My little guy saw the Christmas Candy line by Riley Blake Designs and HAD To have it. It's true, I am raising a mini fabric-aholic. So, I decided this was the perfect fabric to us to make his tree skirt!
I used his favorite prints to create a tree skirt with candy canes and trees!
Here's how to make one of your very own!
- 1/2 Yard Print for Candy Canes
- 1/2 Yard Print for Trees
- 1 1/2 Yard Print for Background
- 2 Yards Print for Backing
- 2 Yards Fusible Fleece
- 5 Buttons
- 5 Pieces of Ribbon
- Tree Print:
- Cut 16, 4" squares
- Cut 10, 4 3/8" squares (then cut in 1/2 diagonally)
- Candy Cane Print:
- Cut 8, 4 3/8" squares (then cut in 1/2 diagonally)
- Cut 1, 4 7/8" square (then cut in 1/2 diagonally)
- Cut 20, 4" squares
- Cut 2, 5" x 11" strips
- Cut 2, 2" x 5" strips
- From the Background:
- Cut 2, 4" x 11" strips
- Cut 2, 4" squares
- Cut 12, 4 3/8" squares (then cut in 1/2 diagonally)
- Cut 1, 4 7/8" square (then cut in 1/2 diagonally)
- Cut 4, 11" squares
- Cut 4, 7 1/2" squares
- Cut 12, 4" x 7 1/2" strips
Sew all seams with a 1/4" seam allowance unless stated otherwise.
PART I: Create the Candy Cane Squares
1. Take the 4" squares for the candy canes and sew together 4 of them creating a 1 x 4 strip.
Repeat so that you have 4 sets.
2. Take one of the candy cane triangle prints and one of the background triangle prints and sew them to one another along the diagonal. Repeat until you have 8 of these half square triangles (HST).
3. Sew one of the HST's from previous step to the top of the strip you created in step one, so that the background triangle is on the top right and the candy cane triangle is on the bottom left.
Repeat until you have 4 strips total. Turn strips so that they go 4 high by 1 wide and the background triangle is on the top left.
4. Take the 4 7/8" triangles and sew the candy cane ones to the background one along the diagonal. Open the seam and press. Cut in half along the diagonal that is opposite of the diagonal seam you just sewed. Repeat with remaining 4 7/8" triangles.
5. Take 4 of the candy cane 4 3/8" triangles and sew to the triangles just cut in the previous step along the diagonal. Repeat until you have 4 total.
6. Turn the square from the previous step so that the background triangle in the square is the bottom and the top and sides are the candy cane material. Sew a 4" candy cane square to the top of these squares.
Repeat until you have 4.
7. Take a HST from step 2 and sew it to the right side of a 4" candy cane square, keeping the background triangle to the top right and the candy cane triangle to the bottom left. Repeat until you have 4 total.
After you are done, turn the strip so that it is 2 high and 1 wide. Then keep the background triangle at the top left.
8. Take a 4" x 7 1/2" strip to the left side of the strip from step 7. Then sew the strip from step 6 to the right side of the strip from step 7.
9. Take the set from the previous step and sew it to the top of the 11" background square.
10. Take the strip from step 3 and sew it to the right side of the set from step 9, creating a candy cane. Repeat until you have 4 candy cane squares. Set aside.
Part II: Create the Tree Squares
11. First, take 4" tree squares and sew two together creating 4 sets of 1 by 2.
12. Take 16 of the 4 3/8" tree triangles and 16 the 4 3/8" background triangles and sew together along the diagonal line. Now you will have 16 tree and background HST's .
13. Sew one 4" tree square to the left of a tree and background HST, keeping the tree triangle to the top left and the background triangle to the bottom right. Sew a 4" x 7 1/2" strip to the right of the HST.
14. Sew a tree and background HST, keeping the tree triangle to the top left and the background triangle to the bottom right, to the left side of the 2 by 1 tree strips from step 11. Then sew a tree and background HST, keeping the tree triangle to the top left and the background triangle to the bottom right, to the right side of the 2 by 1 tree strip.
15. Sew the strip from step 14 to the left side of the strip from step 13.
16. Sew a 4" x 7 1/2" strip to the top of the set from step 15. Set aside.
17. Take one background 4 3/8" triangle and sew it to the right side of one tree and background HST, keeping the tree triangle to the top left and the background triangle to the bottom right.
