I love skirts. All skirts. Even skirts that trees wear. Last year, at Anthropologie, they sold a beautiful tree skirt that I loved. I even contemplated buying it for a moment, although it was really expensive. Luckily, I didn't, because I would probably would tire of it, as I do most store bought/mass produced things, and then I would feel awful about the money spent. I rarely tire of home-made things, they seem to age better. Maybe the uniqueness of a handcrafted item makes it somewhat timeless in appeal, I don't know. So I studied the Anthropologie skirt and realized that what I loved most was the pom-pom fringe and hand sewn details (maybe some rhinestones? I can't remember now). I adore pom-pom fringe, always have, and hopefully always will. I came home and set about making my own tree skirt that I could add to over the years.
A simple handcrafted item that would hopefully grow more special with time, but if not, I could always move on, it cost me nothing but time and previously collected items. It's made from the simplest materials. I should have ironed it for the photos, but it really doesn't need it for under the tree, so wrinkled it is. The creamy white fabric is really the batting for inside quilts, softer than felt and having a real vintage look. It also needs no finishing on the edges, which is a plus for me. I didn't even use any sort of real measurement, just cut out a general circle shape, then folded it in half and cut again to even up the sides. It's just going around the tree after all, no need for measuring in my mind (which I hate) since I can shape it as needed once on the ground. I free hand cut a little scallop edge and attached it with ruffled seam binding, and added some vintage pom-pom fringe. The fact that a few pom-poms were missing is ok, I'm sure I would have vacuumed a few off eventually. I cut out a few flower and leaf pieces out of felt and hand stitched them on with a few vintage rhinestone buttons. This year I might try to add a few more poinsettias or holly pieces, I ran out of time last year. The last detail I added was some vintage velvet bows made from a pile of scraps I bought at the flea market. I'm not sure why I chose to use creamy pinks and yellows and brown and mossy green, I tend to go with what strikes me when searching through collected items. Guess it was just the mood I was in. Glad I still am... I think it just sort of blends in with the tree, but if I feel different colors pulling me in the future, I suppose I could just add them in the form of ribbon or trim or felt pieces.
There you have it, our tree skirt. I'd love to see more if you want to leave a link in the comments...anyone have a flickr group out there for tree skirts? Like I said, I love skirts, mix them with holiday decoration and I'm in heaven!