Oct 09

Christmas Tree Skirts

Christmas dayI found out, long ago that I am not a sewer.  I mean, I would love to have the ability to create wonderful crafts and cute little outfits but if you ask me to use a thread and needle, my brow creases and my lips pucker as I try to create a straight line that looks great and doesn’t fall apart.  Of course, my stitch doesn’t serve well for either function or decoration and I always give up.

My son’s first Halloween was the only exception when I spent a very long month sewing together a lizard costume for my son. It looked cute and you couldn’t really tell that it was made by someone who had no clue what she was doing, but it definitely wasn’t a masterpiece. Once Halloween was done, I gladly gave the sewing machine back to my friend, put the costume in a keepsake box and when my second son was born, I went to the store to buy his first costume.

But what does this have to do with Christmas Tree Skirts?  I am talking about the wrong holiday but it has everything to do with Christmas since I can’t sew and although I would love to have a beautiful Christmas tree skirt with intricate stitching and vibrant color swatches, it just won’t happen if I am left to man the sewing machine.

I am sure that I am not alone in this inability and I’m probably not alone in wanting a nice Christmas Tree Skirt that doesn’t cost sixty or more dollars from the store.  There is something nice about lining the bottom of your tree with something that you created on your own but that can seem like an impossible wish if you don’t sew.

Of course, as any good designer will say, “All you need is inspiration,” and you can tie your homemade Christmas right through to your Christmas skirt.  Here are some great ideas for making a Christmas tree skirt without using a needle and thread.

Pile on the Fabric:

This is my preferred choice of Christmas tree skirts and I love the fact that I can mix it up every year.  There are actually two ways that you can do this and both work fine.  The first way is to head out to a local fabric store and purchase several yards of a favorite fabric.  Once you have the fabric, bring it back and drape it around your Christmas tree base.  The only thing you should take into consideration is the rough edges but you can fold them under and leave a looped edge instead.

The second way is to find a festive and beautiful table cloth; you may even have a few available in your cupboard. Like the fabric, drape it around the Christmas tree.

Both options allow a lot of room and you can layer the fabric with multiple colors and textures.

Go with a train:

This is a great choice if you have children since they love trains.  I purchased my train after Christmas one year for next to nothing and it was a great investment until the cat ate it but I digress.  Trains can be a playful way to dress up the bottom of your tree.  Create the mood by wrapping the base in a plain white cloth and then hook up your train so it looks like it is moving through a wintery landscape.  When you add the Christmas presents, you can make tunnels and buildings for the train to travel past.

Personalize it:

You can really personalize your Christmas tree skirt if you don’t actually go with fabric.  Instead, create a base with a white or colored cloth and then make a design on the cloth using stones, shells, ribbons or anything else your heart desires.  You can create them just by using unusual items and it looks beautiful under the tree.

Hot Glue Gun:

If you are set on having a traditional Christmas tree skirt but you just can’t sew, I would recommend following a tree skirt kit but instead of using thread, use a hot glue gun for seams.  Your tree skirt won’t be as sturdy as one that is sewn but I have seen people use hot glue and the end result is just as nice.

If all else fails with these ideas, you can always go to the store and pick up a tree skirt.  They can be found in a range of colors and patterns and despite the hefty price tag, can be a wonderful element for under your tree.

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