Many, Many Minis

Last year I discovered Instagram swaps… and it didn’t take long for me to get hooked.  It was a great way to try out some new blocks and techniques, without having to commit to making an entire quilt.  It is a really fun experience to make something for someone you’ve never met before – taking clues from their Instagram feed in order to come up with something they love!

These are some of the Mini Quilts or Mug Rugs I made last year:

I did a pieced back for my #starbucksmugrugswap – used up some precious #cottonandsteel scraps!

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#mugrug is complete for #starbucksmugrugswap! Thanks for the extra encouragement to finish this weekend, @quiltydream!

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#wonderclips help me sew binding on {like a boss} #BPsewvember Day 2 #tulayah

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Ready to ship out! #makeaquiltmakeafriend #schnitzelandboominiquiltswap #quiltersofawesome #carolynfriedlander

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…and look at some of the amazing creations I received… Thank you, Ladies!

Catherine from New Zealand sent me this – Can you believe this is her first quilt!?  I’m honoured to have it hanging in my sewing room.

Patricia sent me this all the way from Germany!  Isn’t her quilting amazing?!

Yvonne organizes the Instagram #StarbucksMugRugSwap, and she was my partner last summer.  I LOVE what she sent me:

Corrinna’s colourful flying geese – so fun!

Becky’s Tula Pink Mug Rug, and so many extras!

I’m working on another Mug Rug for Yvonne’s Starbucks Mug Swap – This is what I’ve come up with so far:

Looking forward to the year ahead, and many more projects, large and small!  Happy New Year!

Machine Binding Tutorial

Lately I have seen several quilts that have been finished with binding that had been entirely machine bound.  Usually I sew my binding on the front, wrap it around the back, then hand stitch it down.  Works well enough, but as you know, the hand stitching is time-consuming.  Although I actually don’t mind doing it, and find it quite relaxing, the prospect of whizzing through the binding process is a rather enticing one.

Now, I had tried machine-stitching binding down in the past, and the results were less that impressive – my stitches on the reverse side would be on the binding sometimes, off at others, and just didn’t look good.

At our Mini-Quilt swap for the #CalMQG, I saw some BEAUTIFUL machine binding.  I was in awe… I didn’t think it could look that flawless!  I was determined to find a better way, as clearly it was possible.

I came across a post by Lee at Freshly Pieced about sewing machine feet for the Janome Acufeed system, which my machine is equipped with.  She explained that she sews the binding onto the front of the quilt, wraps it around to the back, secures it with Clover Wonder Clips, then stitches in the ditch on the front to catch the binding on the back.  I had been doing the opposite: Stitching on the back, wrapping to the front, then stitching down.

I am sold on the Stitch-in-the-ditch Method!  Here is how it’s done and what the results look like:

1. ) Start by attaching the binding  (I use 2 1/2″ binding) to the front using your 1/4 inch foot.  An accurate, consistent 1/4″ seam is key.

*My favourite video describing how to stitch your binding down to the front (and particularly how to join your ends together) is by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Stitch Binding on Front with 1/4 Foot

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Stitch Binding on Front with 1/4 Foot

 

2.  Wrap your binding around to the back, and secure with Clover Wonder Clips.  Keep your width consistent – I matched it up with the end of the clip to be absolutely sure I caught the binding in my stitches, but with practice, I think you could get away with slightly less.  I’m not ready to go there yet   though ;)  Mitre your corners as usual.

*I resisted buying Wonder clips for a long time, as I thought they were to pricey for what they are, but they really are necessary for this…. and as I have discovered, they are so useful!  My new attitude is that yes, they are expensive, by YES they are worth it! ;)

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Secure binding with Wonder Clips

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Secure binding with Wonder Clips

 

3.  Use your Ditch Quilting foot to sew in the seam where the quilt and binding meet on the front.  Personally, I need to go slow to avoid accidentally running onto the binding.  Go around the entire quilt in that manner, using particular care in the corners.  You don’t need a ditch quilting foot to do this, but I think it really does help :)

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Stitch in the Ditch on Quilt Front

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Stitch in the Ditch on Quilt Front

 

4. Hold your breath, turn your quilt over, and see how you did!

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Closer Look at the Back Binding

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Closer Look at the Back Binding

 

Like I say, I could probably wrap around a little less, and then my stitches would be closer to the edge of the binding on the back, but I’ll need more practice for that.

