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Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial + Free Pattern

Make a quilted tree skirt with a gorgeous fair isle design! The design is simple, and it’s actually half square triangles. Use the free quilt pattern 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’m sharing the free pattern with you today!

fair isle tree skirt + free sewing pattern

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. Here’s some tips for working with flannel fabric.

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! 

Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

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.

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!

Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

I’ve actually made two of these quilted Christmas tree skirts because I was testing out the pattern. I love the first one I made, but I love the subtlety of the second one. It almost comes across as pink instead of red. Now I have to decide which one to use on my Christmas tree!

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Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial

Supplies

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Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt Pattern

christmas tree free pattern

Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

Make eight half square triangle quilt blocks with red and white fabric squares.

half square triangles

Press them open and then press the seam allowance towards the red triangle.

iron seam allowance

Square the blocks.

square up blocks

Sew the small rectangle in between two white half trianges. Make four of these quilt blocks.

quilt blocks

Press the seams open and then press the seam allowance towards the red fabric.

press seam allowance

Square the blocks.

square up blocks

Sew one corner of the tree skirt using the diagram below. Assemble one corner of the tree skirt. Press all the seams open and then press the seam allowance towards the red fabric where possible.

Do the same to the other three sides.

free tree skirt pattern
assembled christmas skirt quilt

Sew the four blocks together with the large rectangle in between three corners. Leave one side separate and open and sew a large rectangle to each side.

Press the seams open and then press the seam allowances towards the red fabric. Cut a circle hole in the center of the tree skirt.

assemble christmas tree skirt

Layer the quilt top, batting, and flannel backing.

quilt sandwich

Pin baste the quilt to keep the layers together.

safety pin quilt

Quilt the layers together following the fair isle design.

quilt fair isle design

Trim the outside to be a nice, smooth curve that makes one big circle. Or trim the outside to be a nice hexagonal shape.

trim edges

Finish all the edges with bias tape. I found it was easiest to add bias binding to the outside circle and the outside circle. Then I went back and added bias binding to the straight edges of the opening.

finished quilted tree skirt

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!

quilted tree skirt tutorial

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The instructions are very confusing. So much so that I cannot see my pieces together. It seems like the 4 white squares are not used at all.

Going to try this for next year tree skirts for several gr.d..thank you ..

I no longer have a tree put up, but would love to make a large flat table topper in this pattern. Wonder if I coul figure this out? Help! ,

Yes I would love the measurements for this too.

I love it and hope you give us the cutting info. Would love to make this. Thanks.

Hi! Love your skirt pattern – do you have the measurements for the squares or is there a pattern available? Thanks!

Can you provide the dimensions for cutting the pieces for this tree skirt?

Your tree skirt looks great. I need a new one this year, thanks for the inspiration!