Christmas Tree Skirt Ruffle Extension
Last year was a very exciting year for me. I was able to get a second tree for my living room. This tree is a lot bigger than my old one, and after buying the second tree, I really didn’t want to spend anymore money on stuff for it, like a tree skirt. So I unearthed an old tree skirt that I purchased right after I got married and then replaced a few years ago. It’s not like there is anything terribly wrong with it, although there is also not anything terribly right about it either! But the colors were right for that tree which is decorated with silver and white. What was wrong was the size. It was about a foot smaller than the tree, so it was hard to see it.
I decided that rather than spend $70 on a nice tree skirt that is actually the right size, I would just do a modified version of the ruffled tree skirt, like the one from Miss Mustard Seed. I say modified because I did several things differently. First of all, I didn’t cut out a circle of fabric to go underneath the ruffles, I just tacked them on to each other. Also, I didn’t leave the raw edge of the fabric exposed. I actually used organza which is sheer, so I doubled it over and sealed the ends with hot glue. It made the ruffles fuller, and it also made it a little less transparent.
I purchased rolls of organza in silver and white from a seller on eBay for $2.50 shipped per 25 yard roll. I used two rolls of each color. So it was about $10 to add width to my tree skirt.
To make the ruffles, I laid the organza out flat on my counter. I have granite counters, so hot glue comes right off. If you don’t have granite, you may want to place a piece of glass under your organza to make clean up easier. I ran a bead of hot glue along the top and then folded the organza in half so that both salvage ends are sealed together with the hot glue. Then moving quickly I folded and pressed pleats into the organza before the hot glue dried all the way. If you are using organza for this project I recommend a cool temp glue gun because the glue seeps through and you’ll burn your hands. As it was, doing this project was uncomfortable at times, on the edge of burning myself. A high temp glue gun would have actually burned my fingers.
I found it easier to do all ruffling at once and then the gluing to the skirt second. So I ruffled a roll of each color and then put a line of glue on the underneath edge of the tree skirt. I quickly attached a row of ruffles around the skirt. For the second row, I added the glue to the ruffle of organza that was going to go underneath. I tried to go easy on the glue so it didn’t seep through the top layer of organza. I just kept adding and ruffling until I had added about of foot all the way around my tree skirt!
This was a time consuming project, but it wasn’t particularly skill intensive. It also was fairly inexpensive at $10, and this way my tree skirt is back to being functional.
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