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Poinsettia Tree Skirt

While Christmas is still a good way away, it's never too early to start working on holiday projects. This tree skirt is good-looking and very easy to sew. It features the designs from the Poinsettia Set.

The finished size of the tree skirt is about 59" in diameter measured from star point to star point. It consists of 8 wedges in red, green and white. It also looks great if you use just 2 colors, for example red and white or red and green.


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Besides embroidery thread (either polyester or rayon), you will need

  • polyester craft felt in Christmas colors - white, red, green
  • 2 packs of golden ric-rac (optional),
  • 2 packs of golden binding (optional),
  • quilter's ruller,
  • paper for a template

Cutting:

First you need to make a paper template for a wedge.
Take a piece of paper and a quilter's ruler, draw a line.



On the quilter's ruler find the line marked 45 degrees. Align this line with your drawn line. Draw another line along the edge of the ruler.
You will get an angle of 45 degrees.


Measure 22" along each of the lines and mark the points.

Poinsettia Christmas Tree Skirt Diagram

Connect the points with a line.
Measure the line and mark the center.

Poinsettia Christmas Tree Skirt Diagram

Draw a line from the center perpendicular to the first line.
Measure 6" along this line and mark a point.

Poinsettia Christmas Tree Skirt Diagram

Connect this new point with the marks on the side lines.

Poinsettia Christmas Tree Skirt Diagram

Cut out the template. Measure 2" from the acute angle along each side of template. Make marks. Connect the marks. Cut away the angle.

Poinsettia Christmas Tree Skirt Diagram

Place the template on craft felt, trace with chalk.
Cut out 8 wedges leaving 1/2" seam allowance along the long sides.

Sewing:

Place the felt wedges in a circle in the order you want to sew them together. Pin together in pairs and sew together in pairs along a long edge. Seam allowance is 1/2".

Open the seams and topstitch them on both sides of the first stitch-line, 1/4" from the stitch-line.

At this point, make the emboidery. It's best to do it now because before the individual wedges were too small to hoop in most machines, while if we wait until the top is assembled, the skirt will be too unwieldy to embroider easily.

Embroidery:

Mark the position of the embroidery. We did not use any stabilizer at all. However, if you feel uncomfortable about this, use any light-weight tear-away or cut-away stabilizer.


Make the embroidery on all wedge pairs.


There are 3 color changes in the designs. On white felt, we embroidered the flowers in red. On the red and green wedges, we embroidered them white.


Sewing:

After the embroidery is finished, sew the pairs into a circle in the same way as you sewed the wedges in pairs. Don't forget to flatten the seam allowance with top-stitching 1/4" from the first stitchline on both sides.

Leave one open seam in the circle.

Pin the golden rick-rack along the wedge borders. Topstitch in place.


Finish the edges with golden binding or any golden trim. Felt doesn't fray, it's not necessary to finish its raw edges. Golden trim or binding is used for decoration only.



Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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