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!
Thanks for sewing with us :)