Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt Pattern

I've been working over the last month to give a fresh new look and an update to one of my best-selling patterns, the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt. It's now in the shop, just in time for your Christmas sewing!

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - has three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The pattern now comes in full-color booklet form, or instant download (PDF) option. But I figured while I was at it, I might as well add some of the most-requested features to the pattern. 

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner - now with three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions

Use Yardage or Jelly Roll

One of the most common questions I get about the Holly Jolly Tree Skirt is, "can I use a Jelly Roll to make this"? And now the answer is an easy "YES!"

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - has three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

With one Jelly Roll (40, 2-1/2" strips) you can make any of the three sizes of tree skirt (small, medium, large). And using a Jelly Roll makes this tree skirt come together even quicker. I love being able to see all of those lovely prints!


A Jelly Roll tree skirt pattern called Holly Jolly - pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner - quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern

Here's a look at the two versions (wider strip option & Jelly Roll option) side by side so you can see the difference. I love them both for different reasons:

Holly Jolly quilted tree skirt pattern - in three sizes and has Jelly Roll instructions - Jelly Roll Tree Skirt pattern

With the wider strip option you can see more of each print - that works really well for medium scale prints like the red floral in the photo above.

But with the Jelly Roll option you get to see a bigger variety of prints. So this is a great option when you love a fabric line and you want a beautiful variety of prints and colors in your tree skirt. 

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner - now with three sizes and Jelly Roll instructions

Three Size Options

In addition to new Jelly Roll instructions, the pattern now also has three size options. Probably the second most asked question I get is how to make the tree skirt smaller or bigger. And now those instructions are a permanent part of the pattern!

Small - diameter 43"- 44" (good for tree height 4 1/2 - 6 feet)
Medium - diameter 49" - 51" (good for tree height 7 - 7 feet)
Large - diameter 58" - 59" (good for tree height 9+ feet)

diameter is measured at the widest point of the tree skirt before quilting
(All of the photos in this post are showing the medium sized skirts)


See the back of the pattern cover for all of the details:

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern by A Bright Corner

Christmas Morning Fabrics

Both of the versions that I'm sharing today are made with fabrics from the Christmas Morning line designed by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics. It's a beautiful line, with perfect reds, slightly olive greens and the most gorgeous gray prints.

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Holly Jolly Tree Skirt pattern - a quick to piece quilted christmas tree skirt idea

Christmas Morning is selling quick - so if you want to make a tree skirt I'd snag your fabrics quick. Some of the prints are already hard to find!

Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner


both paper copies and PDF (instant download) available


Quilt shops can order wholesale through Checker or Brewer. 
Contact me (abrightcorner@gmail.com) for more info.

Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

The pattern gives instructions for adding ribbon ties to help keep the tree skirt in place around the tree, but they are optional. In fact, I left the ribbons off of our family's tree skirt and it stays in place fine. 

However if you have little ones, or furry friends that like to play under the tree I'd recommend adding the ribbon ties.


Holly Jolly quilted Christmas tree skirt pattern by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner

Did you know? 

  • Even though it is not a square or rectangle shape, you can still have your longarm quilter quilt your tree skirt for you! 

  • You can make a reversible tree skirt! Choose a favorite print for the backing - one that coordinates with the binding (maybe a fun plaid? Or a novelty print?) and you'll have the option to flip the tree skirt over to change your look. Check out this older post to see an example of one I made years ago. 

  • Don't have a Jelly Roll but love the look? Cut your own 2-1/2" strips. The back of the pattern gives you the total number of strips you'll need for each size of tree skirt. 

  • Holly Jolly is a quilted Christmas Tree skirt pattern so the instructions are similar to a quilt pattern. No templates or paper pieces are needed. Instructions include how to cut and piece fabrics together as you would for a traditional quilt. The only special tool you'll need is a long ruler with a 60 degree marking on it (like this one, or this one)

Holly Jolly Tree Skirt Pattern by A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll option now available


Tree Skirt Details:

QuiltingSoho (edge to edge computerized longarm design) was used on the wide strip tree skirt, and Two Simple design was used on the Jelly Roll version.



Want to make a version like this one? Here are the fabric requirements for the specific Christmas Morning prints:

1/2 yard each of the following six prints

Christmas Morning fabrics found on A Bright Corner - you have to see what she made with these!

Plus 1/2 yard for binding: I used the red dot from the Christmas Morning line.

(for the Jelly Roll version, use one JR of Christmas Morning, with the red dot for binding)





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Holly Jolly quilted Christmas Tree Skirt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll friendly!


Holly Jolly quilted Christmas Tree Skirt pattern by Andy of A Bright Corner - three sizes and Jelly Roll friendly!





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