I can’t even tell you how excited I have been to share some really great talent here on Make It and Love It. My insides are full of butterflies…….because this is just way too fun for me! I shared months ago that I wanted to open up the free days on my blog (that I wasn’t blogging) to others who would love to fill those gaps and showcase their own work. And you know, let some of you have as much fun as I have had for years and years here on this little ol’ blog. The sign-up forms FLOODED in and I was truly taken aback. I could hardly believe the talent….and the interest! It made me wonder how I could fit 500 more of you in here somehow. (But that’s why I decided to start doing Link Parties every Saturday….and those have been so fun too. There’s one still open here……join in!) But I selected a large handful and will be introducing you to them over the next month or so. I can hardly wait!! Every single one has something unique to share…….and fits right in here with what I’m already doing. Perfect!
So today, Crystal from Stitched By Crystal (who you’re just gonna LOVE!) is here sharing an absolutely adorable sewing project that is great for Spring! And even better…….St Patty’s Day!! And my gosh, that sweet little girl of hers is pretty hard to not gush over. Oh my! (**P.S. More about Crystal down below…)
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Hello! I am Crystal from Stitched by Crystal and I am so excited to be here as a new contributor to Make it & Love it! I have a fun skirt tutorial to share with you today that I think will be just perfect for St Patrick’s Day next month!
Are you guys tired of winter? I am! This colorful skirt will certainly help you bust out of those winter blues!
The skirt is so simple to make and, gosh, I just love those rainbow colored stripes on the bottom!
It would be so cute paired with the perfect green shirt for St. Pat’s day (I am still looking for that perfect green shirt…I have a few more weeks!) And then after St. Patrick’s Day, It looks adorable for spring and summer paired with a white tank.
Or pair it with your favorite color shirt, any color…they all work!
The skirts stripes are made with bias tape, you can use pre-made bias tape or make your own. It is a great project to use up some colorful fabric scraps.
And while I am quite partial to these fun rainbow colors, you could use any combination of colors. I am thinking for my next skirt I might try an ombre look.
…let’s make some skirts!
To make this skirt, you need about 1/2 yard of white fabric, 2 yards of 1/2 inch single fold bias tape in red, orange, yellow, green and blue, 2 yards of 1/2 inch double fold bias tape in purple (the purple bias tape is also used to finish the hem of the skirt so make sure you get double fold), and some 1 inch elastic.
Measure your child to determine how big to cut your skirt panel. First measure their waist, multiply the waist measurement by 2 and add 1 inch, that will be the width of your skirt panel. Then determine how long you want the skirt by measuring from their waist to the point you want the skirt to hit. Add 1.5 inches to the length you want and that will be the length of your skirt panel. So cut your skirt panel like this:
(Waist measurement x 2 + 1 inch) X (Length measurement + 1.5 inches)
Pin your blue single fold bias tape along the bottom of your skirt panel with the bottom edge of the tape 1 inch from the edge of the fabric.
Sew along both sides of the tape.
Repeat with the other single fold bias tape colors. The green tape will be 2 inches from the bottom, yellow tape 3 inches, orange 4 inches and red 5 inches from the bottom edge of the skirt.
Fold your skirt right sides together, lining up the bias tapes. Pin in place and then sew along the short edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Next, we will add the double fold bias tape to the bottom edge.
Unfold the tape and pin raw edge of one side along the raw edge of the skirt.
Sew the tape to the edge along the fold in the tape. Start sewing about 2 inches from one end of the tape and stop when you get about 3 – 4 inches from where you started sewing.
Lay the skirt flat and overlap the bias tape ends. Trim off the extra so they overlap just 1/2 inch.
Pin the edges of the bias tape and sew them with 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Finish sewing the bias tape to the edge of the skirt.
Refold the bias tape, folding it over the bottom edge of the skirt and top-stitch it in place along the edge.
Whew, check out those gorgeous stripes!
Now the skirt needs some elastic!
Fold the top edge of the skirt down 1/4 inch and press.
Then fold it over another 1.25 inches and press. Double check that you have enough room for your elastic.
Sew along the folded edge to make a casing for the elastic. Leave an opening towards the back that is about 2 inches wide.
Cut your elastic to the exact measurement of your child’s waist. Using a safety pin, feed the elastic through the casing.
Pull the elastic out the other side. Over lap the ends of the elastic about 1 inch, making sure it is not twisted inside the casing. Sew the ends of the elastic together. I like to use 2 wide zig-zag stitches for this.
Then sew the opening closed. If you like to add tags to your garments, now is the time to do it.
Woohoo, all done!
I can’t wait to make more, I think there will be lots of striped skirts in my daughters wardrobe this summer!
Check out Crystal’s blog here. Her darling shop here. And her Pinterest page here.