Christmas Projects / Inspiration

My Tree Skirt

Okay confession… this tree skirt is Holly themed. I know… i know what you’re thinking. Enough with the freaking Holly Meg! But honestly… I didn’t remember that this tree skirt was Holly themed till i pulled it out of our Christmas box the other day. Wowza the obsession is a little extreme hey? I obviously need to branch out mentally to a new theme!

I actually made this a few years ago, our first Christmas in Iowa. As per usual I totally overcomplicated things! It’s lined, ties up, the leaves overlap the join and for some reason I can’t fathom, I sewed the whole damned thing by hand. I really don’t know what i was thinking. I mean, I still really love it – but I honestly wonder sometimes whether it was worth all the effort.

Want to know how I’d make a tree skirt now (with the benefit of hindsight)? I’d buy some felt, Cut it in a giant circle. Cut a whole in the centre, and a slit from the hole to the edge of the circle – and that’s it. Lesson: Stop overcomplicating things Meg!!!! hehe

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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12 years ago

I would love to go inside your mind – “enough with the freaking Holly Meg” – LOL. Anyway, it’s quite a spectacular tree skirt, you should be proud!

12 years ago

Excellent attention to detail!

I like it over complicated, sometimes it’s nice to just do something well. Even when it’s not required.

Charity Dušíková
2 years ago

I love holly too and had been planning to make a holly banner, then saw your two banners plus skirt. I am here for it! I’ve been planning to plant a holly tree on our land just to fuel my decorating, and I pay special homage to the holly bushes/trees/shrubs? at our zoo. No shame! But I cracked up, as I am from Iowa, which is where you sewed this beautiful beast. Maybe it’s an Iowa thing?