This is part 2 of the tutorial. Click here to go to part 1.

  • ​Turn your tree skirt over to the right side and see if your petals line up nicely. Mine didn't all look fantastic. (I mean, they are from the dollar store...). I admit that I am probably the only soul in my house who would notice, but this would drive me bonkers. So I played around with some ideas and came up with the idea to use the same fabric to make a bow that could both hide that flaw and join the ends together.
  • I decided to make a little bow to cover this area.
  • If you want to do that, just cut a strip that is slightly longer and wider than you want the bow to be, then stitch together the short ends (wrong sides together) and finger-press the seam open.
  • Now stitch one of the long sides closed, clip the corners, and turn the whole thing right-side-out. If you have one of these handy point-turners, it can be a real help.
  • Turn under 1/4 inch or so of the continuous raw edge, then stitch closed as shown in the third photo below.
  • To make the strip that cinches the bow in the middle, cut a smaller strip of the same fabric, turn under the long sides, and finger-press.
  • Sew the ends together to form a closed loop, and turn as shown below. This is a bit of a tight turn, and about halfway through I began to question my judgement, but I forged ahead.
  • Accordion-fold your rectangle (the body of the bow) like you would a paper fan, then slide the loop over the folded end and position it in the middle over the seam.
  • Ta-da! With a couple of quick hand stitches to keep the small loop in place, you have a bow. Now make as many of these as you need for your tree skirt (I needed 7).

The easy thing to do here would be to use fabric glue (or even a stick-on velcro dot) to put the bows in place, but no…I had to sew a snap on either side. That works, too, though.

​In the end it's up to you--it's your project, so make it your way! Please feel free to let me know if you try this project, and it would be fantastic if you could post a photo of your work of upcyle-art. I also welcome any tips on how to do this differently or easier.

As promised, I've made a printable .PDF version of the instructions. Click here to download.

Here's hoping you and yours enjoy the season in whatever way brings you comfort and joy.

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