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12 Days of Christmas Tree Skirt

This quilted tree skirt features the 12 Days of Christmas Applique designs.
The finished size of the tree skirt is 52" in diameter.

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For the tree skirt, we used three 100% cotton fabrics: 1 1/2 yard of white, 1/2 yard of red and 1/2 yard of green.

We made green binding out of the same fabric. You can also make it in red. You will need an additional 1/2 yard of green or red for binding.

For the applique, we used scraps of different fabrics. The numbers are made out of leftovers of the green and red fabric.

You will also need batting and backing. Choose pieces about 54"x 54".

Note: All measurements include 1/4" seam allowance and are based on 40" wide fabric.

Step One: Cutting.
Out of white fabric cut 6 strips 8 3/8" wide and as long as the width of fabric (40").
Out of red fabric cut 3 strips 4 1/2" wide and as long as the width of fabric (40").
Out of green fabric cut 3 strips 4 1/2" wide and as long as the width of fabric (40").

Step Two: Join the strips along their long sides in the following order: white strip - red strip - green strip - white strip. You should get 3 pieced strips. Press the seams.
Each new strip will give you 4 sectors of the skirt. To cut one strip into skirt sectors follow steps three through six.

Step Three: Place the strip on the cutting mat. Trim the left edge of the piece to make it straight.
Measure 6 3/8" from the upper left corner and mark the point. Place the ruler so that it goes through the marked point and the lower left corner. Cut. Set the cut piece aside.

Step Four: Measure 1 1/4" along the top edge from the upper left corner and mark the point. Measure 13 1/2" along the bottom edge from the lower left corner and mark the point. Connect the two points with a ruler and cut along the line. This will be the first sector for the tree skirt.

Now, measure a further 13 1/2" along the the top edge and mark the point. Then, measure 1 1/4" along the bottom edge and mark this point. Connect the points to get the second sector of the skirt.

Continue in this way until you have 4 sectors.

Step Five: Repeat for the other 2 pieced strips to get a total of 12 sectors.

Step Seven: Assemble the sectors into a skirt. Leave the last seam open. Press the seams.

Step Eight: Make the applique along the outer edge of the skirt. Start from the sector that has one seam open. Continue making applique in each sector of the skirt. When finished, press.

Step Nine: Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. We quilted in a free motion style. The easiest way is to quilt in the ditch.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam. Because we used fabric with glitter, we had to press from the back.

Remove the excess batting and backing and straighten the edges.

Step Ten: Cut the batting and backing along the open seam between the first and the last sectors of the skirt. Straighten the edges.

With the help of scissors, cut the circular opening in the batting and backing in the center of the skirt.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.

We have matching FSL 12 Days of Christmas ornaments. You can put them on the tree.

We hope that you liked our idea and will come up with many of your own.

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