‘The Hood’ : A Christmas Tree Skirt

The Hood Tree Skirt

Update 2015 : I believe this pattern is not available anymore due to the VAT regulations on digital downloads in the EU. Please contact customerservice@fatquarterly.com if you have specific questions.

Finished just in the nick of time! I’m not sure why I continue to do this to myself year after year, but once again I started a project for Christmas just days before needing it to decorate. All year I told myself I needed to make a new Christmas tree skirt. Our old one was pretty cheap and junky and literally falling apart. Last Friday I decided to “whip one up”. Ha, famous last words, right?

The Hood Tree Skirt Front

I knew I wanted to make this particular pattern after seeing it in last year’s Fat Quarterly Holiday Special. This pattern was designed by Brioni Greenberg.

Tree Skirt Progress

I think I was delusional in thinking this project would only take me a few hours. Friday I spent the day cutting and placing the houses. Saturday I spent the day pebble quilting. I ran out of thread in the middle and had to stop and go to the store. Sigh… This quilting technique took a long time, but after seeing Brioni’s example, I had to do it. It is SO cute and my daughter thinks it looks like clouds. I also spent some time Saturday stitching down the houses. I finished those and the stars up yesterday and also added the binding. I used a red polka dot print by designer Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line.

The Hood Tree Skirt Buttons

Overall I’m really happy with how this tree skirt turned out. The pattern was fabulous. Well worth the $5 cost of the issue. I know this particular holiday decoration will be getting years of use at my house.

The Hood Tree Skirt Pebble Quilting

Things will be quiet here on the blog for the next few days as I take some time away from the sewing machine and enjoy being with my family. Wishing all my US readers a happy Thanksgiving!

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70 Comments

  1. Reply

    Krista E

    November 23, 2011

    You are so amazing it is ridiculous! this is truly fantastic!

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    nicke

    November 23, 2011

    very very cute faith! i love the colors and the pebble quilting is spectacular!

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    Andria

    November 23, 2011

    This is so cute! I don’t have the holiday issue and now I may have to go purchase it! Happy Thanksgiving.

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    Shari K

    November 23, 2011

    I love it Faith! I have not made a Christmas Tree Skirt. I’ve been quilting for 20 years and it’s been on the list for 20 years!!! Maybe 2012 is the year! : )

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    Michele

    November 23, 2011

    How neat! I love it!

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    Lynn Douglass

    November 23, 2011

    I think that may be the cutest tree skirt I’ve ever seen! Now you have me wanting to make one, and I just don’t have time! I need to keep telling myself that. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Debbie

    November 23, 2011

    This is the cutest skirt ever. So fun and different and lovely – what a great finish!!

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    kelly

    November 23, 2011

    in.love.with.this. πŸ™‚ SO SO SO SEW CUTE!!! πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving. You’re way ahead of me… All I have is thoughts of making cute stuff for Christmas. *sigh*

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    Bethany

    November 23, 2011

    That is delightful! I’m pretty sure you should give it to me. Y’know…for karma. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Lindsay

    November 23, 2011

    Super cute! Aside from the fact that you were working on a circular pattern to begin with, I know how hard that must have been. Bubble quilting, though pretty, can be such a pain to work with sometimes.

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    elsa

    November 23, 2011

    Love it! it’s so fresh and lovely! I’ve never wanted one till I saw this ~ have to make one for next year!

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    Kati

    November 23, 2011

    I love this! I’ve wanted to make it since seeing it last year as well. Too cute. Maybe next year for me.

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    Cyndi Nelson

    November 23, 2011

    SO CUTE!!! So bright and cheerfull : )

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    Angela

    November 23, 2011

    Such a gorgeous version of this pattern! You will definitely love that for years to come.

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    Angie

    November 23, 2011

    Oh, Faith, this is gorgeous! I love, love, love that red polka-dot binding. Maybe I can try one for next year (and start next November…LOL!).

    I must laugh, I’ll be doing just the opposite the next few days – spending loads of time at my machine. Tonight is dinner at my mom’s, then my kids are staying with her, spending the night…yay!

    Happy Turkey-Day to you!!

