I know it's a bit too early for Christmas, but you know when you see something that catches your eye and you can't seem to get it out of your mind and you just have to do something about it? Well, that's what happened to me. Christmas is everywhere. In the stores and online. I was looking at Christmas decor on the Neiman Marcus website and came across a very expensive Floral Tree Skirt.
|"Artisan" Overlapping Floral Tree Skirt|
To make the skirt, you will
Fleece (I used Fleece which is much softer, instead of felt , 60 square inches)
1 bulldog clip
Pencil ( I used a pencil so I could see the lines on the white fleece) or Tailor's chalk
1. Fold the fleece or felt in half to create a triangle. Fold the triangle in half to create another smaller triangle.
2. Use the bulldog clip to attach one end of a long string to the folded corner of the fabric. Tie the string to the top of the pencil. Holding the string taut, swing your "compass" from edge to edge in a quarter-circle, drawing an arc with the pencil. Cut along the pencil marks.
3. With the fabric still folded and using the small plate as a guide, trace an arc onto the folded, 90-degree corner of the felt. Leave it folded, and use scissors to cut along the trace marks.
4. Unfold the fleece halfway, and cut a slit along one of the folds from the edge of the circle cutout in the middle to the edge of the fleece.
5. Set the skirt aside while you make the poinsettia flowers.
I chose fleece for this project because the felt in the fabric stores near me looked awful and hard in comparison to the fleece which was much softer. I was able to get it for 50 percent off, plus an additional "senior discount". The skirt is 60 inches in diameter and it needed forty-four poinsettia flowers (whew) to completely cover the edges of the skirt. I purchased a total of four yards of white fleece for both the skirt and flowers.
To make the poinsettia flower:
12 large leaves
12 medium leaves
6 small leaves
1 3" circle
Tacky fabric glue
Using Yvonne's tutorial as a guide, (I had to tweak her directions since I had to make so many poinsettias, and use every inch of fabric). I needed a poinsettia pattern to follow because I can't draw or cut freehand. I used the same pattern for all three of the leaf sizes and just adjusted them in Microsoft Word.
To start, I cut 3", 2 1/2", and 2" wide strips of folded fleece.
Next I cut the 3" and 2" strips into 1 1/4 wide rectangles. The 2" strip, 1" wide rectangles. Once I had a rectangle for each size, I used that as a pattern and was able to quickly cut out all the rectangles. For each flower I made piles of twelve large rectangles, twelve medium rectangles and six small rectangles.
I then cut each rectangle using the leaf patterns.
I used a small 7oz. plastic cup to draw a 3" circle. I cut out 8 at a time.
Then I had to:
- Glue six large leaves to the circle
- Glue the next six large leaves between the first group of leaves
- Glue six medium leaves on top of and between the large leaves
- Glue six medium leaves on top of and between the first group of medium leaves
- Glue the six small leaves on top of and between the medium leaves
- Take the small tip of my finger and push down into the center of the poinsettia for additional stability and fluffiness
To fill the bottom of the skirt, you'll need to make at least forty or more. I laid out the flowers just at the edge of the skirt and glued them down with fabric glue. A sixty inch circle is rather large. Cutting and putting the flowers together became very tedious for me. Some days I would just make a few, other days I would make more. It seemed like I would never finish. But I did.
And I love it!
Can't wait until I decorate for the holidays . . .