Fat Quarter Friday {Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial}

I’m so excited about today’s Fat Quarter Friday project. Like, I’m mildly obsessed with it, seriously! It just may be my most favorite thing I have ever made. See, I have been wanting a wrapping station for like… well, for forever. But all the ones I have wanted are just way too pricey for me. So the other day when I was reading my Flea Market Style magazine I saw the most in-genius wrapping paper bin made from an old wooden kitchen stool. Oh yes, I was in LOVE with this idea! It is cheap, practical, and oh so cute! I really should have taken a picture of the stool for you, but truly you should all just go and buy this magazine. It is great! I hardly buy magazines these days, but this one is always a must!So basically their wrapping paper bin was an old kitchen stool turned upside down. On the bottom of the seat part they added casters so that it could easily roll around. Inside of the stool they placed a bag made from fabric to hold all of the wrapping paper. Then they added some little S-hooks to the rungs of the stool to hold scissors in place. Yes, their idea was simply brilliant! BRILLIANT! So I came up with my own design inspired by their wrapping paper bin. My wrapping paper organizer fits my needs perfectly and hope it will fit your wrapping needs as well or at least inspire you to make one that will fit your needs. So enough explaining about this wrapping paper organizer, lets make one!

Wrapping Paper Organizer Tutorial

(allow 2+ hours to make)

Materials Needed:

* Kitchen stool. Keep your eyes open for one at the thrift store or yard sales. I used a stool we had but were no longer using. I actually bought it a few years ago at Walmart for about $20.  

* Fabric: To make two larger bags and two smaller bags like I did you are going to need about 2 1/2 yards of fabric or one $5 twin flat sheet from Walmart. Of course you will need more fabric depending on the size of your stool and the design of your fabric chosen. Read below to see how to determine the amount of fabric needed.

* 4 Casters. You can buy these at any hardware store.

* 2 packages of bias tape or about 4 yards of homemade bias tape. (Of course you could use ribbon as well.) And really the amount needed depends on how long your want your ties to be.

My stool was a light colored wood that I no longer like so I sprayed it white. Now here is how you determine how much fabric you are going to need. Take and lay your stool on its side. Measure from right under the seat part to the bottom of the last rung. Mine measured 18″ long. Now measure the length between the legs at the widest part of the legs. Mine measured 12″ at the widest part. Another way to measure is to lay a piece of fabric down on the table and then lay the stool (on it’s side) on top of that piece of fabric. Then trace onto the fabric right under the seat and then trace on the bottom of the last rung. Then trace on the outer edges of the legs of the stool. Confused? It’s actually really easy and once you see the second picture below you will totally understand what I mean. See the piece of fabric below? This is the piece that I traced out and cut. You are going to want to cut out a piece of fabric like so as well. Now you are going to need 4 pieces cut like so to make one bag. Which means you are going to need 12 pieces the same exact size to make a gift wrapping organizer just like mine. So measure your piece of fabric or use your measurements to determine the amount of fabric needed. I actually used a $5 sheet from Walmart, but by my calculations I came up with about 2 1/2 yards needed per stool for a stool my size. But to be certain, do the math yourself by your measurements.Cut out your 12 pieces of fabric per your measurements. Take two pieces of fabric and sew right sides together on the sides and the bottom. Leave the top (widest part of bag) open. See picture below.Now you want to square off the edges to give the bag shape. To do this, fold your bag out like shown below.  Now measure in about 1 1/2″ from the tip of the bag. Draw a line across. Sew on the lines you just drew.Trim off the excess fabric.Now your bag has shape. Make 3 more bags like you just did. You will want a total of 4 bags with 4 pieces of fabric left over. The remaining 4 pieces will be cut later to make the smaller bags.Now gather your bias tape.You are going to cut your bias tape or ribbons to the length that you want your ties to be. I cut 6 pieces of bias tape 24″ long. Now top stitch your bias tape shut.Measure in 2″ from the edge of your bag on both sides. This is where you will want to attach your bias tape. Fold bias tape in half. Place folded part of bias tape on top of marks and tack in place. Now take one of your bags and turn it wrong side out. Place right side out bag that has ties inside. Pin both bags together at top.Sew around top while leaving an opening for turning right sides out.Turn bag right side out through opening.Press and top stitch around top edge.Now tie the bag onto the stool.Repeat with the other two bags.Now gather the remaining 4 pieces of fabric and fold in half like below. Cut on folded edge.Now you have 4 pieces of fabric in two different sizes. 4 smaller pieces and 4 bigger pieces. The two different sizes will give you the two different sized bags. So just like before, you are going to make 2 bags from the four pieces of fabric. Just make sure you are sewing the same sized pieces together.

