Pre-kids, I swore I would never let my kids wear character T-shirts. Yeah.
You can laugh at me now.
Nothing gives kids greater joy than wearing their favorite characters on their shirts, pajamas, backpacks and more. You can spend hours, even days, sewing the most glamorous dress…but what do the kids love and request to wear over and over again? The princess dress up costume or character T-shirt. You know its true.
So while it still may not be my favorite thing to sew with character fabric, it IS my favorite thing to bring my kids joy. And when I want to put a true smile on their face, I whip up one of these bad boys.
The ‘Mom of the Year’ skirt.
Takes less than 30 minutes to sew, and the ROI is unlike anything else. Smiles for days.
Mom of the year skirt DIY.
How to sew a super easy elastic waist skirt.
- Character fabric
- Coordinating solid color fabric
- 1″ elastic
- Basic sewing essentials
Cut (1) of the skirt and skirt band, selvage to selvage.
- Cut out fabric as specified.
- Fold skirt band in half wrong sides together and press.
- Match raw edge of skirt band with the bottom raw edge of your skirt right sides together. Pin in place and sew. Finish seam with serger, zigzag stitch or pinking shears.
- Press band down.
- Fold skirt in half, right sides together, matching up the selvage sides. Pin, sew, and finish seams.
- Fold top waistband 1/4″ down towards wrong side and press.
- Fold again 1″ towards wrong side and press. Sew around the bottom of the waistband to create a casing for the elastic, leaving a 1.5″ opening.
- Measure your child’s waist and cut elastic accordingly. Slip elastic inside waistband casing using a safety pin, and pull around. Sew elastic ends together, and finish sewing the waistband casing closed.
And you are finished!
*Don’t have your child in front of you to measure? Check out these elastic waist size cheat sheets at Bite Sized Biggie.
Congratulate yourself because you just won the Mom of the Year award.
Let’s hear it for Star Wars week – what what.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…