Yesterday, I mentioned making a crocheted star topper for our tree. I ended up making a new tree skirt instead! I had this idea of a scallop pattern made out of felt. I stopped by the craft store to check out the felt selection and found some felt made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Nice! So I picked up a few yards and headed on my merry way home.
The first thing I did was cut out a large circle. To get a decent shaped circle, I folded the felt square into fourths and cut an arc through all four layers. To create the scalloped edges, I lined up half circles one row at a time starting with the outermost edge. After pinning the shapes to the foundation layer, I sewed the layers together. I repeated this step until I reached the inner circle. (For a circle template, I used a CD. Then I cut the felt circles in half to make the scalloped shapes.)
The tree skirt project took up a good part of the day. All I have left to do is sew some bias tape as a finished trim onto the edge of the inner circle. I'm thinking fire engine red would be fun and festive.
Update: Here's what it looks like finished!