Last week I briefly mentioned that maybe there would be a second handmade part to Violets' birthday present. These fabrics (Acorn Trail by Teagan White for Birch Organics) have been on my shelf for quite some time. I may, or may not have blogged that I was planning to make a dress out of it at some point, possibly for her second birthday. Oh well, the fact is there it sat, waiting to be made into something for these last two years. I loved how the fabric looked with the color of the pullover I made her. I originally thought it would be a patchwork skirt, but being that the fabric was ridiculously adorable, I found it nearly impossible to cut through. Just couldn't do it. Guess I'll save that patchwork idea for next time and let the forest animals keep their heads and tails. So in about an hours' time I came up with a simple skirt with pockets big enough to carry little girl treasures. Enjoy!
Treasure Skirt Tutorial
-Skirt Width, measure waist. Add 1" to this number. (Mine was 20"+ 1"= 21")
-Skirt Length, measure from waistline to bottom of knee. Add 3" to this number. (Mine was 13"+3"=16")
-Pocket Width, is half of skirt Length, (Mine was 8", half of the 16" skirt length)
-Pocket Length, is half of skirt Length. Add 2". (Mine was 8"+2"=10")
So my skirt dimensions are 21" wide(across) by 16" long.
And my pocket dimensions are 8" wide(across) by 10" long.
Wash, dry and press(iron) all fabric before you cut. Do not skip this part! Trust me, you will notice some sort of wonkiness if you don't.
-Main fabric, cut 2 to the above skirt dimensions. If using a patterned fabric like the forest animals in the above photos, make sure the width measurement lays across the fabrics pattern. Or else the pattern will be sideways. Yardage will vary depending on size you are making.( I used just over a half yard of 44"wide fabric)
-Coordinating fabric, cut 2 to the above pocket dimensions.
-3/4" non roll elastic, exact measurement of waist.
-pinking shears (aka zigzag scissors), to cut fabric if you don't have an overlock stitch on your sewing machine or you don't care if the seams are unfinished, or you are just feeling sort of lazy. These will help seams from unraveling. I love them!
-iron and ironing board(thick towel can be used instead of board)
-large safety pin
With the right sides of the Main fabric pieces facing each other, sew along both sides(length). You will now have a tube of fabric. Press seams open if using pinking shears only. Press to one side if finishing seams with an overlock stitch. Turn right side out.
Pockets: With wrong side up, Press 1/2"around, except for the bottom edge, then press top edge only another 1". Sew top of pocket close to the folded seam. Repeat for second pocket.
Center each pocket on top of the side seams of the skirt, matching the bottom hem of the skirt and pocket together. Pin in place.
Top stitch the sides of the pockets to the skirt. The top edge and the bottom hem should be open. Turn Wrong side out.
Press hem 1/2" around, then another 1" around. Pin in place.
Press waistband (top edge of skirt) 1/2"around, then another 1" around. Pin in place.
Sew hem close to the pressed seam.
Sew the waistband as close to the pressed seam as possible to form a casing, leaving a 3" opening to thread elastic through.
Cut a length of 3/4" non-roll elastic the exact size of waist. Attach a large safety pin to one end and thread through the waistband casing. Remove safety pin and overlap the ends by 1" and sew a square around the edges of the elastic, making sure elastic is not twisted. Pull into casing and sew the case opening the rest of the way. Done!
Don't forget to share your skirts on Instagram #sewknitgrowtreasureskirt for all to see and get inspired!
If you need guidance, please do not hesitate to ask. Just send me an email at foothillstitches(at)hotmail(dot)com Subject: treasureskirt and I will help you out. Enjoy!
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