Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Skirt Tutorial

E's teacher just had a baby girl so E wanted to make her baby a skirt.
I let her pick out the fabric and together we made her a little gift!
To start all you need is a 1/4 yard to 1 yard of fabric (depending on the length of your skirt), elastic, and we added a cordinating shirt!  We chose cotton fabric but this can be made with almost any kind.   
Choose the length that you want the skirt to be.  
We used the shirt as our guide because we didn't have a newborn to measure it to.
Using the whole width of the material (45 in) cut your
desired length like the above pic. 
Like a long rectangle.
I don't like to have any raw edges so we surged the edges.
If you don't have a surger just zig zag the edges.  This prevents any fraying once the material is washed. 
Fold your rectangle in half and sew the two sides together to form a side seam. 
Now, hem your skirt and sew your elastic casing. 
String your elastic throught the casing and sew it together.  Sew your casing closed and you are done!

We didn't stop there.  We added her name using my silhouette machine and freezer paper
E said that her teacher loved it!

The best thing about this skirt is that you can make it as simple or as detailed as you like.  I have seen pockets added, monograms, a second layer, ric rac, and the list goes on and on.  So easy and so fun.

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