As shown below, on the front you can see the stitches in the ditch, but honestly, I don’t really notice it… and where I can see it, like on the darker fabric, it doesn’t bother me.

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Close-up View of Front

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Close-up View of Front

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Mini Quilt Front

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Vintage Tulips Quilt Front

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Mini Quilt Back

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Mini Quilt Back

*Note – Pattern is Thimble Blossoms Vintage Tulips Mini Quilt!   


The Mini Quilt below was my first attempt at using this method of machine-binding.  It isn’t perfect, but given how quickly it can be done, I’ll gladly take it!

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Mini Quilt Front

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Mini Quilt Front

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Mini Quilt Back

Machine Binding Tutorial | basting beauty | Mini Quilt Back

 


I highly recommend this method of machine-binding.  As with nearly everything in quilting, there are so many different ways to accomplish any given step of the process, with none of them necessarily being the “correct” way to do it, but more about personal preference.  If you are looking to do some machine-binding, try this method out, it might be a fit for you too!

Sew Together Bag & 1 Hour Basket

I’ve been having a ton of fun making bags lately!  Specifically, the Sew Together Bag by SewDemented and the 1 Hour Basket by Kelly at kelbysews.

After last week's #CalMQG show and tell, I decided I definitely needed my own #sewtogetherbag!

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I started with the Sew Together Bag, as all the QuiltCon attendees at the Calgary Modern Quilting Guild raved about how useful it was in keeping all their tools together while attending workshops.  The pattern is very well written, and there is a fantastic Sew-A-Long to clear up any confusion  available at The Quilt Barn.  I highly recommend going this it before you begin!

This is a great project to use up scraps by creating a pieced exterior lining!  I used all fabric from my stash for my first bag.

Inspired by @tiffaching42's #sewtogetherbag – led me to play with some scraps today!

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I played around with some Matchstick quilting on these bags also – It was also super popular at QuiltCon according to the girls at #CalMQG!

Soon to be #sewtogetherbag

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I also experimented with Modern Handcraft’s Machine Stitched Hexies for my third Sew Together bag –  It’s really fun to think of different ways to embellish the exterior of these bags.  For a million ideas, have a look at the #sewtogetherbag on Instagram.

Finished a #sewtogetherbag today for my Mom!

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The 1 Hour Basket was also a great project – and it definitely lives up to its name, only taking an hour to make.  I have the goal to make one using all my favourite designers/fabric lines, and then use each to house their fabric… or at least as much as will fit inside ;)  Last, but not least, the pattern is FREE!!!

And with that idea, I present my Tula Pink Hour Basket….

 

Obviously, adding embellishments to your Hour Basket adds to the time, but can have great impact.

 

This bag also has a huge Instagram following, and you can admire everyone’s creations by searching the hashtag #hourbasket.

Be forewarned – both projects are addictive.  My current tally is three Sew Together Bags and two Hour Basket and these numbers are sure to grow!

Finally, I want to wish my Mom, Sweet P, a very Happy Birthday!  Visit her blog for more photos of some of these bags that I made for her birthday!

Have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!

Triangle Quilt | Jaybird’s Kona Cotton Palette

 

Jaybird Triangle Quilt | basting beauty

Jaybird Triangle Quilt | basting beauty

 

About a year ago, Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts put out a request for her friends, family and followers to make blocks for a quilt that would be used as part of the Hupppah at her wedding. What a fun idea!  I am a big fan of Julie’s work, so I eagerly ordered a couple of bundles of fat eighths in a variety of the 24 Kona Cotton colours she selected.  I sent off five blocks, and was delighted to see one of them in one of her Instagram posts several months ago.  Mine is in the photo below –  the one located in the photo’s top centre – although it was an accident, from the right angle it looks sort of like mountains with the sun peaking through :)

 

Julie and Lawrence were married last weekend, and her Instagram feed was full of  lovely photos, including this one that shows the completed quilt with a very thoughtful Thank-You sign.  The sign listed EVERY person who made blocks for the quilt!  So sweet!

