Monday, August 2, 2010

10 minute Skirt tutorial

Want to make a quick and easy skirt for your little girl or you?
This skirt seriously took me no more than 10 minutes to make. I'll show you how I did mine.

I found a window valance at a yard sale and bought it for only .25 cents. Get out! I was so excited. I had no idea where I was going to hang it but I loved the red stitch detail so had to have it.

I decided that hanging it in a random room with not another matching valance wasn't something I wanted to do so it has been sitting here for a few months.

The other day I finally decided what I wanted to do with it. I figured it would make the perfect skirt for Reagan and it would be so easy to make because I wouldn't have to even make a waistband for the elastic. I just used the opening for the curtain rod.

So first I cut my elastic the length I needed for my daughter's waist.

Then with a safety pin I pulled the elastic through the curtain rod opening until just a tiny bit was hanging out.

I pinned the elastic in place.

And sewed that opening shut.

Here is the first side I did sewn shut.

Now continue pulling the elastic through the curtain rod opening until you have it just poking out the other side and pin in place.

Sew this side shut now.

With right sides together pin the open end of the skirt and sew.

If you have a serger serge your seam, if not just do a zig zag stitch.

Now you are all done! Flip the skirt right side out and throw it on your little one!

The valance was long enough that I could have made this skirt for me but it would have been a mini skirt and I'm not sure the world wants to see me in a mini. :)

It's a pretty full skirt so it is good for twirling and dancing!

I am planning on doing some thrift shopping this week to try to find some more cute valances and maybe I'll make myself one just to see what it would look like as an adult version.

I just love the stitched detail.

I need to head out now to find a matching red tank top to match...the white just isn't the same shade and is driving me crazy.

I hope you guys like the tutorial and if you make one please email me a picture. I would love to see them.



Heather said...

That is brilliant and way cute!!! I have a curtain I can use for this awsome!!!! I am going to feature this later today on my blog I will send you a link!!!!

malia said...

hi! found you through tatertots + jello. this is extremely cute and so is your little one! i'm your newest follower-- love for you to stop by my blog ( -:

Anonymous said...

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Chic Creations said...

What a great idea. I love it! My granddaughters would love a skirt like this. I am going to try to find a valance. Thanks for sharing a great idea. Karie

Melissa said...

Super clever idea and I love the chirpy happiness of the red embroidery.

Heather said...

Here is the link to the feature! Check it out and grab a button

Bellarageous said...

This is such a great idea! I loove learning new ways to recycle materials and make them into something beautiful!
I will feature this tutorial on my blog tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday!

Lorie said...

VERY cute! I will be featuring it tomorrow!!

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

This is so clever and cute! That's a great combo!

SewSara said...

haha -- i used to have that valance in my kitchen!! wish i still had it so i could make a skirt for ruby!! great job :)

Heather said...

I love it! I just took down some curtains in my kitchen that would be perfect for this. I will let you know when I get them done. Thank you much for sharing this great idea. You are awesome!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

So cute! I am featuring this at Grab my 'Featured" button.

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

What a great idea! I know my daughter would love it!

Marie Hatch Chambers said...

Brilliant! I'll be looking at valances and even curtains with a new eye now!

Pieces of Dreams said...

This is one of the most wonderful things I have every seen! How creative. Now I am going to be looking for valances and curtains every where I go! Karen

marisa said...

seriously you make the cutest things! Love this idea and that is the cutest valance for it!

Maggie said...

That is fabulous! I completely love it.

Brittany said...

THIS is so flipping cute! You rock!

In with the Old said...

If you come up with a tutorial on how to make it real woman length (I'd prefer not to wear a mini either), I'd LOVE to have that.

Is it bad that I am jealous of all the cute clothes made for the little ones?

Bonnie said...

Wow! I am loving all your stuff. I just found your blog and you're pretty awesome.

Josalyn said...

Beautiful! I have that exact same curtain and I have held on to it even though it hasn't fit any windows in my last three apartments! I just love it too much. I just might do this for my little girl, then I don't have to feel guilty for lugging it around, hoping it will fit a window someday... :)

Bellarageous said...

I featured this tutorial on my blog today!

Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Kristi @ Creative Kristi said...

