Rustic No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt Tutorial

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As we have all confirmed by now, I am a DIY Pinterest loving addict. I have come across the ruffled tree skirt pins before, but they always link to tutorials that either sew or use hot glue guns. I hate hate hate hot glue guns. I never come away from a hot glue project unscathed, so when I decided to make this rustic tree skirt, I went in search of another way. Below is the tutorial I came up with. Trust me, if I could do it, then you can make a ruffled tree skirt too and it won't cost you $100 on Etsy.


2 Yards of two different fabrics (I used a red silk and a light burlap)
An old tree skirt or fabric cut into a tree skirt shape
Iron on adhesive (I used Heat N Bond)
An Iron

Step 1: Lay out your tree skirt flat on the ground. I had my mom cut me a big circle shape out of an old fabric she had laying around. I then cut a small hole in the center and a slit to make it a tree skirt form. You can also use any old tree skirt you have laying around though.

Step 2: Cut the two different fabrics into about 3 inch wide strips. It is easier if you fold the fabric in half and cut the strips that way instead of laying the fabric out flat.

Step 3: Place a strip of fabric face down on the floor and place the iron on adhesive along the top of it. Make sure the paper is face up on the adhesive strip.

Step 4: Place the iron on the adhesive strip for two seconds. Be sure to get the whole length of the strip.

Step 5: Peel the paper backing off of the adhesive strip and place the fabric adhesive strip down onto your tree skirt. Start at the bottom of the skirt and form ruffles as you go along. Place the iron on the sections you want to adhere to the tree skirt fabric for 4-6 seconds each.

Step 6: Work your way to the top repeating steps 3-5 alternating fabrics until you get to the top.

That's it! No burnt fingers, no sewing machine required, just a little bit of time and patience. 

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  1. When I saw it, I knew I couldn't do it but when I read your directions, I knew I could! Very cute!

  2. Yes Liz, if I have done a craft, you know it is easy. I can't sew to save my life except by hand, so I have to come up with no-sew no glue ways to do things LOL.

  3. You did an awesome job on this tree skirt!!

  4. Wow, what a awesome way to accent your Christmas tree.

  5. This is SO cute and looks much better than my $4 Walmart tree skirt... I think I'm going to try it with the red, brown, and green.

  6. I am going to try that. Thanks!

  7. I have searched high and low for a tree skirt that is big enough for our tree. This is amazing! The directions a re great and I know even I could do this project! Thanks for the great post!

  8. The final product hardly looks rustic to me, that is lovely (and sounds easy enough to try!) Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. I have seen pins like this, too, but have always shied away because they looked too difficult. Your tutorial is really good for people like me, who have zero sewing skills. I'm going to try to make a red and aqua tree skirt!

  10. Gorgeous! We need a new skirt. Still haven't replaced the one the cat peed on.

  11. Oh this is beautiful! I love it! I just have the plain old red and white one! I might try this!

  12. LOVE this. Can you come decorate my house for Christmas :)

  13. That turned out so pretty, Kathleen! I love it!

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  14. That is very cool. Like you, I can't sew either.

    If I had a tree, I'd really think about making this. Maybe another year.



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