The 20 Minute and $8 Skirt (Really)

I’m not a seamstress. I AM, however, a see-something-I-like-and-try-to-replicate-it kind of girl. So, when I saw a cute two-layer skirt at the mall that cost $46 (!) that I really, really wanted for Kate, I decided to try to make my own. And here’s the thing: It cost me less than $8 to make and took me less than 20 minutes AND anyone could make this even if you’ve never sewn a thing in your life. I promise. My four-year-old helped me. What to buy: *  1/2 yard of cotton calico fabric (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby.  It was 30% off and cost $5.99/yard to begin with) *  3/8  yard of a coordinating but not matching calico fabric (Again, Hobby Lobby) *  3/4 yard of 3/4 inch wide elastic *  1 pkg single fold bias tape (that matches the fabric) or 1 pkg ric-rack (2 yards total) How to Make it: 1.  Measure your child’s waist.  Take fabric #1 (the one you bought 1/2 yard) and cut it into a rectangle that’s width is DOUBLE your child’s waist size.  The length is up to you.  Kate’s skirt in the picture above is 12 inches.  You can go longer or shorter.  Kate’s rectangle measured 35 inches X 12 inches. 2.  Take fabric #2 (the one you bought 3/8 yard) and cut it into a rectangle that’s double your child’s waist in width and 3 inches SHORTER than the rectangle you already cut.  Kate’s second rectangle measured 35 inches X 9 inches. 3.  Carefully sew bias tape or rick rack onto the hem of each piece of fabric. 4.  Once...
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