(here's my moments shot for you - see how the bottom foot and a half isn't really decorated... I have two small kids, need I say more?)I was unexpectedly at Joann's last week and saw the red felt and though - hmmm, how could I do this? It was a 72" wide bolt, so I decided to buy 2 yards so I would have a square. I figured the least I could do would be wrap it haphazardly around the tree.
I've been mulling it over in my head all week what to do. And once I figured out what I wanted to do and maybe how to do it, I was excited to get it done. And there was no sewing involved - it's so easy! But, the best part? The felt cost me $10 and it took about 10 minutes to cut it up!
I figured I'd better get busy, since today is the last day to link up with Natalia's Homespun Holidays!
So while my husband was watching a football game I went to work.
72" square piece of flannel
Dissapearing ink pen/chalk
Can, bowl, plate, or something else circular
1. I took my felt and folded it in fourths. I marked the center with a curve using my #10 can. This way I will have a bit of a hole for the skirt to wrap around the trunk - you can eyeball this to match you tree/stand.
2. Next, grab your disappearing ink pen or chalk (I used a sharpie so you can see it). Tie your marker to a string. Get the cute guy watching football on the couch to hold the string firmly in the corner (during a commercial) so you can trace an even curve from the bottom right corner to its kitty corner.
It should then look like this!
3. Next, take your circle template and trace a scallop design along the circle edge. I probably could have made my scallops a little bigger, but I like it.
4. Then cut along your cutting lines: center circle (on left) and scalloped edge.
5. Finally, unfold your circle (isn't it cool?) and cut along one of the fold lines to the center. I picked the least pretty edge, since this will be in the back. I can put the sharpie side down and my prettiest scallops are in the front.
6. Lay it under your tree and see how it looks!
I think this would be cute with ric rac, pom poms, sequins, little trees and birds. . . oh, the possibilities! I have plans to embellish mine with snowflakes. I'm hoping it will look something like this (these are foam snowflakes from the dollar store):
Maybe next year.
If you make one - I'd love to see it! You can add it to my Flickr tutorial group!