Attach all of the bags to the stool and attach your 4 casters to the seat of the stool. Space them out evenly on the edges of seat.Now gather all of your wrapping supplies and start filling those bags.Use the rungs of the stool without a bag to store your folded tissue paper on.Place your wrapping paper in the middle.Use the smaller pockets to hold your siscors, tape, hole punch, cards, tags, pens, markers or any of your smaller items.And use the larger pockets to hold your ribbons, boxes or bags.

So what do you think? LOVE it?I know I do! Big Thanks to Flea Market Style for the great idea!*Just remember all of my tutorials are for PERSONAL use only! Please feel free to use any of my pictures, just link back and give credit where credit is due, thanks!*

How to make Teggings {tutorial}

So we have all heard of leggings and jeggings, but teggings? I will be honest, I thought I created this design and term, but it seems as though teggings are a real thing, at least for women. I know because I googled it. It’s funny how we always think we have come up with the newest and greatest idea only to find out someone else has already thought of it. So anyways, I still love the idea of these. Turn all those too short, outgrown tights into leggings…I mean Teggings! Plus, I don’t know about you but I have a ton of kids tights with stained feet and really they are going to be too small come next winter to be worn again anyways. So why not turn those tights into teggings?!

Teggings Tutorial
(Beginner level: takes about 5 minutes to make one pair)

Materials Needed:

* 1 pair of worn or slightly outgrown tights or you can use new tights.
First I am going to show you how I made one pair of teggings using two pairs of tights. I had a few pairs of tights that were too short but had really cute designs on them that I didn’t want to get rid of so I used two pairs of tights to make one pair of Teggings. Start by cutting off the feet right about the heel. Now cut at the top of the design. I think mine was about 6 inches long once cut. Take another pair of tights that were either too short or had holes in those toes and cut off the bottom of the feet about 3 or so inches above the heel. Take the cut piece from the decorated tights and fold wrong sides together. Make sure cut edges line up. Slide the cut part of tights into the folded decorated piece. Pin. Zig-zag or serge edges. Fold down and that is it. A new pair of Teggings! Now to make a pair of Teggings from one pair of tights. Take your pair of tights and cut like so. I cut my hemmed piece about 4″ long. You can cut it longer or shorter. It’s your choice here. Discard the toes and fold the hemmed piece in half with wrong sides facing. Again slide tights inside. Make sure all the edges line up. Pin in place. Zig-zag or serge. And there you have it…another pair of Teggins! They are so quick and easy to make. I made a bunch of these within 30 minutes. Tights that were headed for the trash, now have a new and fun use…gotta love that!




Top 11 crafts from 2011

Here are the top 11 most visited crafts from 2011.

How to make ice cream in a baggie

Organizing Tote Basket

How to make butter in a canning jar

Shopping List and Coupon Organizer

Baby Basket Cake

Round Nesting Baskets

Beach Comber Bag

Ruffled Wristlet

Baby Doll Diapers and Wipes Case

Homemade cupcake liners

Ruffled Maxi Skirt

And my most favorite craft in 2011 was definitely these one eyed one horned flying purple people eater costumes that I made for each of the kiddo’s.

Thanks to all, of my readers, I have reached a huge milestone with this blog. I have now had over 1,500,000 visits. WOW, how in the world did that happen?! I have been featured on some amazing blogs this year and even made it to the blog of Glamour Magazine (screech!). I’m so honored to have people enjoying my crafts and ideas as much I love sharing them.
I hope this year brings more crafty ideas to share with all of you and Fat Quarter Fridays makes an appearance again some time really soon. I have missed my quick little sewing projects.

