It feels weird to be doing Christmas crafting now, but this was sort of spring cleaning at the same time. I made a tree skirt 6 or 7 years ago, and it was starting to really show its wear. It's entirely felt, and the edges were beginning to get fuzzy and thin. It also had been vacuumed regularly every season to remove cat hair and pine needles. After being repeatedly brushed with a vacuum, laid on by cats, dripped onto with pine sap... it was starting to look shabby. But I still loved it and just couldn't part with it yet.
So I decided to salvage what I could. In all honestly, as much as I loved how it turned out, even when it was new I wasn't 100% happy with the end result. The pattern called for lots of fusible interfacing, and layering the felt to make thick felt gingerbread cookies. They were so stiff that it was hard to fold the skirt and store it without the appliques either creasing or pulling up. I also regretted using puff paint for details, because sometimes gift wrap stuck to the puff paint and left a papery residue or tore the presents. I also made a huge mistake, setting the edge of a large piece of fusible on the main body of the skirt, and then accidentally setting the iron on it. I had a huge semicircular glossy spot on the skirt, and I was furious. Of course this was after the whole thing was practically finished. Anyway, that spot always got hidden in the back of the tree.
Here is the original tree skirt:
SO. What to do. The past few Christmases, every time I unpacked that skirt I would sigh and put it under the tree, wishing I had time to make a new one and feeling too guilty to buy one. This year I decided that I had spent so much time detailing all the gingerbread appliques, that I figured I would just cut out the ones that were still in good shape and make a bunting. After an evening with pinking shears, grosgrain ribbon and a hot glue gun, I came up with this:
So now this will go back into storage, and hopefully I can make a new tree skirt without any hang ups. Or felt. The next one will be machine washable, and no puff paint.