A New Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt Pattern ~ The Perfect Finishing Touch

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Christmas is the time of year when families gather to decorate their homes with festive lights, wreaths and trees.

One way to put a personal touch on your tree this year is by making your own from a Christmas tree skirt quilt pattern. Quilting offers an opportunity for you to express yourself creatively with fabrics of your choice while adding warmth and color to your home's holiday decorations!

I've gathered several tree skirt patterns and fabric panels for you to choose from.

But first, a little tree skirt Q&A to help you make your choice.

Christmas Tree Skirt Q&A

What is the purpose of a skirt?

The simplest design is merely a length of fabric wrapped around the base of your Christmas Tree to hide the not-so-pretty stand and/or watering mechanism.

In my first apartment, I wrapped batting around the base in hopes that it looked more like snow than batting.

Does a Christmas Tree really need a skirt? 

Only if it bothers you having the base show when there are no presents under the tree. 

Can you put one on a real tree? 

Of course!

Only recently did we switch to an artificial Fraser Fir at our house. The Christmas Tree Skirt my Mother made when I was a young'un still camouflages and decorates the base.

Is there a standard size?

The diameter of your Christmas Tree Skirt should be greater than the diameter of your stand and roughly 4" to 6" larger than the diameter of the evergreen's outer branches at their widest point. The skirt will extend 2"-3" past the outside edge of the branches.

One that's too small looks kind of awkward—like the tree doesn't have a stable foundation.

Record both measurements if you're a quilter. There's a good chance you'll make more than one tree skirt during your lifetime. ;)

Based on height, what should the diameter be?

While measuring the diameter gives the best aesthetically please results, if you're a connoisseur of live trees, you'll tend to purchase trees of a certain height.

Use these measurements as guidelines:

  • 7-1/2' or taller with a large base: 56"+ diameter
  • 7-1/2': 48" diameter
  • 4-1/2' - 6-1/2': 42" to 48" diameter
  • 2' - 3': 20" diameter

How much quilting should I do?

If you wait until Christmas Eve to put out the presents and the quilting will show, then do as much and as fancy as you like because it’ll be seen.

If it's heavily quilted with feathers and other decorative motifs, consider using a 100% wool batting. It'll add a lot of dimension to the finished quilting.

If the presents start appearing as soon as they’re bought and wrapped, add 'enough' quilting. The batting package provides recommended distances between you quilting stitches.

There's no need to exceed this if it's destined to be covered in presents most of the time.

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt Patterns

You'll find a mix of commercial (you buy) and free downloads from the fabric manufacturers.

There are buttons next to the pictures that tell you where clicking on them will take you or simply click on the picture itself.

Once you settle on a pattern, check out all the new Christmas fabric collections that await you this year here.


Intermediate quilters

You'll piece six bargello panels to create this beautiful and complex-looking pattern that will provide a jubilant accent to your Christmas décor.

Buffalo Lodge by Krista Moser for The Quilted Life


3 patterns in 1!

The perfect way to add a little joy and magic this season, the Buffalo Lodge quilting patterns includes instructions not just for a skirt but also for custom place mats and a runner.

It's icing on the cake when a designer includes extras.

To complete this pattern you'll need the Creative Grids Non-Slip 60° Diamond Mini by Krista Moser.

Charm Pack Christmas by Fat Quarter Shop

Charm Square friendly button

There's no excuse for your tree to be undressed this year.

Start with a merry Charm pack add some background fabric and this simple pattern, and yours will be dressed to the nines in no time.

Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt Pattern by Judit Hajdu

There are two different kits to choose from, one light and one dark.

Which is your favorite?

A classic addition to your holiday color story.

The sample uses fabrics from Hoffman California’s metallic embellished 'Joyful Traditions' collection.

If you click on the Black Metallic kit below you get the best idea of how to quilt this.

December Magic by Emma Leach for Blank Quilting - FREE

Skill Level: Intermediate

This pattern contains 68 'pairs' of Flying Geese stitched together.

Personally I find it muct easier to paper piece pairs of Flying Geese. If you do to, you'll find a free paper piecing pattern to download the ones you'll need here with the instructions and cutting chart to make them here.

Feathered Snowflake by Judy and Bradley Niemeyer

Perfect pointy perfection is what we've come to expect from Judy Niemeyer patterns. She doesn't disappoint here.

Shown here as a table topper without the hole. Put a hole in the center, and you've got yourself a dazzling Christmas Tree Skirt. A real show stopper!

Wouldn't it look perfect in your home?

Gingerbread Delight by Quilted Garden Designs

Delightful is right!

While a bit more involved than most of the other patterns shared on this page, you'll complete the quilting and raw edge applique with the same stitches.

A technique I'm sure you'll want to add to your own Quilter's Bag of Tricks.

Holiday Dressing

The perfect gift for your favorite person is just a simple DIY project away!

Choose a focus fabric and two supporting players. Add a bit of light background and you're good to go!

Holiday Hexagon by Angela Pingel

Advanced Beginner
This Christmas tree skirt is perfect for those who want to break from tradition.

