layer, I flipped the whole tree skirt over, ruffled it and sewed it on the back side, and then flipped it through the whole back to the front and laid it flat.  I did this so there would be no visible stitches on the front, even around the small circle.

Here is the final product:


And with the tree (I had to sneak in a photo of our tree – I can’t get enough of it!):


I must say, for a couple hours of work and only $9 out of pocket, this tree skirt may be one of the best money I’ve ever spent!  I’ve been told a couple times that it looks store-bought, which I believe is a compliment.  I’m absolutely in love with it.  I hope to still have it and use it in a couple years when we can lay a little baby on there and snap away.  Can’t wait!

Have you gone the DIY route this Christmas because you can’t stand the prices stores charge for certain items?  What does your tree skirt look like?

Linking to: Centsational GirlHouse of HepworthsBower Power


  1. Looks great!!! Our "tree skirt" is a fabric scrap I bought for $1.75. Hahaha - so yeah, I don't like spending crazy amounts of money on things that are only used for a couple weeks each year either. :)

  2. Your tree skirt looks seriously gorgeous. I'm using the same one I made 30 years ago. To start it was a circle of white felt, then the next year I added a taffeta tartan ruffle and had the intention of embroidering, bedazzling, etc something new each year. It remains white felt with plaid ruffle but we use it and like it and would never think of replacing something that "ain't broke". Jo @ Let's Face the Music

  3. So pretty and festive! Love the tutorial...thanks! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  4. This is so cute! I love all things ruffled. Gonna try and make one for our tree :). Newest follower here...would be so grateful if you stopped by ours too!

  5. Oh I am so happy to see this! I need another tree skirt and this is just too cute!

    Thanks so much for your comment on

    Your blog is darling and I'm happy to be your newest follower :)

  6. Wow! You are a Christmas crafting genius! So glad I found your project via Centsational Girl.

    Please stop by for a visit to my blog. I am currently in the midst of a Gifts to Make series.

    Be Merry and Bright!

  7. Girl, now that is a tree skirt! I love it! It makes me want to go out and buy some fabric right now! I made my tree skirt also but it needs some refreshing (getting on 16+ yrs old.
    Your skirt looks like a million bucks!

  8. I love this. I didn't realize how easy they were to make. Our is hideous but I've been too cheap to buy a new one. I'll start now and hope to have it done for next Christmas. :)

  9. I Love this! I've seen so many ruffled tree skirt tutorials this year but I think this is the easiest one so far - definitely on my to-do list!

  10. Your tree skirt is gorgeous!! And I absolutely love your tree :)


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