Make a quilted tree skirt with a gorgeous fair isle design! The design looks hard but it’s actually half square triangles. Use the free quilt tutorial to make your own!

For the first time in our married life, we got a real tree Christmas tree. Up until now we used a teeny, tiny artificial tree because we lived in such a small apartment.

We finally have a little more space, so I decided to make a really fun Christmas tree skirt. I’ve had this idea for a couple of years, and I was finally able to make it.

Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial //

I love the fair isle motif and made a giant motif for the whole skirt. I used two quilting cottons for the top and a flannel for the backing.

The ivory with gold shimmer was found in the remnant bin. I got the red with gold dots at Joann. I love the bold contrast and the touch of shine. It’s so fun to see, and it’ll be soon covered with gifts. 

Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial //

I’m not great at quilting, but I get inspired every once in awhile and just go for it. I always get into it and then wonder why I started.

There are definitely imperfections and tucks on the back of the tree skirt, but it looks great from the front and covers what it needs to. I’m hoping that it’ll last a long time, and I’m so excited to start the holiday season! My kids love playing with these kid-friendly Christmas ornaments, and they’ll hang beautifully above a tree skirt.

Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial //


  • Red fabric
  • White fabric
  • Batting
  • Flannel
  • Red bias tape

Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial

1. Make eight half square triangle quilt blocks with red and white fabric.

2. Cut four half square triangles from red fabric.

3. Make four quilt blocks with a red strip down the center.

4. Sew two of the triangle quilt blocks, one quilt block with a strip, and one red triangle. This is one corner of the tree skirt.

5. Sew the larger blocks together with a red strip in between three corners. Leave the back separate and open.

6. Layer the quilt top, batting, and flannel backing and trim. Finish all the edges with red bias tape.

Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial //

If you make something using this quilted tree skirt tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial //

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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3 thoughts on “DIY Fair Isle Quilted Tree Skirt Tutorial

  1. Can you provide the dimensions for cutting the pieces for this tree skirt?

    Posted on November 12, 2018 at 11:22 pm
    1. I’m working on it!

      Posted on November 13, 2018 at 6:47 pm
  2. Your tree skirt looks great. I need a new one this year, thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted on November 30, 2014 at 1:49 am