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Friday
Nov302012

[MAKE] SCALLOPED FELT TREE SKIRT

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

Christmas is not a big holiday here in Korea, but this year I noticed the big markets were stocking faux Christmas trees, lights, and ornaments. So I decided to surprise the boys with a white Christmas tree. While they were at school, I set up the tree and strung some lights on it. It made me so happy to see their faces light up when they saw the tree. I was originally planning to sew a tree skirt, but realized I could make a quick and simple tree skirt using some industrial wool felt from my fabric stash.

SCALLOPED FELT TREE SKIRT

MATERIALS

1. Industrial wool felt (40"x40") (Filz Felt has a nice selection of wool felt.)

2. Fabric scissors

3. Scalloped fabric scissors (I have these scissors but they are discontinued. You can find something similar here.)

4. Chalk pen (or Sharpie)

5. String (22-24" in length)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Lay out industrial wool felt on the floor. Tie a piece of string on to the chalk pen. Locate the center of the piece of felt and mark it with the chalk pen. Anchor one end of the string to the center of the felt by pressing down on the string with your finger. While keeping the string taut, draw a circle. (My circle had a radius of 19 inches.)

2. Using scalloped fabric scissors, follow the chalk lines to cut out the scalloped circle.

3. Cut a straight line from the edge of the circle to the center (which you marked with the chalk pen). Cut out a 1" circle at the center of the tree skirt. (If your tree trunk is larger, you will have to cut out a larger circle.)

Note: You can embellish your Scalloped Felt Tree Skirt with fabric paint, glitter & glue, pom poms, or sequins. I chose to keep ours plain and simple. And because of the nice weight of the industrial wool felt, there is no need to have ties for the opening, the tree skirt lays nicely on the ground without shifting around much.

Reader Comments (2)

hi sally, i was thinking about making one and had some questions. these may be silly questions but are scallop scissors same as pinking shears? i couldn't locate scallop fabric scissors anywhere. also, where would one find industrial wool? i went to joann's but not sure they had industrial? thanks so much!

12.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjane

JANE // Hi Jane!! Not a silly question at all! scallop scissors create a scallop edge whereas pinking shears create a zigzag edge. Pinking shears are readily available at any fabric store, but scallop shears are not as common. Fiskars used to make them (that is what I have), but I just linked to another set. As far as industrial wool, Filz Felt has a great selection. http://www.filzfelt.com/blogs/yardage/4188192-3mm-wool-design-felt Joann's usually carries acrylic felt which isn't that great in quality. Hope this helps! xo

12.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSALLYJSHIM

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