Well, hello there! This project made me very happy. I don’t know why. I think because I’ve embraced red in my Christmas-y decorating scheme this year and I LOVE it. It just feels more like Christmas this way. Last year, I tried to match the tree to our blue and green scheme, and it just never moved me. I like everything so much better this year, and the tree skirt just topped it off.
Now, I must admit, this ended up only fitting 2 of my 3 criteria for a truly HMM project. It was easy! It was quick! But it wasn’t as cheap as I wanted, mainly because I forgot my darn 50% off coupon to Jo-Anns at home (AGAIN!) Tree skirts are around $30 normally, and unfortunately…so was this one. The tablecloth was only $10 from Target, and if I would’ve stopped there, it would’ve been a total bargain but I just had to go and get the pom-pom fringe, and that was $20. Again, if I would’ve remembered that blasted coupon…But I look at this way: it’s custom-made.
Tree Skirt with Pom-Pom Fringe
Nap Rating = 1 to 2 naps
Tools & Materials
- 70 inch round tablecloth
- Fabric-marking pencil
- Large bowl
- Steam iron
- Sewing machine
- Thread that matches tablecloth
- Pom-pom fringe in contrasting color (you’ll need about 6.5 yards)
- Iron your tablecloth and lay it flat on the floor.
- Find the center of your tablecloth by measuring 35 inches from the edge. I did this from several spots around the permimeter of the tablecloth to get an approximate center. I eyeballed it to make sure it looked about right. It doesn’t have to be COMPLETELY exact. Mark the approximate center.
- Place the bowl over your mark and eyeball it again to make sure it looks close. Trace around the bowl.
- Cut one slit from the edge of the tablecloth to the perimeter of the circle your traced.
- Cut around that circle to remove it.
- Fold under and iron about a 1/4″ hem on both sides of the slit to create a finished edge. Do the same for the raw edges of the inner circle you cut out.
- Sew the hems.
- Line up the pom-pom fringe with the wrong-side edge of the tablecloth’s edge (not including the slit edges). Sew it on the back side with the same colored thread as the tablecloth so that the stitches blend in on the right side.
I actually would like to sew some turquoise fringe on, too, but our Jo-Ann’s didn’t have enough yardage. Maybe next year. For now, I’m loving our red.