Tuesday, August 30, 2011

{easy} skirts


I had this adorable chevron fabric, that I have been *waiting* to use (I want to use it for a certain project, but still have not found the perfect piece for it). I did an online search for 'easy skirt tutorial', and this was the first one that came up. It was just what I wanted--and SUPER easy. I will definitely be making more of these, and maybe even one for myself. :)

Want to make one too??
Here's how..


To determine the width of your fabric--measure the waist of whomever you are making the skirt for, then double it. (My 5 year old has a 21 inch waist, so I cut 42 inches for the width)

To determine the length, measure where you'd like it to end, then add 1 1/2 inches. ( I cut 15 inches for my 5 year old)

Your elastic needs to be 1 inch bigger than the actual waist size (so I cut 22 inches for my 5 year old).

Pretty easy right??

Once you have determined the width & length, it's time to cut!

Place right sides of your fabric together, & sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way down.

Iron open your seam, so it lays nice & flat

Flip right side out, and iron over 1/4 inch (you can do this on both ends, since they will both eventually need this).

For the top, fold over again & press (use your elastic as your guide to see the width of the fold over). I added 1/4 inch on each side of the elastic, since I knew I would be making a seam above & below the it.

Now, make a seam on the top & bottom of the part that you just rolled over. Make sure you leave a 2 inch opening to be able to slide the elastic through.

This is what it should look like

Next you'll need to use a safety pin on one end of the elastic, then pin the other end to the fabric, so it will stay in place. Now thread it through.

Once it is threaded through, overlap the two ends of the elastic about 1 inch, and sew them together. I did two zigzag stitches to make sure they wouldn't come apart.

Place the elastic back in the casing, and sew the opening closed--make sure you pull it tight when you sew it back together.

Time to hem the bottom--remember how I told you to iron over the bottom part 1/4 inch, if you haven't already done that, do it now. Then fold over again as much as you'd like--I did 1/2 inch. Press & then sew.

And that is it! Easy, right?? These little skirts turned out SO adorable, and actually look really impressive! I can't wait to make more very soon!



The back seem looks like this

Here's a close up of the casing

Happy sewing!

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35 comments:

Cindy@Cinsarah said...

Those are too cute!!
I hope I get a sewing machine for my birthday! lol
I kind of have been hinting it to my hubby but idk if I will end up getting it, I would love to make a couple skirts for my daughter!

Connie said...

What sweet little skirts! Cute.

Blooming Homestead said...

Very cute!

Natalie @ Johnny In A Dress said...

Love this tute! It will be featured on Johnny In A Dress tomorrow! Have a great day!
www.johnnyinadress.com

PS - I live in the South too! YAY!

Jen said...

I love this!! So easy and cute! Great tutorial, I'm going to make my daughter one today!

Becky @ Buzzy Bee Creations said...

Lovin the chevron fabric you used! Great work! Btw, new follower :)

Ashley said...

thanks for the tutorial!!! they are so darling!

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Oh goodness your girls are just darling! They're so blessed to have such a creative and talented mamma like you!

Jacque said...

Those skirts are so cute. I love the material you have chosen, plus the colors!! What great fun! :)

Katie said...

Great job with the skirt!!! I can't find chevron fabric any where... I guess I'll eventually have to break down and order it!

Nicole Mariana said...

I love your blog! Please follow me back at:

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XoXo Nicole Mariana

Sara said...

I LOVE this!! ;) Would LOVE it if you would link this up with my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

That is super duper cute - just might be my first sewing project! Now I can find that fabric!

Kahli said...

I need to get better at sewing so I can make these ASAP! I don't even have kids but I'm sure all my god daughters would love to have a skirt like this.

Jennifer said...

Extremely cute!!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

So easy and SO CUTE! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday.

Liz said...

darling!

Heather Feather said...

These skirts look great with the fabric! Great job!

The Stuff of Success said...

Great skirts - thanks for linking to www.thestuffofsuccess.com.

very merry vintage style said...

These are adorable. Love the matching skirt photo!
Mary

Carrie said...

So cute. I'm looking for easy skirt tutorials and this one looks like a perfect match. I'm gonna pin this to use later. Thanks!

Michele @ {Primp} said...

so cute--i made the same skirt pattern years ago for my daughters--i love the chevron print!

Michelle said...

I adore that fabric! It would be so cute for some pillows in my living room. The skirts are awesome! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

April said...

These are so adorable! Great skirt and fabulous fabric choice!

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

Those skirts are so adorable!
I would love it if you come link this up at Scrappy Saturdays @ candacecreations.blogspot.com

Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage.com said...

Adorable!

Jami said...

Adorable skirts! I just heart that fabric! Thanks so much for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
Smiles!
Jami
www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

Thendral said...

Very cute. I find you at the creative bloggers party. I am your new follower. Hope you follow me back...

Chef in Training said...

These skirts are SO cute! I love them! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!
-Nikki
http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

CreativeMama said...

Nice little skirt!

Please join us in the Month Long Celebration of SKirts @ Sew Skirt September

Thanks
Adithi's Amma from Adithi's Amma Sews

Tara said...

Very cute! I'd love to have you share this and any other of your amazing posts over at my linky party Create and Share. It posts every Wednesday. We open the party Tuesday evening at 8 pm for those who like to link up early. Hope you stop by...and follow too! ;-)
http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com/2011/09/create-and-share-features-too.html

Tara @Trendy Treehouse
http://thetrendytreehouse.blogspot.com

Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing! You are being featured this week at Lines Across My Face.
Rachel
http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2011/09/cure-for-common-monday-8-flashback.html

A Trendy Trinket said...

I LOVE that fabric and have been trying to find some for a project I'm working on. Would you be willing to tell me where I could find it? Thanks! Love the skirts!

trophyw.blogspot.com said...

Love the blue and yellow!

Amy {The Idea Room} said...

So cute! Thanks for linking up!

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