Embellished Onesies {Tutorial}

I’m still trying to finish up all of the tutorials for the baby basket cake. It is taking me a bit longer then expected, but luckily there is only one more to finish up. Once they are all finished I plan on doing a FAQ and a round up where I will link all of the tutorials in one spot. Then in the next month or so I’m looking forward to getting back to posting my weekly tutorials for Fat Quarter Friday. I have missed making those quick little projects and hopefully this will give me a head start on all those Christmas gifts on my list.
Embellished Onesies Tutorial
(allow 1 hour per dress)

We are going to start by making the little polka dot dress, but all of the embellished onesie require the same materials, just different amounts of fabric. I didn’t keep track of the exact measurements while putting the tutorials together so you are going to have to trust your own judgement and make it how you like it. I’m going to show you just a basic way of putting these together. Remember there is no right or wrong way to do it.

Materials Needed:

*Onesies (any size works)

*Large scraps of knit fabric about 30″ long and about 6 ” wide (these are the measurements I used for a newborn onesie. You will need more material if you are working with a larger sized onesie.)

*Smaller scraps for making the flowers and for the ruffles on the backside.

Start by measuring the distance around the onesie where you will be attaching the skirt on. I like to attach the skirt about 2″ above the top hem on the buttoned part of the onesies, but you can attach it wherever you would like. Now take your marking pen and draw a straight line around the front and back of the onesie where you want your skirt to be attached.

Measure the distance around the onesie where you made your straight line. Add 1 1/2 times to that measurement or even double it. Now cut your piece of fabric the distance just determined by the desired length. I like to cut mine about 5″ long. But again you can cut it whatever length you want. and if you cut it too long in the beginning you can always trim it down a bit later.

Now sew the two ends together with right sides facing. Sew all around the top edge and make it ruffle.

Pin the dress on so that the right side is right side with the onesie and the ruffled edge is lined up with the line you drew onto the onesie.

Sew skirt in place using a a zig-zag stitch. I like to slightly stretch the onesie while sewing the skirt on to give a little extra room for stretching.

Now take a little scrap piece of fabric about 16″ x 1 1/2″. Sew on the top edge to ruffle it.

Pin in place on the top of the onesie like so. Only make one complete circle with the ruffled piece right now.

Sew in place on the ruffled edge.

Keep wrapping the ruffled piece in the shape of a circle while sewing it as you go. Don’t worry about making it look too perfect.

Cut out some little circles to cover up the stitches in the middle and sew in place.

And there you have a cute little embellished onesie that only took a few minutes to make. Now for the next onesie all I did was cut out a little piece of fabric and sew it to the front of the onesie.

Then use a scrap piece of fabric that is 1 1/2 times the length of the back side of the onesies. Ruffle the fabric then zig-zag stitch the ruffled piece onto the backside of the onesies. Extremely simple, but so fun to do.

For the teal dress I made it just like the pink polka dot dress above but this time I cut the two pieces of fabric different lengths to give the skirt a little different look.

Cut one of the pieces about 1 1/2″ to 2″ wider then the other piece of fabric.

Sew edges together like on the first dress. Ruffle the top edge of both pieces of fabric.

Pin the two pieces of fabric together and repeat the same steps as above with the pink polka dot dress.




For the last and my most favorite embellished onesie I wanted to keep it simple with a big pink flower on the front and a cute little ruffle on the backside.

Cut out some flowers. I used two different colored fabrics for these but you can use whatever you have on hand.

Just pin your flowers in place and sew like below.

Then add the centers of the flowers.

Add a cute little ruffled piece to the backside.

So there you have some fun and easy ways to embellish those plain white onesies.

Ruffled Baby Lovey {Tutorial}

Moving on with the last of the baby basket tutorials, today I’m showing you how I made this cute little ruffled baby lovey. These are becoming one of my favorite blankets to make. They are the perfect size for the car seat, stroller or for baby to hold and snuggle up to. They are super easy to make and take just a few hours to put together. This is one of those projects that uses up those little but long scraps or you can use a fat quarter pieced together.

Ruffled Baby Lovey Tutorial

(allow 2+ hours to complete)

Materials Needed (cut to the following):
*Long strips of cotton fabric that are 30″ x 3″ or use fat quarters and piece them together to make a 30″ x 3″ strip. I used four different fabrics, but you can use as many different fabrics as you want.

