Reversible Christmas Tree Skirt

We may only be a couple days into fall, but it is never to early to start thinking, planning, and making things for Christmas. A few years ago I needed a new Christmas tree skirt and I couldn't find one I liked in the stores. I usually decorate in blue, white, and silver during the holidays and those colors aren't as easy to find as red and green.

I ended up making this pattern for a reversible, ruffled Christmas Tree skirt. I liked the results so much that made around 15 to give as gifts that year. The best part about this pattern is that you don't need to pin any pattern pieces to your fabric. I'll show you how to make your own compass so you can easily cut your fabric in the shape of a circle.


  • 1 1/3 yds green (or color of your choice) holiday fabric
  • 1 1/3 yds red (or color of your choice) holiday fabric
  • 2 yds gold (or color of your choice) fabric for the ruffle 
  • 4 pieces of ribbon that is 3/8 inch wide x 24 inches long
  • water soluble fabric pen or chalk
  • 1 yd of curling ribbon or string that doesn't stretch
  • sewing and cutting tools


I used 5/8 inch seam allowance for this project.

Wash, dry and iron all of your fabric.

As I said before, you can make this without any paper pattern pieces. You are going to make your own compass to draw an arc. Tie one end of the curling ribbon or string around your water soluble pen or a piece of chalk.

Fold the green fabric into quarters.

The corner where there are no raw edges will be the center of your circle.

Place the loose end of your curling ribbon at the center of your circle. Place the pen or chalk about a half an inch from the selvage.

Hold the end of the ribbon on the center of the circle as you draw an arc on your fabric.

Cut along the line you just drew.

Use the same method to draw a 3 inch radius circle in the center, where the tree will be. Cut along your line.

Don't unfold the green fabric, yet. You can use it as a guide for cutting your red fabric.

Fold your red fabric into quarters. Set the green fabric on top making sure to correctly place the center of the circle.

Cut out the red fabric.

Set aside the center circles. I'll show you how to make a cute ornament with them in my next post.

Unfold the green fabric halfway. Press on one side from the central circle to the outer edge.

Completely unfold the green fabric.

Cut along the line you just pressed. This will be the opening to your tree skirt.

Press and cut the red fabric in the same manner.

Now it's time to cut the fabric for your ruffle. It's easiest to use a rotary cutter for this. Fold the fabric in quarters (or eighths) lengthwise.

Cut five strips that are 12 inches wide. The selvages of the fabric should be on either end.

All of the pieces are cut. Now, it's time to start sewing. Let's start with the ruffle.

Pin two pieces of the ruffle fabric right sides together along the short end. Stitch them together.

Repeat until all five pieces of the ruffle are stitched together.

Press the seams open.

On one end of the ruffle, fold the fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. Pin the six inch end together and stitch shut. Do the same on the other end.

Now it's time to make the ruffle ruffley.

Fold the ruffle in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press the length of the fabric. Baste along the raw edge of the fabric, about 1/4 inch from the raw edge. You can do this by hand or with a sewing machine. Gather the ruffle.

It's time to put it all together.

Lay the green fabric out flat with the right side up. Set your ribbon on each side of the opening about one inch down and about five inches down from the central circle.

Carefully lay the ruffle along the edge of the fabric aligning the raw edge of the ruffle withe the raw edge of the skirt. Take your time and make sure that the ruffle is gathered evenly all the way around.

Position your red fabric face down over the ruffle and green fabric.

Pin the red fabric to the ruffle, ribbons and green fabric.

Make sure to pin the pieces together carefully so you sew the ruffle and ribbon in the appropriate places. It can be easy to catch a length of ribbon or a folded up ruffle in the seams if you are not paying attention.

Stitch around the skirt as shown. Make sure to leave an 8-10 inch opening.

Take out your pins and turn the skirt right side out through the opening. Stitch the opening shut.

If you are experienced at sewing you could use buttons and buttonholes to secure the skirt shut instead of ribbon.

Enjoy getting things ready for a happy holiday!

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