Today we have an easy toddler skirt tutorial to share with you!
And when I say easy I really mean it. This is another sewing project brought to you by my 4 year old With a little help from mommy of course but she really did make it!
And she is definitely pretty proud of it! This is a great kids sewing project that teaches a lot. We went over straight lines, finishing seams, gathering and using a zig-zag stitch
I can sense many more of these in her future! We made our skirt from a fat quarter that she picked out all by herself and paid for on our last visit to the fabric store. Everything in her life right now is blue To complete her outfit she’s wearing a Janey Jump Around shortened to a top (it’s a FREE pattern!) and the Lollipop Leggings
Since Anne did most of the sewing on this we broke it up over several sittings. She focuses well but generally 1 or 2 steps a day is enough. Definitely keep it fun and let your child lead the activity and when they’d like to finish for the day
1. If you are using a Fat Quarter cut in in half so you have 2 pieces that are 9″ tall and 22″ wide. This was a perfect size for my 4 year old. If you are getting your fabric cut by the yard you can just get a 1/4 yard and you’ll be ready to go. For an older child I’d go with a 1/3 yard cut for a bit longer skirt. When Anne cuts out her pieces I draw a line on there first with a fabric marker and then let her cut carefully along the line.
2. Sew the side seams together. Then let mommy take over for a minute and finish the seam allowances and top and bottom edge with a serger or pinking shears so you don’t have any fraying.
3. Press up the bottom edge of the skirt 1/2″ (job for mommy) and then topstitch it in place. I sat right by Anne as she sewed so I could help her guide the fabric through the machine. She does the sewing but needs a little guidance
4. Cut your elastic to 2-3″ shorter than your toddler’s waist, overlap the ends and sew together (I did this part). Sew a basting stitch across the top of the skirt and pull on the bobbin thraeds to gather. Anne though this step was pretty magical If you are making this you can just stretch the elastic over the skirt and skip to the next step but for a toddler it’s easier to pre-gather.
5. Slide the elastic over the top of the skirt and topstitch down with a zig-zag. We used lots of pins to hold everything in place as we sewed. Stretch out the skirt a couple times and the basting stitches will pop leaving you with a nice, stretchy waist
For more kids sewing projects make sure you check out the Dolly Sleeping Bag!
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