Vintage-Style Tree Skirt

Recently we picked up a vintage 6ft aluminum Christmas tree at one of our local antique stores. It needed a vintage-style tree skirt to go along with it so I decided to make one. I went with non-traditional Christmas colors that looked good with the aluminum tree and my vintage ornaments. For the design on the skirt itself, I went with deer and trees, decorated with sequins and silver rick-rack.

Interested in making one yourself? Here is how I made mine:

Our living room with sparkly aluminum Christmas tree

Our living room with sparkly aluminum Christmas tree

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For the skirt: Felt by-the-yard 45” wide by 1 1/2 yards (more or less depending on size)

  • For the skirt trim: pom-pom trim, lace, giant rick-rack, ruffles, fringe, etc.

  • For the appliqués: Felt sheets in a variety of colors

  • For the decorations: sequins, ribbon, rhinestones, glitter, rick-rack, etc.

  • Iron-on fusible web sheets or fabric glue

  • Thread and needle

STEP 1:

Cut a large circle from the felt. The circle should be just a little narrower than the bottom branches of your tree. The diameter of the bottom branches of my tree was about 40”, so I made the diameter of my felt circle about 36”. Cut a smaller circle from the center of the skirt, for the trunk of the tree. I cut a 4 inch circle, which was a bit too large for my aluminum tree but would work well for a real tree. Then make a cut from the outer edge of the skirt to the center hole.

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STEP 2:

Trim the outer edge of the skirt. I sewed two rows of pink and green pom-pom trim for the edge of my skirt. If you don’t want to sew the trim on, you can always attach your trims with fabric glue. Some other no-sew options would be to cut slits around the skirt and weave a ribbon through the holes or use pinking shears to create a decorative edge.

 
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STEP 3:

From the rest of the felt, cut out the appliqué shapes to decorate your skirt. You can download a pattern of the shapes I designed here.

Some of the felt used for my tree skirt

Some of the felt used for my tree skirt

The paper templates for the cut-outs

The paper templates for the cut-outs

STEP 5:

Attach the felt appliqué pieces to the skirt. I used an iron-on fusible web to attach the pieces, but you could also glue or sew them on.

 
The EZ-Steam fusible web I used to attach the pieces

The EZ-Steam fusible web I used to attach the pieces

Some of the appliqué pieces on my skirt

Some of the appliqué pieces on my skirt

 

STEP 6:

If desired, you can further decorate the skirt with sequins, ribbon, glitter or rhinestones. I sewed the sequins and silver rick-rack decorations with metallic thread, but you could also glue the pieces on.

Multi-colored sequins

Multi-colored sequins

Silver rick-rack

Silver rick-rack

A close-up of one of the deer appliqués with sequin spots

A close-up of one of the deer appliqués with sequin spots

A close-up of one of the trees with rick-rack trim and sequins

A close-up of one of the trees with rick-rack trim and sequins

This was a fun and easy project to do. It only took me a few hours to complete from start to finish.

The full tree skirt design

The full tree skirt design

The tree skirt at the base of our aluminum tree

The tree skirt at the base of our aluminum tree