March 4, 2011

5 Minute Skirt

Yes, you read that right: 5. Minute. Skirt.  All thanks to Ruffle Fabric - this stuff is amazing.  The fabric is so great, you just have to sew it together and it's ready to wear - awesome.

Here's the tutorial for a 5 minute skirt, which took 10 times longer to write than it did to sew the skirt (but that's probably how all tutorials go....)

The piece of fabric I had was a little less than 1/2 a yard.  It's 48in wide, so I just cut it in half and had plenty to make 2 skirts (my girls are 4 and 6 and pretty true to size).  (FYI on cost - 1 yard is $15, so the 1/3 yard I used was $5, and cut in half it makes for $2.50 each skirt - what a deal).  So this is about 15 inches by 24 inches:
I measured the elastic to fit their waist (21 inches) - see how the fabric is wider than the elastic - that's to make room for the booty.
Normally you'd make a casing and thread the elastic through, etc.  Not for the 5 minute skirt.  Since the elastic is so fun you want it to show.  And so the quick version - just stretch your elastic to the same length as the fabric and pin it - you might need help to hold it while you pin it, unless you have 3 hands.  Pin it to the right side of the fabric - -
Then you're just going to sew along the bottom edge of the elastic.  You'll have to pull the elastic taunt while you're sewing to keep it stretched out to match the fabric.

After that, just lined up the edges (right sides together, aka inside-out) and sew that seam.  And you're done - how long did it take??  Quick, right!?!

And isn't it So Cute!!  They got lots of compliments - -
Are you noticing that I didn't have enough of the elastic to make 2 skirts - want to know how to make one with hidden elastic??  It's still only 5 minutes - -

When you pin your elastic, pin it on the back side of the fabric.  Stretch out the elastic the length of the fabric, just as described above.
Be sure to flip up the top ruffle and then fold over the edge of fabric as shown above.  And sew it that way, as shown below:
If you do it that way, the seam will be hidden under the first ruffle, like so:
And it will look like this:
See, easy!

So what did I do with my little piece of extra elastic??  A matching headband, of course - stay tuned for that...

Cute Sisters


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

23 Fabulous Comments:

How adorable is that??? I love those Mandy!!

this is 'sew' adorable! I want one in my size! :) How it

Where does one find such adorable and display-worth elastic?!?

I just found some of this fabric in the remnants section, and I'm still debating on what exactly to do with it, it's SO awesome, love the skirts, maybe I'll be making me a new skirt with it...

I think it is cute how they have the same pose as their mom :)

So pretty and it looks like you spent forever making it. I love the elastic, too!

Super cute! Spring here we come!

So cute!! Definitely need to make one of these soon!

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Thanks and have a great day!

I love these! Too cute :) I have so much fun with my ruffle fabric!! It makes cute circle skirts too!!

Fantastic, so simple and so cute!!!

So cute! I've been wanting to try out the ruffle fabric, and I've seen a ton of posts about it lately! I think I'm just about to cave!

I also really love that photo! They look adorable!

-Many Smiles!

super cute! your girls are adorable!

Very inspiring. I might have to get out my little sewing machine yet!

Super cute! I love the ruffle fabric- i might have to order me some! ;)

oh how I love this!!! If you want we are having a party, and I would love for this to be added...

have a great weekend!

These skirts are really cute! I tried one using the circle skirt pattern and it only turned out so-so. I think I'll try this one with my remaining fabric. I love the elastic!

These are SO stinking cute! I'm really starting to think I need to buy some of that ruffle fabric! It looks so easy! :) Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays Mandi!!

Last week a bought a similar ruffled fabric, in pink... It's going to be the bottom of a dress :)
Lovely and fun your skirts!

Your little models are to die for cute!!!! So are those skirts :)

I love that we both had the same idea. These skirts are darling and your girls look so cute in them. I featured you over on my site. Feel free to come by and check it out.


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