 

The quilting was done be the amazing Angela Walters.  In the post below Julie describes that the design was very purposeful to give Angela “some big open space to work her magic and she did not disappoint!!” The results are breathtaking.

 


Yikes… after seeing those photos, if you could lower your expectations about 10000%, I’d like to show what I made with my scraps from my Jaybird blocks! ;)

I thought the colours in Julie’s palette would pop nicely with a charcoal grey, and I wanted to arrange the triangles randomly.  I used the Hex n More Ruler to cut the grey pieces, and that made it really easy to come together!

Yesterday, I met up with my friend Lisa, and her daughter, Isobel in Fernie, BC for lunch.  Isobel, as in the ‘Isobel’ quilt I made last winter!  She was visiting her parents, and we were staying in the Crowsnest Pass, so Fernie made a nice meeting spot for us.  I brought this quilt along, hoping to find some interesting, new photography spots, and also thought I could enlist the help of Isobel to be my quilt-holder!

Isobel & Jaybird Quilt | basting beauty

Isobel & Jaybird Quilt | basting beauty

Isobel & Triangle Jaybird Quilt | basting beauty copy

Isobel & Triangle Jaybird Quilt | basting beauty

Thanks, Lisa and Isobel, for a fantastic day, and for helping me take photos!

Erin & Lisa in Fernie, BC

Erin & Lisa in Fernie, BC

Lola admiring the @cottonandsteel fabrics I picked up at The Cotton Tree Quilt store in #Fernie today!

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Finally, I figured I should probably see if there is a Quilt Store in Fernie.  As you can maybe guess from the photo above, there is!  A good one! The Cotton Tree Quilt store… check it out if you have the chance!

Thanks for stopping by!

Spring Mini-Quilt Swap | Calgary Modern Quilt Guild

Last month, my friend Rachel {Intelligence at Play} and I attended our first meeting for the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild.  I was absolutely blown away by the amount of talent in this group, and had a great time, so we eagerly signed up to be part of this fantastic group of quilters.  One of the upcoming events for the #CalMQG was the Spring Mini-Quilt Swap.  Interested members were asked to create a mini-quilt between 12″x12″ and 20″X20″ that represented “Spring”.  At the March meeting we would number each quilt and randomly draw to see what little lovely we took home with us.  It sounded like a lot of fun, so we both agreed to take part.

As I made my quilt, I was SUPER nervous and anxious!  The thought of making something that I would give to one of the ultra-talented women in this group was intimidating to say the least.  What about all the imperfections in my work?  Would they think my creation was super-lame?  In the end, I remembered the words of Angela Walters I talked about in my last post, and soldiered on!  I used some of my favourite fabrics including an assortment from Cotton + Steel, Botanics and Doe by Carolyn Friedlander and a bit of Indelible by Katarina Roccella.  How could I go wrong? ;)

"Spring" Mini-Quilt | basting beauty

“Spring” Mini-Quilt | basting beauty

Mini-Quilt | basting beauty | quilt label

Mini-Quilt | basting beauty | quilt label

 


The swap turned out to be lots of fun!  As always, I was incredibly impressed by the quilts the other members created, and felt reassured by the support and kind words offered by the group.

 

16 #CalMQG members finished their spring mini for the exchange!

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It's the #calmqg mini quilt swap!

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Tons of fun admiring all the wonderful designs people made, AND I now have this little beauty hanging in my sewing room.  Thank you so much Katrina!

 

A closer look at this beauty by @khcalgary is in order… I adore it! Thank you! #CalMQG #patchwork #applique

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Thanks for the fun night, ladies, and I look forward to many more to come with #CalMQG!!!!

