Tutorial: Starry Tree Skirt & Giveaway!

Ready for the last tutorial in the Deck the Halls series? Need something sparkly under your tree? Allow me to present the Starry Night Tree Skirt!

12 foundation pieced pointy stars add playful personality to your Christmas tree.

Sneak peek of the tutorial on my blog tomorrow #deckthehalls

40″ x 40″ Tree Skirt

Please read through all directions before sewing. All seams are 1/4″.
Materials: 
Star pattern makes a 10″ x 10″ finished block
2.25 yards of background fabric (with leftovers)
4 fat quarters of printed fabric
half yard of binding fabric
1.5 yards backing fabric
batting 43″ x 43″
4 feet of coordinating ribbon

Cutting: 
Background fabric:
You are going to cut 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares for 12 star blocks. 8 per block = 96 squares total.

1. Cut 10 strips 4.5″ x WOF (42″) and keep folded.
2. Cut (5) 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares from the folded strips.
3. For the center of the tree skirt, Cut two pieces 10.5″ x 20.5″.

Feature Print Fabric: 
You are going to cut 12 “4.5” x 4.5″ squares for the centers of the stars. You will be making 3 star blocks from each fat quarter. 3 stars from each print = 24 of each arm print and 3 of each center.

1. Cut (3) 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares from each fat quarter.
2. Cut (24) 4.5″ x 2.5″ rectangles from each fat quarter (8 for each star.)

Assembly: 

1. Foundation piece your star block sections. (Here’s a beginner’s guide to foundation piecing.)
starry night collage 1
Now, lay out each piece and sew sections 1 & 2 together. Sew section 1-2 to section 3. Then sew section 1-2-3 to section 4.
 
starry night collage 2

3. Place your blocks in an alternating pattern and decide on your layout.
4. Sew the bottom row of 4 stars together.
5. Sew each middle row star to either side of the center fabric panel.
6. Sew the top row of 4 stars together.
7. Sew rows 1 & 2 together then rows 3 & 4.
8. Sew the top and bottom half together.
9. Quilt as desired.
10. Find the center, trace a circle (I used a bowl) in the center. Mine is 5.75″ wide. Draw a line from that circle’s to the edge of the quilt, in between the middle star blocks.
11. Now take a DEEP BREATH, grab some fabric scissors and cut along that pencil line and cut out the circle. I know, it is scary but you can do it!

12. Now, make your binding strips 2.5″ and bind your quilt. The curve in the center is not so curvy that you need to use bias binding. Regular binding works fine. Just sew slowly!! I like to sew my binding on the back side, flip it over to the front and machine sew it down on the front. 

13. Lastly, cut 4 12″ pieces of coordinating ribbon for the ties. Mark 5″ and 10″ from the center, along the under side of the binding. This is where you will attach your ties. Fold one end of the ribbon under a half inch then fold over again and sew onto the under side of the finished binding. Make sure the tail of the ribbon is trailing away from the tree skirt. (Alternately you could attach the ribbon before sewing on your binding.) Repeat for the remaining ribbons.

Ta-da! Your Starry Night tree skirt is complete!

Fabric used: Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Deck the Halls series! Be sure to visit all the stops in the hop for a  chance to win great prizes.

*You can also shop Mountain of the Dragon (for some fabulous fabric!) from now until Christmas and get 15% off your order with the coupon code DECKTHEHALLS15

11/26: S.O.T.A.K. Handmade / Giveaway from Sew Me a Song
11/27: Live A Colorful Life / Giveaway from Zipit!
11/28: Petit Lyons /Giveaway from Zipit!
12/4: Jednoiglec / Giveaway from Sew Fresh Fabric
12/5: Owen’s Olivia / Giveaway from Sew Fresh Fabric
 
Don’t forget to enter to win my giveaway from Contemporary Cloth! Today’s the last day! 
 
Merry Christmas! 
 
xo, 
Jennifer
 

Comments

  1. Love the tree skirt! I have enjoyed your Deck the Halls series very much! Vicariously getting ready for Christmas!

  2. Darling tree skirt. I love the fabrics you have used too.

  3. Your Contemporary Cloth Giveaway says it is over already. :(
    Oh well, I entered all the others.
    Love the tree skirt.

  4. Jennifer, your tree skirt is darling and love the fabric. Thank you for a jolly holly Deck the halls bog hop. Judith, Texas

  5. This Cristmas-y blog tour has been delightful and I am definitely going to knock out one of the projects. I am glad you chose a foundation piced tree skirt and the shape is different looks dramatic compared to the round one. Merry Christmas!

  6. THis has been a great blog tour – thanks so much. I think i will revisit it next year in about October in order to try to make some of the different projects!

  7. Oh Jen-your tree skirt is beautiful! I’ll admit curved bindings scare me! Yours turned out so great! Have so enjoyed this blog hop, and again-thank you so much for including me. I had a blast!

  8. Totally cute Ellison, thanks for the tutorial and fun blog hop.

  9. Love the tree skirt; I made a square one, too! It WAS SCARY to cut into it, but it worked out. :)

  10. Love that this is square! Will put it on my to-do list for next year when we get a tree.

  11. I love your tree skirt! Thank you for sharing the tutorial :) The Deck the Halls series was really fun; such great ideas!

  12. Hi, Jennifer. Yes, I have been enjoying the Deck the Halls. There have been some really fun ideas and I’ve been introduced to new blogs, too. Your tree skirt is very cute and it’s refreshing to see angles rather than a round!

  13. Fun!!

  14. It’s gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing, and for the blog hop, it’s been fun!

  15. I just knew that the last project of this wonderful series will be fabulous!
    Thank you one more time for inviting me, for lots of inspiration and fun!

  16. I Need a new tree skirt! Mine is terrible! Thanks so much!

  17. Such a pretty tree skirt. I am working on one for my mom right now. I bet she would have loved this one though.

  18. This is such a cute tree skirt!

  19. I love this! I really need to make a tree skirt!

  20. Love it… you never cease to amaze me with your talent of color..

  21. ps…did you use White?????

  22. Great job!

  23. Sweet skirt..I would have a hard time cutting it up..

  24. Love your darling tree skirt! Fabrics are gorgeous and the skirt looks amazing under the tree. I have enjoyed these last two weeks and can’t believe it’s over. Everyone did such a wonderful job!

    Thank you and Contemporary Cloth for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. Such a great tree skirt Jennifer!

  26. I must make a tree skirt. This is a beauty.

  27. Love it. I think i need to make one.

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