Monday, April 28, 2014

Mommy and Me Matching Skirts (and Headband) Tutorial

Happy Late Easter!

I've been a little too busy with school to blog much lately, but I've been up to lots of fun crafts in my brief moments of free time!

Growing up, my mom always bought skirts for me and my sister. It has been a tradition for a long time, so I was excited to continue that tradition for Zia's first Easter. With that tradition in mind, I bought some fabric a few months ago to make matching Easter skirts for me and my girl. :) We got lots of compliments, so I thought I'd share a little tutorial for anyone else who wants to make matching skirts. They're really easy!

These skirts were inspired by these skirts over at Handmade Mess.

Excuse the floppy socks on Zia... She has been walking for a while now, but she refuses to walk with shoes on. Because of that, she wore socks to church on Easter and tried to pull them off all day. :) Silly girl! On to the tutorial!

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 yards fabric (I used a thicker, denim-like fabric from JoAnn)
  • Elastic (at least 1 inch wide, but you can use any thickness)
  • Thread--1 spool that matches the fabric and 1 spool that matches the elastic
  • Sewing machine, pins, thread, scissors
  • Double needle (optional but helpful :) )
  • For headband: hot glue and extra elastic
First decide what size you want your skirts to be. You'll want to use a piece around 3/4 yard wide and however long you like your skirts. Add 2 1/2 inches to the length for seam allowance. Figure out the size for baby's skirt as well. Cut out your rectangles.

Next, zigzag or serge one of the long edges.

If you're using your sewing machine instead of a serger (like I did), try to serge right next to the edge to avoid fraying problems.

Next you will need to cut your elastic. Measure your waist, then subtract 1 to 2 inches from that number. You want it tight enough to stay on without being uncomfortable.

You can do the next step two ways. You can take the time to gather the fabric to be the same size as your elastic or fold in half, pin on the fold, and repeat until you have 5 or 6 pins evenly spaced. Do the same thing on your elastic, then match up your pins so that the fabric is gathered between the pins. (I hope that makes sense.) I used the second method.

After you've matched up those pins, add more pins, making sure the fabric gathers evenly. The fabric and elastic should overlap by 1/2 inch or so.

At this point you will want to use a stretch or zigzag stitch or a double needle. I switched to a double needle.

Sew along the elastic, stretching as you sew so that the elastic and fabric are both flat. Sew right next to the bottom edge of the elastic. It will look something like this. (Side note--using thread that matches your elastic makes any goofs a lot harder to see. ;) )

Laid flat, it will look like this.

I forgot to take pictures of some of the last steps (sorry!), but they're easy. All you need to do is put the two short sides of the skirt right side together and sew along that edge. Zigzag that edge to avoid fraying.

Before hemming, try the skirt on and make sure the length is right. Trim if necessary. (Zia's was waaaay too long, so we trimmed it down to size.)

Last but not least, fold the hem over 1/2 inch then 1 1/2 inches. Sew 1 1/4 inches from the bottom edge, and you're all done! (For the baby skirt, you might decide to do a smaller hem for a smaller skirt. I ended up doing that, but it's totally your preference!)

Now, to make a matching headband for baby....

Cut two rectangles of fabric 4x6 and another that's 2x6.

Sew the two larger pieces with right sides together, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and leaving a little gap for turning. Trim corners, turn right-side-out, and press flat.

With the smaller rectangle, turn left side toward the middle, press. Repeat with the right side.

Topstitch 1/8 inch from the edge of both pieces.

Scrunch the center of the larger piece until you have the bow shaped just right. Use your glue gun to glue the folds shut in the very center.

Hot glue the center piece on top of the fold.

Flip over.

Cut your elastic to the right size (12-13 inches for a one-year-old). Hot glue in place on the fold.

Now trim down the center piece. You only need enough on each side to cover the elastic. Glue one side in place.

Fold the other side to cover the raw edge, then glue in place.

Ta-da! Easy, peasy! And adorable, too! :)

I know not all moms are thrilled with the idea of being matchy-matchy with their kiddos, but I think it's so much fun! 

Happy sewing! :)


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