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I don’t do a lot of sewing tutorials on the blog because, frankly, I am not that fantastic of a seamstress, and there are far better people out there with blogs dedicated to the cause, than mine. I try to share stuff I do that is easy, simple, and doable. I am all about living my life smarter, not harder. But this sewing tutorial is really easy y’all. Like super simple, and perfect for any little girl in your life for the upcoming warm months. Here’s a secret about me, I don’t use patterns. If I can’t figure it out without a pattern, it’s too difficult for me. So this skirt is really simple! I promise!
Another issue I have around here, after crafting – painting, sewing, cooking, paper crafting, whatever – is the mess! Oh the mess! I like to call it “Craftermath” – the Aftermath, of Crafting. Strings, scraps, glitter, fuzz, it’s all over the place and it’s annoying. Here’s another secret about me – I’ve NEVER owned a vacuum.
I bet you’re wondering, “How can that be?!” But here’s the thing. I’ve always either lived in place with hardwood floors where a wet mop and a broom was fine, or my roommates had a vacuum. I’ve just never needed one. When I married my husband, he came with a vacuum, but our current vacuum sucks, but not in the way you want it to. It doesn’t hold a candle to the type of Craftermath I create.
I recently got the new Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal® – My first new vacuum ever! Oh lordy lovelies, it’s made me want to vacuum! Is it weird I get excited about household appliances? There are so many features on this hunk-o-machine that I love, the washable filter, the insane suction, the attachments and the ease of using them, the retractable cord! Oh! I never have to wrap a cord again! Yay! That one is my favorite! – But my other favorite, and this one sort of goes without saying, is the self cleaning brushroll feature. With a push of a button, all the tangles of hair, and fabric scraps, fuzz and sewing thread that are wrapped up in the brushroll, are untangled and sucked into the vacuum chamber. It’s AMAZING to say the least and it’s cleaned up my Craftermath issue like whoa.
OK, OK -You might not have Craftermath at your house, but do you have hair? Or pets? Or thick fuzzy carpet? Because I used to have to literally CUT the hair and thread out of my brushroll, and now I just have to press a button for 10 seconds. I dunno why no one thought of this sooner.
Anyway, on to the sewing tutorial!
You will need;
- Fabric (we used 1/2 yard)
- Matching thread
- Sewing Machine
- Safety Pin
So my daughter is HUGELY into Julius Junior on Netflix – so I grabbed some adorable Paul Frank fabric awhile back with the intention of making something sometime… eventually. Well, the other day she saw it and begged me to make her a skirt. With our old vacuum I would be hesitant cuz I would be cleaning up thread for weeks, but with the new one I was like, “Let’s do this…”
I would say that this tutorial, though very easy, is best for people who have a bit of basic beginning sewing experience. If you got your machine yesterday and are attempting this today, make sure you read some basics first. I am writing this with the assumption that you have a bit of sewing knowledge previously.
She’s 3, but she’s a big three and a half a yard was more than enough fabric to make her a little play skirt. If you need more or less fabric cut it down to the size you need. A good rule of thumb is to measure from waist to about knee length, and then add a few inches to cover seam allowance and hemming. It’s better to have more than less. Make sure you wash your fabric first and then iron it flat.
We used 1/2 yard, and I trimmed up the edges, so my big rectangle was even. At the bottom hem area, I folded up about 1 inch, and pinned it into place. I ran a quick and easy straight stitch along the bottom, to hold the hem into place. This skirt is quick and easy, if you are looking for something more polished, you can fold it up again and do a double hem so everything is enclosed.
For the top, I always do a double hem, at least one inch thick, you will be creating a pocket for the elastic to go into, so thicker is better. So I need at least 2 inches for my waist band. Before you sew the waist band, fold the skirt in half, wrong sides together, and send a stitch down the edge to create your seam. Trim off excess. I wanted a full skirt, so I used the entire length of the fabric.
Next fold down 1 inch worth of fabric, pin and stitch it down. Fold down another inch, using your hemline as a guide and iron flat, and pin. This will be the waistband.
I leave about 1 inch open where I can feed the elastic through. I usually place 2 pins vertically as a guide to know where to start and stop.
Using a safety pin, feed the elastic through the waistband tube.
When you are finished feeding it through, sew the elastic together, and then sew down the opening you created. Fix the gathering of the waistband so it’s even and turn it right side out.
You’re done! Easy right?
How cute is that fabric? And the skirt? She’s pretty cute too.
And the craftermath? No problem… Here’s a shot of my vacuum AFTER I cleaned up. And I didn’t have to cut out anything, or yank out anything, or get my hands dirty. Amazing. I. Can’t. Even.
So if you’re asking yourself where you can get one of these AMAZING vacuums, can I just say that YOU CAN WIN ONE! Yup! I am giving one away! So enter! And if you don’t win, you can also pick one of these guys up at Walmart for UNDER $200! Yep! You heard me, it’s amazing AND affordable.