Thursday, November 12, 2009
Tree Skirt Finally Done
I've been working on a tree skirt for Christmas for about 3 weeks. There was no rush, so I took my time and enjoyed the creating of it. I used fabric my mother gave me, (again!) and made my own patterns for the leaves, berries and chickadee birds.
Initially, it wasn't as large as I wanted, so I decided to add the blanket binding to the bottom. That was pretty expensive, considering it cost $5.00, but since everything else was free, I finally broke down and bought it. I doubt I could have found a custom tree skirt for $5.00, even after Christmas.
Close up of birds.
I zig-zagged all the appliques and it made me really wish I had a sewing machine with more embroidery settings. The machine I have was bought before LeLe was born. It's been a hum-dinger, and is till going strong after all these years. The cabinet that houses it, is beginning to look a little worse for wear though. I have to keep it covered up it is so distressed, and it's not solid wood, so I can't refinish it and spruce it up any.
I think most of you already know that I collect chickadees. Yes, they are traditionally Christmas birds, but I love them all year long. They are just easier to find in December. I've never had a nice tree skirt, and am anxious to place it around my tree this year. I have a couple of plans for more Christmas items before I put my tree up. One is a quilted (maybe) wall hanging that I will try to fashion with a pocket on the back. That way I can just slip it over a picture already hanging. The other is a Christmas stocking for little doodle bug that's on the way.