Frothy, decadent and totally glamorous, the tulle tree can adorn your dressing table while you get ready for Christmas parties, or be your table centre piece on Christmas day.
The base and 'trunk' of the tree are made from a wooden kitchen roll holder. Sand the kitchen roll holder and spray paint to match your fabric (in my case gold).
Now cut your fabric strips, this project works well with tulle, net, organza or any lightweight fabric that doesn't fray too much.
My organza fabric arrived on a roll 11 inches wide so that's the width of the base of my tree.
I cut the following strips:
11" x 66" 28cm x 165cm
10" x 66" 25cm x 165cm
9" x 60" 22cm x 150cm
8" x 60" 20cm x 150cm
7" x 48" 17cm x 120cm
6" x 48" 15cm x 120cm
5" x 36" 13cm x 90cm
4" x 36" 10cm x 90cm
3" x 36" 8cm x 90cm
Starting with the widest strip, fold it in half lengthwise so the first strip is now 5.5" wide by 66" long.
Sew a basting stitch (very long straight stitch for gathering) along the folded edge, a quarter of an inch in from the fold.
(I stupidly forgot to take pics of my gold tree being made, this fabric is for a bronze net tree I made but the process is exactly the same)
Pull on one of the loose threads, to gather up the fabric tightly. Knot securely and then tie both ends together to create a circle.
Add your first layer to your tree 'trunk' and repeat the steps for all your remaining fabric strips.
'Fluff your ruffles' and admire! Thanks for reading, more pics on my blog at www.wagdoll.co.uk