The Busy Bean

5-Minute 5-Step Skirt Tutorial

My mother-in-law is awesome. She remembered me saying one time that I love Art Gallery fabric. So, for Christmas, along with a few cool crafting tools, she went to the fabric store and asked what they had from Art Gallery. I was ecstatic on Christmas morning to open a box with this in it:

I decided right away that I would make myself a skirt with these fabrics from the Botanica collection. And I set out to find myself the perfect pattern to use. That’s where I’m stumped. I still can’t decide!

So this morning, instead of sewing myself a skirt, I made one for Kelsey. {Sorry to get your hopes up that there would be a cute tutorial for a big kid skirt made in just five minutes. Not today.}

Here’s my 5 minute felted wool skirt:

You will need
1 felted wool sweater
1 piece of 3/4″ elastic

Step 1: Measure the waist and length. Seriously, this took me longer than it did to make the skirt since Kelsey kept squirming away. In this case, her waist measured 16″ and I wanted it 10″ long.

Step 2: Cut the wool piece. Add 1″ to the waist measurement and cut a piece of your felted wool sweater. For this skirt I added 1″ to her 16″ waist, and cut my piece 17″ x 10″. You don’t need to add anything to the length. There is no hemming or making casings involved here. If you can sew two straight-ish lines, you can make this skirt. I cut up the side seams, and as luck would have it, this sweater was exactly 10″ from the bottom of the sleeve to the bottom of the sweater. Can I take this as a sign that it’s going to be a good year?

Step 3: Cut elastic for waistband. Measure a piece of elastic that is 2″ shorter than your waist measurement. 16″ – 2″ = 14″ elastic. I used non-roll underwear and pajama elastic. The elastic should now be 3″ shorter than your piece of wool.

Step 4: Sew elastic to top of wool piece. On the wrong side of your piece of wool, sew the elastic to the top, matching the top edges and stretching along the way. Make sure you backstitch at the beginning, then just stretch the elastic along the length as you go. It’s not scientific, really. Just make sure the ends match up and backstitch again when you get to the other end.

Step 5: Sew seam. With the fabric right sides together, sew down the side seam.

And that’s it! You’re done. Because the felted wool won’t fray, you don’t even need to finish the top or the bottom. Easy, right? And when you put it on, nobody will even know you didn’t hem a thing. The top even looks finished.

Because it’s wool, it’ll keep their little bum warm in the winter. Plus, smart people wear wool… you know, professors and artsy types, so the minute you put it on your little one, she will be instantly smarter and appreciate art.

{even if the art is upside down.}

Okay, maybe I made that part up. But since I made up the skirt I can make up anything else I want while typing this tutorial!

This part is true: the felted wool stretches, so even though you may think the bottom is tight, as soon as she stretches her little legs to take a step, the skirt will stretch with her. Throw on some little leg warmers and it’s perfect for winter.

And one day soon I’ll find a pattern for my own skirt I like and show you that finished product.

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4 Thoughts on “5-Minute 5-Step Skirt Tutorial

  1. So cute! And five minutes is a blessing. Can’t wait to see what you do with the other fabric.

    My Fabric Tuesday link is

  2. That is so cute! I can’t wait to see what you make for yourself, too, that Art Gallery fabric is darling!

  3. That is sooo sweet and cute, so creative!

  4. Awesome job! I second the wool opinions! Lovely, wonderful wool!

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