Friday, December 4, 2009

Whitney's Drop Cloth Tree Skirt

UPDATE~ I will be sharing this at Southern Hospitality's Christmas Tour of Homes...






and here at Hooked on Houses!!
Hello guys!! Hope everyone is having a great Friday.  We have had a fun week... It actually snowed here. Because this only happens about once every two years we were a bit excited!  Now to my project... I finally got sick of staring at the base holding my tree up.  I have had this planned in my head for a few weeks so I finally busted out the sewing machine.  Here's what I did...




I used a 9x12 drop cloth from Lowe's for my fabric.  This is larger than I needed but I will use the rest for an upcoming project.




I then used a $1 tree skirt I purchased at the Dollar Tree for my pattern.   I wanted mine just a bit larger so I added about two inches all around.




Then I cut my strips for my super cute ruffles... I cut 4 strips that were each 9' long.




I wanted to do a fun edge rather than a usual hem so I decided to do a rolled hem using my serger.  You just run your fabric through and it does the rest... woohoo! If any of you want some tips on a rolled hem, you know where to find me.




Now to introduce you all to my favorite foot :)  This is my ruffler.  For those of you with a sewing machine that do not own one of these... it's time to ask Santa.  This baby makes a ruffle in no time and had adjustments so you can pick how full you want it.




So I spent about 2 minutes running 12 yards of fabric through my ruffler and I was finished.  This is what my ruffle looked like before I attached it around the edge of the skirt.




I then attached my 12 yards of ruffles to my circle piece using a straight stitch.



I finished my raw edge where the skirt is cut to fit around the tree and added two pieces of twine for the ties.  My final step was to cover up the shanty tree stand and then take a bunch of pictures:) What do you think?? Not too shanty for $9 and 30 minutes I think!



















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81 comments:

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

OMG..
Shut Up..A ruffler that ruffled 12 yards in a snap. Santa we need to have a serious talk, I have been left out far to long. This skirt is just the sweetest thing ever. I love it. You did an outstanding job. Thank you so much for sharing.

Your tree looks absolutely beautiful. Country hugs, Sherry

april francom said...

That is darling...Great job!!

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

I love sewing projects! I have a tree skirt that I like, but it would be so sweet with a ruffle. Thanks for the idea!

~Carolyn

mjs said...

Beautiful! Posting this project on Etsy for sale by chance? ;)

Nori said...

that is so stinkin cute!!!
that ruffler is a crazy attachment and i want one! i'm totally adding this to my Christmas list. :o)

The Weathered Cottage said...

a RUFFLER??? i Must have one!! this is adorable btw.

Darci & Devin Buhl said...

Okay, seriously? A ruffler? Why don't I know about this foot? I'm not much of a seamstress, but I really think I need that. Is there a technical name for it, or do I just ask for the ruffler foot at the fabric store?
Love your tree skirt. I've been wanting a cuter one but haven't seen anything that I love. Yours is PERFECT! Thanks for sharing.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my gosh... that is one killer ruffle. I had no idea a machine just DID that. Love the stitched detail on the edges!

Another wonderful invention! Thanks for linking it up!

FJ Donna

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I love this. So cute! It's times like this when I really wish I could sew.

Candace said...

Your tree skirt is super cute!! Why have I not ever heard of a ruffler foot?!? I need to go out and get one AND I need to figure out how to do the rolled hem on my serger! You gals come up with the best ideas!

steffany said...

Oh my goodness, that is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

House Elf said...

What a wonderful project - love the edge :)

Jeanette said...

You had me until I saw the sewing machine. What an incredible idea. Those ruffles are just beautiful.

Paula said...

I think that this is my very favorite out of all of the great projects that you've posted. Love it! I've considered getting a ruffler foot and just have never done it. I may have to do so now! Great job!

Mom 2 Dom & Gigi said...

I have my Grandma's old Singer. So old it only does a straight stitch and is has a sep foot for doing a zig-zag. LOL. It came with a box full of special feet and I am thinking that a ruffler is one of them. I am going to have to do some experimenting once the Christmas season is over.
Thanks for the Inspiration.

Heather@PixieDust said...

that's so cute!! i think i need a sewing machine...

Valerie said...

I am so making this for my themed tree! What a fab idea! Filing this one at thecraftersfilebox.com.

