Scrap Skirt Tutorial


I absolutely love sewing for little girls.  They are so fun to dress up!  
The colors, the fabrics, the easy-peasy sewing projects….
fun I tell ya!
So after making these Easter dresses and these reversible skirts I had some fabric left over.  Not enough for a full dress or skirt but certainly enough to piece together.  You too?  Glad that I’m not the only one!
Let’s get sewing…

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Find scraps of fabric of the same material {ie. all cotton or all jersey}.
Be sure that all of the fabric is pre-shrunk.
You will need about a meter of fabric total {depending on the size of skirt}.
Measure all the way around your waist {the circumference}.
The elastic for the waist band will be the same length as your waist circumference.
Scraps of material will need to be two times your waist circumference.
Choose a length for the skirt.  Above the knee?  Below the knee? 
1 meter of scrap fabric {total}
1 meter of fabric for lining
1 inch wide elastic {length of waist circumference}

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So for example here are my measurements for a size 6 skirt:
Waist = 20 inches
First scrap of fabric 2 1/2 inches x 40 inches
Second – fourth scrap of fabric 4 1/2 inches x 40 inches
Fabric lining 14 1/2 inches x 40 inches
Elastic 20 inches

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Begin by cutting your scrap fabric into strips.  
You can join scrap fabric to create longer strips if needed.  As I did with the green fabric shown above.  This might give your skirt a really cute quilted effect.  You can cut as many strips of fabric as you want.  The more strips of fabric, the longer your skirt will be.

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Serge or zig zag stitch all of your raw edges.  It’s nice not to have to worry about your fabric fraying with repeated use.  You can also iron and fold over raw edges to protect them as well.

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Pin the first two lengths of fabric together, right sides facing.  The top piece of fabric will house your elastic waist band later.  Sew these pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and a straight stitch.

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Iron the seam flat.  You can even top stitch the seam into place if you want a more detailed look.

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Repeat the last two steps with each of your fabric strips.  Pin right sides together.  Sew using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Iron seam flat.

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Now you’ve made a fun, pieced together panel of fabric to create your skirt out of.  Be sure to really press out and iron your seams.

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Next measure your fabric panel.  Mine was 14 1/2 inches x 40 inches.  Trim off any excess material and make sure that your edges are straight and corners are square.  Cut a piece of material, the same size as your fabric panel, to make a lining for your skirt.  It doesn’t have to be white material, use another scrap of fabric if you can!  But you don’t have to line the skirt either.  You could skip this step and simply hem the top and bottom.  I think that lining the skirt gives it a more professional look though.  It also protects all of your edges from fraying and provides a barrier between itchy edges and skin.

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Pin the lining to your fabric panel, right sides facing.
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Sew the panel and lining together along the top, bottom and one side of the skirt using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Invert the skirt so that the right sides are facing out.
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Press and iron all of your seams.
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Stop to admire your handy work so far.
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Now pin the sides of the skirt together.  If you want to get really fancy you could fold and iron the open end of the skirt into the wrong side of the skirt.  Then tuck the finished end of the skirt into the folded end and sew together. This creates a nearly invisible seam like the one I used for my reversible skirts.
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Sew together the side of the skirt using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Be sure to stop sewing 1 inch from the top of the skirt.  This is to leave room to insert the elastic waistband.
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Next sew a straight line around the waist of your skirt about 1 inch to 1 1/4 inches from the top.  This creates a pocket for the elastic waistband to go in.
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Use a safety pin to push the elastic through the pocket that you have created.  I like to use 1 inch, non-roll elastic for the kids clothing.  It stays nice and straight and doesn’t get all bunched up in the waistband.
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Sew the ends of the elastic together.
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Sew the waistband closed.  Trim off excess thread.
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All done!
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Now you’ve got some super cute, colorful skirts and a smaller pile of scrap material in the sewing room.  It’s a win-win for sure!
Do you think the boys would mind if I started dressing them in skirts?


I thought so.


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