Wedges are wonderful, especially when you piece them together to create a kaleidoscope of color and design. We envision these eight different panels as a holiday tradition in the making. Why not have each wedge tell a story? Or designate each wedge for a certain family member, placing a special gift within his/her wedge each year. We chose to use eight different fabrics from within the lovely Star Flakes and Glitter collection by Tina Givens for FreeSpirit Fabrics. I have dibs for my wedge on Poinsettia Run in Chocolate... the rest of you can fight over the other seven!
A big thanks to FreeSpirit Fabrics for sponsoring today's Re-imagine & Renovate project and providing the fabric. As with the original tree skirt on which this is based, we used a plain muslin for the backing fabric and low loft batting in between the layers. Looking at the photo above, starting at the wedge to the right of the ribbon-tied opening and continuing around clockwise, the Star Flakes and Glitter fabrics we used are as follows:
- Candlelabrum in Scarlett
- Doily in Ivory
- Stardust in Scarlett
- Poinsettia Run in Chocolate
- Poinsettia Snowflakes in Scarlett
- Doily in Plum
- Stardust in Green
- Poinsettia Snowflakes in Red
Tina Givens' Star Flakes and Glitter debuted in June 2012. You can check your favorite fabric source to find out if they still have yardage in stock or can get it for you. Be sure to look at our Marketplace for our fave sources; we found a good selection of Star Flakes and Glitter at Fabric.com. You can also try Googling the fabric name along with the designer's name or the design house, for example: "Star Flakes and Glitter" and "Tina Givens." Small cuts from older collections can also sometimes be found from individual sellers on Etsy or eBay. As we always mention when it comes to finding fabric, if you love a fabric, get it while you can. Because, like fashionable apparel, popular fabrics come and go; at some point, even the most amazing fabrics are no longer in stores or online.
All our pieces are carefully fussy cut to make the best use of the beautiful motifs. If you are new to this technique, check out our step-by-step tutorial on How To Fussy Cut.
We used packaged binding and velvet ribbon (as noted below), but you could certainly make your own binding and ribbon as we did for the original tree skirt. If you are new to binding, check out our tutorial: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making, Attaching.
To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Color Wheel Tree Skirt, go to the original tutorial:
- Our R&R tree skirt was sewn exactly like the original, except purchased bias tape was used for the binding, and velvet ribbon for the ties.
- You will need two packages of purchased bias tape to go all the way around the skirt and up the opening, which means you'll need to join the strips prior to starting. When you do, pay attention to the fact that the bias tape has one side slightly wider than the other; make sure you match up the sides correctly when joining the two lengths.
- The velvet ribbon was cut into four pieces, each 23" long. The top set of ribbons are positioned 1" below the center circle's binding; the second set of ribbons are 10" below the first set. The ends are cut into simple fish tails. They were pinned to the tree skirt before the binding was applied to the straight edges, which means the order for applying the binding was as follows: bind center opening, bind outer edge of the skirt, position ribbon ties as described above, bind the straight edges of the opening to finish.
Hints and Tips
Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Michele Mishler