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Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along: Cut & Sew Strips

Welcome to the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along!  Today is the official start of our five week project.  You have your copy of the pattern and your fabrics chosen.  (If you missed the first video about choosing fabrics, you will find it here.)  Whether it’s your first lone star project or your 100th, we’re going to have a great time.  It’s time to start!

Week one covers the first six steps in your pattern, cutting and sewing strips and then cutting them again to make strips of diamonds.  These steps are simple but require accurate cutting and sewing, as well as care in keeping your fabrics organized.  I shared all my tips in the videos below and I hope you find them to be helpful. (Note: I neglected to include ironing instructions in the pattern, which has been fixed.  Please watch for those in the videos!  If you download the pattern from your Etsy account again, you should have the updated version.)

There are two videos this week.  The first covers cutting, pressing, and arranging your long strips together into sets:

This second video demonstrates how to sew your strip sets together, press seams open, then cut them into diamond strips:

That’s all there is to it!

I love seeing the pattern begin to emerge when all my diamond strips are cut.  Our goal this week is to have 8 sets of diamond strips ready to sew into larger diamonds.  I’m excited about the black in my fabric pull and can’t wait to see these strips come together.

You can purchase a pattern here.

We will meet back here next Monday for week two of the sew along.  Please share your progress with the hashtags #lonestartreeskirt and #hopefulhomemaker.  I’ll be watching for them!

Remember that all posts for this project can be found on the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along page.

Have a great week, and happy sewing!

Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along: Selecting Fabrics

With the Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along kicking off officially next Monday, today is a great day to talk about selecting your fabrics for the tree skirt.  In the video I shared my fabric pull for my tree skirt as well as thoughts about lone star fabric choices based on other lone stars I’ve made.

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If you haven’t done it yet, purchase your pattern here.   I neglected to mention in the video that the pattern includes a coloring page.  Use it to help you plan your lone star.

I chose a traditional color scheme with some black and white thrown in for my tree skirt.  All the fabrics I have are half yard cuts so I can move them around and see what order I like best.  At this point my tree skirt will feature the prints you see above, with the red mistletoe print as background and the others for the star.

I hope you’re having a great time choosing your fabrics.  We’ve got one more week before we cut and sew.  Tag your posts with #hopefulhomemaker and #lonestartreeskirt on social media so we can all follow along.

I created a Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along page for your convenience, where you will find links to every post.  I’ll see you back here next week to start things off!

Happy Sewing!


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Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along

My new Lone Star Tree Skirt pattern launched recently and due to the great response I’m hosting a Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along.  I intend to give you the little push you might need to make yours before the holiday season.

The tree skirt is a fairly quick project to make.  Our Sew Along will run for five weeks, with the kickoff on Monday October 7, 2019.  I will post a video every Monday with detailed tips and instructions for completing the week’s steps.  You may sew at your own pace, but if you keep up with us you will have a finished tree skirt in early November!  It’s going to be lots of fun!

If you’ve already purchased the pattern, choose your fabrics now.  If you’d like to join in, you can purchase it here.


The Lone Star Tree Skirt Sew Along will follow this schedule:

Before October 7:  Purchase the pattern and select your fabrics

October 7-13:  Cut & Sew Strips

October 14-20:  Piece Diamonds

October 21-27:  Piece Star & Add Background

October 28- November 3:  Quilt Star

November 4-10:  Cut Tree Skirt and Bind

November 11: Share finished tree skirts


If you haven’t made a lone star, this is a great way to start and if you have made one, you will know that one star is not difficult.

In addition to the weekly videos here on the blog, you can follow along on Instagram @hopefulhomemaker, and follow the hashtag #lonestartreeskirt.  Links will also be posted on the HopefulHomemaker Facebook page.  Right click on one of the images below to save and share on social media.

Purchase your pattern here, select your fabrics, share that you’re in, and let’s get ready for some fun!


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