Friday, December 6, 2013

How to Make a Ruffled, Burlap Tree Skirt

Brrr. Yes, I'm still around. Ha! It is very cold in North Texas
today as is the case in most of the country.
We are covered in ice and most of the city is 
being held hostage by this cold weather.
I took advantage of the cold to stay inside and
craft a lot!
Here's one of the things I've been working on.
I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time.
Ruffled, burlap, tree skirt
Here is what you will need:
about 2 yards each of red and natural burlap
hot glue or fabric glue (preferred, no burning)
$5 felt tree skirt from Target
lots of patience

First I got my burlap and cut out some strips about 4-6 inches wide.
Then I started sewing (and by sewing I mean weaving the threaded needle in and out of the burlap. I am not a sewer.)
the strips to make ruffles. I pulled on the thread to make my ruffles tighter then tied a really good knot at the end. (make sure you do this at the start of the ruffle too.)

After you have millions of ruffles (it seemed)
Then you start gluing them to the felt skirt.
I like to use fabric glue because I don't like burning my hands with the hot glue. Use what you have but we warned by friends.

continue to glue the ruffles by alternating the color and putting the next ruffle slightly under the top ruffle so that your sewing doesn't show.
This entire project took me about 4 hours. So, yeah, watch some TV while sewing the ruffles and then move to a nice flat surface to glue all the ruffles on.
Now, I know why Pottery Barn charges so much for these.
Then again, I bet they have many people working on these at an assembly line.
I saved myself about $120 on this.
I plan on making another one with regular fabric for my dining room tree.
Yeah, the insanity continues.

Ain't it pretty?

I am working on my mantle tonight and tomorrow and will be back to share that. 
I promise.

Keep warm my friends.


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