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