DIY “No Sew” {Mini} Tree Skirt Tutorial

This year we decided to get little girl her own mini {3 ft.} tree when we saw them on clearance at Target {where else??} After setting it up in her room, I thought it would be fun to make a little tree skirt and I started to look at different tutorials on Pinterest. After some serious doubting of my sewing abilities, I decided to go the “no sew” route, inspired by {this} tutorial. Since I knew this was going to be for a 2-year-old, I wasn’t afraid to get a nice bright colourful pattern, but it would also work well to stick with the monocromatic concept. Also I sure this would work for any size skirt, you’ll just need to alter the dimensions obviously. I ended up spending $8 on mine!

 

 

Materials:
  • 1 yard “main” fabric
  • 1/8 yard color 1 {for circles}*
  • 1/8 yard color 2 {for circles}*
  • gems or sequins {I already had some gems from Hobby Lobby}
  • hot glue & hot glue gun 
*If you wanted to do one colour for the circles, you could probably still get away with 1/8 yard total as I had plenty extra… that’s just the smallest amount they will let you get!

 

 

Begin by creating a square. {Measure the width of your fabric & that will also be your length.} Trim the “raw edge” before measuring length.

 

 

Next, fold the square twice, into a smaller square, so that all the raw edges are together {2 sides raw, 2 sides folds.}

 

 

Measure the length/width of your folded square. This will be the number you use to create your circle. Using a firm tape measure or yard stick as a compass, make mark small dots about 1/2″ apart. You will want to keep one end of the tape measure in the “folded” corner, and rotate the tape from one “raw” corner to the other. {I actually started in the center and then worked to each corner: either way is fine!}

 

 

This should create a serious of dots, which you can then connect to make a curve. Also, trace the edge or a circular object in the center for the center circle {the exact size doesn’t really matter, just make it large enough to go around a tree!}
 

 

Cut along your dotted & traced line to remove the raw edges on outside & traced line for the middle.

 

 

 Next, cut a line so that the middle circle is acessible {it helped that I had striped fabric!}
 

Now comes the circles! I used part of a canning lid… again, a circle roughly that size {1.5-2″} is fine! Oddly enough, the circles lined up perfectly side-by-side on my green fabric, but I had to do them at an angle on the white fabric. Guess it just depends on how your 1/8 yard is cut? I folded my fabric in half, and did my circles in sets of four {so every four I traced produced 8 circles.}

 

I believe I did 3 sets of 4 for each colour… I laid them out as I went, slightly overlapping them, so I would know when to stop tracing & cutting. It worked out perfectly at first!

 

 
Next, I added a gem to each circle with hot glue… The container I have has several different sizes and I just used whatever I happen to grab.

 

 

I then hot glued the circles to the skirt, slightly overlapping them again. You only need a small amount in the top 1/3 of the circle to stick.

 

 

Alternatively you could put the circles side-by-side, just touching, but i preferred the overlapping look.

 

 

Somehow when I got to the end I had an extra white… i must have just put a tiny bit more space between the circles the second time around! O well 🙂

 

 

 

It actually ended up being a little large for the corner her tree was in, so I kind of bunched it up… and I like it even better that way! {She won’t be keeping any of the presents in her room :P}

 

 
Kate Alyse

Kate Alyse

Kate is a proud mama to four amazing little sweeties {through birth + adoption} and wife to the best husband a girl could ask for! She considers herself blessed to be able to stay home with the kids, and is just starting to get into the world of homeschooling. In her "spare-time" she enjoys sharing many of the projects, stories, and gluten-free recipes that are a part of their every day lives!
  • lovelypettit

    love it. you have nice talent to make your own styles. keep it up… have a nice day

  • thank you 🙂

  • So cute! I really like it! 🙂

  • thanks! i was pretty happy with how it turned out… obviously 😛

  • http://www.feralturtle.com

    Your tree skirt is adorable! Good job on the new sewing route. From your newest follower, Merry Christmas!

  • Thanks! I do alright with a sewing machine in general… but I really wanted to keep this simple & easy for my own sanity lol 🙂 Thanks for following!

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