I’m so excited to have Rita from Suburbs Mama here today! When I first stumbled upon Rita’s blog I was shocked by the amazing dress refashions and skirts she makes. I’m still such a newbie to sewing clothes and was immediately drawn to how detailed her tutorials are and how she makes refashioning look so easy and actually doable. Here are a few of her creations that I’m loving, to see more head on over to her blog.
Hi! I am Rita from suburbsmama. I was thrilled when Christina asked me to do a guest post on Fat Quarter Friday. I absolutely love her blog and everything she makes.
Today I am going to show you how to make a elastic waist, color blocked children’s skirt.
(my daughter is a 4T):
OK, lets get started!
Take your 2 pre-shrunk fat quarters (you need two coordinating prints):
Measure your little girl and determine how long you wanted the skirt to be. Then add 2 1/2 inches to that, then cut off the access (there is a longer side to a fat quarter, that will be the waist, the shorter side is the length):
Then you need to divide your fabric squares into 3 even sections each. (6 1/2 inches wide):
Cut them all, now you should have 6 pieces:
Next you need to pin them all together (alternating the print):
Here is the wrong side all pinned:
Here is how the right side looks all pinned:
Sew all the sections together:
Then when you have sewn all of the pinned sections, put the last to ends together and sew:
Next, you need iron open all of the seams:
Ok, now we need to make a elastic casing, fold and iron down a half inch:
Then fold and iron an inch :
Sew the casing, leaving about 2 inches open:
Insert your elastic:
Once you have pulled your elastic all the way through, over lap the two ends about an inch and sew and back stitch a few times:
Then stretch the elastic and sew the casing closed:
Next, we need to create a hem, fold and iron a half inch:
Then another half inch:
Sew the hem:
At this time I attached my label (optional):
I made a matching shirt with some of the scraps:
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Thanks for joining us today Rita! This is the most perfect little outfit for this weekend. Happy Fourth of July!