QuiltCon & Wise Words from Angela Walters

I spent much of last week pouring over Instagram and other social media, living vicariously through the lucky attendants of QuiltCon in Austin, Texas.  QuiltCon is “the largest modern quilting show of its kind”.  Next year, it will be in Pasadena, California, and I have already penciled it into my calendar.  In addition to a huge collection of quilts on display by extremely talented individuals, there are tons of vendors, as well as workshops and lectures to help you sharpen your skills.  Katrina Hertzer, of the Calgary Modern Quilt Guild, was one of the quilters recognized in the competition at QuiltCon.  Make sure to take a look at her first-place, meticulously detailed, appliquéd “Anniversary” quilt, as well as the other winners.  *Side note: Although I didn’t get to attend QuiltCon this year, it did give me just the push I needed to join Calgary’s Modern Quilt Guild, which is a step in the right direction!*

QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, TX

 

Earlier this evening, I came across a video by Angela Walters that I really must share.  It is titled “Three Things Machine Quilters Should Stop Doing”, and it is based on a lecture she gave while at QuiltCon.  Although it is obviously focussed on Quilting, I think the advice she gives can be applied to many aspects of life.  We are often very quick to be hard on ourselves, and hold ourselves to ridiculously high standards we would never hold others too.  Her video made me laugh, and at other times tear up a little, and if you have the chance, take a look… and if you don’t have time to watch it, take Angela’s advice and be proud of your finished quilts, because as she says, “A finished quilt is always better than a perfect quilt top!”

Half Square Triangle Sampler | Kate & Birdie’s Winter’s Lane

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Quilt | Winter's Lane | basting beauty

Half-Square Triangle Sampler Quilt | Winter’s Lane | basting beauty

This quilt combines two of my great loves:  Kate & Birdie’s Winter’s Lane fabric, and Half Square Triangles. Winter’s Lane was the first fabric line that really caught my eye when I first started quilting.  My Mom, Sweet P, was visiting me in Calgary, and naturally, we were making the rounds at all our local quilt shops. Several stores stocked Winter’s Lane, and I gathered Fat Quarters, Charm packs and bits of yardage throughout the day, and over the coming months.  This collection became very precious to me, to the point where every time I made a plan to begin a quilt, I could never quite get the courage to cut the fabric up and start it.  As crazy as it sounds, I knew once I used it up, I would be a bit sad it was gone.  Weird, I know!!!

Kate & Birdie's Winter's Lane | Half Square Triangle Sampler | basting beauty

Kate & Birdie’s Winter’s Lane | Half Square Triangle Sampler | basting beauty

In any case, I did finally work up the nerve to begin this quilt, and I found a project that I thought was worthy of this beautiful fabric – a Half-Square Triangle Sampler Quilt.  I absolutely love the modern look of HSTs when they are done in solids, or with prints combined with solids, so I was confident this was a good way to show off the beauty of Kate & Birdie’s designs.  I didn’t use a true solid in the end, but instead Carolyn Friedlander’s Architextures in white Crosshatch – which is a lovely snow white colour, with a subtle texture provided by fine, crosshatched lines.  Many of the prints in the Winter’s Lane line also have hatched lines, so they play very well together.

Winter's Lane HST Sampler |  Meander Free Motion Quilting

Winter’s Lane HST Sampler | Meander Free Motion Quilting

I drew inspiration from the thousands of photos online of various HST blocks.  To say these little beauties are versatile is an understatement of the highest degree!   Although I poured over countless images online, I found the work of Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms and Jeni Baker of In Color Order to be particularly inspirational.  Their quilts have a simplicity to them that was exactly what I was striving for.

Quilt Backing | Winter's Lane HST Sampler | basting beauty

Quilt Backing | Winter’s Lane HST Sampler | basting beauty

I ended up using 96 white and 96 printed 5” Charm squares to make my HSTs (I used 2 Charm packs as well as some extras that I cut from my yardage).  I used the background fabric cut into 2.5” strips for the sashing, with random prints of 2.5” squares where the corners met.  Although I originally planned on adding a 4-5” border of one of the prints, it was too much in the end, and I completed it with an extra 2.5” row of sashing strips.

Despite my apprehension, I decided to finish this project off by free-motion quilting a meandering motif.  I am not a confident free-motion quilter, and had never done a quilt of this size.  I was very nervous, but I figured that because I really loved the fabric, the pressure might help me do my best work.  Reasonable logic??  Maybe??? The quilting definitely isn’t perfect, but for my first big attempt, I’m happy with it.  I definitely became much more comfortable as I went along, and now I’m feeling a bit addicted to it, actually!  I am looking forward to experimenting with FMQ pattern more!

