Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Even the best tailor probably can't fashion a skirt in 10 minutes -- at least not for a person. But sewing a skirt for your Christmas tree doesn't require any expertise at all. In fact, all you'll need are a few basic tools and 60 square inches of felt.

materials

  • Felt, 60 square inches (about 2 yards)

  • Two bulldog clips

  • String

  • Tailor's chalk

  • Small plate

  • Scissors

  • Pinking shears

  • Hole punch

steps

  1. Fold the felt in half to create a triangle. Fold the triangle in half to create another smaller triangle.

  2. Use the bulldog clip to attach one end of a long string to the folded corner of the fabric. Use the other bulldog clip to secure the other end of the string to a piece of tailor's chalk. Holding the string taut, swing your "compass" from edge to edge in a quarter-circle, drawing an arc with the chalk.

  3. With the fabric still folded and using the small plate as a guide, trace an arc onto the folded, 90-degree corner of the felt. Leave it folded, and use scissors to cut along the trace marks.

  4. Unfold the felt halfway, and cut a slit along one of the folds from the edge of the circle cutout in the middle to the edge of the felt. Use pinking shears to pattern the edges of the skirt. You can also add a decorative border by using the hole punch to punch out pieces about 1 inch from the edge and 1 inch apart.

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