Looking for a fun new skirt this Spring to show off your favorite fabric obsessions? The side tie skirt DIY is a fun sewing tutorial that you will love! With easy knit shorts underneath your child can run around with ease, and you can leave the skirt sides up or down to customize the look. Its always fun finding new ways to use quilting cotton, after all, they come up with the best prints sometimes. Why should quilters get all the fun?
Make This: Side Tie Skirt DIY
- 1 yard quilting cotton, or other apparel fabric
- 1/2 – 3/4 yard knit fabric
- 1 yard 1/2″ elastic
- 1 1/2 yard grosgrain ribbon
- 2 buttons (optional)
- basic sewing essentials
Step 1 – Cut around a pair of pants or shorts that you know fit well, for the knit shorts underneath. I like to cut my fabric on the fold of the outer seam. Add an additional 1.5″ along the top waist for seam allowance, as well as 1 – 2″ along the inner leg seam for a looser shorts fit (if you are using leggings or tighter fitting pants for your template). Cut (2).
Step 2 – Unfold your pants template that you are using for the pattern, so that the side leg seam is now in the center. Place on top of your new knit fabric pattern, and cut down the waistband reflecting the pants template curve.
Step 3 – Cut (2) skirt panels, 20″W x your desired length. I cut mine 1″ longer than the shorts.
Step 4 – Fold over the top edge of your skirt panel 1/4″ towards the wrong side and press. Fold again 1/4″ and press, enclosing the raw edge. Sew. Repeat for both panels.
Step 5 – Place skirt panels right sides together and sew side seam using a 1″ seam allowance. Finish side seam by pressing open, and then folding the raw side edges under. Press again, and sew around to secure. Repeat for other side.
Step 6 – Fold the bottom hem of your skirt under 1/4″ and press. Fold again 1/2″ and press. Sew. Set skirt aside for now.
Step 7 – Place (2) knit shorts right sides together. Sew the crotch curve together using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 8 – Press open shorts so that the crotch curve is now in the center. Match up inner leg seams and sew using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 9 – Hem shorts by turning the leg under 1/2″ towards wrong side and sewing around, using a stretch stitch. (Or zig zag stitch if you do not have a stretch stitch). You can skip this step if need be, as knit fabrics will not fray.
Step 10 – Using pins, measure 2″ in from the side seam on each side. Pin to mark. Repeat for both front and back skirt panels.
Step 11 – Sew a line of basting stitches in between the pins. Repeat for front and back. Gather stitches.
Step 12 – Turn shorts right side out. Slip skirt around the shorts, and pin around the front and back where the gathered stitches are (not the sides). Sew the skirt onto the shorts, only where the gathering stitches are. Repeat for the bag. This will create a bit of a paper bag skirt effect, with the side of the skirt hanging from the shorts. (You do not want to sew all around, otherwise you will not be able to pull the skirt on and off your child with ease).
Step 13 – Cut a piece of elastic approximately 1″ less than your child’s waist circumference. Sew the raw ends together using a 1/2″ seam allowance, creating a loop of elastic.
Step 14 – Pin the elastic to the inner upper edge of your knit shorts. Pin the front, back, and sides. Your elastic should be smaller than your knit shorts. Sew around using a zig zag stitch, pulling the elastic as you sew to match the width of your shorts. You can pull even more for greater stretch.
Step 15 – Fold down elastic towards inside 1 more time, and pin front, back and sides. Sew around the bottom, once again pulling the elastic as it goes through the machine, using a zig zag stitch.
Step 16 – Cut (2) pieces of grosgrain ribbon, approximately 24″ in length each. You can adjust the length of these as needed later.
Step 17 – Slip (1) grosgrain over the upper side edge of your skirt, matching up the center of your ribbon with the top of the skirt panel. Pin in place and sew. Repeat for other side.
Step 18 – Sew a decorative button over the top edge of your grosgrain.
Step 19 – Tie up the side edges, and you are done!
Now go enjoy Spring, it is finally here! YEAH!!!
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