Winter's Lane | Half-Square Triangle Sampler Quilt | basting beauty

Winter’s Lane | Half-Square Triangle Sampler Quilt | basting beauty

We were in the Crowsnest Pass this weekend, so I took advantage of the fresh snowfall and picturesque viewpoints for some photos of this appropriately wintery quilt!

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek!

Herringbone Quilt | Neutrals Palette

Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty | Robert Kaufman Neutrals Palette

Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty | Robert Kaufman Neutrals Palette

I began this quilt far too long ago to admit an actual time frame, but suffice it to say, the snow you see in the photo above was not even close to falling.  Having said that, these pictures were taken several weeks ago, and again, we have no snow here in Calgary.  An early spring?  Probably not, but we have definitely been enjoying an oddly warm winter – let’s just hope we don’t pay for it this spring and summer.

Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty | Woodgrain Quilting

Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty | Woodgrain Quilting

I went through many different ideas for this quilt before settling on the Herringbone pattern.  I knew I wanted something reminiscent of a chevron, but more random, like the Mixed Bag quilt pattern by Studio M for Moda. Although the fabric featured in the pattern is very different than the Robert Kaufman Neutrals I chose, I thought it would work equally well.

Herringbone Quilt back | Metallic Pearl Bracelets & Netorious Goldilocks | basting beauty

Herringbone Quilt back | Metallic Pearl Bracelets & Netorious Goldilocks | basting beauty

For the backing I chose Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets in Grey Pearlessence – I absolutely love the entire Pearl Bracelets line of fabric.  The wide array of colours, and the variation on the classic polka dot makes them a fantastic addition to anyone’s fabric stash.  For the binding I used Cotton + Steel fabric – I have seen variations on how the name is spelled:  “Netorious” Goldilocks is what I originally saw many places online, which I thought was a cute pun, given that the design is a fine, metallic, triangular ‘net’-like pattern.  I also see some stores list it as “Notorious Goldilocks” which makes me wonder if some people just accidentally spelled it wrong.  While I am not sure about that situation, I am absolutely positive that the fabric is fabulous, and I will be adding a lot more Cotton + Steel designs to my fabric collection.

Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty | Woodgrain Quilting

Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty | Woodgrain Quilting

I opted for one of my favourite quilting designs – Wavy, woodgrain, using a walking foot!

Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty

Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty

We took the photos of this quilt at the off-leash park near our house – It is not very well known, so is often very quiet, and has a beautiful view of Calgary’s downtown – and only a block from our house!  Needless to say, we love it here.  Many, many of our shots were photobombed by Lola & Scout, so it is only fair I include them in this post too, since they were such eager, adorable participants!  A huge thank-you to my fiancé, Greg, for scaling icy park benches and holding the quilt in awkward poses so I could get the shots I needed. What a guy!

Thanks for stopping by to take a look at what I’ve been up to!

Photobomb! | Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty

Photobomb! | Herringbone Quilt | basting beauty

 

Gold Chevron Feature Wall

A couple of weeks ago, I finally worked up the courage to try the “Champagne Gold” paint I bought earlier this year – on a wall in my house.  Since it was a bit crazy… er… I mean unique (!?), I figured it was probably best suited to an appropriately creative space, like my sewing room, which also doubles as my dressing room/closet.

Rustoleum Champagne Gold | basting beauty

Rustoleum Champagne Gold | basting beauty

So, I grabbed my painter’s tape and away I went, making an oversized chevron shape using lines of varying widths.  As you can see the wall has a very pale green base (Benjamin Moore ‘Cucumber’).  One tip I Iearned from from this – Frog Tape!  Use it!  As you can probably tell from the photo,  I used two different brands of painters tape, and the Frog Tape outperformed, BY FAR!

Taped wall, ready to paint | Chevron Wall | basting beauty

Taped wall, ready to paint | Chevron Wall | basting beauty

Soon after, I began painting… and then the doubt crept in…. Oh, Dear…. Oh, other-four-letter-words…. what have I done?

I think I've made a big mistake..!? | basting beauty | Chevron Wall

I think I’ve made a big mistake..!? | basting beauty | Chevron Wall

Yikes.  At this point, I was definitely thinking that this was a huge mistake, but at the same time, it’s only paint, so I wasn’t too worried… I decided to press on.  I peeled the tape off, and still wasn’t particularly jazzed by the results, but I convinced decided that it just needed some shelves and some styling.

