Make a quilted tree skirt with a gorgeous fair isle design! The design looks hard but it’s actually half square triangles. Use the free quilt tutorial to make your own!
For the first years of our marriage, we were renting small apartments and using a teeny, tiny artificial tree. When we finally got a big enough place we got our first real tree. I felt like our first real tree deserved a really amazing Christmas tree skirt.
I’ve had an idea for a quilted Christmas tree skirt with a fair isle design for a couple of years and was slowly figuring out the details. Since we finally had a tree that was worthy of an amazing quilted tree skirt, it was time to make one.
I love the fair isle motif, and it feels so much like winter and the holidays. I made a giant motif for the whole Christmas tree skirt. I used two quilting cotton fabrics for the top, flannel for the backing, and some bias binding.
The ivory with gold shimmer fabric was found in the remnant bin at Joann fabrics. I also got the red with gold dots at Joann. I love the bold contrast and the touch of shine. It’s so fun to see under the tree, and it’ll be soon covered with holiday gifts and goodies!
I’m not great at quilting, but I get inspired every once in awhile and just go for it. I always get into a quilt or piecing project, and then halfway through I wonder why I started. If you love quilting make these other free quilt tutorials!
There are definitely imperfections and tucks on the back of the tree skirt, but it looks great from the front and covers what it needs to. I’m hoping that it’ll last a long time, and I’m so excited to start the holiday season! My kids love playing with these kid-friendly Christmas ornaments, and they’ll hang beautifully above a tree skirt.
Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial
- 3/4 yard Red quilting cotton fabric
- 3/4 yard White quilting cotton fabric
- Batting (40 inches wide by 40 inches long)
- 1.25 yard Flannel for back
- 4.25 yard Red bias tape
Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern
Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial
1. Make eight half square triangle quilt blocks with red and white fabric. The blocks should be cut to 9.5 inches by 9.5 inches. Press them open and then square the blocks.
2. Cut four half square triangles from red fabric. The short edges should measure 9.5 inches.
3. Make four white quilt blocks with a red strip from one corner to the opposite corner. The red strip is 1.5 inches wide by 12 inches long. The white block should be cut 9.5 inches by 9.5 inches. Press the seams open.
4. Sew two of the triangle quilt blocks, one quilt block with a strip, and one red triangle. This is one corner of the tree skirt. Assemble one corner of the tree skirt as the picture shows above. Press the seams open.
5. Sew the larger blocks together with a red strip in between three corners. The red strip should measure 1.5 inches wide by 17.5 inches long. Leave one side separate and open. Press the seams open.
6. Trim the outside to be a nice, smooth curve that makes one big circle.
7. Layer the quilt top, batting, and flannel backing and trim. Quilt the layers together following the fair isle design. Finish all the edges with red bias tape.
Optional: Add bias tape ties to the opening to keep it closed. I found that the batting and quilting made the tree skirt stiff enough that it stays in place by itself.
If you make a Christmas tree skirt using this quilted tree skirt tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!