For my birthday my mom gave me a 9 degree wedge ruler as we had seen these tree skirts at The Patched Works. When I was a kid, my Mom and Grandma actually made these very same tree skirts for everyone in the family. So I feel like I'm reviving a tradition of some sort.
My tree is tiny. It's only about 4-1/2 feet high and pretty thin. I don't need a traditional huge 48" tree skirt.
I started out with 6 different fabrics - one half yard each as suggested by Julie at the Patched Works. But then, I needed to decide how big my tree skirt needed to be and how wide I wanted my strips.
After a page or two of pencil scribbles I came up with the following which comes out to a 17 inch finished strip set.
- Strip One - Green - 4 inches
- Strip Two - Red - 3.25 inches
- Strip Three - Tan - 2.75 inches
- Strip Four - Red - 2.75 inches
- Strip Five - Tan - 3.25 inches
- Strip Six - Green - 4 inches
I sewed them all together using the standard 1/4 inch seam allowance. I ironed the seams open and sprayed the strip set with Mary Ellen's Best Press. I then cut them apart using my wedge ruler. You flip it back and forth to get opposite wedges. With the size of my strip set, I got 16 wedges out of each strip set - eight of each. To make a complete circle you need 360 degrees; so 2-1/2 strip sets are needed to cut 40 wedges.
Now, the only thing left to figure out is how I want to go about finishing it.
P.S. The Tree Skirt pattern is called "Treasured Tree Skirt" and it is by Linda Marcou. The 9 degree wedge ruler by Marilyn Doheny is used with it.