Carol from Just Let Me Quilt has come up with an amazing blog hop for this month. Welcome to my stop on the Christmas in July blog hop! I am going to be honest here: Christmas is not my favorite holiday. My best friend died on Christmas Eve years ago and since then….not my favorite holiday. 🙁 However! I am slowly coming out of my Grinchiness. Will it ever be my favorite holiday again? I don’t think I will ever enjoy it as much as I did before. It’s amazing how anniversary days like these can be completely change the way you view certain days.
Last year around Thanksgiving though, I kept seeing a gorgeous tree skirt come up on my browser, even on Facebook. I became obsessed with this tree skirt. As I looked more into it, I found out it was a tree skirt pattern from Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield at Sew Can She. Caroline has an amazing class over at Craftsy where she shows exactly how to make the tree skirt. She has videos and the template available for only $10 at Craftsy.
The best part I loved about making this tree skirt is that it is made from 2 1/2″ strips. Anything that I can make from pre-cuts makes me so happy. However, I did not originally make it from a jelly roll. I bought Christmas and holiday yardage from Joann’s and cut it into strips. Afterwards, I used poster board to cut out a more lasting template.
I cut out all the blades for the tree skirt, then used red flannel as backing and batting. At that time, I was still very unsure of my sandwiching abilities. I still am, but I am pretty sure I can handle a tree skirt.
Since our Christmas tree is usually put into a corner of the room, instead of making the entire circle, I made a little over half a circle. It sort of looks like angel wings to me, perfect for Christmas. Overall, this project took me a few hours to make and helped me get into the holiday spirit!
This is definitely a project I see myself making again and again. It was super easy, and with the leftover 2 1/2″ strips I made, I can make no-sew quilted Christmas ornaments!
Here are the rest of the stops on this blog hop that has been so much fun!