Oh Christmas Tree you are the loveliest little tree ever. I don’t know about you but I have a big tree and then this mama has a mini tree for my super special Baldwin Ornaments. I will share more about those at the end of the post but let’s talk about tree skirts for mini trees for a minute. They are hard to find and some are just blah. Okay most are just blah. So I got to work making my own Mini Christmas Tree skirt with my Cricut Maker and some gorgeous Michael Miller Nutcracker fabric by Sarah Jane Studios. The girls and I go to see the Nutcracker ballet every Christmas season. I always dread going one more time but once I am there it is magical. The girls and I always talk about the dances and costumes afterwards. Oh so special. This project is going to give my tree so much more character.
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Let’s Get Started!
You will need 1 yard of fabric for the blades
7″ x 7″ piece of contrasting fabric for the circle
trim of your choice
Iron or Cricut EasyPress
Glue Gun for applying trim
Sewing Machine – I have a Janome Skyline S9
First open up my project in Cricut Design Space. I have the template for the blade and the circle all ready for you. Be careful not to resize if you want one the size I made. (If you want a different size you can resize to make the blade bigger or smaller but remember to adjust the size of your circle if you do. That route may take some trial and error, just a warning.)
I cut out 16 blades. You will need to use a 12″ x 24″ mat for this project. (If you only have a 12′ X 12″ mat you can adjust the blade a little to make it work. I don’t think it would change the overall size too too much)
Okay with all of your blades cut you will notice there is a wide end and a narrow end. To make the dresden plate you will fold the wider end in half and this is the side you will be sewing.
I like to start on the raw edge side and sew towards the folded side. I think it helps to not get that fold all tangled in the bobbin. I know I am not the only one that gets things all tangled up. Just helping everyone feel normal here. lol
I like to snip the corner on the folded end because it helps you get a prettier point on the dresden. Just be careful not to cut into those stitches. I have never done that before. nope. Okay I am so not telling the truth. I have and it isn’t cool so be careful.
You don’t necessarily have to use an iron here but I think it helps. I like to set a center crease then turn the point out.
I guess I forgot to take a picture turning out the point but you can get the gist here. I line that seam line up with the crease I just made so everything is all centered up. Press those blades in place once you have them centered up. I do this in an assembly line to save some time.
Now grab two blades and place right sides together. You will want to start your stitches at the top of the blade. I always sew a couple of stitches then backstitch to secure. You want to secure it, trust me, these little blades like to pull apart. You will stitch down from the top to the bottom of the blade.
I love watching the dresden come together as you keep stitching. Dresdens are my favorite block ever.
Okay grab that circle. You will want to fold the circle in half then in half again to mark the center line. I press with my iron (or Cricut EasyPress) but you can also do a finger press here too.
I love to glue baste things. I think it is easier than pinning especially when it is a circle! I use just Elmer’s Washable School Glue. I glue baste all of the time when sewing. It is my favorite.
You will need to heat set the glue with a quick press.
I just do an narrow 1/8″ seam to secure down the circle to the plate. You could have fun and do a decorative stitch here and skip the trim. The choice is all yours. I love options.
Now break out that glue gun! I would normally sew down trim but since this is a decorative Christmas Tree Skirt I don’t think it is necessary. Okay and I wanted to have some fun with my neglected glue gun. I covered up the stitches with the trim but like I said you could skip this part if you wanted to.
Look at the base of your mini Christmas Tree. My base was super small so I just did two cross slits in the center crease. Make yours as big or as small as you want. I just used my rotary cutter for this but you could use scissors. I think if I would have planned ahead I could have added some cut lines in design space to do this. Next time. But you can add them yourself if you are that savvy. I know you are!
And add your skirt to your mini Christmas tree and enjoy!
I did stuff some batting scraps under the skirt to make it fuller. I could have used tissue paper.
I am so in love with everything about my tree now! It is so cute. I love the nutcracker fabric so much. The gold fabric matches the gold ornaments perfectly. Eeeeek I am so excited.
I hope that you enjoyed making your own Mini Christmas Tree Skirt. I really can’t tell you how much I love my Cricut Maker. It is my favorite tool in my sewing room and I use it all of the time. I love that you can cut so many different materials with the maker. I mean fabric, vinyl, chipboard, felt, and you can write with it too. Seriously it is my BFF in my sewing room.
Here are some of the things it does!
Cuts the most materials. Cricut Maker cuts hundreds of materials materials quickly and accurately, from the most delicate paper and fabric to matboard and leather.
Expandable suite of tools. With its powerful blades, pens, and scoring tool, Cricut Maker grows with you as you learn each new craft.
Rotary Blade. With its gliding, rolling action, this blade cuts through virtually any fabric quickly and accurately – without backing material.
Knife Blade1. This extra-deep blade works like an X-ACTO knife to slice through heavier materials like 2.4 mm (3/32”) balsa wood and matboard with ease.
Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel1. Uniquely powerful scoring tools that deliver razor-sharp, extra-deep score lines in a huge variety of materials.
Washable fabric pen1. Automatically mark your pattern pieces so you’ll always know how they fit together.
Adaptive Tool System. This professional cutting technology intelligently controls the direction of the blade and adds up to 10X more cutting force.
Digital sewing pattern library. Access hundreds of patterns from brands like Simplicity®and Riley Blake®. Pick a project, and the machine cuts all the pieces you need.
Easy-to-learn Design Space® software. Fully loaded with advanced features including Offline Mode, Print Then Cut, and SnapMat™. For iOS, Android™, Windows®, and Mac®.
Flexibility to upload your own designs. Use your own images and fonts for free in a variety of standard file formats.
Oh Baldwin Ornaments…. I have been collecting these ornaments for so long. We always try to find them when we travel. They are so gorgeous and have such special meaning to my family.
And Dresdens can be done in so many ways. Go check out the post that Melissa from PolkaDot Chair has on her blog. She even has dresden templates in several different sizes and some AMAZING tips and tricks for sewing with your cricut.
And don’t miss all of the deals Cricut has going on right now. Like these awesome mats for a great price! Everyday they have awesome sales for the holidays.
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