Am I the only one with children who wander about with arms full of things? They walk around like mini pack mules! Well this little skirt will give my little one a place to stash her treasures and free up her hands to get her up and down stairs and other important tasks.
This project sort of wandered it’s way into being. It started with a fat quarter I’ve had lying around and the idea for a fun ribbon embellishment.
I didn’t want the wrong side of the fabric to be visible so i attached a back.
At this point I was still thinking I would add a waist band and make an apron. But I knew my littlest would never keep that ON. So my apron became a skirt!
I cut a large rectangle (skirt) twice as long as my ribbon rectangle (pocket).
Full admission: Things kind of just worked out here. When I began I had a different plan in mind. That being said cutting the smaller piece (pocket) from a fat quarter dictated it was around 22″ long. Double that puts me at about 44″ for my large rectangle (skirt). Which I know will be a great gathered width for my daughter’s 18″ waist.
See what I mean? Things kinda just worked out. But you can plan yours to work out and not have to put your faith in lady luck!
Making your pocket rectangle approximately the width of your waist measurement and the skirt about double that will give you a nice gather skirt with some fullness. Less width = less fullness.
I put a small hem on the bottom of the large rectangle. Then I matched the center front of each piece and pinned them wrong side pocket to right side skirt.
I turned over the outside edges on the left and right then stitched. This closed up the opening I used to turn my pocket! Your stitching line will go down each side and across the bottom.
Adding two evenly spaced stitching lines vertically creates 3 separate pockets.
Serged up my one seam (it will be in the center back). I knew I was making a skirt for carrying stuff, so I opted for an elastic waistband that was going to hold it’s own! After my back seam I turned over a 1 1/2″ casing for the waist band.
Stitch a line at the bottom AND across the top of your casing. That stitching line across the top will keep your elastic from rolling and moving all over the place.
Pull your elastic to it’s desired length and stitch it together. Tuck it into the waist band and stitch closed your waistband.
A waistband hefty enough to serve it’s purpose: hold up a skirt and all of it’s hidden treasures.
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