*One strip of cotton fabric that is 120″ x 5″ (ruffled edge). Again, you can use smaller scraps pieced together to make one long strip.

*One piece of minky fabric about 21″ x 24″.

Start by making sure you have the 8 strips cut out to the size of 30″ x 3″.

Take one of your strips and sew down the middle and make it ruffle with your sewing machine. This is a new little trick I just learned from the gals over at Simple Simon & Co. Set the tension on your machine to the highest setting and the stitch length to the highest setting. Trust me, once you ruffle your fabric this way you will never pull a thread to make it ruffle again. It is so much quicker! And looks neater and the ruffles are more uniform. But of course you can ruffle your fabric the other way by just pulling one of the threads to make it ruffle. By doing it this way you can get a more ruffled piece of fabric then just ruffling it with your machine. So its up to you here.

Repeat with the other 7 strips of fabric.

Take your iron and gently press on top of the ruffled pieces to press them flat. This will make it easier to sew together.

Now lay out the ruffled pieces into the desired pattern.

With right sides facing pin together the two fabrics that are beside one another. Sew in place. Unfold and gently press flat.

Lay your fabric pieces out again to make sure you keep the fabrics in the right order.

Pin the next two rows together and sew. Just make sure you are sewing on the correct side so that your fabrics line up correctly.

Press flat. Pin and sew the two last pieces of fabric together. Now you have the top of your lovey.

Press flat again.

Trim off any loose threads and neaten it up on the backside.

You should have this now.

Take your seam ripper and pull out the threads in the middle of the ruffled pieces.

Use the back of your seam ripper or an iron to fluff out those little marks down the center of the ruffled pieces.

Square up your edges and make sure they are straight.

Round the corners.

Top stitch if you want.

I just used the edge of my foot as a guide and top stitched both sides of each fabric.

Take your 120″ x 5 ” piece of fabric and fold wrong sides together. Sew all the way down the open edge of the piece to make a ruffled piece. **Make sure you use a 1/4″ sew seam here.**

Take the ruffled piece and pin it all the way around the top of the blanket. Where the two unfinished edges line up just fold each of the unfinished edges in opposite directions. Then place one on top of the other with the folded edges touching and sew in place. That way you will have a finished edge that is quick to do.

Now place on top of minky fabric with right sides facing. Place a few more pins in. I know this is a lot of pins, but it does make a huge difference.

Sew around outer edge with a 1/2″ sew seam while leaving at least a 2″ opening for turning right sides out.

Trim excess fabric.

Be careful of all the pins and turn right side out. Iron and sew opening shut.

Trim off all of the little threads.

And that is it! One cute little lovey for the baby!


Baby Basket Cake Bunting {Tutorial}


Baby Basket Cake Bunting Tutorial
(allow 1/2 hour to an hour)
Materials Needed:

*small fabric scraps
*1 package of bias tape or make your own

I used only 3/4 of a yard when making my bunting but you can make yours longer depending on how long you want it to be. I think it would be super cute to drape it around each of the tiers instead of just the bottom basket like I did. Once you have decided how long you want your bunting to be, top stitch the bias tape the entire length. Take and cut up your small scraps into all different sized circles, flower shapes and squares.

Layer the different sized pieces on top of each other to make the desired designs. Sew in place onto the bias tape.

Add as many circles and flowers that you want. Have fun with it!

Not only with it add a little extra special touch to the baby basket cake, it will also look so cute hanging in the nursery afterwards.

Flower Lovey {Tutorial}

It’s funny because when I first started making the baby basket cake I planned on making a few baby balls and little toys to stuff in the top tier, but once I made this sweet little flower lovey I knew that it was going to be on the top of the cake! I think it just works perfectly up there!

