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Archive for August 18, 2012

Fat Quarter Skirt Tutorial

I was perusing the fabric aisle at Walmart the other day when I found PINK PANTHER fat quarters!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!!! They were on sale for $5 a pack!!!! So I grabbed 2… LOL I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them though. UNTIL the Cs had a sleepover. Then I knew! Cailey and her 2 BFFs could have matching skirts!! PERFECT!!! And you get a new tutorial! 😉





What I Used-

1/2  a package of fat quarter




Step 1 –


Take one piece of each design or 3 pieces. Set the unique piece aside (to use as a waist band). Then cut the fat quarters into thirds.



Step 2 –


Take the fat quarter that you set aside for the waistband and cut it into fourths. Set 2 aside for the waistband.



Step 3 –


Go ahead and stack the pieces in the order you want to sew them in.


Step 4 –



Pin your first 2 pieces together, right sides touching, and sew the seam!

I usually do a finishing stitch first and then do mu straight stitch, but I’m weird like that. 😉



Step 5 –


Continue pinning and sewing until you have used all your pieces! 🙂



Step 6 –

Apparently, I forgot to take a picture of this step… SIGH… Sorry about that!!!! It’s easy, though. You need to gather the top of the skirt!

On my machine I set both of my stitch settings to the largest number and run 2 lines of straight stitches. Then I pull on the bottom thread on one side and gather, then I pull on the bottom thread from the other side and gather.



Step 7 –


Now, take your 2 waistband pieces and sew one end to one end.


Step 8 –


Now, turn in 1/4 inch at the top and press. Then a 1/4 inch at the bottom and press.


Step 9 –


Fold in half and press!



Step 10 –



Open up the waistband and pin the skirt inside, leaving at least 5″ on each side for the ties.



Step 11 –


Run a straight stitch from one of the waist band to the other. This will leave the ends as ties and enclose the top of the skirt inside of the waistband.



Step 12 –


Fold over the ends of the ties, press and stitch across.



Step 13 –


Fold over the raw edges of the side of the skirt 1/4 inch and press. Fold over another 1/4 inch, press and pin. This will enclose those raw edges.


Step 14 –


Pin the sides together and sew the seam but be sure to leave 3 or 4 inches from the top of the waistband down. That will leave room for your child to get the skirt on and off.


Step 15 –


Fold over the bottom of the skirt 3/4 inch and press. Fold over another 3/4 inch, press and pin.

Sew your hem!



Press and you are all DONE!!!! YAY!!!!


















I will be making one skirt with a button closure and one with an elastic waistband, that way the girls will be able to tell which one belongs to them. 😉


As always, let me know what you think! Was this easy to follow??? And definitely let me know if you make one!! I would LOVE to see the pictures! 🙂





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