- unbleached muslin (approximately 3 yds)
- drop cloth (4 1/2′ x 4 1/2′)
- hot glue
- grosgrain ribbon
Once I had my plan (and my materials because – another great piece of news – I already had them all!), I began looking online for DIY tree skirt help. Turns out, I’m not the first one to make a ruffled tree skirt (surprise, surprise), so I especially want to give credit to Miss Mustard Seed for her gorgeous ruffled tree skirt. And though I would never presume to improve upon anything Marian does, I did lots of things differently simply to match my materials and my taste… So I’ll give you my own version here.
To make your own no-sew ruffled muslin tree skirt:
1. Make your base:
For instructions on this portion, I will refer you directly to the “Measure and Cut Canvas” portion of Miss Mustard Seed’s tutorial. I will spare you any of my process pictures since I made this one evening after I put my boys to bed (and while I watched television… a movie and a half, that’s how long it took from start to finish!). Her tutorial for this is very clear. You can, however, see how the bottom of the skirt looks when finished.
2. Prepare your muslin:
I love muslin. It’s light, natural, and SO inexpensive! Also, for this project, since you will be cutting long strips, you can purchase extra wide muslin (my was 80″ wide), meaning you can make longer strips, saving time. For my skirt, I cut 3 1/2″ wide strips. To cut your muslin, fold the fabric in half (along the blue line) once or twice, so that your fabric is doubled or quadrupled over. Then use a yardstick to draw lightly in pencil or chalk straight lines every 3 1/2″ (see red lines). Finally, cut through all the layers of fabric along those red lines. This was the most efficient way I found to cut loooooonnnnng strips of muslin and keep them fairly straight.
3. Make your ruffles:
Starting with the outside edge of the drop cloth, run a bead of glue about 2 1/2″ in from the edge. Lay the muslin on the hot glue and then scrunch it into ruffles (you have to work fast so the glue doesn’t dry before you get the ruffles made). Work in no more than 10-12″ sections. Start your next row 2 1/2″ further in.
4. Attach ribbon ties:
I used 1/2″ grosgrain ribbon that matched the muslin (which I already had on hand), but you could use any ribbon you want. Cut the ribbon into ten 1′ pieces. Evenly space five ribbons on either side of the slit you made in the skirt and attach with hot glue. Tie ribbons into bows once skirt is in place.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the result… I never could bring myself to spend a fortune on a tree skirt, and I’m honestly not sure I would like anything I bought nearly as well as this. That is the perfect formula: inexpensive and beautiful! An excellent handmade addition to Christmas.
And I love how the soft ruffles complement the diy book page ornaments and other neutral but textural elements on the tree.
Don’t miss these other handmade Christmas tutorials:
And be sure to check out all the other talented ladies on this exciting tour!
Friday December 6
Saturday December 7
Sunday December 8
Monday December 9
Tuesday December 10
Did you enjoy that?
Have my best tips on home decor, DIY, and life delivered directly to your inbox.