In my last tutorial blog post, I showed you how to piece together strips and cut out simple triangles using the 60 degree line on your quilting ruler to make a rectangular table runner. Today, we will use the same techniques described in that blog post to make a hexagon centerpiece that can be easily hacked to make a tree skirt!
You will use the same materials and amounts that you used for the rectangular table runner, but arrange them a bit differently. I highly recommend buying a bit more fabric for binding for this piece and cutting the binding strips on the bias, particularly if you are going to use the tree skirt hack!
Instead of arranging your triangles upside down and right side up next to each other, you will line them up with the long sides together and all of the points toward the center.
If making the centerpiece, seam the triangles together using a ¼” seam allowance. If you plan to make a tree skirt instead of a centerpiece, make sure you leave one edge open!
If making the hexagon centerpiece, simply back, quilt, and bind as you wish and you are finished!
To continue on with making a tree skirt, I recommend tracing and cutting out your backing and binding, and the basting your layers together in your preferred method. From here, you can use a can or a large mug (I used my painter’s tape!) to trace a circle in the center of your hexagon, then use a rotary cutter to cut through all 3 layers. (This circular shape is why it’s helpful to cut your binding on the bias!). You will have some interesting angles to mitre with this hack, but take your time and I know you’ll be thrilled with your finished product!
If you wish, you may apply some ribbons to the binding at the split in order to tie the skirt closed. This hack makes a small skirt that is perfect for table trees and small apartment spaces.
Warmest wishes and bright Yule from me to you, and I hope your winter evenings are full of love, food, and laughter! - Rae Gronmark (@trusparkdesigns)