It’s like a 1950’s poodle skirt. But for your tree. And with a kitty, because I like kitties.
And you don’t have to sew it (unless you want to).
1 larger piece of felt (whatever size and color you would like the tree skirt to be)
Scraps of smaller pieces of felt in a variety of colors
Glue (I used Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue)
Thumb tack and string
Rikrak or ribbon
1. Fold your large piece of felt into quarters. Using your thumbtack and string as a compass, draw the large circle for the outside part of the tree skirt.
2. Now do the same for the smaller circle, where the trunk of the tree will go.
3. With fabric still folded, cut out the larger and smaller circles.
4. Open it out, and make one straight cut from the inner circle to the outer circle, so you can later wrap the skirt around the tree.
5. Using your scraps, cut out presents in whatever shapes and sizes you want. Glue on rikrak or ribbon trim.
6. Make bows for the presents. Make sure one bow has a long tail. For a small tree skirt like mine, I left about 18″, but for a full-size tree skirt you might want a yard or more. It’s better to leave it too long and cut it off later than to be wishing you’d left more to play with.
7. Cut our your kitty. And your kitty’s eyes. Here are some patterns for large and small kitties that I drew, or you can make up your own.
8. Bend felt kitty’s head back and make two snips, about where the sides of the mouth should be.
9. Thread the long piece of rikrak or ribbon through the kitty’s “mouth” as shown.
10. Lay out the presents, bows, and the kitty pre-threaded with the long end of rikrak or ribbon onto the tree skirt you cut out earlier.
While the traditional poodle skirt has a poodle on a long, looping leash, I couldn’t imagine my cats consenting to a leash. So this kitty is chewing on the long ribbons on the packages. (Which is why we don’t put ribbons on the real packages, but that’s another story). Let’s just say kitty is helping to artfully arrange them, shall we?
When you’re happy with the layout, glue it all down. I just used a few dots of glue in key places.
11. Let it dry flat.
And taa-daa! You have a super cute new kitty skirt for your Christmas tree.
Adorable assistant optional.
And this makes scrap project #9/101.
If you try this, I’d love to hear how it works out/see pictures!