Tuesday, August 14, 2012

DIY Baby & Toddler Skirt Tutorial



This baby skirt tutorial is so easy peasy you will probably make 10 in one day just because you can.

Ready to get started? Here we go!



What you will need is 1/4 yard of fabric, approximately 1 yard of lace or trim, and at the most 1/2 yard of elastic.

The easiest way to figure it out is measure around your child's waist.  Take that number and apply it towards the amount of elastic you will need.  Then double that number (or triple it if you want the skirt really scrunchy) and apply that number towards the lace/trim.  And for the fabric take the number you got for the waist and cut it in half.  For the fabric I would get a few inches added to your cut to play it safe. (Some employees can't cut a straight line.)

Here is an example:

Child's waist measures 14 inches. So I will need 14 inches of elastic.
Which means I will double that number to get 28 inches of lace.
And I will divide the waist line in half to get 7 inches of fabric. ( I will round up to 1/4 yard)

General sizes for ages:
0-3 mo    16"
3-6 mo    17"
6-12 mo  17.5"
18 mo      18"
24 mo      19"
2T           19.5"
3T            20"



Take your cut fabric and fold one side over an inch and iron flat.  Take the other long side and iron over 1/4 of an inch.



Take your lace/trim and pin it along the 1/4 inch fold.  Sew all the way down.




It should look like this now.  



Pin your elastic inside the 1 inch fold.  Make sure the elastic is wedged into the fold as deep as possible.  Sew the elastic to the fabric on the very end so it doesn't slip into the fold.  You are going to start sewing until you come about an inch from the end of the elastic.  Make sure while you are sewing you DO NOT sew over the elastic.


When you are about an inch from the end of the elastic, lower your needle and raise your foot.  Remove the pins and pull the elastic as tight as you can so the fabric you have already sewn scrunches up.  Repin your elastic inside the fold of the fabric and continue sewing.  Repeat this step as many times as you need until the elastic meets with the end of the fabric.  At the end, sew the elastic to fabric so it doesn't slip into the fold.



This is what you have.


Fold good sides together and pin so one side is hanging out about 3/4 of an inch.  Sew all the way down.


Now take the longer flap, fold over and tuck in the raw edge.  This step is to hide the ugly seam.  Pin and sew all the way down.


So it looks like this.


And this.


Tada!


And you can become obsessed and make a bunch of them!



Please ask any questions in the comments and share photos of your skirts :-)

6 comments:

  1. The skirts are BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for the step by step tutorial!

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  2. I'm a beginner sewer and I am just wondering if the 7inches of fabric is for length or width??

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    1. Hello
      It took me a minute to reread it and think even though im a sewer lol, the 7" is the length of the skirt the width is the same as the lace, so cut your fabric 7" wide and 28" across if doing as in this example.

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  3. I am no good with measurements, can you tell me how much fabric will I need for new born. I see you stated 16" but not sure what those measurements are.

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  4. Holy crapola. SO EASY! Even I could do it. I'm going to make a billion of these!

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  5. These are so cute, can't wait to make some! Just curious how thick the elastic should be?

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