Make it with bright, saturated fabrics and a unique hexagon shape. Then, of course, you'll have everyone asking where you got it- this project was designed specifically so your 10" x 10" Layer Cake squares.

You'll need template plastic to create the templates for this quilt.

Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt by Fat Quarter Shop

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Another gem from the Fat Quarter Shop. 

When you click the link there's a video tutorial so you can see how the skirt is put together BEFORE purchasing the pattern. 

If you want to create a wall hanging instead, you can simply skip the hole in the center. 

Joyeux Noel by Megan Downer for Studio E - FREE

No specialty rulers needed for this one. Templates are provided right in the pattern.

Remember to print with 'Scaling' set to 'None' or '0' or print at 'Actual Size'.

Log Cabin Tree Skirt by Janet Houts for Andover Fabrics - FREE

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The holidays just wouldn't be complete without a family heirloom to hand down from generation.

This skirt has the perfect central star surrounded by easy-to-piece trees and framed with traditional Log Cabin blocks, which are all pieced together seamlessly.

Merry Christmas Tree Skirt By The RBD Designers - FREE

This simple pattern is made with full size templates from the free download. They come in 3 pieces and must be taped together. But there's no need for a specialty ruler.

Don't you just love the pom pom fringe around the outside edge?

My Flaky Friends by FatCat Patterns

These cheerful snowmen will be playing ring-around-the-Rosie 'round your tree.

Pattern includes templates in two sizes as well as ones that have been reversed to make tracing for fusible applique quicker and easier.

The picture here shows the alternate table topper version.

Instructions are included for placemats, too.

Star from Above by Creek Side Stitches

You'll be starry-eyed when you finish this tree skirt. 

Choose a favorite holiday layer cake or 36 10" squares from your stash, and you're on your way to a new Christmas Tree Skirt.

Starlite, Starbrite by Quilted Garden Designs

Made with instructions to raw edge applique as you quilt, this pattern includes all the templates you'll need.

This project can be stitched as either a table topper or tree skirt.

I really love how the base of the tree emphasizes the gentle curve of the edge. However, I must admit that I saw the white shape between the trees before I saw the trees—that's because the trees' fabrics are so much darker in value.

Strippy Tree Skirt by Julie Quigley

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This pattern makes a Jelly Roll rug-style quilt and includes 3 finished sizes: 

-Small: 25" - 26" wide

-Medium: 36" - 37" wide

-Large: 49" - 52" wide

To construct this you'll need a sewing machine with a zigzag stitch.

Tonga Merry - Tree Skirt by Stacey Day for Timeless Treasures - FREE

This pattern is made using templates (provided in the pattern).

Remember to set 'Scaling' to 'None' or 'Actual Size' so that they print out at the correct size. Use the 1" square on the download to double check that you've printed correctly.

Tree Skirt by Robert Kaufman Fabrics - FREE

Experienced Intermediate

Sample uses fabrics from the Holiday Flourish collection.

Trees All Around by Quilted Garden Designs

Designed as a table topper, this 40" scalloped quilt needs a slit and hole in the center to transform it into a tree skirt.

Instructions are included for raw edge applique that does double duty.

It's the quilting, too.

A quick project to complete!

This would make a delightful hostess gift.

Trim the Tree Tree Skirt by Cindi Edgerton

This paper piecing pattern includes tissue paper foundations to make one 48" x48" tree skirt.

This would be an excellent project to use up all your red and green fabrics! Mixing print scales, colors, or scale changes will create more interest in the project- have fun making this quilt design with what you've got on hand today.

Omit the hole and use it as a table topper instead.

Winter Serenade by David Textiles - FREE

Advanced Beginner

This pattern provides 6" finished squares for displaying embroidery—by hand or by machine—or fussy cut patches (shown in the sample) in the smaller squares.

You may need to read through the instructions a couple of times to understand how all the sections if together.

But it does make sense, I promise!

Christmas Fabric Panels

If you'd like to see more Christmas fabric panels (for other than tree skirts), click here to see them.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss Enterprises

From the holiday classic of our childhood, this collection brings to life all the wonder of the season.

The panel is used to make a 42" x 42" skirt. The designer marks this as an Intermediate pattern.

And as luck would have it, Robert Kaufman has a complimentary pattern with instructions for you.

Christmas Magic by Patrick Lose

The panel contains an approximately 25" diameter table topper, that with the addition of a slit to the center and a hole for the trunk can easily be converted into a Christmas Tree Skirt.


And with a wave of his magic design wand Patrick Lose has done it again!

Scarlet Feather Tree Skirt by Deborah Edwards

The tree skirt panel features sprigs of greenery, holly, Poinsettias and cardinals on a pale gray woodgrain background. This elegant design will make your room come alive during the winter season!

Instructions for making the tree skirt are included on the panel itself. It also includes 7 labels.

For more Christmas quilting

It’s a great time of year to be a quilter.

Between the new Christmas Tree Skirt Quilt Patterns for 2021 and all the gorgeous fabric collections, it'll be hard to choose just one!

To tempt you further, check out all the Christmas offerings on site. Use these buttons to find what you want.

This article was printed from Generations-Quilt-Patterns.com

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