Today is day 1 and we are going to start by cutting out our ruffles, preparing our bases, and sewing our ruffle strips together. If you are going to finish the edges of your base, now is also the time to do that as well because the steps that follow over the next few days are very time-intensive. We are going to attack this pattern and get all of these preparatory steps out of the way quickly so we can focus on the rest.
There are 3 sizes of this tree skirt to choose from - finished base sizes are: small (42" wide), medium (48" wide), and large (58" wide). All sizes have 6 ruffles - the differences in the sizes fall in the size of the base, the width of the ruffles, and width of material you need for the base. I have chosen the smallest size because I have a Charlie Brown tree that I put up every year that doesn't take up a lot of space in my small home. Fabric requirements also vary per size. Here is a screen shot of fabric requirements for those of you who have not yet purchased your patterns and still have to purchase your fabric:
Prepping the base is simple but I know that some of you have reasons you can't lay your fabric out flat on the floor to mark it. For those of you that need to mark your fabric on your cutting table, I have created a cheat and posted it in an album on my Facebook page. There will be more time and marking involved but it takes up much less space, you won't have to bend over, and fewer pets and toddlers will jump in the middle of it (WARNING: this is NOT cat-proof). Just click the link, then click the picture to open up the instructions. LINK TO CHEAT
Along the way we will be posting helpful hints and cheats from our group page. One of the ladies has already suggested using basting spray in place of pinning the ruffles to the base. If this sounds like something you might like to try, make sure you have this on hand before we start day 4. I think that I am going to try one of those fabric glue sticks!
Good luck with Day 1 - please post any questions you might have and we would love to see your fabric choices! Here is our sewalong schedule:
Day 1: Cut ruffles / mark, cut, and finish your base / sew ruffle pieces together
Day 2: Hem your ruffles
Day 3: Gather your ruffles part 1
Day 4: Gather your ruffles part 2
Day 5: Pin, glue, and sew your ruffles to your base/finishing touches and SHARE!