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    Carolyn

    November 23, 2011

    Makes you want to have the Christmas tree up year round. Maybe it’s not too late for me this year!

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    Jeannette

    November 23, 2011

    That is just too cute! And once again, we’re totally on the same page, I have a new tree skirt waiting for binding as we speak. We went for a table top tree this year and my big round one is just not so cute on an end table.

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    Linz

    November 23, 2011

    That is delightful!! It makes me smile!! … I may have to “whip one up” too! LOL!

  19. Reply

    Vicki

    November 23, 2011

    Adorable! Great quilting and the binding is way too cute!

  20. Reply

    Berene

    November 23, 2011

    So fresh & colourful. Really lovely.

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    Kelly

    November 23, 2011

    see, i’m the opposite. i had PLANNED to make a new christmas tree skirt all year long. but that’s going to be one thing on my list that doesn’t get crossed off. πŸ™‚ i was thinking about going with this pattern, too, but after reading it, i don’t know if i want to do something so time-consuming! yours turned out super adorable, though. it’s a cute pattern, for sure!

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    Natalie

    November 23, 2011

    Wow, I totally love this! I have yet to make a tree skirt for our house, and this is by far the cutest one I’ve seen! I feel so inspired πŸ™‚

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    Heather

    November 23, 2011

    Totally cute. Love it.

  24. Reply

    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quitls

    November 23, 2011

    Faith, I just love it. It is really spectacular and so cheerful and happy. The quilting is wonderful. Great job!!

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    Karen

    November 23, 2011

    Oh my!!! That is so darn cute, I can’t even stand it!!! :-)) Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

  26. Reply

    Ann-Marie

    November 23, 2011

    that is the CUTEST tree skirt I have ever seen – and the quilting is amazing!!

  27. Reply

    Marcia R

    November 23, 2011

    You have to be my favorite quilter! If there was any doubt before, there is none now!

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    Habibti at Home

    November 23, 2011

    You are so amazing! I LOVE this tree skirt! It is so happy, bright, and cheerful. I love the pebble quilting! this may be my favorite project of yours to date! So hard to say as you create such lovely things but this is really spectacular! Well done!!!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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    Mary on Lake Pulaski

    November 23, 2011

    Great tree skirt – worth the time for sure! Enjoy your weekend!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    November 23, 2011

    Yes the quilting was definitely worth it!

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    Annie

    November 23, 2011

    This is cute to the degree. Love it! will try to make it myself. Thanks for all the time you spend on your blog so newbies like me really see whats out there.

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    Marianne

    November 23, 2011

    I love it! It is so cute! I made a Christmas tree skirt years ago and gave it away as a present. I need one for me now….

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    Katy

    November 23, 2011

    Oh I love it! Great mix of colours and fabrics, and love the pebble quilting

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    Teje

    November 23, 2011

    Hi! This is the most beautiful tree skirt I have seen! I think I would love to use this idea also for something else…
    Have a lovely holiday and enjoy your time with family! x Teje

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    Jessica

    November 23, 2011

    Lovely! I wanted to make one last year and never got around to it. I highly doubt I’ll do it this year, either. Next year, maybe?

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    Brioni

    November 23, 2011

    Hehe…CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!! I need you to make me one now!! The one i made went off to the US for a Christmas Swap. Mind you, with a toddler in the house this year i’m not even sure that a tree is going to be a good idea!
    Happy Thanksgiving and i hope your back recovers from the mammoth pebble quilting session πŸ™‚

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    AnneMarie @ Gen X Quilters

    November 23, 2011

    Looks fabulous! Definitely freshening up the holiday. Have a good one!

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    Ann

    November 23, 2011

    Absotivley posilutely love this tree skirt!!!

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    Britt

    November 23, 2011

    Truly inspirational. This is beautiful, whimsical, fun and functional. You have such a creative eye and use scraps so perfectly. Thank you for sharing this and all your other creations.

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    Tracey

    November 23, 2011

    That is absolutely adorable. I love it!!!!

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    Katie B

    November 23, 2011

    So cute, Faith! You’re going to love getting this out every year.

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    liveacolorfullife

    November 23, 2011

    Faith, that is SOOO cute! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    Jen

    November 23, 2011

    Love this! I want to make a skirt for our tree but I’m thinking it will have to wait til next year.

