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Christmas Tree Skirts

JandLand | Posted in Patterns on

HELLO, I AM TRYING TO MAKE MY BEST FRIEND A CHRISTMAS TREE SKIRT, WITH A PIECE OF SHEER FABRIC SHE LOVES W/ SNOWFLAKES ON IT.   HOWEVER THAT PIECE OF MATERIAL IS ONLY 30″ X 60″, AND MOST OF THE PATTERNS I SEE ARE FOR FOLDING, & USING THE STRING AND PENCIL METHOD.  ARE THERE ANY PATTERNS OUT THERE WHERE I CAN MAKE A SKIRT ( USING APPROX. 27″ X 18″ TRIANGLES ~I’D LIKE TO MAKE THE SKIRT AS BIG AS POSS. )  USING A DIFFERENT METHOD? I’VE TRIED NEWSPAPER, ETC. TO GET IT TO HOLD 4 SECTIONS ON EACH SIDE OR  (1/2 OF THE SKIRT)  OR AN EASY WAY TO USE MY HEAD & MATH SKILLS….I AM NOT USING??       THANKING~YOU FOR ANY SUGGESTIONS.   ‘JANDYLAND’  

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  1. joyfulneedles | | #1

    Just off the top of my head I am wondering if you could alternate the fabric triangles with another fabric.  I love snowflakes myself and this sounds fascinating. 

    Other members will probably have more ideas.

    1. KharminJ | | #3

      You could also use a complimentary fabric for the "inside" of the skirt - the tops of the triangles - and the lovely snowflakes for only the bottom 8 or 10 or 12 inches of the skirt. The parts closest to the trunk are not so noticeable, anyway.27" X 18" TRIANGLES would seem to leave a lot of fabric in pieces too small to use. And I'm assuming that this is an over-all pattern, not a border print.

      I just played with pencil and paper, and find that you will need to estimate your desired Diameter (twice the distance from trunk to edge) and Circumference first. {C = pi (3.14) x D} (i.e. 48" diameter X 3.14 = ~150" circumference.)You have 120" of outside edge (circumference) available, if you alternate triangles across the 30" x 60" fabric. If you divide the piece into 2 15" x 30" chunks, you then have 240" to play with. The more pieces you divide your circle into, the less fabric will be cut away with each arc.Hope this gives you some "math" direction - Cathy responded with some great ideas, too, while I was in the midst of computer-interruptus (DH just had to use it!).Bright Blessings! Kharmin P.S. We always love to see pictures, too - in process or final products! :~)

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    ThreadKoe | | #2

    Ideas here are to use the print on top of something bigger(a satin maybe?). Use a matching or contrasting fabric to make your big as anything skirt, and then put the snowflake panels on top. You can use a gore like panel and space them around it to your heart's content. You can use any size panel, small or large, and space them any way you like then. You could also then cut other shapes from the scraps. You can cut the underlying fabric out if you wish, or just leave it as is. Or you could just cut shapes to put on the bigger skirt. Or use the snowflake print as a ruffle and trim on the bigger skirt. Maybe this gives you some ideas???? Hope this helps get you started. Cathy

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