Speedy Christmas Tree Skirt

Leah Douglas again from thebuggspot.blogspot.com here to celebrate Christmas in July. Hope you enjoy this simple little tree skirt pattern!

1 jelly roll Holiday in the Pines by Holly Taylor
1 1/3 yds. Ivory snowflake fabric (6513 11)
1 1/2 yds. Ivory big print boughs (6511 11)
1 1/2 yds. red ribbon
ivory thread
dark green thread

The following instructions always assume a 1/4″ seam.

Step One: Pick 5 of the green strips from your jelly roll and sew them together, side by side. Press seams in the same direction. Then cut at a 45 degree angle to create 8 “trees”, like this:

Using the ivory snowflake material, cut 8 strips measuring 4″ wide. Line up and sew a tree 4″ below the selvage on the ivory material, like so:
Press towards the green and trim the ivory material like this…: 

…and like this:

Using the rest of the ivory strip you just cut off, sew onto the other side of the tree:

Press towards the green and trim:

Make 8 trees total in this way. 
Step Two: Choose 10 jelly roll strips that are NOT green or ivory for your “presents” beneath the tree. Cut lots of different presents in several sizes. I came up with:
          30   2″ squares
          32   1 1/2″ squares
          18   tall boxes: 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
          20   wide boxes: 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″
          24   2 1/2″ squares
Using the ivory snowflake fabric, cut complementary background pieces for your presents: 
          30   1″ x 2″ rectangles
          32   1 1/2″ squares
          20   1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

Sew your complimentary pieces together and press seams towards the darker fabrics:

Arrange your presents the way you like, in a somewhat random way, and then sew together into one ENORMOUS strip. This strip needs to measure a good 160″ or more. Press seams towards the darker fabrics. 

Using more ivory snowflake material, cut 4 strips measuring 1 1/2″ wide:

Sew these 4 strips end to end, press open seams, and then sew this background strip to the tops of your looooong present strip. Press seams towards the presents. This strip should be 3 1/2″ wide.

I failed to take pictures of the next part. =/ I like to blame it on the toddlers in the house. 😉
Cut this enormous strip of presents into 10″ chunks. You will need 16 total. 
Take the solid brown strip from the jelly roll and cut it into 8 rectangles measuring 3 1/2″ x 2″. 
Sew a 10″ present strip onto either side of this brown tree trunk. Do the same for the remaining 7 trunks.
Step Three: Take one of your 8 trees from step one. Pin the very center of the bottom of each tree:
Pin your tree trunks to the bottom center of each tree:

Sew together, press towards the green, and trim either side like so:

Step Four: Lay out your blocks and sew them all together into one enormous circle:

Step Five: Lay out your backing (ivory large boughs) and batting and quilt that baby all together:
Now cut out a small circle in the very center of your quilt (I traced around one of my fiesta bowls, about 8″ in diameter, then folded my quilt in half and cut out a half circle, which of course was actually a full circle upon unfolding the quilt). Also cut a straight line down the middle between two of your trees from the edge of the quilt to this new center circle:
Using 6 brown strips from the jelly roll, make your binding and bind the quilt, as in the picture above.
Step Six: Using the red ribbon, cut 4 lengths measuring about 11″. You want one end cut perpendicular and the other end at an angle:

Roll the perpendicular side over twice and pin in place:

Measure down and mark 3″ from the inner circle along the back of the tree skirt (on the BACKING, not the front):

Pin the ribbon in place at that mark, rolled side down. 

Sew in place (be sure to back stitch at the beginning and the end):

Do the same for the other ribbons (I ended up sewing the ribbons on the outer edge 4″ from the edge instead of 3″):
You’re done!

One Christmas Tree Skirt measuring 47″ point to point

Leah Douglas

A note from Oda May – If you have trouble or questions about cutting the 45 degree trees, see Leah’s blog post {here}.