DIY Tree Skirt Tutorial and Free Sewing Pattern
Reusing and recycling are very important to me. I had one white men sweater that was out of shape, I picked up 2 more at the thrift store. My total for this project was $7.00. Aside from the low cost I really liked the cozy look for our home. You could use just about whatever fabric you want, wool would be nice and even denim could be fun.
marking tool (Dispersing purple ink)
3 men’s extra large sweaters or any sweater the measures more than 25″ across the bottom hem
pattern tree skirt
Lets get started:
Print then put together and cut out pattern.
With the bottom of the pattern lined up with the bottom of the sweater, trace along the 2 sides and top with a dispersing marker. if your sweaters are dark you may have to use chalk. you will then need to be more careful with the seam allowances.Do this for both the front and back of sweater
BEFORE you cut zigzag next to the purple line you put in. This is the seam allowance.
Repeat for other side as well. This is what it looks like done.
NOW cut outside the zigzag. This keeps the sweater from unraveling.
This is what it looks like after cutting.
Repeat the process for the other 2 sweaters. You will have a total of 6 pieces.
With right sides together pin down the long side.
With a long (about a 5) straight stitch sew together making sure the zigzag stitch will not show.
Press seam flat.
I top stitched my seam but be warned I broke 2 needles trying to do it. you could probably skip this step.
Stitch all the pieces together.
On the right side fold the ling side up to the top.
Then sew across about 3/4 inch down.
Turn the sewn corner right side out and see how it helps the side hems to lay flat.
Turn the hem back to the wrong side of the fabric with about 3/4″ seam allowance. Pin in place.
With a straight stitch as long as it will go sew the hem in place( like basting). Hand crank over the bulky seams so you dont break your needle like I did.
I pressed flat again and now its ready to use!