Last year was all about Christmas crafting for others, this year is about Christmas crafting for the house. I was all set to get my fix with felted ornaments but when I saw the gorgeous patterns that Amy Butler put up for Christmas on her website for FREE, I knew I had to make at least one of them. Although you can’t see it an any of these pictures I have a bit of a Charlie Brown Tree, not very full and obviously fake, but I love it anyway, especially with the addition of Christmas Tree scent . What I didn’t love was the fake snow blanket that surrounded it every year. Now at least the bottom of my tree looks like a million bucks!
Pattern: Amy Butler Tree Skirt
Trim – Michael Miller Pod Ditz
Inner Fabric – Quilted Fabric from JoAnn’s
Lining Fabric – New Chick on the Block’s Ever Changing Shapes
Notions Used: 1.5″ covered buttons
Pattern Alterations: Used quilted fabric instead of wool felt, used 1.5″ buttons instead of 2.5″, no interfacing
- Another wonderful FREE…yes…FREE pattern by Amy Butler (pdf link)
- I liked the fact that I used the quilted fabric instead of the wool felt for a few reasons. One – I was dreaming of a quilted tree skirt for some time and was happy to find this fabric at JoAnn’s. Two – I am cheap and wool felt is kinda expensive, Three – I didn’t have to interface that huge piece of fabric because it is quite thick already, and Four – My cats love sleeping under the tree and felt is the mother of all cat hair collectors.
- I love the reversibility of the tree skirt. One side is a little more subdued, the other is kinda funky. It lends itself to having quite a lot of versatility through the years
- For some reason, I just loved how you cut out the inner fabric using the pin in the center and then using the string to mark your perfect circle. Geeky…yes I know.
- Pay attention because the lining fabric calls for 54″ wide fabric. 54″ was not readily available at my quilting shop and my piece was already cut by the time I figured this out. So I asked her to cut another .5 yards. Which was lucky because I needed it cut just like that, because you are going for width not length. I simply pieced the fabric to the sides to make it wide enough to accommodate the circle. It worked out quite nice especially because I don’t have a directional fabric.
- 2.5″ covered buttons! Once again, not readily available in my circle of craft shops so I opted for 1.5″ and used 5 instead of 4.
- Interface the button loops?! Ok, this was frustrating because I used a woven interfacing to interface these pieces the first time. Then tried to gather…way too thick, broke both gathering threads. I then tried a very thin non-woven interfacing…still no dice. It took all my strength to cinch the tiniest bit. I then tried no interfacing at all and it was still a bit of a challenge but actually worked that time.
All in all a wonderful project and I highly recomment spicing up the tree with this beauty!