 

Flower Lovey Tutorial
(allow 2+ hours to complete. Finished size: 18″ x 13″)


Materials Needed:
* 1 package of bias tape
* 1 piece of fabric 18″ x 13″ (front of lovey)
* 1 piece of minky fabric 18″ x 13″ (back of lovey)
* 1 fat quarter or small scrap pieces of fabric (for the flower)
* 1 package of piping
* 1 large button
* 12″ of jumbo ric-rac
* One 46″ x 3″ piece of fabric for the ruffled piece. (I ended up piecing a few pieces together to make one long strip. Use up those little scraps here. You will never know it is pieced together once it is ruffled.)

Start by printing off the template. Click on the highlighted link below. Print template off there. I used the pointy flower petals for this tutorial but wanted to include some rounded petals as well. I foresee using these in the future.

Flower Baby Lovey Template

Cut out the template petal piece. Trace around it onto the right side of a small scrap piece of fabric.

Now take a piece of piping and line up the flat edge of the piping to the template marks you just made. Pin in place. The more pins the better!

Place another piece of fabric on top with right sides facing. Pin in place.

Change to a zipper foot and start sewing around the piping. Line up the rounded edge of the piping with the edge of your foot. Sew as close to the rounded edge of the piping as close as possible. You may need to redo the top part of the petals once you remove the pins. I also found it easier to remove the pins as I went along. Just take your time here. Once you get the hang of it, it is easy. You could also sew the piping in place on the first piece of fabric before placing the second piece of fabric on top. I just chose to sew the piping in place once. But do what works for you.

Trim off the excess fabric.

Turn right side out.

Now repeat 6 times or as many times as you want. Of course you could leave out the piping if you don’t like sewing with it. It takes a little getting used to, but once you have used it a few times its really easy and adds that little extra touch.

Now fold the petal in half and sew a little 1/2 circle at the edge of the petal like shown below. This will give your petal a little shape.

Repeat with remaining petals. Line up the petals to make a flower.

Play with the petals and your button to get the shape you like. My flower ends up being about 6″ across.

Now pin the flower petals onto your front piece of fabric.

Sew around the inner parts of the petals a few times. Make sure they are very secure, this is for a baby.

In the following steps the fabric is getting harder to sew because of the thickness. If that happens switch your foot height to zero. This will keep your foot off the fabric so tightly and allow you to keep sewing. This will make a huge difference, trust me.

Take your jumbo ric-rac and fold in onto the petals. Pin in place.

Sew in place a few times. Make sure all of the pieces get sewn down.

Sew button on. Then sew around the button again using the edge of the button as your guide.

Now lets make the little ruffle. Take your 46″ x 3″ and fold right sides together, sew down one side. Pull right side out and iron flat. Sew down the middle of the strip on a stitch length of 4 then pull one of the threads to ruffle the fabric.

Pin and sew ruffle onto lovey in desired location.

Pin front of lovey to backing fabric, wrong sides together. You can use a batting if you want to. I chose not to since this is for a little baby and I wanted to keep it lightweight for her to snuggle up with. Trim fabric pieces so that are even on all edges. Round the corners to make it easier to sew with the bias tape.

Pin and sew bias tape around outer edge of lovey.

And your finished!

Fold up the blanket and stuff it into the top tier of the basket making sure to leave the flower hanging out on top of the basket.

Knit Baby Hats {Tutorial}

Knit Baby Hats Tutorial

(allow 15-30 minutes to complete one hat)

Materials Needed:

*Small pieces of knit fabric or use outgrown baby clothes.

*Small pieces of contrasting knit fabric for the flower or a 30″ x 1/2″ piece of fabric for the ruffle.

*Buttons

Print off the templates below. Make sure you click on the highlighted link and print the template off from the Scribd website. Tape the two pieces of paper together making sure that the lines match up perfectly. Trim extra paper if needed to match up the lines.
Knit baby hat template 1

Knit baby hat template 2

Use the template to cut out two pieces of knit fabric.

Pin right sides together. Sew around edges leaving the bottom open.

Trim edges. Searge edges if you want, but you don’t have to. Knit fabric will not fray. Searging just gives it a more professional look. I don’t have a searger, so I left mine as is. Fold the hat in half to find the middle. Measure 2″ down from the top of the hat. Draw a line. Repeat on the other side of hat.

Now refold the top of the hat so that the marks you just made are on the outer edge. Pin in place like so. You are now going to sew on top of the marks you just made. I sewed using a 1/4″ sew seam here. You are sewing here just to give the hat a little more shape.