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    Gina f.

    November 24, 2011

    I want your tree skirt; it is adorable!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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    Annabella

    November 24, 2011

    Oh I may have to go and buy that edition – that`s a beautiful tree skirt!

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    CaroleM

    November 24, 2011

    I love this! Nicely done!!

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    Alisa

    November 24, 2011

    It’s beautiful! Even though it was a bit of a crunch to get it done, you must be glad you did it.

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    Michelle @ the quilted tortoise

    November 25, 2011

    Absolutely gorgeous! LOVE it!

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    Lisa

    November 25, 2011

    It’s wonderful!! I was just looking at that issue of Fat Quarterly and loving that pattern. I wondered if I would be able to ‘whip’ one up, lol.

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    Meg

    November 26, 2011

    Faith, that turned out fabulous! I know I need to make tree skirts, but they may just have to wait until next year–I have 3 pillows and 3 quilts that need finishing between now and the 25th–yikes!

    Good on ya for getting it done THIS year! *cheer!*

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    Julie

    November 26, 2011

    thats so cute, i love all the fabrics you used for the houses.

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    Shannon

    November 26, 2011

    Your tree skirt is adorable! So festive and bright!
    Nicely done!

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    Sara @ Sew Sweetness

    November 29, 2011

    Love it! I still have to start my own tree skirt…have all the fabric ready, just needed to clear some time to actually make it, lol

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    Lynne

    November 29, 2011

    It’s lovely, well done.

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    Courtney

    November 29, 2011

    LOVE it! I especially love the polka dot binding! Swoon!

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    Amy

    December 5, 2011

    Thinking about trying to do this over the next few days…!

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    Amanda Jean

    December 5, 2011

    This is the cutest tree skirt ever!!! It looks sooooooo amazing! What a beautiful way to finish your tree. It would be a shame to cover it with presents. πŸ™‚

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    Jan Hurst - letterlady

    December 22, 2011

    Adorable!

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    Marise

    December 16, 2012

    O-My-WOW! This is just plain absolutely VERY adorable! i can’t wait to make one. Cross your fingers, – i wish you were having a workshop or class on this darling tree skirt! If I begin now, hopefully it will be finished before Christmas of 2013 πŸ™‚ I dearly LOVE it!
    Thank you a MILLION!
    Marise

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    Steph

    January 13, 2014

    Can you still get this pattern? I can’t find it anywhere!

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    Stacey

    October 11, 2015

    Does anyone have this pattern still? I cannot buy it online any longer and so desperately wish to make this tree skirt! Thank you for any help you can lend.

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      Faith

      October 12, 2015

      Due to the new VAT regulations in the EU this year on digital sales, I’m not sure it’s available anymore. πŸ™

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    Cindy

    November 20, 2015

    Since it seems impossible to buy this pattern, I was going to try and wing in, are all of the edges on the houses raw edges with just a topstitch near the edge? Is there any worry about fraying? what about using a fusible webbing to help with that like an iron on? I suspect it won’t be washed a lot, but am planning to use some fabric I used in our girls 1st -3rd birthday outfits and other things I have made them to make it a little more memorable.

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      Faith

      November 20, 2015

      Hi Cindy – The houses are put on with Heat n Bond and then stitched around (but yes, raw edges). I’ve never washed mine so it’s not frayed, but it would start to fray a bit if you washed it. You could do a blanket stitch or zigzag around your edges, that would make it less likely to fray in the wash.

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    Keryn

    December 21, 2015

    Does anyone know if it is at all possible to get a copy of this pattern?? I am desperate for it! Finally I’ve found a tree skirt I’m in love with! TIA

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    Laura

    October 29, 2016

    This pattern was just made available for free on Fat Quarterly Facebook page.
    https://www.facebook.com/FatQuarterly/?fref=ts

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    Nancy Hollwedel

    December 7, 2016

    I am a new quilter and fell in love with your Christmas tree skirt with the stars & houses. Is there any way it can get the pattern?
    Thank you for any info you can provide.
    Happy Holiday to you and your family
    Nancy

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