Pleated Tree Skirt

comments (0) December 1st, 2008     

Pin It

Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
Love it! 10 users recommend
Beautiful, flouncy tree skirt in less then an hour!
To begin making pleats on the tree skirt, move fold number 1 to pin number 2.
Move fold number 2 to pin number 2.
Beautiful, flouncy tree skirt in less then an hour!

Beautiful, flouncy tree skirt in less then an hour!

Photo: Shannon Dennis

I've never been great with circles. Too fat, too thin. So when I realized I needed a new tree skirt this year, I decided to use an old circle tablecloth. Besides the 70-inch circle tablecloth, you'll need two yards of ribbon or decorative cording.

Start by folding your tablecloth in half, in half again (fourths), and in half one more time (eighths). Measure from the point down the center 9 inches. Measure from the point down each side 9 inches, making a dot at each point. When all three dots have been made, connect them to form a crescent shape. Cut along this line. Now you have a hole for your tree trunk and stand!

Open your tablecloth until it is folded in fourths again. Cut along one fold. This is the opening that will allow you to put the skirt around the tree. Finish each of these raw edges, then fold in 1-1/2 inches. Pin in place.

Along the circular edge that you cut out, place a pin every 4 inches. To create the pleats, fold the first pin on the right side wrong sides together. Move the fold toward the next pin.


Move fold number 1 to pin  number 2.

Move onto the third pin. Fold it wrong sides together as you did for pin number 1. Move the fold toward pin number 2.


Move fold number 2 to pin number 2.

You have just created a box pleat! Continue this step until you have pleated the inside edge of your tree skirt.


Make box pleats along the inside of your tree skirt.

Stitch your pleats in place using a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Along this stitching line, fold the raw edge toward the inside of the tree skirt. Stitch in place using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. To finish your tree skirt, cut your ribbon into four equal pieces. Stitch two pieces at the top of the tree skirt, across from each other on each side. Do the same for the second pair of ribbons 8 inches from the top. These will allow you to tie your tree skirt in place!


A beautiful, flouncy tree skirt in less then an hour!

posted in: home decor, restyle, tree skirt, table cloth, pleats, box pleats

Comments (0)

You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.