This is what the hat will look like now.

**What you do in the next step depends on the size of the hat you are making.**

If you are making a 0-6 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 1 1/2″

for a 6-12 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 2″

and for a 12-24 month hat fold the bottom of the hat up 2″.

Since this a 0-6 month sized hat, I folded the bottom of the hat up 1 1/2″.

Press and pin in place. Sew.

Turn right side out.

To make the flower cut 7 pieces of knit fabric into little circles.

Set up the circles overlapping like so. Just make sure that the middle circle is overlapping all of the other circles (petals) in the middle.

Pin in place.

Sew.

Make a button or use a button you have on hand.

Attach the button to the petals and through the top of the hat.

Inside of hat.

And the finished product.

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Now to make the ruffled knit hat.

Follow the same steps as above to make the hat. Cut a strip of knit fabric 30″ x 1 1/2″ wide. Sew ends together. Now ruffle the piece of fabric with your sewing machine. Work with the ruffled piece until it is the same length as the distance around your hat. Pin ruffle around hat about 1/4″ or 1/2″ up from the bottom of hat. Zig-Zag stitch ruffle in place. Attach a little button on the top of hat if you want.

And that is it.

They are so quick and easy to make you will never buy a knit hat again.

Plus it is a great way to use up those outgrown baby clothes.

Baby Wash Cloths {Tutorial}

So moving right along with our little baby basket cake…
Today I am going to show you how to make the little baby wash cloths. These wash cloths are by far the most used item in our household that I make. I just love them! For the tub I make them with a minky backing and for the kitchen I use a terry cloth backing. When making these for a baby or myself, I don’t usually add a flannel batting. You know, little wash cloths and little baby parts just go together better. But some people prefer a thicker wash cloth and that is fine, just use flannel as your batting. This is a great beginner project! So those of you that want to start sewing, then this is the one to start with. So grab that machine and some fabric and lets get sewing!
Baby Wash Cloths (8″ x 8″) Tutorial
(allow 15 minutes to complete)

Materials Needed:

*Small scraps of cotton fabric and minky about 9″ x 9″.

*Flannel scraps 9″ x 9″ to use for batting (optional). I prefer to make my wash cloths without the flannel just because my kiddo’s are little and they prefer little lighter weight wash cloths for their hands.

*Card stock to make an 8″ x 8″ template with rounded corners.

Trace around the template onto the wrong side of your cotton fabric.

Pin together the cotton fabric and minky fabric, right sides together. (If you are using flannel as a batting, layer it underneath the minky fabric now.) Sew directly on the marks while leaving a 1 1/2″ opening for turning right side out. Trim off excess fabric except at the opening.

Use your lint roller to remove any fuzzies and spray to remove your marks.

Turn right side out and iron flat. Top stitch around edge of wash cloth.


Pretty easy right?

Just in case you cannot tell by the photo, I made 15 of them. They are great to use in the tub, washing up after meal time or for cleaning those little heiny’s if you are a cloth diaper using momma.

Ruffled Maxi Skirt {Tutorial}

Just in case you missed this a few weeks ago over at Me Sew Crazy.

Ruffled Maxi Skirt Tutorial

(allow about 3 hours to complete)

Materials Needed:



*3-4 yards of white cotton knit (medium weight or light weight).
The skirt above was made with 3 yards of medium weight cotton knit and the skirt below was made with lightweight cotton knit. I personally like the looks and feel of the lightweight fabric better, but they didn’t have any at the fabric store. And just to give you an idea on how much fabric you may need to buy, I am a short size 8 and 3 yards of fabric was just enough and would recommend buying more fabric if you want the ruffles to be more ruffled or if you want more then 4 rows of ruffles.

*1 yard of wide anti-roll elastic for the waist band (of course buy more elastic depending on the size of your waist band needed.)

Use any long A-Line skirt that you already have as your template. Fold the knit fabric so that you are cutting out two pieces at the same time with same sides facing. Sometimes it is hard to tell with knits which side is which and it really doesn’t matter which side you pick as the right side, just make sure that you keep using that same side as your right side. I realized after making my first skirt that since the edges are not finished they roll in a certain direction depending on the direction of the knit. So just try and keep track of the same sides.

