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5 minute tree skirt final

12 years ago we needed a tree skirt for our first Christmas tree, I headed off to the store to see what they had and came home with nothing.  Tree skirts are insanely expensive and we had no money.  That year we went without a tree skirt, but shortly after Christmas I found a round table cloth on clearance for a couple dollars.  In a matter of 5 minutes we had a tree skirt and have used it for the last 10 winters!  It’s now a bit faded and time to make a new one.

Rather than waiting till after Christmas I went to the next best place for discounted goods… TJ Maxx.  Sure enough, they had a round red table cloth on clearance for $5.  They also sold tree skirts for $35 so I left with a smile on my face that yet again we were saving a chunk.

This is a project that even a non-sewer could handle with some iron-on hemming tape.

5 minute tree skirt

Start by laying the table cloth folded in quarters on the floor.  Cut a small rounded corner off the middle of the table cloth.

5 minute tree skirt 1

While the cloth is still in quarters cut down on fold from the center circle to the outer hem.  You’ve done half the work now!

Next pin the sides you just cut to make an easy hem and sew them.  You could go without sewing by using the iron-on hemming or just doing nothing, but picking the nothing option will cause it to fray over the years.

You can stop here if you want, or continue on and decorate it.  Since we tend to have a big tree with tons of color on it I prefer a simple one color skirt.

    • Toni

      What a good idea. Thank you, Jenny.

    • mommalana

      I am blessed to have a beautiful patchwork one made for us by my favorite Aunt. We have used it for 34 years now and it would not be Christmas without it.

    • kimana517

      Our first Christmas together we discovered the same thing about tree skirts. We ended up buying like two yards of cheap sparkly silver fabric and fold it under so you can’t see the raw hems and just push the ends together in the back and arrange it however and it looks awesome. The best part is the sparkles pick up the tree lights. :) We’ve actually gotten compliments on our “tree skirt”. Ha.

    • Cindy

      For the first several years we were married (hubby was in school and we had NO extra $), I just wrapped a white flat sheet around the base of the tree. If you fluff it and tuck the edges, it kind of looks like snow!

    • Diva Jefferson

      We bought a $1 snow under tree skirt from walmart 3 years ago. Works great, too!!!

    • kakkilea

      Another idea, also essentially free : when each child is born, after they outgrow CHRISTmas outfits, sleepers, blankets and bibs, save them and cut in patches or whatever design you wish. Continue hand piecing together year by year. On each child’s wedding day present him or her with their first CHRISTmas tree skirt, with 18 to 20 years of memories lovingly sewn together from each CHRISTmas of their lives ! If you wish, you can intermingle your print pieces with red or green pieces you buy or salvage from other projects.

    • Heather

      Jenny,
      Thank you for sharing this. We have been using a red throw which is working for now. Still, if I find a red round tablecloth on sale…I am going to do this. Decorating it will be fun and can be a family project.
      This is a great idea. Thanks again.