A little early for Christmas talk? I know! But in the crafting world, Christmas is always a little bit on the early side. It takes time to make those precious handmade items. But I really love this project and I’m so happy to finally share it with you all…this is one of those “I made it a year ago and now I can share it” kind of projects. lol
Forgive the lack of Christmas styling in my photos. I took these pictures back in July in the heat of the summer. I was getting ready to ship it off to Interweave’s magazine Modern Patchwork for their winter issue and I didn’t have any snow around 😉 The good part is though that the pattern is now available in the latest issue of Modern Patchwork (along with a bunch of other great ones…really! It’s a good issue). You can find the magazine in stores around the 13th or at the Interweave store online.
I love this non traditional version of a Christmas tree skirt. I made it with all Echino fabrics which have a whimsical but not too sweet feel to them. And did I mention this is layer cake friendly?! Bonus points! I know a lot of us have layer cakes of favorite lines around we don’t know what to do with…and this is a great item to use them on. Obviously you can use any line of fabric and achieve a completely different feel.
My instructions are for a ribbon closure but you could adapt that to whatever your preference is for Xmas tree skirts. Buttons and loops are a great closure option as well! I liked how the ribbons kept with the whimsy of my fabric choice, but you could do something different for a more streamlined look.
I’m a geometry girl, so I love a great strong shape. And the hexagon skirt made from half hexagons and triangles is right up my alley. It’s pieced much the way a triangle quilt would be with simple offsetting of the seam allowance…but that’s all explained in the instructions.
I used a single cut of a wide home decorator fabric for the backing to provide some durability. Sometimes those Christmas trees can be a little messy. And those with little ones or animals know that Christmas tree skirts can get a workout 😉 (I can’t be the only one who cat makes it her personal mission to move the skirt whenever possible!)
My personal vision for this skirt is to be used under a child’s christmas tree filled with colorful lights and shatterproof colorful ornaments. I may or may not have a three year old who could use her own tree to “mess with” while mama keeps her traditional colored glass ornaments high out of reach. We will see if I have enough energy for two trees myself, but I know a lot of people do have multiple trees. And sometimes a little something non traditional is called for.
I hope you all like it!