For many years, I decorated for the holidays with the same traditional red and green Christmas color scheme. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course – traditions become traditions for good reason! But after more than a decade of the same style, I decided it would be fun to change up our Christmas look. Last year, I edited and updated our decorations for a red, turquoise, and silver Christmas. And this year, I’m in love with a simple gray and white Christmas color scheme. It makes me feel like I’m getting back to the tranquil snowy outdoors – even if I am in California!
Like last year, when I reinvented many of our decorations with silver paint and ribbons, I wanted to work with a lot of things I had, while adding a few new items. I’ve also been trying to keep my fabric and craft stash in check, so I pulled out all the gray and white fabrics I could find around the house and started to sew!
First up was a new Christmas tree skirt. I sewed our original tree skirt 18 years ago, when I was more fond of a cute and country look, and I took this year’s skirt in a complete different direction, making something very sleek and calming. I started with a grey faux suede upholstery fabric sitting in a corner. I had bought it to upholster our dining room chairs, and then I decided to make them more whimsical with a printed fabric.
- Grey faux suede fabric, 60″x60″
- White cotton fabric to make a wide bias binding (I forgot to measure, but I estimate I used a little over a yard of 42″ wide cotton)
- Narrower white bias binding
- Cut a 60″ diameter circle from the main fabric
- Cut a 6″ diameter hole from the center
- Cut a straight line from the perimeter to the center
- Make 5″ wide bias binding from the trim fabric
- Iron the binding in half to a make 2.5″ wide strip
- Sew the binding to the two straight edges that makes the opening of the skirt, sewing on the back side of the main fabric with the raw edges lined up
- Wrap the binding around to the front. Pin and sew to the front of the skirt
- Add the binding to the outer edge of the skirt the same way, stretching the edges of the bias binding as you go.
- Use the narrower binding to finish the inside circle
That’s all! Here’s our new Christmas skirt!