DIY Christmas Tree Skirt | Free Pattern & Tutorial

Do you have your tree set up yet? We don’t have ours quite yet but we’re planning to go chop one down soon! Today I have a free DIY Christmas Tree Skirt pattern and tutorial to share with you!
DIY Christmas Tree Skirt Ideas
In case you missed it make sure you go check out my post for a free Christmas Stocking Pattern! And the good news is if you cut carefully you’ll have enough scraps leftover from this project to make a few stockings πŸ™‚
This is our little family’s first Christmas in our own home and I’m so excited to decorate and create some lasting memories around the Christmas tree all month long!
With so many darling prints to choose from I ended up doing a 16 panel skirt so I could show them all off
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The DIY Christmas Tree Skirt has a simple bow closure in back to hold everything in place
Ready to get started?
All of my materials for this project were generously provided by The Ribbon Retreat

DIY Christmas Tree Skirt Materials:

    • 3/4 yard cuts of fabric in 8 prints. If your prints are non-directional you could do 4 prints instead. The tree skirt has 16 panels so with 8 prints each print appears twice. If you do 4 you will need to cut 4 in each print instead of 2. Β I used the Aspen Frost line
    • 3 yards of muslin for the backing
    • 3 yards of fusible fleece interfacing: this makes a huge difference in the finished product. You won’t want to skip it πŸ™‚ If you cut super carefully and use all your scraps you can get away with 2 yards
    • Ribbon for the ties. I used velvet
  • Pattern: DIY Christmas Tree Skirt Free download available here

DIY Christmas Tree Skirt Instructions:

1. Pattern is free when you Subscribe to our Newsletter or Join our Facebook Group. Coupon Code is found in New Subscriber E-mail and/or the first post in our Facebook Group. Download yourΒ FREE pattern and cut out your main skirt panels. You need 16 total. I did 2 of each print. The finished tree skirt is 60″ across. For a smaller skirt trim your pattern piece along the bottom edge.
2. Decide on a layout and then with right sides together (RST) sew the first 2 panels together along the long edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance
step 1
3. Continue adding your adding panels with RST until you have gone all the way around leaving an opening in back between the last 2.
step 2
4. Baste the tails of your ribbon to each edge of the tree skirt opening. I did 3 ties and my ribbon segments were 12″ long.
step 4
5. Press flat and then add your fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric. I found it easiest to lay my tree skirt upside down on the floor and cut the fusible fleece to size. Then a did a quick once over with the iron (while still on the floor) and flipped it over so it was right side up. Working from the right side I pressed it thoroughly to get the fleece fused on. I did this on the floor as well making sure to be extra careful with my iron πŸ™‚
6. Lay your muslin over the tree skirt and cut to size. I did one panel across the front half leaving room for a seam allowance along the straight edge and then 2 panels across the back half also leaving room for my seam allowance along the straight edge. The dashed lines in the diagram show where I pieced things together. If in doubt just leave a little extra around the edges and you can trim later. Sew your panels together with RST and then trim away any excess backing.
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7. With RST sew the backing to the main layer around Β all edges leaving a 6″ gap between 2 ribbon segments for turning. Clip the seam allowance along the inside seam allowance so it will lay well when turned.
step 5
8. Turn right side out and press flat. Topstitch around all edges
step 6
There you have the DIY Christmas Tree Skirt. Enjoy!!

24 Responses

    1. I made something similar to this pattern many years ago. I just took the one template in the size I wanted. I used 6 fabrics… 3 for one side and 3 for the other. I made as many of the wedges as I needed, depending on the size of the skirt. I chose a green background, white background and red background (approx 1 yard each)..3 fabrics were more for children and 3 were more for prettiness…to flip over as I needed). I took the 3 children fabrics and alternated the colors and sewed the seams. I did the same for the prettiness side. Then I took the two sides, right sides together leaving the edges open where it would meet .. i did not use ribbons. Then I put batting between them, and essentially made a sandwich. I then added a ruffle of green.. sewed that in… then turned it rightside out.. it looked finished. I then sewed the sides that would join. As it is always in the back of the tree, it does look unfinished. It can be finished with binding, but I have never worried about it. I have had this skirt for 30 years. It is been amazing. The pattern included here is essentially the same. The directions are probably MUCH better than mine and this is beautiful. Just measure your wedge pieces to as wide or as long as you need them… You can make varying sizes as needed :D. I hope this isnt too confusing. πŸ˜€

    1. What seems to be missing is that we need to take the Three pattern Pieces and tape them together from largest on the bottom to smallest on the top.

      Piece 3
      Piece 2
      Piece 1

      to make the ‘almost Pie slice’ large enough for each of the 16 panels needed.

      Only Piece 1 says to lay on the fold, but once all three pieces are taped together, that would make sense, and the pattern laying on the 3/4 yard would use most of the 3/4 yard.

      Does that help?

  1. Is this pattern only free to new signups? I already am signed up for the newsletters and the Facebook group I don’t see any code that I can use.

  2. Soooo i was so excited to start this pattern. Make sure you PRINT it out and do NO trace it from an enlarged picture on your computer… I am now making a 16 piece tree skirt.

  3. I’m obviously missing something here…I have the pattern pieces ( 3 of them) but it looks like the panels are only 1 piece????

  4. Hey Amy – thank you so much for keeping this 2014 post up! I’m sorry it took me eons to find it, but I made my first tree skirt over New Year’s weekend – whoo hoo! I added an embellishment or two and really had a lot of fun! Just wanted to thank you again for sharing. Happy 2018 to you! πŸ™‚

  5. i am trying to make a skirt for a Christmas tree. I am use christmas man ties. But I am having trouble how many do I need and should I put a liner inside the ties are all silk. Please help if any one had made one with ties

  6. This is a nice tutorial, but I’m a little confused. I printed out the pattern and used that to cut my material. When I started putting it together (all 16 pieces) I realized it’s only half of the tree skirt. The 1″ box on the tutorial measures accurately with my ruler. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Did you put the three pieces of the pattern together end to end? I have not made this, but thought it may have not been clear that all three need to be joined.
      Good luck with your project. πŸ™‚

      1. Thank you, Ky, that makes sense. I never would have figured that out on my own. Very little info provided and it certainly was not clear.

    2. I had the same issue. Needed almost double to make a complete circle. I cut the pattern properly and was also generous when cutting the fabric.

    3. I seriously thought i did something wrong!! I sewed my 16 pieces together and was like hmmmmm where is the other half!

  7. I’ve been searching for a good tutorial, and I love that your’s is so straight forward and easy to understand, while still being descriptive enough to get a good idea of what the finished product will be! Thank you thank you for taking the time to share this!

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