Thanks for sharing!

Mid Century Madam said...

I love drop cloths. I use them for everything, including cheap drapes that look great. Love your tree. Beautiful.

The Whimsical Princess said...

SOOOO Cute I need a ruffler too! I love sewing!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is good! I so love the skirt and could use one of those rufflers! Thanks for sharing, the tree looks beautiful! Cindy

Jill said...

Cutest EVER!

the7daggetts said...

Oh, I love it!! Your tree looks beautiful! :)

Pat & Ron Harris said...

I love your tree skirt! I don't have a serger so I think it might be too much of a project for me to do it by hand! tee hee. That hand gathering is not my thing, not with my artritic fingers! Anyway, I love it. It's beautiful. thank you for visiting junkblossoms! I hope you'll visit again soon. Merry Christmas! Pat

Lily's Pad and Petals... said...

I wish I could sew like that - I am in absolute awe of this tree skirt and your skills.
Sylvia

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

A ruffler?????? I need one. Now.

THanks for the inspiration. It's on my to-do list to make a tree skirt for my tree. I may be shamelessly copying your idea. =)

sissie said...

Wow! I gotta get me one of them thingees! Makes ruffles that fast, get out of here!
I love your tree skirt and who would have thought to use a drop cloth! Thanks for sharing.

elisabeth bova said...

love it! love the ruffle. this would be great done in burlap too. beautiful tree!

Tammy of Yarborough House said...

Love it. I have a serger and have never used it- I am afraid of it I guess. Might have to learn now. And the ruffler- never heard of one and I have sewn forever. Does it work on any machine?

thanks for sharing all your projects but seriously - how do you find the time to do so many cool things?
tammy

Kim said...

Just darling! I wish I would have thought of it.
@cheapchichome.blogspot.com

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Wow I love the tree skirt and you made it sound and look so easy!
Hugs~Kelly

Stephanie Lynn said...

OK ~ I want to give you a big hug! I am going tomorrow to buy THE RUFFLER!! I have never heard of one - though I am just a self taught girl with a sewing machine! Thanks so much for posting and your tree and tree skirt look fabulous! Happy Holidays!

Tricia Anne said...

Okie dokie! I am still a bit new to sewing and let me tell you ... that ruffle foot will be on my list. Maybe not until my bday in May ... but it will find it's way onto my list! :o)
I just posted a question on my blog. If you have a change can you help me? Thanks! Trish

Jaimie said...

I don't know anything about sewing machines. But yours looks great. Wow! : ) The skirt looks really great with your tree.

♥ Karla ♥ said...

That is such a great idea! I strongly dislike the tree skirt we have now... it is more then aweful! I may have to sew one of these and wrap it up as a gift along with the ruffle footer... is there one available for regular sewing machines too, I am guessing yes. I will have to scope it out. Thanks for sharing! I love it!!

Happy Nester said...

It turned out so wonderful, I wish I had better sewing skills:) Beautiful tree. Beautiful tree skirt.

Tori said...

I so love this!! What a great job!
Super chic!

Fawn@Party of Five said...

Super cute! Love the ruffles!

Aja said...

OMG, this is adorable!! I LOVE the ruffles! I had no idea there was such a thing as a ruffler foot, but I am adding it to my Christmas list!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Whitney! I love it! You know I love dropcloths! I love the ruffle so much. It looks gorg.
Mom told me she wanted me to have her sewing machine and serger before she passed away. I am so thrilled to have them, but I don't know how to use the serger yet. I am hoping to figure it out after Christmas when things settle down. I know it will save me tons of time. Great job girl!
Traci

Andie said...

Oh I love it! I've GOT to figure out the rolled hem on my surger. A drop cloth may be in my tree's future.

Kimm at Reinvented said...

So cute! I love it. I have already asked/begged Santa for a sewing machine, do you get the ruffler thingy separately?

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Excellent. You know it's good when:

Okay, it is official...I want a NEW sewing machine that actually sews without the thread breaking! I'm asking poor Santa for one. Of course, I want a ruffler, too.

Destination Seaborn said...

You girls are "sew" creative! Projects like this is why I am teaching myself to sew...I love this tree skirt! Just beautiful!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

Whitney! This is so AMAZING!!

Jen said...

I am speechless that is such a gorgeous tree skirt!!

