These are photos from last year but I did want to share something for the holiday. There isn't as much out this year since I'd been gone the majority of it.
This little tree sits in what I call my internet cafe. My internet cafe is actually supposed to be the formal dining area. The area is anything but formal since I love the old look! I made the rip-rag garland many years ago and the tree skirt is a pattern from Fig Tree I believe. There are also cookie cutters for ornaments. The tree has been through many Christmas' and is due for a replacement this next year.
Rip-rag garland is easy enough to make. Cut rectangles of a variety of scraps about 3 x 5 (this actually depends on the look you want). You'll need ALOT and even more the larger the tree. Using stacks of 3 rectangles, center a long line of jute, twine or something similiar down the center and zig-zag stitch the jute to the fabric.....just keep on stitching. Again, the larger the tree the longer this will be. You may want to start wrapping this long length onto something so it does not tangle and knot. Next step can be a messy and lengthy one....remember the key word is "rip-rag" garland. Now you will tear each fabric towards the zig zag stitch on the jute and fluff up the rips. To store it I wrap it around an empty fabric bolt.
Another one of my favorite quilts is this Christmas Ribbons table topper.