DIY Handprint Christmas Tree Skirt

My parents live half a continent away and I miss them. I imagine they miss me too, and their three little granddaughters even more so. I send them photos and drawings, and one of the things I gave them a few years ago was a picture with all our handprints on. My dad asked me for an updated version, including the latest addition (aka Giant Baby), but I thought I could go one better than a piece of card this year.

This Christmas tree skirt is so easy to make – if you can do running stitch and back stitch you’re all set. This is what you’ll need:

  • a large piece of felt (I ordered this by-the-metre one from Minerva Crafts)
  • smaller felt pieces in various colours – one for each family member (I ordered this pack of 15 sheets – felt is always handy to have around!)
  • thread in two colours
  • a needle with a fairly large eye and a sharp point
  • paper, pencil, scissors, marker pen, string

1 First, draw around the hands of each family member (good luck if, like me, you have an 11-month-old!) and cut out the shapes.

2 Get out your felt sheets and choose a colour for each family member (I let my kids choose). Then, place the paper hand silhouettes onto the felt and draw around them with a marker. (Beware of big man hands – I couldn’t fit two of Mr Chef’s hands on one piece of felt!) Cut them out.

3 Next, get your large piece of felt and lay it out on the floor. Tie one end of a length of string around the end of your marker pen – and you have your own giant compass! Hold the other end of the string in the centre of your felt and draw a perfect circle. Don’t forget to draw a smaller one in the centre for the tree (I drew around a dinner plate). Cut out your skirt.

4 Now it’s sewing time! I used dark green thread to do a large running stitch around the top and bottom of the skirt. Then, I used red thread (to match the skirt) to stitch on the felt hands with back stitch. I’m not an avid seamstress, and it took me about 6 episodes of The Punisher to do this, but it was actually quite therapeutic!

I was pleased with the result, and I hope my dad will be, too! Remember – made with love, people, made with love … .