Christmas Dream Skirt

Up until now, our Christmas tree has been skirt-less.  She’s either bared her bits to the world until presents arrive to cover her up – or settled for some fabric strategically placed around her “bottom.”  Not anymore!

merry Christmas tree!

Let’s get a few questions out of the way right now:

  • Yes, our tree is fake (real ones dry out way too fast here in the desert)
  • Yes, our tree is a room in need of serious lovin’
  • Yes, those blinds are awful… we’ll be working on that in the new year (hopefully)
  • Yes, we forgot to tinsel the tree, but think it looks okay sans bling (it gives the skirt a chance to shine)

In fact, let’s take a closer look…

bits covered!

Please remember that Mrs. Dreamer is not an experienced seamstress and while there are numerous spots that could use expert attention – it serves its purpose.  However, in the DIY guide following, there are some skirt parts that we’ll keep under wraps.  Maybe next year, we’ll have more projects under the belt and can tackle the “difficult” spots.


Once we had our supplies in place… here’s how it went down:

traced out letters on the felt...

...making sure they were backwards so the ink didn't show.

next, we set the pattern out on the accent fabric...

we did the same for the red fabric, which was the border, but we didn't want any seams...

so, we kept pinning the pattern and...

...flipping it over (it almost worked, there's one extra section in the back)

cutting all the pieces was quite a chore... once it was done, we set everything out to make sure it was just right

next up: sewing all of the pieces together

ironing the seams... so everything lays flat

then, we sewed the border - you can see the "novice" signs here!

we debated whether to sew or glue the letters on, in the end the glue won... just should have waited until the entire piece was sewn together (oh well, we're still learning!)

next up: embelishments (again, something we should have waited to do last!)

we sewed on the jingles...

...and glued on the flakes.

last step: sewing on the piping!

she's done!

Now, we need to cover her up with presents!


About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

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