christmas, sewing

Christmas tree skirt

After seeing this tutorial, it was immediately imperative that I make a tree skirt.  Not that we needed one; on the contrary, I own a beautiful skirt with rows and rows of cute little pompoms that I actually like quite a bit.  No, I had to make one because despite not being a matchy-matchy type of person, I had some extra fabric left over from the stockings I made for the boys in previous years and I just really wanted it to be made-by-me!  Here’re the boys’ stockings (I designed them myself, so no pattern to reference):

That 2-D Zoo (Alexander Henry) was just spot-on perfect for my animal-loving eldest, and well, the youngest just got a pattern that matched his brother’s!  I love rick-rack, so it had to be incorporated into the skirt.
The original pattern called for ties to close the back of the skirt, but I chose to do buttons and loops to make it look more clean.  With all color options laid out on the skirt, I opted for a light pink to make it modern and pull from the 2-D Zoo print.
Here’s the whole lot together, in all their matchy-matchy glory!
Notice, mom and dad’s stockings are missing.  I made ours many years ago, and my husband insists that I keep them as-is (though I think I’ve convinced him that they need to be pulled apart and stiffened with fusible fleece so they aren’t all floppy).  
Unfortunately, we have this big, tall tree stand, and the skirt is definitely not designed for that kind of thing, so it doesn’t lay as nice and neatly as I’d like.  Oh well…once it’s buried under a heap of Christmas presents no one will care anyway!  

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