Archive for July, 2010

I was in Barnes & Noble while I was down at the beach and after debating which book I wanted to go home with…it chose this one.  It has 101 projects plus an additional 5 because it was purchased via B & N.  I am going to use it as a reference for making some of my Christmas gifts.  Each project only requires one yard of fabric, so I am hoping it will help me from purchasing too much fabric.  Many times I buy way more than I need (perhaps secretly hoping to add to my stash pile).

If you are starting to think about Christmas gifts, check out this book.  It has been out for a while, so maybe your public library has a copy???
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Here is the pillow I received from Karrie Lyne in the flickr swap.  Mine was sent to katiemade and here is the angel pillow sent to me.  Several of the participants volunteer to make additional pillows in the event that something goes wrong and someone who signs up for the swap is unable to follow through. 

Karrie Lyne was one of those volunteers.  Look at this beautiful pillow!!  I am so excited about it.  I just love it.

Thanks so much Karrie Lyne for being a pillow angel!

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Tutorial Part 3

The Ruffle Version


You will find the instructions for the yoga style waistband in the first Yoga Style Skirt post.  We continue the tutorial with a completed band  -this means that your band has been cut, stitched lengthwise, folded over to resemble a turtleneck and stitched (and stretched) around the bottom raw edges.  It should look like this.


*Please note that all seams in this tutorial are 1/2 inch just as in part 1 and part 2 tutorials.

Next, you will proceed to sew your skirt panels together.  The 12 month size will have only one seam, as it goes the width of the fabric.  The size 3T will have 2 seams as it consists of 2 panels 31 inches wide. If you want a professional look, serge or zig zag your seams after sewing them together.  Her is the photo from the first tutorial.

The ruffle:

The first step for the ruffle is to attach all strips together into one long strip.  Then connect the strips into one large circle.  Finish your small seams with a serger or zig zag stitch. 

Now finish the bottom edge.  I used my serger and made a rolled edge.  If you do not own a serger, you can get the same results with a rolled hem presser foot or by pressing 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch and then repeating that step to have a double folded hem.  Then sew the narrow hem in place. 

After finishing the bottom edge,we will now gather the top of the ruffle using a piece of embroidery thread and a wide stitch zig zag over it.  This will look exactly like the skirt panel top in the first tutorial.  See photo.

Here are the three pieces for each skirt.











Here I match up the 4 equal parts of the Yoga Style Band with the 4 equal parts of the skirt panels (as shown in parts 1 & 2)


I will also serge a finished edge onto the bottom ruffle for a finished look.




  It was a rainy day when I completed these and that  caused some of the pictures to be a little dark.  Perhaps with both skirts in this tutorial you will be able to see everything clearly.  I should also point out that the ruffle on this 3T skirt is not as full as the 12 month.  The 12 month is also a shorter ruffle.  I was just experimenting to see which I would prefer.  This ruffle in the 3T is not full enough for me ( 1.5 x the width of the skirt width) I wanted to try a less full ruffle because the skirt itself is very full and looks like a bell when worn by a toddler.  The 12 month is 2x the width of the completed skirt panel and I think it looks much better. 

Here are some additional pictures of the 12 month size.




After attaching the band to the skirt, I serge the seam and the ruffle seam for a finished look.

Hopefully you have enough information to make any version you’d like.  I can’t wait to get home and see how the ruffle version looks on the girls.
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Tutorial – Part 2

The Box Pleat Version

You will find the instructions for the yoga style waistband in the previous post.  This means that your band has been cut, stitched lengthwise, folded over to resemble a turtleneck and stitched (and stretched) around the bottom raw edges.  It should look like this.

*Please note that all seams in this tutorial are 1/2 inch just as in the first tutorial.

Remember that my Yoga Style Band for the 12 month size is 8 inches in height and 15 inches across (the stretch of the knit is always across the width).  Now you will complete the hem on the main skirt panel(s).  These skirt panel(s) were lengthened by 2 inches  because we will not be putting a band or ruffle on the bottom (the version with a band will be 7 inches x the width of the fabric).  So, 7 inches plus 2 inches = 9 inches.  This panel is 9 inches x the width of the fabric (approx. 42 inches).

 You can hem this skirt using a blind hem stitch, hand stitching or by turning the raw edge under 1/4 of and inch, and then an additional 1/4 of an inch.  I am turning the hem under 1/4 of an inch two times.  It  looks like this.


The Yoga Style Band for the 12 month skirt was 15 x 8 inches.  I need the final measurement of the top of the main skirt piece to be approximately 18 inches wide (width of the band or waistline + 2-3 inches = approx. 18 inches).  With the skirt sewn like a tube and therefore folded in half on the cutting mat, the completed top part of the main skirt should be 9 inches (which is really 18 inches around).

The seam is on the left and not visible in the picture.  The pin is opposite the band.