Cut all around the skirt giving yourself an extra 1/2″ all around the skirt for a seam allowances.

You now have 2 pieces for the main skirt. With the right sides already facing pin in place and sew both sides.

Turn right side out.

Now let’s determine where to put the ruffles. I decided to have 4 rows of ruffles spaced out evenly every 8″. To figure this out I measure the length of the skirt and divided it by 4, the # of rows that I wanted to have on my skirt. Of course you can make the distance between your ruffles further or closer together. But just so you know, if you want to make more then 4 rows of ruffles you will need more then 3 yards of fabric. Start at the top of the skirt and measure down 8″ and draw a line horizontally around the skirt, front and back. This is will be your guide when sewing the ruffles onto the skirt. Measure down another 8″ and draw your lines horizontally around the skirt again. Now repeat two more times. Set skirt aside.

Now it is time to make the ruffles. Take the remainder of your fabric and fold it so that you can cut long strips of fabric that are 9 1/2″ wide or whatever width you have decided to have the ruffles. I used almost the whole remainder of my fabric in making my strips. Remember to keep track of the right sides and cut the fabric in the same direction. Set fabric aside for now and grab your skirt.

If you want your ruffles closer or further apart that is fine. Just make sure that you cut your ruffles 1 1/2″ wider then the distance you decided to have between each row. This way you will not see the top of your ruffles in each row. I just think it looks much better this way.

Now let’s figure out how long to make each ruffled piece. Start by measuring the bottom line on your skirt. Take that # and multiply by 2, that will give you the total distance around your skirt at that point. Now add 30″ to that #. The extra 30″ is so that you can make your fabric ruffle. Of course you can make your ruffles tighter or looser then I did, just make sure that you add the same amount of fabric to each row. That way your ruffles will all look the same.

For example: The last horizontal line on my skirt measured 24″. Then I doubled that # to give me the total distance around the skirt at that point which gave me 48″. Then I added the extra 30″ to make the ruffle. So I ended up with a piece of fabric 78″ long by 9 1/2″ wide.

Measure out one piece of fabric that is the size you just determined above. My piece was 78″ x 9 1/2″. Sew right sides together.

Turn right side out.

Now make it ruffle by sewing along the top of fabric with a long stitch. Pull one of the threads until it ruffles evenly all around. Now measure the remaining 3 rows and make ruffles for each the same way you just did above.

For example: my next three rows measured 76″ x 9 1/2″, 70″ x 9 1/2″ and 64″ x 9 1/2″. Now line up all of ruffles on their rows to make sure they all line up correctly.

Start with the longest ruffled piece and turn it wrong side out. Place your skirt inside of the ruffled piece and line up your ruffled piece onto the bottom line like so. Make sure that the wrong side of the ruffle is on the outside and right sides of ruffle and skirt are facing. Pin ruffle in place.

Sew ruffle in place using a zig-zag stitch. This will give your ruffle a little extra stretch. Now fold ruffle down. Now take the next longest ruffle and place it onto the next line up. Make sure right sides are facing and wrong sides of the ruffle are facing out. Pin and sew in place.



Repeat with the third ruffled piece.

Your skirt should now have 3 rows of ruffles sew in place. Gather the elastic for the waist band. Measure your waist to see how long to cut the piece of elastic. I like to slightly pull on the elastic when measuring around my waist so that the elastic stretches a little bit when it sits on my hips. I don’t want my waist band floating on top of my hips, but do what works best for you. My elastic was cut 30″ long. Zig-zag stitch the elastic shut.

Now take the last ruffle (right sides out this time) and line it up to the top edge of the skirt.

Now take your elastic band and place it on top of the ruffled piece. So it will be layered like so: A-line skirt (right sides out), ruffle (right side out) and then elastic on top. Pin all three layers in place. Zig-zag stitch all three layers together. If you need to, slightly pull on the elastic so that all three layers line up while being sewed together. Now lay your skirt flat and fold up the bottom ruffle. Trim off the extra fabric from the A-Line skirt underneath.



Now your finished! The perfect skirt for those hot summer days.