Are you wondering what is SO FANTASTIC about this little skirt? Here are some reasons:
~ Beginner’s can start here: it is very easy to make!
~ The only materials you need are one yard of fabric, elastic, and thread.
~ It is very quick to make – not even one nap time and your project is finished.
~ It twirls so pretty, your child will love it!
~ Wear it on it’s own, or put it on over a pettiskirt, either way it looks adorable.
Are those enough reasons for you? As I mentioned, this skirt is very simple. Since it is geared toward a beginner seamstress, I am going to explain everything very carefully. Here we go!
~ One yard of cute fabric. My fabric is Small Rainbow Cotton Dots by Riley Blake Designs. (If you are making a size 5 or larger, you will need about 1 1/2 yards of fabric)
~ 1/2″ elastic, enough to go around your child’s waist.
~ Thread and basic sewing supplies.
Let’s get started! Make sure you have pre-washed your fabric so that it doesn’t shrink later. First we need to cut our pieces of fabric. Measure from your child’s waist, down to their knee (in inches). Take that measurement and add ONE inch. This will make the finished skirt length come to just above your child’s knee. You are going to cut one rectangle; use your measurement which I will refer to as X. The rectangle will be X long times the entire width of your fabric (usually quilting cotton is 44″ or 45″ wide). Fold your rectangle in half, width wise,to find the centre. Cut it in half. You should now have two rectangles that are about 22″ wide and the length of your measurement.
Now you need some ruffle strips. This time you will cut two strips that are each the width of your fabric, and the length for these will be 4″ long. You should now have two large rectangles for the skirt, each measuring about 22″ times X, and two ruffle strips each measuring 4″ times the width of fabric.
Take your two main skirt pieces and lay them down, right sides together. Fold them in half width wise so that all four short raw edges meet up. Cut a diagonal line through all four of those short ends. I like the bottom of the skirt to be about two inches wider than the top of the skirt. If you are not sure what I am talking about, here is a picture to help.
Unfold your two skirt pieces but leave them laying together. The wrong side of the fabric should be facing upwards. The right sides of the fabric should be together. Sew down each side of the diagonal edges that you just cut. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance. Your skirt should now be sewn together on each side. Finish your seams with a zig-zag stitch. Press your seams with your iron.
Now we need to prepare the ruffle strips. Take your two ruffle strips and place them right sides together. Sew each of the short ends together with 1/2″ seam. Your ruffle strips should now be joined together and form a large circle. You do not need to finish these seams with a zig-zag stitch as they will be hidden. Take your ruffle strip to the ironing board. Fold it in half so that the long raw edges meet up, and the right side of the fabric is facing out.
Now we have to make the ruffle strip ruffle-y. If you haven’t done this before, here is a simple explanation. Crank up the tension dial on your sewing machine. Move your stitch length to 4, or as close to 4 as you can get. Before you start sewing, pull your threads on the machine so they are at least six inches long. Now sew a line along the top (raw edges) of the ruffle strip DO NOT backstitch. If you are using a good quality cotton, it may not ruffle up as easy. I like to create some extra tension by gently holding the thread as it comes off the spool at the top of my machine. When you are done, the ruffle strip needs to be the same width around as your skirt is. Lay the skirt down flat, you will probably need to use those long threads that you left at the beginning – pull on one of them to create more gathering – until your ruffle is the same width as your skirt.
Pin the ruffle strip to the bottom of your skirt. You want to line up the raw, ruffled, edge of your strip to the raw edge of the bottom of your skirt. Sew the ruffle strip to the bottom of the skirt with a 1/2″ seam. Finish the seam with a zig-zag stitch.
With your iron, press your ruffle downwards. Make sure the seam is pointing upwards on the inside of the skirt. Top stitch all the way around about 1/4″ above the ruffle so that your ruffle will lay nice and flat.
All that’s left to do is create a casing for the elastic and thread that elastic through! Turn your skirt inside out. Press the top edge of the skirt over 1/2″ to the wrong side, all the way around the top. Fold it over again, this time 3/4″ and press it down. Sew around the bottom of the casing, make sure you leave about 1-2″ open to thread your elastic through. Cut the length of 1/2″ elastic that you need, attach it to a safety pin and start threading it through the casing. This may take awhile because the skirt is quite wide around. When you have both ends of the elastic back, sew them together and then sew your casing shut. And you are done!
I hope your little one enjoys her fantastic twirl skirt, thank you for stopping by today! Do you like the pettiskirt too? My favorite pettiskirt tutorial can be found right here: Pretty Pettiskirt Tutorial ~ have fun sewing!