Coloring Book Fabric Miriam Skirt

miriam skirt ousm designs Once Upon a Sewing Machine

We’re getting into the groove of the school year, which means a little more time for some sewing. I have never been ambitious enough to sew full new wardrobes for school, but I do like to inject some special pieces.

For today I’m sharing a promised project that was, admission, months in the making.

miriam skirt ousm designs Once Upon a Sewing Machine

I’ve had this Miriam skirt cut out for quite some time. She desperately wanted a skirt she could color. This is from a stash of IKEA fabric I’ve been holding on to. I knew the waistband would still fit from the Miriams she had in her drawer, but I also knew they were starting to get a little bit short. I add on a fun band across the bottom to add length and a pop of color.

The IKEA fabric is a pretty stiff bottom weight so it’s pretty well suited to this pattern. A hard press and those pleats stay in place really nicely!

We’re still in a warm burst here so she’s wearing her skirts with shorts under them, but through the Fall and Spring she pairs them with leggings.

miriam skirt ousm designs Once Upon a Sewing Machine

I used the same softer cotton fabric to line the waistband. The waistband seams are all enclosed so it’s comfortable all day. The Miriam has a standard side zip, if you’ve never put a zipper in this application will have you wondering why you waited so long.

Personally, I much prefer a zipper to buttonholes- we all have our things right?! I have a stash of zippers that I pick up when I see them on clearance or super sale. This teal zip added a little fun to the skirt too.

miriam skirt ousm designs Once Upon a Sewing Machine

She got busy coloring right away. We used washables so she can color it more than once. (affiliate link) She informed me she would model it for pictures when it was ALL colored – no rushing an artist.

miriam skirt ousm designs Once Upon a Sewing Machine

To accompany her skirt I also made her a color me in lunch bag!

DIY Lunch Bag Tutorial

You can get the step-by-step instructions on the Lunch bag HERE. 

Did you sew for school this year?

Happy Sewing,



{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Inspinration September 21, 2017, 5:23 am

    If I show this to my kids they would immediately demand one! I actually have color me fabric, and a very color conscious daughter. We also have felt tips that wash out easily, I am thinking of letting her color them new every where in the colors she likes.

  • Caitlin October 17, 2017, 9:09 am

    That fabric is adorable! Where can I get it?

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 26, 2017, 3:41 pm

      I got it a few years back at IKEA!

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