Welcome to Benartex's Christmas in July Blog Hop here at Sew in Love with Fabric! We'll be sharing holiday-themed tutorials this week and beyond, so be sure to stop by each day to see a new tutorial and have a chance to win some fabric to get your own holiday sewing started!
Today Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts is here sharing a tree skirt she made using the Homespun Holiday collection by Bristol Bay Studios (with a few blenders mixed in!). Check out Debby's tutorial and then head over to her blog to find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of Homespun Holiday.
I love all things traditional about Christmas. I've been married for 37 years and have been gathering holiday trimmings, decorations, textiles, lights, etc all that time. Throw in 3 daughters and now 3 grandchildren, you know I'm swimming in all things Christmas. I have a little secret: in my last move or two I've misplaced my tree skirt. Gone!
I chose the Homespun Holiday Collection from Benartex for the purpose of making a traditional tree skirt using one of my new templates. It's a super-sized Dresden Plate ruler (I call it the "Vortex") which is multi-sized. You won't need my ruler to make our tree skirt (I offer the pdf of the template at the end of this post), so don't worry.
Well, let me first show you the fabrics, right? I didn't ask for all of them and I also asked for some of the Burlap Fabrics (blenders) which will work with Homespun Holiday.
|Homespun Holiday Collection by Benartex|
|Fossil Ferns, still faithful after 15+ years|
From each of the prints and the blenders I cut the following:
-- One 3-1/2" x 22" strip
-- One 9-1/2" x 22" strip
Pair one 3-1/2" strip and one 9-1/2" strip as you wish, taking care to have good contrast. Don't agonize over this step or get all "matchey-matchey." Sew with 1/4" seam. Press. Make 10 sets.
|Ten sets of narrow and wide strips sewn and pressed|
|Cut two wedges from each set|
|10 wedges with narrow strip unit at the widest|
|10 wedges with the wide strip at the widest end of the shape|
|Four sections with 5 wedges in each|
|Pinning to lining|
|Tree skirt and lining pinned|
|Sew straight sides of skirt opening|
|Tree skirt with lining, turned and pressed|
|Trim away 1" to enlarge opening|
|Bias strips for binding|
|Holiday Tree Skirt: 27" diameter|
Free Pattern: Tree Skirt Wedge Template
Head over to Debby's blog to find out how you can win a fat quarter bundle of Homespun Holiday to play with!
And be sure to stop back each day of our blog hop for a different Christmas in July tutorial featuring our holiday fabrics!
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