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« on: February 20, 2013 02:26:01 PM »

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. Smiley

« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013 02:41:15 PM »

That bunting is so cute! I love it Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013 06:19:37 PM »

What an awesome transformation!  I love the new bunting!

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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013 07:09:45 PM »

What a great way to repurpose something you love!  Such a fantastic idea, and I think the new bunting looks wonderful! 

« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013 08:29:01 PM »

Thanks! I'm thinking I *might* like it more than the original skirt. Cheesy Although it took a few years for me to get the guts to take scissors to something I labored over for so long! I think I finally hit the point where it was either going to need thrown out or just stored, so I'm happy that I can still enjoy it in a new way. Plus now I don't have to hide that awful fusible on the back, and I don't have to look at pine sap spots anymore. It's rather cathartic. My son likes it and asked me to keep it up after I photographed it, so it will be up for a little while. 

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013 07:44:31 AM »

Wonderful save of a cherished item!  Now you can enjoy your hard work for many more years and start creating new memories for your family!

It is just too cute to be put away! Cheesy

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