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Sew a Simple Jelly Roll Tree Skirt: A Festive DIY Holiday Project

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THIS YEAR, ELEVATE THE CHARM OF YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH AND  SEW A SIMPLE HANDMADE JELLY ROLL TREE SKIRT!

One of the most beloved traditions of the holiday season, decorating the Christmas tree, is made even more magical with a handmade Jelly Roll Tree Skirt.

Even if you’re a beginner in the world of quilting and sewing, don’t worry.  This project is perfect for you! In this post, I’ll walk you through each step, from choosing the right fabrics to creating a stunning tree skirt to add festive fun to your home.

 

 

What is a Jelly Roll Tree Skirt?

Before we dive into the creative process, let’s take a look at what we are making.  This delightful holiday accessory is a circular skirt that surrounds the base of your Christmas tree.

Unlike traditional tree skirts, a Jelly Roll Tree Skirt is made using a collection of strips of fabric.  This method allows you to create a completely cohesive or simply scrappy tree skirt.  It’s really a question of personal taste!

 

Supplies for a Jelly Roll Tree Skirt

This is a really simple project.  You’re going to need the following supplies:

  • Fabric – I used 14 strips from a Jelly Roll.  You could also cut your strips from yardage, in which case you will need 14 strips of 2 ½ inches width of fabric. 
  • Batting – This is optional.  If you prefer to have a quilted finish, you’ll want to add batting and finish in a traditional method.
  • Backing fabric – This is also optional.
  • Rotary cutter and mat – You can absolutely use a good pair of scissors, but I do find that you get the most accurate cuts using a rotary cutter.
  • Quilting Ruler – Be sure you are using a ruler that has 60-degree markings.
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron and ironing board or pressing mat
  • Pins or clips
  • Ribbon or extra fabric for ties – This is optional.

 

 

Choosing the right fabric will help you keep your decor scheme consistent.  Alternatively, if you have multiple trees in your home, you could make one for each tree and coordinate it with the decorations on that particular tree!  Either way, consider the following tips when making your selection:

  • Opt for colours and patterns that complement your existing holiday decor.
  • Look for Jelly Rolls with a variety of textures and designs to add depth to your skirt.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match to create a unique look that suits your personal style.

Once you’ve selected your fabric and gathered your supplies, you’re ready to move on to the next step.

 

Watch the Jelly Roll Tree Skirt Tutorial

Be sure to watch my YouTube video as I walk you through stitching and cutting your strips.

 

 

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Continue reading below for the step-by-step instructions for putting together the top of your tree skirt.

 

Instructions for a Jelly Roll Tree Skirt

Start by choosing your strips.  Most Jelly Rolls have duplicate strips, so if you want a more consistent look throughout your tree skirt, you might want to incorporate the duplicates, as I have done.  You will need 14 strips in total, grouped into two sets of seven.

Lay out your two sets of strips with long edges together, as shown in the image below.

 

jelly roll Christmas tree skirt strips in red, green, white, turquoise fabrics

 

Stitch all your strips together, working from the bottom up or the top down.  Either is fine.  You can see in the image below how my strips look once they are sewn together.

 

jelly roll Christmas tree skirt strips in red, green, white, turquoise fabrics

 

Repeat this process for your second set of strips.

 

 

 

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Now it’s time to cut the triangles that form the tree skirt.  You will need six (6) 60-degree triangles in total.  Remember, if these instructions feel confusing, you can watch the video above.

 

jelly roll Christmas tree skirt strips in red, green, white, turquoise fabrics quilting ruler

 

Start by trimming the selvedge from your strips.  Square up your fabric and place the corner of your fabric at the corner of your cutting mat, where the 60-degree line starts.  Cut along the 60-degree line on the left edge of your fabric.  

 

jelly roll Christmas tree skirt strips in red, green, white, turquoise fabrics quilting ruler

 

To cut the right side of your triangle, use the markings on your ruler.  Be sure that your triangle does not come to a point; rather, it should have at least a 1-inch straight edge at the top.  This will allow space for the base of your tree.  

Align your ruler so that the 60-degree line is on the bottom edge of the fabric, and the long edge of your ruler creates the right side of the triangle.  See the image below.

 

jelly roll Christmas tree skirt strips in red, green, white, turquoise fabrics quilting ruler

 

Once you have cut your first triangle, you can simply use it as a template to cut the remaining triangles.

After your six sections are cut, lay out the triangles to form the tree skirt.  The image below shows how I’ve chosen to lay out mine.

 

jelly roll Christmas tree skirt in red, green, white, turquoise fabrics

 

Once all segments are cut, it’s time to assemble your tree skirt.  Starting from where the “back” will be, stitch your triangles together on the long sides.  Remember to leave an opening!  

 

jelly roll Christmas tree skirt in red, green, white, turquoise fabrics

 

Finishing the Jelly Roll Tree Skirt

You’ve now finished stitching the top of your Jelly Roll tree skirt!  At this point, you can choose how to finish it.  While I didn’t include finishing in my video, your options would be:

  • Traditional Quilting – layer your tree skirt on batting and backing, quilt and bind.
  • Simple Backing – cut backing fabric to match your tree skirt and sew with right sides together, leaving an opening to turn right sides out.  Press and stitch around the edge.
  • Hem – you don’t even need a backing if you don’t want one!  Simply hem the edges and place it under your tree.  Keep in mind, however, that the raw edges of the strips may fray.

 

 

 

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You can also add closures if you like.  You can use ribbons or extra fabric to create ties that can be sewn on top, underneath or between the layers if you are using a backing.  You could use hook-and-eye closures, buttons or velcro.  It really is up to you.  

 

jelly roll Christmas tree skirt strips in red, green, white, turquoise fabrics pencil tree blue white decorations

 

Of course, you don’t have to add the closures either.  You could just lay it under the tree and admire your handiwork!  This may not be the best option if you have pets or toddlers – you’ll constantly be straightening it out!

A final finishing note on this tree skirt: You may end up trimming away the top row (inner circle), as there might not be enough space to lay the skirt flat under your tree.  You may or may not need to make these adjustments but be sure to test it on your tree BEFORE you add your binding!

 

 

For more quick and easy Christmas projects, you might like:

 

Happy Christmas!

 


 

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