Men’s ties make the perfect circle skirt to dress up your tree. If the male family members in your house despise wearing ties (like my husband), and they are sitting in a drawer, gather them together for this quick project. I was lucky enough to receive my dad’s and uncle’s discarded ties after their professional lives no longer called for them. I also added a few from thrift stores to complete the project. It has become a family tradition to use this skirt under our tree every year as a way to include some of the past and bring it into the present.
*A little disclaimer: I made this tree skirt before I started my blog, so this tutorial is explaining how to make this after the fact. Hopefully, I can explain the process clearly enough so you can easily make one for yourself…or give to someone else.
I gathered 46 ties to assemble this tress skirt, including the tie used in the center hole.
Here is a list of what you will need:
1). Approximately 42-52 men’s ties, both skinny and wide, or enough to make a circle around the base of your tree
2). Approximately 40″ of Single Fold Bias Tape (or you could use a strip of Christmas fabric)
3). Muslin or cotton fabric for base
4). Thread to match ties
1.) Draw a large circle out of the muslin fabric (above photo) making it a few inches shorter than ties to allow the points of ties to hang off (below). Mine measures 20.5 inches from center circle to outer edge.
2.) Serge or finish the outer edge of the skirt (above).
3.) Draw a center circle. (The center circle needs to be large enough to fit around the stem/trunk of your tree). Cut out center circle hole and continue cutting stright out to the edge creating an opening to slip around tree base (above photo). One tie will be used to trim around center circle in Step 9.
4.) Finish straight edge with bias tape or scrap strip of Christmas fabric. In photo above, you can see I used green bias tape from my bias tape scraps.
5.) Using muslin as my base fabric, audition all of the ties next to each other and pin in place overlapping each tie. Continue in a circle until the look and arrangement of ties is pleasing.
6.) Overlap the ties near the center circle (below). They will be roughly cut and uneven and its okay. Ignore the tie used to finish the circle. Yours will not look like this at this stage but will after Step 9.
7.) Top stitch ties in place overlapping each tie over another. Continue working around the entire circle until the first and last two ties cover the bias tape on the right side of the skirt. When placed under the tree, the ties will overlap, disguising the opening.
8). After all of the ties are sewn to the base muslin fabric, it is time to trim the center circle and clean up the edge. Cut the ties evenly around center circle edge.
9). Fold one tie in half and center around circle leaving ends to be used to tie in a bow. Stitch, enclosing all rough edges of ties.
You are done!….except for the presents.