Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Ruffle Skirt

When I saw this skirt, I just fell in love with it. I knew that I wanted to make one like it. So that's what I did :).

One day I was shopping at Target and found this round tablecloth for $3.75. It actually matches our kitchen perfectly and fits our table, but when I put it on the table, I realized that we are not tablecloth kinds of people. Just a little too fancy and formal for my liking :). So I used it for the skirt.

This is how I made it:
1) I cut two pieces of fabric. I wanted the skirt to be straight, so I just made a rectangle 20" wide and 26" long.
2)Then I cut the strips for the ruffles. I cut 6 strips 4"x44" and two strips 2"x44"

3) I hemmed the bottom of all 6 of the strips

4) Then I sewed a straight stitch on the other end for the ruffle. I used my longest length for the stitch

5) I pulled the thread through the strip and made the ruffle. I then pinned and sewed the ruffle onto the bottom of the fabric.

6) I did the same thing for the remaining strips. Then I pinned the next layer about an inch above the bottom layer. I did this for all three layers.

7) For the smaller strips, I used a zig zag stitch and sewed both edges of it. Then I used a straight stitch and long length and sewed in the middle of the strip for the ruffle.

8) I pinned the small ruffle onto the layered ruffles and sewed it on.

9) Once I was done with both pieces of fabric, I pinned together the fronts and sewed the sides together.

10) I used elastic for the top. I would have done a zipper but I didn't have one on hand at the time. I pinned the elastic onto the inside of the fabric.

11) Then I folded the fabric over the elastic and pinned it.

12) I then sewed the elastic to the skirt.

That's it!



CAS said...

Just adorable & so many possibilities. Thanks for sharing.

Hallie said...

LOVE it!! I'm going to make one of these today! :)

Emily @ LaForce Be With You said...

I'm impressed! And I own that table cloth in the rectangle shape... how funny!

Life with the Websters! said...

How adorable! :) I love the print!

Mindi Hoellein said...

I LOVE it. I cant wait to make one for myself! :)

Ellen said...

Too cute, great idea! Looks very "now"!


Amanda K @ Every Crafty Endeavor said...

This skirt is darling! You did a great job!

WobiSobi said...

You are just beautiful.. and Your tutorial is awesome easy to follow.. Love the skirt, So creative!!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

That is SUPER cute and it looks great on you!

Shannon said...

that looks SOOOO good!! very inspiring - nice job!

Dresden said...

nice job it turned out so cute!

Brandy and Fam said...

This is so cool! I just made curtains from a tablecloth. Who new these could be so versatile?! Heck, you're starting to make this non-sewer want to pull out her mom's old sewing machine. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lanell said...

I have that exact table cloth on my kitchen table right now. I'm taking a picture and sending it to you. I love it on the table and on you. Creative and clever.

Rachel Sue said...

Such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!


Cassie J said...

I love it that you upcycled! Great job!

Amber's Snippets of Design said...

Hi Kaysi!
I followed links here from the Sumo Sweet Stuff linky party. I love your skirts! They are just adorable!
Thanks for sharing,

the Webbs said...

I am thinking you could keep the circle shape and cut a waist out of the middle. Or you could cut that circle, say, into, 3 or 4 sections so it would look like a paneled skirt if you added some darts toward the waist? This is such a great idea! Thank you!

Crystelle Boutique said...

How fun! I have a vintage tablecloth in the basement that I am planning to turn into a skirt, but I Haven't gotten to it yet... Your post is very inspiring!

hugs x