Always Inspire said...

I absolutely LOVE this! It's gorgeous, you did an amazing job!

kirstin & jordan said...

I love this on so many levels!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

It's totally cute. Love it.

Richella said...

This is really cool. . . Fun and chic AND functional! Good for you!

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

This is, without a doubt, my favorite project I've ever seen on here. Amazing! You've inspired me. I've had a serger sitting in my closet for about three years now, and have never learned to use it. It's time to learn...if for no other reason than those ruffles!!

jenjen said...

I love the ruffles. Darling. So so cute!

XOXO
Jen

Jess said...

~Love~
What can't you use a drop cloth for? Great idea!

Invited In said...

So cute! I have been wanting to make one for a while now.....just needed someone to show me how:) Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Melissa

sweetjeanette said...

I love this!!!! It's beautiful - and I'm all about ruffles!!!! Those tree skirts (out there!) are so expensive, and this is the perfect frugal-yet-elegant project!


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do it yourselfer said...

luv this skirt...and now i know what to ask for christmas...a ruffler? who knew! thx!

casserole said...

What a lovely tree skirt!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-christmas-tree-skirt-from-a-dropcloth/2009/12/08/

--Anne

Rowanmayfairs said...

I love your tree skirt !

I wanted to try a patchwork tree skirt, but your idea looks MUCH MUCH SIMPLIER !

Karen said...

Love the tree skirt. In case no one knows you can sew and ruffle in one step, give it a try!! I think your blog is great!!

astarterhouse said...

That is absolutely beautiful! As silly as it seems, I had never considered sewing my own tree skirt, you've truly inspired me! Thanks for sharing:)

astarterhouse said...

That is absolutely beautiful! As silly as it seems, I had never considered sewing my own tree skirt, you've truly inspired me! Thanks for sharing:)

~Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

What a fabulous idea and even better outcome. Beautiful!

PaulaDawn said...

Great idea. I have one of those rufflers for my machine, if I could only figure out how to use the thing!!! I just can't seem to get it right, but seeing your results I am going to try again.

Sandy said...

LOVE the tree skirt. It really adds a lot to the tree. Cute, cute!!

Rue said...

That skirt is adorable! If only I could sew... darn it!

rue

Shelia said...

You did a super job on your tree skirt! The ruffle just makes it! I had a ruffler once for my sewing machine - but I burned it up making a ruffle for my mother to put on a bedspread she's made! I never bought another one.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jennifer Dawn said...

Love it! And I need a tree skirt too! I think I know what kind I am going to make. :)

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

MUST HAVE THIS! I'm sure I could make it, but don't want to take the time. Will you make it for me?? :)

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

love it! Featured at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Merrie said...

Love it. Pure simple perfection.

Norma Lee @ Norma Lee Good said...

Oh now I need to add a sewing machine to my Christmas list! I think this skirt is absolutely fabulous. I love the ruffles! We had snow in Houston and of course everything shut down here. Merry Christmas!

Tricia said...

Hi there girls.
I'm adding this tut. to my Inspire My Saturday post. Thanks so much for sharing. It's lovely.

XO*Tricia

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Shanty girls!! I adore that skirt you made, it is genius. Thanks for joining the party!

The Style Sister said...

I am soooo loving the skirt!!! Wow it looks so good! So dang creative you two are!

I am hosting a chocolate giveaway on my blog...stop on by to enter.

Karin

A Hint of Home said...

Turned out great and looks wonderful on the tree.

Triana Ord said...

I absolutely adore this idea!!! you're so creative! Thanks for sharing! So glad I came across your blog in the party!

6p00e3933556758834 said...

What a beautiful tree skirt! Thank you for sharing. This has been added to my "things I want to do but will probably never get to list... " though I hope that I actually get to it before next Christmas!

Heather said...

Wow, what a great idea!! Thanks for sharing your tip!! Merry Christmas!

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Ok by the amount of comments you've received, you've got to already know that you've outdone yourself on this lovely tree skirt!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Love the natural look of the canvas under the tree. How cool. Beautiful tree.

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

It's perfect!

Danie said...

Just wanted to let you know I featured your tree skirt photo on my drop cloth post here...
http://danielleholtzinger.blogspot.com/2010/09/so-i-have-been-reading-various-blogs.html

Thanks for the inspiration!

 
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