Oh my word! So smart! I have a valance with a scalloped bottom border that would be really adorable as a skirt!! I know what I'm doing this week! Thanks for helping me put off cleaning- again ;)
I came over from the CSI Project.

LambAround said...

A valance...into a skirt?? That is so cute! I'm not very crafty, but this seems doable. I never would have guessed that pretty skirt was originally a valance :)

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stephjacobson said...

Beautiful skirt and such a great idea. I love the red stitching detail.

Robin said...

Great way to recycle (or upcycle as I like to call it.) I love it and would love to see you post this at my linky party Upcycled Awesome!

LB3K said...

Great idea! And that is a fabulous valance. . . I will have to keep my eye out for one! Thanks for linking!

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J. said...

What a fantastic idea!

thursday said...

I am SO in love with this tutorial! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!!

Little Treasures said...

I've just discovered your blog through BPP, and I must say that the embroidery is precious! Lovely skirt!

Happy Homemaker And Momma said...

That's neat-and funny-because I had a few of those cute valances that I was gonna do the same with!! Love the red design!!

Happy Homemaker And Momma said...

That's neat-and funny-because I had a few of those cute valances that I was gonna do the same with!! Love the red design!!

Becky said...

Thank you all so much for the great comments!! It really means a lot to me. :)

Natalia said...

Ooooh, I love it! I love that the casing is already made, and I love the lacy lines and red stitching on yours. Another thing to look for at the thrift store! Thanks!

Beloved's Bride Carmen said...

Cute. Cute. Cute!

Jen said...

For you to look at a window valance & think skirt for my little girl just blows my mind!
And I love it! The red stitch detail is beautiful!
I'm visiting from NFF! and a new follower!

Brittany said...

Visiting from NFF!
That is really cute!!!!

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Andrea said...

Wow! Great job! And your little girl is adorable!

Peggy said...

This is truly amazing!! I am having a yardsale and a friend gave me a valance to sell. Plus I have 3 little girls (not mine, I just have boys, big ones, but our "old" babysitter's girls) who I promised skirts.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


Anonymous said...

So very cute and creative and the model is adorable as always! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

Robin said...

Thank you so much for linking up to I am having a Stash-Busting September party. Check the blog for details soon...

Brenda said...

I have this same valance in blue. I will trying your tutorial. thanks

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You are a favorite this week at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

Anonymous said...

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janimal said...

Oh my, great eye! I love the stitching and think you are brilliant for seeing how lovely it could be as a garment. Very cool.

kaye said...

I have the blue version of this very curtain hanging in my kitchen--Martha Stewart from K-Mart. I'm going to give this a try, great idea.

brooke said...

This is one of the cutest reuse/ refashion that I have seen! I am so going to be looking for cheap and cute valences!!!

sandandstarfish said...

amazing amazing AMAZING!! I love it so much!!

tinka said...

I love it!!!
What a beautiful skirt and such a Wunderfull fabric.A very beautiful and simple idea.


Mrs. Sassy Crafter said...

very pretty!

Heather said...

great idea... gonna keep my eye out for valences now.
Linking this to my blog.
check out my blog for free tutorials:

ocean said...

I seriously love this. With my oh so limited sewing skills, I could even manage this.

Sherry said...

Love it!!! Like many other ladies have said, "I have a valance I can use." You are very creative and talented. Thanks.

Lora said...

what a fantastic idea!

janet said...

Good Morning! I found you via Hope Studios Tutorial Tuesday and so glad I did. I don't even have a little girl, but I am in love with your lovely skirt. I am a thrift shop junkie and have many valances in my stash. I usually incorporate them into my couture aprons, but this is a great idea also. I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for rock!

Janet xox

April said...

Found you through Hope Studios. This is such a cute idea!

Caca said...

this is so pretty. Can I know what is the length of the fabric to make such beautiful skirt?

.:+Pearlofafrika+:. said...

whoa! this is amazing! even my non-sewing patootie can do it!

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This is Great! i actualy bought a valance a while back with the idea of making and outfit for my daughter out of it... I may even have enough fabric left over to make a top! i was concerned with how to cut it or if i needed to but looks like this way should work just fine. now i cant wait to make it!

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