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
1. Industrial wool felt (40"x40") (Filz Felt has a nice selection of wool felt.)
2. Fabric scissors
4. Chalk pen (or Sharpie)
5. String (22-24" in length)
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.