This holiday season, as part of our Handmade Holiday collection, we are offering a DIY tree skirt kit that features our Anna’s Garden design in a negative reverse appliqué, and coordinates beautifully with our Natural Appliqué Stockings.
This project was inspired by the custom tree skirt we created for the official White House Christmas tree in 2009. The tree skirt, which measured 14 feet in diameter and was embellished with our Magdalena stencil, was completed in three weeks by 22 Alabama Chanin artisans. I can’t believe it has been four years since we designed the blue and white skirt for the Obamas’ first winter in the White House. Now, the skirt is archived with other previous White House holiday decorations in the Smithsonian Institute.
The Anna’s Garden Tree Skirt measures 48” in diameter and can be customized to match your style and holiday décor.
OUR DESIGN CHOICES
Fabric weight – 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Fabric color top layer – Carmine
Appliqué fabric color – Carmine
Button Craft thread – Red #128
Stencil – Anna’s Garden
Embroidery technique – negative reverse appliqué (instructions available on page 99 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design)
Knots – Outside
Happy Holidays from all of us @ Alabama Chanin
you could also use it as a cape and just add a big button and loop. very nice. or a skirt.
Would love to see a better pic of the White House Tree skirt…..always eye candy!
What a great idea, and what an honor to have made something for the White House and then to have it reside in the Smithsonian. I’d love to see a picture of that tree skirt, too.
The tree skirt is just beautiful! I like the idea to wear as a cape too. And yes please, share a photo of the white house tree skirt; I searched the internet but couldn’t find a good picture of it. Such an honor for you and your artisans, and I bet it was exquisite!
We wish we had a photo to share with all of you. Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to document the creation of the tree skirt we made for the official White House Christmas tree. But, you can view a photo of the 2009 White House tree (with our tree skirt) here:
Will this be available again? Or a variation? I’d love to make one but the kit isn’t in your store at the moment. Given how slowly I sew and how many projects I have going at the same time, getting the kit now would be awesome.
Hi Fiona, our production team is currently working on a custom DIY tree skirt kit for you. Happy stitching!