Hi everybody! It’s Justin from Keaton Quilts back again for another fun sewing tutorial. Today, I’ll be using my Big Shot Plus Machine and the Sizzix Bigz XL Die - 10" Dresden Plate to make a festive small Christmas tree skirt.
- (4) 6” Pieces of Ribbon/Twine
- (20) 11” x 5” Holiday Print Fabrics
- (1) 24” Square of Backing
- Sewing Machine
We’ll start out by making our Sizzix Sandwich. Begin with your Cutting Pad and place your die on top, foam side up and slightly askew. Then place the 11" x 5" fabric pieces (eight at a time) over the die. Place the second Cutting Pad on top and your Sizzix Sandwich is complete.
It’s time to feed the sandwich through the machine. Place it at a slight angle and turn the handle until it’s through the other side. Repeat until all 20 pieces are cut.
Place your first Dresden piece Right Sides Together on top of another one and clip together.
Sew along the long edge using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Repeat until you have sewn all 20 pieces together making sure not to join the first and the last together, completing the circle.
Iron your seams toward the darker side.
Pin your pieced Dresden unit to the 24" square with right sides together.
Sew along the edge of the perimeter circle and the inner circle making sure to start and finish at the open seam without sewing through it.
Place your first 6” string toward the top of your first open seam with most of the string toward the inside and only a small bit peeking out of the outside. Do the same for the second string toward the end of your seam and sew along the edge using a 1/4" seam allowance—locking the string in place. Back stitch a few times over where the string is to secure it in place as you sew.
Trim off the excess backing around the inner circle and outside of your piece. Also, cut along the open Dresden and cut notches along the inner and outer circle making sure not to cut through your seam.
Trim off the edges of the four corners, again making sure not to cut through the seam. Then turn right side out and press nice and flat.
Fold your open seam 1/4" and press. Place your string toward the top and bottom of the opening.
Topstitch along the seam to close the opening and secure the strings in place. Backstitch over the portion of the seam where the strings are for extra strength.
Use the string to tie together the open part of the skirt, and just like that—you have a festive holiday tree skirt!
I hope you’ll continue to join me for more tutorials here on the Sizzix blog, and if you’d like even more fun, visit me at Keaton Quilts.com or follow along with us on Instagram or Facebook for even more quilty adventures.
xoxo - Justin