‘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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    Shari K says

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

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    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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    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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    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. 🙂 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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    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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    Annie says

    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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    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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    Brioni says

    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 🙂

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    Britt says

    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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    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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    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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    Amanda Jean says

    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. 🙂

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    Marise says

    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 🙂 I dearly LOVE it!
    Thank you a MILLION!

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    Stacey says

    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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    Cindy says

    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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      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 says

    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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