Are you looking for a simple and useful Christmas craft that even the kids can participate in? If so, you may want to consider creating a Christmas tree skirt. Based on my experience, Christmas tree skirts are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. They are also highly customizable. Here’s how to make one:
In order to make your Christmas tree skirt, you will need to purchase Therm-o-Web Heat-n-Bond Hem and extra wide sheeting fabric. Extra wide sheeting fabric is just what the name implies. It is a piece of large, wide fabric that is typically used to make bed sheets, long table clothes, costumes and other items where multiple seams are undesirable. It tends to come in various thread counts and in widths up to 108 inches. You can typically purchase extra wide sheeting fabric through fabric and craft shops for as little as $3 a yard. One online retailer that sells extra wide sheeting fabric is Warehouse Fabrics. You’ll also need items like appliqués, fabric paint, iron-on adhesives, felt or iron-on transfers to decorate the fabric.
Once you have your sheeting fabric at home, machine wash it with fabric softener free detergent and let it dry. I have found that the fabric needs to be free of fabric softener and dirt in order for the decorations and adhesives to stick properly. Afterward, grab a pair of scissors and a tape measure. Measure and cut out enough fabric to accommodate the size of your Christmas tree stand.
Next, use your Therm-o-Web Heat-n-Bond Hem and a clothes iron to create a hem around the outer edge of your Christmas tree skirt. Continue by deciding what type of Christmas tree skirt design you want to create. I’d suggest that if you plan on using felt, iron-on transfers, appliqués and other similar items that you lay out your design first.
Then, once you are happy with the design, attach the items to the Christmas tree skirt with iron-on adhesive. If you want to be able to wash your Christmas tree skirt at a later date, I would also suggest that you go back over the iron-on seams with a needle and thread. That way, there is less of a chance that your decorative items will fall off of the Christmas tree skirt during the washing and drying process. Once you are done decorating your Christmas tree skirt, you’ll also want to make sure that any fabric paint or adhesive used during its construction dries completely. Afterward, your homemade Christmas tree skirt will be ready for use.
Source: Personal Experience
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