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Pretty, Pretty Pleats

Quite a few people asked me how I made the tree skirt from my previous post. It all started when I spotted a similar no-sew ruffle skirt project on Pinterest, pinned it, and decided to give it a try. I chose to go with pleats instead of large ruffles in order to achieve a more tailored look. Pleats always remind me of my wedding gown :)

This was a relatively easy project, but it did take a fair amount of time to complete. The most tedious part was carefully measuring and cutting 4 yards of fabric into 3" strips. I used shimmery blue-grey linen in hopes of creating "waves" under the ocean section of our tree. The best part about this project is the fact that it doesn't require a stitch of sewing whatsoever! All you need is a glue gun and a bunch of glue sticks, and you're good to go.

I didn't make a tutorial because there are already tons of fantastic ones out there. Here's a great tutorial if you're interested in making a tree skirt of your own!

Wonka was very curious and tried to keep me company, but he got sleepy a few hours in.

7 hours (and several burnt fingers) later...

Voila! We have a tree skirt!

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Reader Comments (9)


... and your tree skirt is cool too, i guess ;) JK! kudos to you for putting in all that time! if i were your assistant for that, i'd end up like wonky boo - passed out sleeping!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

@Jess - Once you get in the groove, time just flies. You can start practicing by being my assistant when we wrap presents later today!! :) I kinda want those chocolates for myself...

December 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterJennifer

so great :) i was up all night wrapping one present. i thought of you! and that you would be proud! hahha :)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkathy

So that's how you made that tree skirt. I knew it was relatively simple to make; I just didn't know it was that simple. It looks like so much technique went into that. And it looks expensive and one-of-a-kind. Good job.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhipsterspecs

oh.. i lost my train of thought when i was trying to draw wonki ... i LOVE the skirt. So clever =)
you can probably even make more to sell next holiday. $$

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShampoo47

@kathy - Awww, I want to see what you did! RW when you mistakenly excited me at the crack of dawn?
@hipsterspecs - Yes, it's so very simple! Glad the brown paper worked out for you too!
@shampoo47- Can you please make a mini crochet Wonka? I might make a few skirts to sell next year... people have been asking! :)

December 21, 2011 | Registered CommenterJennifer

I'll put his head on a keychain.. makes it extra useful and creepy =D

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShampoo47

So pretty and fun! I miss Wonka! And you =)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercathy

It's great to see the real thing! It is ten times more beautiful then the pretty pictures!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMama

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