Keep the set with the HST to the left and the triangle to the right.
18. Sew one of the 4 3/8" tree triangles to one of the 4 3/8" candy cane triangles together along the diagonal. Repeat until you have 4 tree and candy cane HST's total.
19. Sew one of the 4" tree squares to the left of one tree and candy cane HST, keeping the tree triangle to the top left and the candy cane triangle to the bottom right. Sew a 4 3/8" background triangle to the right of the HST.
Keep the set with the tree square to the left and the background triangle to the right.
20. Sew the set from step 17 to the bottom of the set from step 19.
21. Sew a 7 1/2" square to the left side of the set from the previous step.
22. Sew the set from the previous step to the bottom of the set from step 16.
Repeat steps 11 - 22, so that you have 4 Tree Squares.
Part III: Piecing the Skirt
23. Lay out the candy cane and tree squares as follows:
Bottom row: Tree Square with the bottom angle toward the left, then a Candy Cane square then a tree square turned so that the bottom angle is to the right (there will be a 4" gap between the top of the candy cane square and the top of the second tree square).
Right row: Lay a candy cane square so that the left side of it is next to the top of the second tree square in the first row (it will close off that gap in the bottom row).
Top row: Place the top row so that it reflects the bottom row.
Left row: In the remaining open space, place the final candy cane square.
24. Sew each tree square to each candy cane square that lies to it's right side.
Then lay the squares out again like in step 23.
25. Take the 5" by 11" background strips and the 2" x 5" background strips. Sew one 2" x 5" strip to the 11" edge, lining up the 2" edge with the 5" edge. Repeat on the same 11" edge with the remaining 2" x 5" strip starting on the opposite 5" edge, leaving a 1" gap between the 2" x 5" strips.
26. Sew the open 11" edge of this piece to the top of one candy cane square, starting at the edge of the candy cane square.
27. Sew the remaining 5" x 11" strip to the other 5" sides of the 2" x 5" strips.
28. Sew the now very long edge of the center & candy cane square to the top of the edge that lines up the candy cane and tree square.
29. Now sew the top of the aligning candy cane and tree square to the side of the piece just created.
30. Now you have 3 edges all connected and just one candy cane and tree square remain.
It's time to finish the piecing of the skirt by sewing this "Y" seam. Oh, I didn't tell you would be sewing a Y seam? Well, you've come this far, guess you'll just have to do it! :) But don't worry it is not that tricky!
31. Start by lining up the shorter side, the trees square and the candy cane square. Sew the seam starting at the edge of the tree skirt and moving toward the center. STOP sewing the seam 1/4" from the end.
32. Turn the longer edge of the remaining un-sewn piece so that the seams now line up.
33. Sew the seam closed, slightly overlapping that 1/4" extra you left at the end of the previous seam with your final seam.
See, "Y" seams aren't so difficult! ;)
Part IV: Backing, Quilting & Finishing
34. Back the top with fusible fleece or batting.
35. Now you need to cut the opening so that the skirt can go around the bottom of your tree stand. I think it looks best down the center of a candy cane.
36. Carefully (and straight) cut from the outside edge in to the center hole.
37. Cut the same slit and hole in the backing.
38. Grab your buttons! Aren't these cute? I've been saving them for years and they just went so well with this skirt that I had to use them!
39. Arrange the buttons along one of the open slits on the top of the skirt. Evenly space them, starting from about 1 1/2" down from the center and then ending 1 1/2" from the outside edge.
40. On the opposite opening slit of the top, loop the pieces of ribbon and pin the open edges to the edge of the slit. Make sure each piece of ribbon, once looped, is large enough to go around your buttons, but not too large that they will just slip off. Then, stitch ribbons in place.
41. Place the top and bottom of the skirt on top of one another with right sides together. Pin. Sew along the edges of the center hole, one of the slits, all of the outer edge and then along the remaining slit, BUT leave a nice 10" opening along the final slit for turning the skirt right side out.
42. Turn the skirt right side out and press. Edge stitch around the entire skirt, closing off that turning gap.
43. Quilt as desired. Sew on the buttons so that they line up with the ribbons.
And that's it! :) One fun tree skirt all done!