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Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt

I’ve been pinning pictures of ruffled Christmas Tree Skirts floating around Pinterest for over a year now and finally decided to give one a try.  The last few years I have just been using a table cloth as a tree skirt because let’s face it Tree Skirts can be expensive.  At the store the other day I was pricing them and I saw several that were $100 and frankly not anything I thought cute enough to even pay $30 for.  This one I made maybe cost me $20 if I had to buy all the supplies but, I used mostly what I had on hand.  I love it because it turned out one of a kind and it looks darling under the tree.
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I did buy a vinyl round 70” table cloth for $5.99 at Ross.  (Probably can find them at the $1 store. I just didn’t have time to go check.) I folded my table cloth in fourths (fold in half and then fold in half again) and trimmed the point creating a round hole for the tree trunk.  Then I cut a slit to the center so I can easily get it around the tree trunk.
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Next, I took an old table cloth and other fabric I had around the house and ripped it into strips of approximately 4-5 inch even widths.  I did use the sewing machine to stitch the strips together and then gathered one side using a the tightest tension and largest stitch settings.  You don’t have to do this step if you don’t have a sewing machine and can skip to the next step with the glue gun.
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I inquired of 2 helpers to come help me start gluing.  I had them start on the outside on one side of the slit and hot glue the strips just so they over lapped each other slightly.  They were not scientific or perfect in measurement. One of them pulled the trigger on the glue while the other placed the ruffles.  We created a pattern since we had 4 different fabrics. When they got to the edge on the other side they just trimmed the strip of fabric.  I did not hem the fabric and plan to use some fray check on the edges because we did have a lot of loose strings.
I am guessing we had about 2 yards of each of the 4 fabrics and we did end up with some strips of fabric left over.  If you don’t ruffle ahead of time as you glue the fabric down you can scrunch it up as you go giving it a ruffle effect.  I had helpers that were just learning to use a glue gun so, me making the ruffles ahead of time made it easier on them to glue and still get the look I was going for.
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Just use what you have on hand or find inexpensive fabric, sheets, table clothes to rip up.  The nice thing about this tree skirt is that it is large enough to completely cover the stand and the vinyl table cloth makes it a nice weight with the flannel backing to keep it in place.  This way my animals can not access the tree stand as their water bowl.
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Thankfully I snapped this picture before the tree fell over and everything fell off…yes on to finding a tree stand that works for this big beautiful tree.
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Chicken Wire Bulletin Board

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Here is one of the other fun projects I made with a thrift store frame. 

I spray painted the frame heirloom white and then glazed it with a black glaze.  Staple gunned the chicken wire on the back and it was done! Super easy and great way to add some fun to hang all those papers, invitations and announcements you need to keep around!
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Under $10 Under 1 Hour Fall 2012 Party

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I am excited to be joining up with Melissa @ 320 Sycamore Blog for her semi-annual Under $10 Under 1 Hour Party.
Here are my top posts of projects from the last 6 months that are great Under $10 Under 1 Hour projects that would make great gifts for the Holidays.

T-shirt Bracelets
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Decorative Pens
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Baby Embellished Tie Onesie 
Baby Girl Embellished Baby Gifts – Cheetah Print and Ruffles
tie baby onsie
Recycled Animal Feed Tote
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Solar Jar Lights
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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to go visit the party over at 320 Sycamore Blog.
Click here, here, here and here for my past Under $10 Under 1 Hour Projects posts.

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Reusable/Recycled Animal Feed Bag Tote

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I finally broke out my brand new sewing machine that my husband bought me for Christmas…I know about time! We have been rearranging again and I have a craft/sewing area now that I am really excited about.
To start you need an Animal Feed Bag. 

I have been collecting them from the barn and have a stack of colors and animals to make. My animals feed come in the paper bags and though would work they wouldn’t hold up well.  These are plastic feeling white on the inside and more like woven plastic fabric…not sure what it is called? They don’t rip easily and have a slick water repellent finish. I love the horse feed bags but, as you can see I tried out my first one on a dog food bag which turned out great as well.

Wash your bags first!  I gave this job to the kids who enjoyed playing in the hose while they cleaned them.
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Next you will want to cut a little more than 8 inches off the top of the bag and save that for the handles. Then cut the white paper seam off the bottom.  The dog food bag didn’t have that seam and I didn’t alter the bottom at all.
Next you will want to turn your bag inside out and make a seam along the bottom.  I then created a 4 inch triangle and sewed along the bottom of the triangle to make the corners of the bag.
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Then I hemmed the top of the bag by folding over a couple of times and stitching along the top and bottom of the fold.
Next take the top of the bag and cut 4 inch stripes across.  Then cut down the side to make one long strip to make your handles.  I folded each edge towards the center and then folded over and pinned.  My handles were approximately 26 inches.  I sewed 2 seams again on on each edge of the strap.
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Then it was time to pin and sew the handles onto the bag. I found it easiest to measure with a ruler and pin. I sewed mine 4 inches in on either side and about an inch below the seam.  I pinned all 4 first to make sure everything lined up and that each strap was the same length.  I then sewed them on in a box and the dog food one I enforced by making an X in the box and I still need to finish reinforcing the horse feed bag.
That was it! I am not much of sewer and I don’t really know how to follow a pattern.  I made 1 bag in less than an hour…I think it took me more time to set up the sewing machine and figure out how to load the bobbin!  I do love my new sewing machine and now that it has a place to stay set up I just might learn how to sew better!
So over all very easy project for a beginner sewer…believe me they aren’t perfect and don’t have perfect straight seams but, it doesn’t matter!  I love the fact that I recycled trash into something useful and you can’t beat the price of free!  I think these will make great grocery sacks or even pool/beach totes for towels because they are water proof.
Update: Here’s a few more bags I’ve made since the first two.  I adapted the size to accommodate the graphics.
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