Embroidery Library

Rag Quilt Tree Skirt

 

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.


Exposed seams, denim fabric, and a plaid print give this festive tree skirt a cozy, homespun appeal. Created off the classic rag quilt style, it's a unique, rustic way to decorate for the holidays.

If you're a fan of the rag quilt style, there are also free tutorials that show how to make a matching pillow, gift bag, and stocking, too! Use them to create a coordinating set of holiday decorations.
 


Project Needs & Notes

-
2 1/2 yards denim for inner ring pieces and back
- 1 1/2 yards print homespun cotton fabric for inner ring pieces and outer ring triangular pieces
-
1 1/2 yards solid-colored homespun cotton fabric or Osnaburg fabric for embroidered pieces
-
Medium-weight (2.5 - 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Rag quilt snips or small scissors
- Tape

This tutorial features designs from the
X8402, A Christmas with Echoes Design Pack. Find even more festive designs in Embroidery Library's Christmas category here.

Finished Size: 54" in diameter

Project Tips:
Wash all fabric before sewing and embroidering to pre-shrink it.

This project was featured in the following:
Trim the Tree Lookbook


Begin by printing the PDF of the pattern pieces. There are a total of seven pieces that will each print on
8 1/2" x 11" pieces of paper.

 


Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Cut out the pieces and tape each section together. Section 1 has three pieces; section 2 has two pieces.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Prepare the fabric for the embroidered outer ring pieces.

Cut a piece of the solid-colored homespun fabric a little larger than pattern 2.

Place pattern 2 on top of the fabric and pin in place. Using an air-erase pen, trace the shape.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Templates are printouts of embroidery designs, and they're excellent tools when planning where to stitch.

Open the designs in embroidery software and print them to make templates. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Place a template in the middle
of the shape you traced on the homespun fabric. Mark the center point as well as the vertical and horizontal axis lines. These marks will help when hooping the fabric.


Hoop the fabric with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop. Attach the hoop to the machine and move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point. Embroider the design.

Repeat these steps for a total of 12 embroidered pieces.

 


Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

After embroidering, cut out the shapes that you drew on the fabric.

Trim the stabilizer on the back of the embroidering, leaving 1/2" of space between the edges of the stabilizer and the outer edges of the fabric.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Cut 12 pieces of pattern 3 and 12 pieces of pattern 4 from the print fabric. 

Align the long edges of the pattern pieces on the back of the embroidered pieces, wrong sides facing, and pin in place. 

Sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edges only. Press the seams with an iron.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Cut 12 pieces of pattern 1, 6 from denim and 6 from the print fabric.

Center the bottom edge of the pieces with the top edge of the assembled outer ring piece, with wrong sides facing.

Pin in place at the center point and sew a 1/2" seam starting at the center, working your way to the outer edge. Align the curved edges together as you sew.

Starting again at the center and working your way to the outer edge, sew along the remaining open edge just as you did earlier.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Clip along the seam allowance, about every 1/2" or so, in between the inner ring piece and the outer ring piece. Be careful to not cut the seams. Doing this will allow the curve in the fabric to lay flat.

You may consider using sharp, spring-action scissors to cut the seam allowances. They may be easier on your hard-working hands. There are special rag quilt snips available on the market. Fiskars, for example, makes special shears, and are found at most fabric or craft stores.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

To add the back fabric, lay the embroidered panels on top of the denim fabric, wrong sides together. Pin in place, and cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the top and bottom edges of the fabric.

Then, sew a seam down the center of the inner ring piece starting at the top center and ending at the bottom center just above the embroidered outer ring piece. 

Also, sew a seam just above the fringed seam allowance across the entire width of the fabric.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Now it is time to assemble the tree skirt.

Lay the first panel flat with the wrong side up. Align the next panel on top with wrong sides facing, and pin in place along the right hand side. Sew a 1/2" seam along the pinned edge only. 

Repeat this process for each of the panels. Align the next panel on top of the last panel; wrong sides together. Pin in place along the right hand side, and sew a 1/2 inch seam along the pinned edge only.

We alternated the denim and print panels as we sewed. 

Leave the opening between the first and last panel open. Then, sew a 1/2" seam along the raw edges of the panels.


Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Clip the remaining seam allowances. 

Then, machine wash the skirt. The agitation will fray the seams, giving a fuzzy, cozy look. After washing the skirt, take it outside and give it a good shake. This will lessen some of the lint and fabric waste that will end up in your dryer.

Next, machine dry your skirt. It's possible that a lot of fabric waste will come off in the dryer, so be sure to empty the lint trap about every 15 - 20 minutes during the drying cycle. 

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Place this rustic skirt under your tree for a cozy, country look. The mix of denim and plaid print adds even more homespun style.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

If you're a fan of this cozy quilt style, try making a matching
Rag Quilt Christmas Stocking, too!

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Add a Rag Quilt Christmas Gift Bag, too! It's a terrific way to wrap presents year after year.

Free project instructions to make a rag quilt tree skirt.

Plus, a festive Rag Quilt Pillow uses the classic homespun look of this quilting style, as well as bright fabric and embroidery for a fun and festive look.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

Products used in this Project: