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Vintage Sheet Skirt Tutorial – with vintage doily pockets!

Today I’m so thrilled to be a part of Skirt Week at Crafterhours. There’s so much fun going on over there – lots of amazing tutorials and oh, the prizes!

Here’s the deal, friends. I’m in a super awkward wardrobe phase. If you’ve birthed a baby, you know this stage. The I-don’t-fit-into-maternity-clothes-but-my-regular-clothes-don’t-fit-and-my-body-shape-is-super-weird phase. [if you're one of those who can wear a bikini within two weeks, though, just pretend to know what I'm talking about, okay?]

So I needed a skirt that I could wear now but would accommodate my changing body shape. And what better to wear in the summer than a flowy vintage-y skirt? [bonus: it's ridiculously quick to make!]

vintage sheet skirt tutorial \\ if only they would napMaterials:

  • 1 1/2 inch non-roll elastic
  • vintage sheet
  • vintage doilies
  • stretchy t-shirt for lining [optional]

1. Wrap elastic around your waist and cut where it fits comfortably, leaving a little extra for seam allowance. Sew the ends together, so the elastic makes a circle.

DSC_09762. Measure how long you want your skirt to be. Add 1/2 inch for seam allowance at the top. [Use the hemmed bottom of the sheet if possible, then you don't have to add extra length for your hem] Fold the sheet and wrap it around your waist. You want it to go more than halfway around your body, so that you have room to gather the skirt a little. If you want your skirt to be very gathered, add more width. Cut straight up from the bottom hem.

3. Fold the sheet with the right sides together and sew the side together.

DSC_09794. Gather the top of the skirt. There’s more than one way to do this. I usually sew a basting stitch – lengthen your stitch length and sew a straight stitch along the top of your skirt. Don’t backstitch! Gently pull on one of the threads to gather the fabric. Gather it until it matches up with your circle of elastic. [If you want your skirt to be a little more full and gathered, add a second or even third row of basting stitches]

DSC_0965If your sheet is thin like mine, you might need a lining. I snagged this super stretchy T-shirt from my upcycling stash to make mine. If I held this XL shirt up to my waist, I knew it would fit nearly perfectly as a lining. It’s a little shorter than my skirt, but you can’t tell that when I’m wearing the skirt.DSC_09675. Cut off the sleeves and the neckline.DSC_09686. Serge or zig-zag stitch down the sides. [By using the t-shirt, you don't have to hem the bottom of this either! Win!]DSC_09817. Layer the lining and skirt around the elastic waistband. With the elastic inside the skirt, the right side of the skirt fabric should be facing the elastic. Pin together and adjust your gathers if necessary. Pin the edge of the elastic along the basting stitch, so that your seam covers it. Sew the elastic to the skirt using your serger or a zig-zag stitch. If you use a zig-zag stitch, use pinking shears to trim off the excess skirt material.DSC_0017Last step… adding vintage doilies as pockets! Obviously these are not super functional. But they’re a great touch and who doesn’t love pockets?!DSC_00228. Fold the doily in half and pin it in place where you want it [try the skirt on before you sew it on, just to make sure it's in the right spot!] Sew slowly around the edge of the doily.
DSC_0117The perfect summer skirt!DSC_0109Is it wrong to wear this every day? Or should I just make one out of every vintage sheet in my stash? Yes, yes I should..

Thanks for popping in, lovelies! And thanks to Adriana and Susan for having me as part of Skirt Week and making me take time to sew for myself. Yay!crafterhours skirt week 2013 horizontal

Don’t forget to check out all the amazingness over there and enter your skirt to win some of the fantastic prizes!

Flowery Tunic and Polka Dot Bows

Yes, I’m still continuing with my posts of my handmade Christmas gifts! I never want to ruin the surprise by blogging them ahead of time.

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My sweet niece Hazel [how cute is she?!] is just two months older than my youngest. This works out well for outfit sewing, since I had a pretty good idea of her size.

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I made her a tunic out of this super lovely crushed floral knit from Fabric.com [which they don't seem to have currently, which is a bummer, because it is SO lovely]

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I added a little placket in the front with some ivory knit and some sweet lace that has a vintage-y feel.

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The bias tape and the adorable little flower button are both vintage. Which makes the top much more special in my eyes. Plus, I know her mama loves vintage, so I thought that would be fun for her. :)

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The pants are simple flat-front cords, made specially for that cloth diaper booty.

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I added simple polka dot bows to the bottom of the pants, to give them a girly flair. But they are just tacked on, since Hazel will have a baby brother in March, and I wanted her to be able to hand these pants down to him.

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Sewing for girls is pretty fun. :)

Vintage Sheet turned Pillow

For years now I’ve been saying I need new pillows in our living room. I’ve been using the ones that came with our couch – you know, the ones that have the exact same fabric as the couch. Brown. Pretty sure that’s reason number sixteen million why my home will not be featured in any decorator’s magazines anytime soon. I actually probably couldn’t even name any decorator’s magazines….

Anyway. I finally made some pillows. I used one of my favorite vintage sheets on one side, some knit fabric on the other.

I used pillow forms that I already had and made an envelope enclosure in the back.

I used a white knit fabric for the back of the pillows – one that’s almost sweatshirt-y, but doesn’t really have much stretch to it. So it holds its shape well and didn’t get super wonky while sewing.

But the beauty of using knit fabric on the back? I left the edges raw, since the fabric won’t fray and no one will even notice [unless you read this and come to my house and inspect my pillows. But please don't, because someone has probably gotten smoothie on them already...]

Slowly working flowers into my house full of boys… :)

Thrifted Vintage Sheets [and endless possibilities!]

I am a thrifter. Truth be told, I like thrifting much better than shopping at a “regular” store. I love a good deal, and I l.o.v.e. to create new life from something discarded.

These vintage lovelies are my most recent finds. That blue one? Totally in love.

That bottom one is actually a bunch of fabric panels… I don’t know if it’s truly vintage, but it has a vintage vibe.

The top two were purchased from an estate sale, and that top one is actually a set of hand-sewn curtains.

Do you thrift? [my sister-in-law wrote the most fabulous blog post about how to thrift, if you need some help] What would you make with these?

Simple Hair Band Flowers: a Tutorial

Alright, last-minute-gift-makers… here’s another easy gift for you to make today.  This one is super fun, and can be done while you’re watching your favorite Christmas movie or even riding in the car.  Simple hair band flowers, made from jersey knit or even T-shirt scraps.

 

1. Cut three circles of your knit or T-shirt fabric, varying the size.  [If you cut lots of circles at one time, then you can make a bunch of flowers really quickly.]

 

2. Stack the circles together, with the largest on the bottom.

 

3. Pinch the bottom of the circle, “scrunching” the layers together.

 

4. Take your threaded needle and weave in and out of the pinched layers, pulling your thread tightly as you go. [But not too tight - you don't want it to break... not that that's happened to me or anything...]  Do as many times as you’d like, until your flower looks like you want it to. [The more you sew in and out of the layers, the more "scrunched" your flower will look]

 

 

5. Sew your flower onto your hairband.  You could also sew it onto soft elastic or a large strip of jersey knit to make a headband.

 

6. Admire your handiwork :)

 

7. Make a bunch more, because you just might become addicted…