Oh yeah ... I've arrived at that point in December when I look at everything I planned to make for Christmas and realize that no way is it all going to happen without giving up sleep for the next few weeks! One of those plans was for an amazing quilted Christmas tree skirt - something felted with embroidery and beads. Not going to happen! However, we do need a new Christmas tree skirt this year due to a cat who eats artificial trees (it doesn't stay down). I came up with this one that's quick, easy, and washable. And it's put together in a way that makes it reversible, too. That embroidered, beaded, felt one wouldn't have been practical anyways!
*2 yards of two different, coordinating fabrics (for the front), fabric A and fabric B
*4 yards of backing fabric
*2 yards fusible felt
*10 yards bias tape
*pattern found here - print out the 7 pages, cut out each piece along the solid and dashed lines, tape dashed lines together matching letters.
1. Using the pattern, cut 4 pieces from each of fabrics A and B and 8 pieces from the backing fabric.
2. Sew one fabric A to one fabric B, using a 1/2 inch seam.
3. Continue with the remaining pieces of fabric A and B, leaving the last edge unattached.
4. Sew the backing fabric pieces together.
5. Turn straight edges under 1/2 inch and pin.
6. Use the backing as a pattern to cut out a piece of fusible felt. Don't worry if it doesn't quite fit - you'll add pieces in the next step.
7. Iron felt to backing. Cut out pieces from scraps and fill in the spaces.
8. Pin front to backing at the scalloped and inner edges.
9. Trim scalloped and inner edges to match.
10. Topstitch along in each long seam (stitch in the ditch).
11. Along the open edge, turn backing over felt, fold front fabric under, and pin in place.
12. Top stitch open edges.
13. Pin bias tape to scalloped and inner edges and sew in place.
I've still got my sketches for the felted, embroider, beaded fantasy tree skirt ... maybe next year!
Happy Creating! Deborah