It’s officially holiday season! If you love a good holiday project that combines sewing and home decor this one is for you! I’ve partnered with Baby Lock to create a free, Christmas tree skirt sewing pattern that uses a vintage quilt. It’s the perfect way to repurpose an old quilt or family heirloom and transform it into a new keepsake you can enjoy every year.
You don’t need to be a master seamstress to create this project either, just your sewing machine and a few tools and you’re on your way to creating new holiday decor.
I’m using my Baby Lock Soprano sewing machine for this project. It’s roomy enough to easily maneuver a bulky project and even comes with a quilting extension table that you can pop on for even more workspace. My favorite feature that makes this project a breeze is the advanced pivoting feature. Whenever I release the foot petal, the needle is in the down position and the presser foot is lifted so I can quickly pivot the quilt/fabric around a corner or curve.
Ready to get started? Keep reading to learn how to make your own vintage quilt Christmas tree skirt.
Found vintage quilt, washed and dried
Download and print the free tree skirt pattern at 100% (do not scale) on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Trim the right and bottom sides of each page and use tape or a glue stick to piece it together. Cut out the skirt size you want. I’ve included 3 sizes in the pattern: the small has a 36” diameter, the medium has a 42” diameter, and the large has a 48” diameter.
The tree skirt pattern is a quarter of the finished size. Lay the quilt flat so you can see the entire design and choose which area you would like to use for the tree skirt. You can lay the pattern flat to trace it with a washable marker. Keeping in mind to mirror the pattern piece three times to create the entire circle shape. I chose to fold my quilt in half and only mirror my pattern piece once. If your quilt is very thick and lofty, I recommend tracing the pattern flat and mirroring the paper pattern as you work your way around the circle. Once traced, use fabric scissors or a rotary cutter to cut out the tree skirt shape.
I love using the Baby Lock Edge Joining Foot every time I sew bias binding. It makes sewing and aligning the bias tape a piece of cake. If you haven’t tried it before, I cannot recommend it enough!
Press the bias tape on the wrong side of the quilt then flip the quilt over so the right side is facing up. Fold the bias tape over towards the right side and use the quilting clips to hold it in place. Sew close to the edge all the way around. If you want to sew in a cute label, like this star one, this is the time to do it!
Now you have a beautiful, unique tree skirt to enjoy each year.