Skirt tutorial

Last night I put together this skirt for my daughter out of some scrap fabric. I used less than a 1/2 of a yard of fabric. Here is a quick tutorial

Cut the fabric from salvage to salvage in the lengths shown above. (they are folded in half in the picture) So, your main piece (flower fabric) is salvage to salvage x 7" and so on.

Pin the three inch piece to the 7 inch piece together, right sides facing. Sew them together with a straight stitch. If you are lucky enough to have a serger, serge your edges now. If you are unlucky to have a serger (like me), just zig zag stitch your seams together.

Pin the 4 inch piece to the other side of the main piece, right sides together and straight stitch together, followed by a serged edge or a zig zag stitch.

Pin the raw edges together, right sides facing.

Because your pieces are cut right to the salvage edge, make sure that when you sew your seam, you don't have any of the salvage edge coming through. Sew with a straight stitch and finish with your serger or zig zag stitch.

Now get out the iron and ironing board. Don't skip this step!!! Ironing your seams will leave you with a nicer finish on your finished project. On the 4 inch side, iron down 1/4 inch.

Now iron it down in half so that the ironed edge of your fabric hits at your previous seam (where the 4 inch fabric meets the main fabric).

Top stitch this seam, leaving a 1 inch gap to run your elastic.

Now iron down 1/4 on the opposite side (the 3 inch fabric strip).

Now fold that hem over and iron again.

Sew a simple straight stitch.

You should now be left with this. Simply cut a piece of elastic to fit your childs waist and thread it into the 1 inch opening. Sew the elastic together and sew the 1 inch hole closed.

Enjoy this super simple skirt!!!


Chris said...

Such a sweet little skirt, and sweet little one too!

Lindsey said...

Great tutorial! I want to try this. :) I added this post to my Creative Moms Monday linky, too!

Amy said...

I love this, but silly question...how long is the "salvage to salvage"? Thanks.

Amy said...

Oh and what size is your daughter?
Thanks again!

Deidre said...


I hope I replied to you already... eek.

Salvage to salvage is about 44". and my daughter was about a 4t when I made this.