Refashion: Wearing a Christmas Tree Skirt

Learn how to remodel so a child can wear a Christmas tree skirt. This Christmas sewing project is perfect for any holiday season!

I love looking at all the beautiful Christmas tree skirts at the store every year. I’ve always wanted to turn a Christmas tree skirt into a wearable skirt, but I could never figure out how to make it work for me as an adult.

This year I realized I could easily turn a Christmas tree skirt into a skirt for my girls, and I had so much fun turning these tree skirts into skirts. Much of the work of making the skirt is already done, and these skirts have the most amazing swirl factor since they are full circle skirts!

wear a remodeled Christmas tree skirt

What Christmas tree skirts can be made into a skirt?

When looking for a Christmas tree skirt to remodel, you’ll need to find one with a large interior hole. If the hole is too small, it will not fit the size. You can even get one with a hole that’s too big and then add elastic or pleats to make it smaller.

Make sure the tree skirt is not too heavy, otherwise it is difficult to work with and carry.

I purchased two different tree skirts with different features, so I could do a tutorial on both skirts. I found a tree skirt made from knitted fabric, which made it much easier to turn into a skirt.

What is remodeling?

To remodel is to shape clothes again or differently. I usually use this to describe when I sew clothes to fit differently or to have a different look, but the majority of the item remains the same.

wear a remodeled Christmas tree skirt

Do you like to sew? Try one of these great sewing projects:

wear a remodeled Christmas tree skirt

Turn a Christmas Tree Skirt into a Skirt

Supplies

  • Christmas tree skirt with center hole medium to large
    • I made one with buttons and reused it as a closure. You don’t have to have a closure that you can reuse, but if it’s a possibility, it helps.
  • Optional: matching 7 inch zipper (this depends on what type of zipper you want to add)
  • Optional: a piece of fabric or ribbon to add an extension (this works for buttoned tree skirts)
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine

Christmas Tree Skirt with Ties

I chose this red Christmas tree skirt because it had a larger hole, it was made of knitted fabric, and I knew the pleated velvet would be easy to work with.

Christmas tree skirt with ties

First, I removed the label from the back.

tag removed

Then I removed the ties by ripping the seam where each tie was attached.

remove links

Sew the fabric at each opening where you removed a tie to close the holes.

*The hole in the center ended up being too big for my daughter’s size because the knit stretched a lot. I added elastic to the inner circle by making part of the seams into a casing to make it a little smaller. You may need to do this to adjust the size!

sew the holes closed

Open the zipper and place it between the two sides of the opening. I will sew the zipper with an exposed zipper method. This is much easier since all the edges have been finished or closed.

place the zipper between the opening

On the left, fold the top of the zipper strip that does not have zipper teeth down to hide it behind the fabric. Pin the zipper to the left side of the opening all the way to the bottom of the zipper.

Sew the left side sewing 1/4 inch from the edge starting at the top and ending just above the bottom zipper stop.

sew one side of the zipper

On the right, fold the top of the zipper strip that does not have zipper teeth down to hide it behind the fabric. Pin the zipper to the left side of the opening all the way to the bottom of the zipper.

Sew the right side sewing 1/4 inch from the edge starting at the top and ending just above the bottom zipper stop.

sew the other side of the zipper

Pull the zipper pull to the top.

zip

Turn the tree skirt right side out and sew a 1/4-inch seam from under the zipper to the hem.

zipper and seam inside

Check your seam from the outside, as the seam can get wonky with so many layers.

sew the seam under the zipper

You have finished!

wear a remodeled Christmas tree skirt

Christmas tree skirt with buttons

I found this tree skirt with beaded embroidery, cording on the edges and buttons on the back. It’s a little heavier than I would have liked.

Christmas tree skirt with buttons

First, I removed the drawstring from the waist and hem to take some of the weight off. Remove the tag from the back of the tree skirt.

remove cords and labels

Get some extra fabric or ribbon and cut it to length from button to button, leaving room for hemming on each short side.

cut the extension cord

Hem all sides of the fabric or ribbon to prevent it from fraying.

hem extender

Sew the extension onto the tree skirt from the waist down to the second button. I just topstitched all the layers to hold it in place.

sew the extension behind one side

Pin the two sides of the skirt together, overlapping the top layer over the bottom layer with a 1/4 inch overlap. Sew through all layers from the bottom hem to the extension piece.

sew the opening just below the extension piece

When the top button is buttoned, the skirt can be worn and the extension should give more modesty under the opening. We needed a little more strength to add the top button, so I added a snap at the extension and waist.

add a snap or hook and eye for added strength

You have finished!

wear a remodeled Christmas tree skirt

Wear a Christmas tree skirt

wear a remodeled Christmas tree skirt

If you make anything using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!

wear a remodeled Christmas tree skirt


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