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Date: 11/10/12 12:12 PM

I've just finished a tree skirt made from a 1980's pattern. It has low loft quilt batting between the layers. It's sewn in the seam line on the bottom half of the tree skirt, but just stitched in the small round circle that goes around the tree, and the outer skirt that goes on the floor.

I'm afraid the batting will pull away and bunch up, so I thought of tufting at random places on the skirt and putting some small jingle bells. How far apart should all of these tufts be? I'm worried about overkill with the bells.

*I've done some random pinning and placed the jingle bells on the pins. I think I will sew those and then see where I need to place a few more. My 2nd tree skirt in a million years. We are still using the first tree skirt I ever made.
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Date: 11/10/12 1:55 PM

The batting will have a minimum quilting distance on the packaging. I would put in ties at least that close together. If you don't want that many bells, some could just be tied. I usually use perle cotton, but I have a lovely tree skirt that is tied with bows of thin satin ribbon (I didn't make it). It's lovely, but every Christmas when I get it out I have to take 20 minutes and re-tie half the bows.

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Date: 11/10/12 2:50 PM

It's got 2 to 4 inches on the package. I had no idea! I was going to use double thread waxed to put the 13mm bells on. I do have some 1/8th, I think red ribbon I use for Christmas ornamants when I don't have a loop on them. The bells came in a value package I bought sometime. There are 55 in the package, so I know I will have some leftover for a future project to match the tree skirt. I'm going to have to try a few samples. I've wanted a new tree skirt for years and kept putting it off.

Thank you. It will be nice to see it under the decorated tree this year.
















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