"Kidnapping" the Christmas Tree

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We have a crazy number of Christmas trees….I mean, verging on ridiculous. It didn’t happen overnight. Like most, we started with one. In fact, our first tree as newlyweds may have been a decorated house plant. In our defense, we lived in South Africa at the time where Christmas is in the summer and we were actually returning to the U.S. for the holidays, but I digress.

Anyway, we keep all of our trees in the attic and have toyed with the idea of buying bags to protect them from dust and damage. But the plastic ones can be very poor construction and the cloth ones can be pricey. So I decided to make some. If you are so inclined, here is how to sew your own tree bags:

  • Measure the circumference of your tree from the widest part and also measure the height. Buy a canvas drop cloth that fits those measurements. If you have more than one tree, see if you can get a large cloth that can be used for multiple bags. We have a number of very thin trees so a 12’x15’ cloth made four bags, so they cost about $9 each.

  • Buy 1/4” diameter rope, enough for two times the circumference plus two or three feet.

  • Cut a rectangle fitting your dimensions.

  • Sew the rectangle top to bottom, making a tube. Double stitch the seam. Turn it right-side out.

  • Fold a 1 1/2-2” deep hem down toward the outside on both the top and the bottom . Leave an opening for a rope.

  • Feed the rope through the channel in the hems. Tie them off.

  • When ready to store the tree, open the bag like a donut on the floor. Stand the tree in the center and pull the bag up around it. Cinch the rope at the top and bottom. At this point, my 14 year-old said it looked like we were kidnapping the Christmas tree.Just imagine a whole attic of these. I know, kind of creepy. But they’ll do the job.

  • If you really want to go over the top, put some Silver Spruce sachets in each bag to make them smell like real trees. Buy them here.

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