Wednesday, December 18, 2013

How To Turn A Tree Skirt Into A Real Skirt

Ugly Christmas Sweater Parties are a huge trend these days, as I'm sure most of you know. My sister was invited to one a couple weeks ago. Instead of wearing an ugly Christmas sweater she found the idea on Pinterest to turn a tree skirt into a real skirt. Of course she asked me to help with the transformation. Here is what I did:

What you need:
  • Tree Skirt
  • Sewing Machine
  • Needles
  • Ribbon
  • Paper 
  • Scissors
  • Hook and Eye
Here is the tree skirt my sister found. First I had to fit the center circle to her waist. I did this by using a little math: first I measured her waist, say 29 inches. I wanted to make a paper circle as a template. So a 29 inch waist is like the circumference of the circle. I then wanted to find the diameter of this circle. Using the formula C = πd, I calculated the diameter by dividing 29 by 3.14. The diameter came out to be about 9.2. Then I just used my Cricut and cut out a circle with that diameter. If you don't have a Cricut {or Silhouttee} you could always use a compass. I then placed the cut out circle over the center of the tree skirt and made a new center hole.

Wow that math was taking me back. The math is over, I promise!

The skirt that my sister bought was made from felt so it saved me from having to hem the edges. For the center I sandwiched the felt in between black ribbon folded in half. I then sewed down the middle of the ribbon.

Next I attached a zipper to the skirt. I did this by flipping the zipper right side down with the zipper towards the top of the skirt on the right side of the skirt. I then sewed the pinned side with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

The next part was little bit trickier. I folded the skirt in half with the right side on the inside. I then pinned the un-sewn part of the zipper to the right side of the opposite side of the skirt. Hopefully that made sense. I then sewed a 1/4 seam allowance again.

Once the zipper was sewn on I pinned the two edges together and sewed with a 1/2 seam allowance. {With the right side on the inside.}

To finish the top of the skirt I folded the extra bits of ribbon on the backside and hot glued it down. You could just sew it but I was feeling lazy and didn't want to change my thread color. : )

Finally I hand sewed a hook and eye onto the inside of the skirt at the top. This step isn't necessary, I just thought it would make it look better.

It came out so cute! Isn't my little sister also cute? Lots of people say we look alike. Actually our mom used to be asked if we were twins when were were little, but we are a year and half apart!

Anyway I really like this skirt! I hope I have inspired you to make one too. : )


  1. AMAZING! I love this!! Totally pinning now, thanks for sharing!

    Happy Christmas!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

    1. Thank you!! I'm so glad you like it. : )

  2. This is too cute!! Just tweeted this! I'll have to pin it later :)

  3. How fun & festive. I wish I would of seen this before my daughter went to a holiday party. Pinning to my Christmas board. Great diy! I know I'll be making one! Drop by sometime if you like. Theresa @DearCreatives

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you like it and pinned it!

  4. Your skirt is so cool! It looks kinda boogie woogie pin up style! I've always thought about doing this. Pinned your cool refashion:) Merry Christmas

    1. Thank you I'm glad you like and thank you for pinning it! Your right, it does have a boogie woogie feel to it! I liked it so much after I made it that I wore it around our house for awhile. : )

  5. that is hiLARious and definitely takes the ugly sweater party thing up a notch. great idea!

  6. Totes adorbs! Love your cute model. That is way better than an ugly sweater.

  7. Hi Stephanie, I saw this at the All Things Pretty link-up. So cute and fun! Way better than an ugly sweater any day. Your math reminded me of what my 7th grade teacher taught us to remember that formula, C D Pie, the pie is delicious. That's one formula I can always remember cause of the saying. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Great tutorial and super idea! :)
    I will be featuring your post on Tuesday 31st December in a tutorial roundup.
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party. I look forward to seeing you again this month :)
    Marigolds' Loft

  9. This is a fun skirt! I love the retro look :) Thanks so much for sharing @ Great Idea Thursdays!!!