It's a little hard to think about the holidays when it's 80+ degrees outside, but I have a wedding shower to go to this weekend, and 'O Christmas Tree' is the theme for my gift.
Last fall, I was outlet shopping with my Bunco gals, and one person wanted to stop into the Lenox factory store. Ho, hum...I thought there would be nothing there for me, but I was surprised to find some beautiful china Christmas tree ornaments on clearance.
I picked out a dozen different designs for $2.00 each (regularly $6 to $8 a piece), and thought to myself, "These would make a nice wedding shower gift."
|A sampling of the Lenox ornaments I found...|
Me (being me) thought that a nice addition to the tree ornaments would be a hand-crafted Christmas tree skirt. I got the invitation to the shower about a month ago, and started looking for a pattern.
I found one I liked in the Better Homes and Gardens "Christmas From the Heart" book, volume 9 (copyright 2000). Designed by Phyllis Dobbs, it's called "Star-Tips Tree Skirt." While hers is a bit 'country' looking, I changed up the fabrics, which made mine a little more dressy. I had to enlarge the pattern in the book, using one-inch grid fabric.
|The pattern was printed smaller in the book, and needed to be enlarged on grid paper.|
|The red and green fabrics have a hint of gold in them.|
It is a simple enough pattern to follow...two small off-white triangles are stitched on either side of the tree trunk; a green triangle is bordered by two larger off-white triangles; stitching those pieces together completes the 'block'. The block it attached to a red piece, making a panel of the tree skirt. There are 8 panels in all.
|Three sections make up one panel.|
The directions called for the entire thing to be bound by matching, self-made bias tape, but that would take me hours to do, so instead, I decided to layer the tree skirt and its backing fabric right-sides-together, layer on a piece of batting, and then stitch around the whole thing, leaving about a 6 inch opening to turn it right side out.
I did have to trim the corners well and clip the inner curve before turning it, but a good pressing with a steam iron was all it took to make it lie flat. I stitched inside the trees and the around the circumference of the red fabric to quilt the layers in place. A large plastic snap will secure it around the trunk of the Christmas tree.
|Trimming the tree skirt after it is sew, right-sides-together.|