Ikea 'Lack' shelves with brass hardware from Home Depot | basting beauty

Ikea ‘Lack’ shelves with brass hardware from Home Depot | basting beauty

Finished Chevron Accent Wall | basting beauty | Champagne Gold Paint

Finished Chevron Feature Wall | basting beauty | Champagne Gold Paint

Yup!  That will do!  It turns out, I really like it.  It’s not everyone’s taste, I’m sure… but for my little creative nook in the house, it suites me very well.  This room also houses two closets out of the frame, so I use it as a ‘dressing room’ of sorts also.  It is a lovely little space that works perfectly for these purposes.

Shelf Bracket | Chevron Wall | basting beauty

Shelf Bracket | Chevron Wall | basting beauty

I added little brass brackets to some Ikea ‘Lack’ shelves I have had forever, and never seemed to use.  The white was uber boring, and probably why it took me years to hang them, but once the brackets were added, I absolutely adore them!  A simple $5 Home Depot addition.

Sewing Room Chevron Wall | basting beauty

Sewing Room Chevron Wall | Champagne Gold on Benjamin Moore’s “Cucumber” | basting beauty

I’m not sure the other walls of my house will see any new gold paint, but in the end, I am happy with this result :)

Christmas Tree Skirt skirt | An Ugly Christmas Sweater Alternative

Christmas Tree Skirt | Tacky Holiday Wear| basting beauty

Christmas Tree Skirt skirt | Tacky Holiday Wear | basting beauty

With Holiday Party season in full swing, many of us find ourselves looking for some appropriately “Festive” clothing to wear to such occasions.  I found myself in that position last week, and although I have a couple old-standbys, I wanted to try something different – A Christmas Tree Skirt skirt.

Tacky Christmas Tree Skirt | basting beauty

 Ugly Holiday Sweater Alternative | Tacky Christmas Tree Skirt | basting beauty

I gathered various crafting & decorating supplies such as shiny garland, jingle bells, felt, tartan ribbon – all in appropriate hues of red, green and gold, however, the success of this project hinged on locating a sufficiently tacky Tree Skirt… A trip to Walmart was in order, and delivered nicely!  Although they had quite a selection of tree skirts, many were quite contemporary in design, and frankly, not nearly garish enough for my needs.  I had my heart set on a skirt made from that horrid red felt-ish material reminiscent of house insulation.  I was just about to give up when I spotted a $10 beauty that was exactly what I was looking for.  Jackpot!

Sewing the Waistband | Ugly Christmas Tree Skirt | basting beauty

Sewing the Waistband | Ugly Christmas Tree Skirt | basting beauty

Armed with my decorating supplies, and a glue gun, I began by cutting the circle that wraps around the tree bigger, little by little until it fit around my waist.  Then, I attached the Tartan-print ribbon to the waist with my sewing machine, leaving lots of ribbon hanging off each end – this excess would be used to tie into a bow and secure the skirt.  I could only find ribbon that was wired on each side, and although I initially thought this wasn’t ideal, it actually worked out really well –  It allowed for a super-over-the top bow that made me feel a bit like a Dr. Seuss character.

'Festive' Supplies | Tacky Christmas Tree Skirt | basting beauty

‘Festive’ Supplies | Tacky Christmas Tree Skirt | basting beauty

Once I had the ribbon attached, I tried the skirt on, and it appeared as though the Christmas Tree Skirt experiment was going to work.  Fantastic!  On to decorating!  Although I had a collection of supplies, I settled on “only” using the garland and jingle bells, which I attached with a glue gun.  The skirt came with a swirling gold sparkle design on it, and was exactly the level of tackiness I set out for!

Jingle Bells & Garland | Tacky Christmas Tree Skirt | basting beauty

Jingle Bells & Garland | Tacky Christmas Tree Skirt | basting beauty

The skirt was surprisingly quick to come together – It was done within an hour.  Also, it held up very well, only losing a jingle bell or two throughout the night.    If you are looking to add a new piece of tacky Festive wear to your Holiday repertoire, give this a try!

Wearing My Tree Skirt | basting beauty

Wearing My Tree Skirt | basting beauty

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