I have matched the 2 seams together and followed along marking the pin marks on the yoga style band to the pins and seams of the box pleat skirt panel.

You could mark the top of the skirt before gathering with some type of soluable pen or chalk, but I prefer to do it at the bottom with pins.  For me this method is easier and markings don’t become lost in the pleats and/or gathers depending on which version you are making.





There you have it, a Yoga Style Skirt made with box pleats for a 12 month.  Looks cute, right?

Part 3 of the Tutorial will cover the ruffle version for both 12 month and 3T. 

FYI, the measurements for the 3T and 2T are very similar-only the waist measurement would change depending on you little person.



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In my tutorial I am using quilter’s cotton and I am also demonstrating 3 different ways to change-up the skirt. I started my first skirt back in February with specific measurements based on standard sizes and my granddaughters walked right out of their skirts! They were way too big! My granddaughters are on the thin side, so that might be why. It also may have something to do with the fact that most little girls have no hips~they have bellies that sometimes are wider than their hips. So, I think when you are making really small skirts, you may need more help with personalizing the measurements.

After my second attempt to get the yoga style band the correct measurement…I drove to my daughter’s house with the yoga style bands all sewn up and we tried them on the girls and then tugged on them a bit to see how they would hold up. They looked pretty comical wearing a diaper and what appeared to be a turtleneck around their waist. I needed the bands to fit well because once the skirt part is put on, it is really difficult to change the width of the yoga panel. My final measurements were between 2-3 inches thinner than the girls measured waistline. I have only made sizes 12 month and 3T, so I am talking about little girls.

Here are the four sets of fabric combinations I will be using in the tutorial.  All of my knit fabric is from JoAnns and the cottons are all from local quilt shops (100% cotton).  Both types of fabric were washed, dried  and pressed before assembly.

From left to right you will see:  A skirt with a coordinating ruffle, a skirt with a matching ruffle, a skirt with a bottom band, and a skirt without a band or ruffle, but made with box pleats rather than gathered.  I will separate these into a few posts because the loading of pictures is too time comsuming and makes the post take longer when loading on some computers.

I am using lots of pictures in these tutorials because I believe that often, they do a better job than words.

We start with the measurements from my last successful set of skirts.  Kate is a 3 year old who needs a yoga band that measures 17 ” wide.  This is approximately 2-3 inches less than her waist.  I chose to make the height 13 inches because that would mean 6.5 inches folded over and I will lose approximately one inch (1/2 on either side of the band) once it is sewn to the skirt.  Caroline is 12 months old and her final yoga band measured 15 inches.  Her yoga band height was 8 inches.  I have labeled each piece with the measurement of the piece, the style I am making and who the skirt will belong to once completed.  I also tried to vary the colors and patterns so that you would have a variety of pictures in the event one color showed better than another. 

Measurements I used for my skirts:

12 month size-

yoga style waistband- 15 x 8 inches, main skirt panels- 7 x 42 inches, bottom band or ruffles 2 pieces, 2×42 inches

3 T size-

yoga style waistband- 17 x 13 inches, main skirt panel- 2 pieces, 9×31 inches, bottom band-2 pieces, 4×31 inches, ruffle- 3 pieces, 2.5 x 31 inches


Materials used in this tutorial:

  • cutting mat with rotary cutter
  • acrylic ruler
  • scissors
  • pins
  • 100% cotton thread
  • embroidery thread (for gathering)
  • sewing machine with zig zag stitch
  • serger – to finish seams and make rolled hems
  • iron and ironing surface
  • knit and cotton fabrics

**the serger is a nice item to have, but it is totally possible to make these without a serger.  You could just use your zig zag stitch to finish the seams. 

If you want to try this on your little one, this is the time to do it.  Place the band around their waist and pull a little to see how snug it is.  Remember that the skirt will have some weight to it, therefore the band should be snug, but not uncomfortable.

The Flora and Fauna pattern skirt with a bottom band

Now we move on to the skirt panels.  The size 12 month skirt is the width of the fabric (normally 42 inches for quality cotton).  The 3T skirt panels are 2 panels 9 inches by 31 inches.  These are then sewn together.  Each skirt will have the panels sewn into a tube. 


At this point you should be marking the skirt band in the same fashion, so that you have the band divided into 4 equal parts.  I normally like my seam on the yoga style band to be in the back, and so I mark across from the seam and then inbetween the two.  A photograph of this is in the box pleat skirt.

The bottom band.


Now you fold the bottom band in half creating a long strip with wrong sides together.



All finished with the Yoga Style Skirt with a bottom band. 

The next post will show you how to make the box pleated skirt.  I will follow that up with the two ruffled skirts.  Uploading this many pictures is taking lots of time and making the post very long, so I am going to divide them up.  Please feel free to leave a comment as I am not a tutorial expert.
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