Sunday, December 11, 2011

Ruffle Skirt Tutorial

I looked all around town for a plain-colored skirt (either red, white, black, or denim) that would work with these striped Christmas tights I bought for Chloe. (I also bought her a pair of red striped tights). I couldn't find what I was looking for (at least not at a price I was willing to pay)--seriously, $30.00 for a clothing item my baby will fit for approximately a month?
No thank you.
So the alternative was to make her a skirt. I looked at the fabric remnants at Hobby Lobby and found this great piece of red fabric for $2.00. I was trying to decide if I should just do a traditional skirt with a hem and some elastic at the top, or if I wanted to attempt the ruffles I'd been picturing in my head. I decided to go for the ruffles, and I'm so glad I did. From start to finish this skirt took me about 4 hours. Not too bad.

Wanna make one for the cute little girl in your life (or for you?) Read on, my friend.

1. Iron your fabric. I only needed 3/4 yard for this project, but Chloe is only 2 months old, so she's still pretty little. If you are making this for an adult or for an older child you will need to adjust the fabric accordingly.

2. Cut five strips of fabric. 40 inches long, 3 inches wide.

Now watch this video so the rest of the instructions will make more sense:

3. Hem the fabric strip on one end. (As shown in the tutorial video.)

4. Create the ruffle edge on each strip of fabric. (As shown in the tutorial video.)

5. Pin each strip onto a flat piece of fabric.
6. Sew each strip on, doing your best to keep them evenly spaced (you can measure if it makes you feel better, but once again, I sort of just eyeballed.) I did a straight stitch and then a zig-zag. It should look something like this when they are all sewed on:
7. Fold over an edge of the fabric so it covers the raw edge of the top ruffle. (As shown in the tutorial video.)

8. Create a casing for the elastic waistband and thread the elastic through (we used a wire hanger--thanks husband, for the idea). I didn't video this part or take photos, so if you don't know how to create a little casing, you might have to google it. Sorry.
9. Turn your skirt inside-out, line up the ruffles, and one-by-one stitch them together. Do your best to line the ruffles up so that they look continuous. It should look something like this from the inside when you are done:
and like this on the outside.
Then put it on your cute little model:
Hope this makes sense. Email me with questions. :)


Robyn and Blake said...

That is the cutest little skirt ever Dani! I want one for myself!

Garage said...

This skirt look so cute.After wear baby is look amazing.Red color are so beautiful and this skirt also red color.It look so fabulous.

Meredith F. said...

This is EXACTLY what I've been looking for! In order to make a skirt for a 12 month old, what do you suggest for length and width for the five strips of fabric?

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