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Simple Gathered Maxi Skirt Tutorial

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You may remember that I made a maxi skirt a little while ago. It was so cute and so comfy that I thought I would make another one and I had the perfect fabric just waiting for me (got it from a little local shop – The Fabricker)! It’s seriously like wearing pajama pants in public, but much more attractive (although I’m still not very fond of the name – why ‘maxi’? It sounds like a feminine product). I’ve had a couple of real-life friends ask me how I came up with the pattern, so I thought I would do a little tutorial to show you guys what I did. There are a total of 4 seams (plus one gathering seam) in this skirt so it comes together pretty quick and easy!

salmon maxi skirt

First off, you need:

  • 2 yards of jersey fabric
  • 2″ wide no roll elastic
  • ball point needles
  • scissors
  • thread
  • marker/sewing pencil
  • walking foot (optional but very helpful)
I choose to use a walking foot because it reduces how much I try to push or pull on the fabric. A lot of people are afraid of jersey because of the waviness that can develop when sewing with a stretchy fabric – for me the combination of a ball point needle, zigzag stitch, walking foot and ironing the seams regularly as I go takes care of any waviness. Most importantly, do not push or pull the fabric! Let the jersey feed evenly through your machine. I choose to use a zig zag stitch because it is the best looking stretch stitch from my machine. Your machine may have several stretch stitch options – try them all out on some scrap jersey fabric and see what you like best!

The seam allowances I used were about 1/2″ – I was not very precise as jersey is very forgiving. Back stitch all seams unless otherwise stated.

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You will need your waist measurement (x) and the skirt length measurement (y). Add about 1/2″-1″ to your length measurement to allow for the hem and the attachement of the skirt top to the waist band.

Take your waist measurement and multiple it by 2 – this will allow you to get the gathers at the top of the skirt. You are creating a rectangle that is 2(x) by (y). Check the selvedge of your fabric and make sure to cut off any edges that look bad. The past two jersey fabrics I’ve used have had a glued (?) edge that needed to be removed before I started sewing.

Cut all pieces of fabric.

  • The waist band is 5″ thick by (x) wide.
  • Your skirt body is 2(x) by (y). Here is the easiest way I saw to cut the pieces from the fabric. Lay the fabric out on the fold, selvedge edge to selvedge edge. Cut your length (y) and waistband.
  • You can also cut your elastic to be the length of (x) at this time.
Then sew straight up the open (y) edge to create a tube. This seam will go in the back.

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Next up, the waistband. Fold the fabric in half long-ways and sew up the long side.

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This will create a casing that will just fit the 2″ elastic.

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Bring the short ends together and sew just the inside half of the casing together, allowing for enough room to thread the elastic through.

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Thread the elastic through and overlap. Pin.

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Sew several times so that the elastic lays flat and trim off any excess elastic.

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Pull the waistband so that the elastic lays flat within the casing. Hand sew the opening shut.

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Now to finish the skirt – set your machine to the longest straight stitch and baste, close to the top. Do not backstitch.

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It will look a little wonky when you are done, like this.

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You can see that waistband is much smaller than the top of the skirt, so gently pull the top basting threads, distributing the gathers across the top of the skirt, until…

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The waist band and skirt top are the same width.

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With the skirt still inside out (seam on the outside), place the waist band inside the skirt, with the raw edges matching. Pin.

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Sew, with a zig zag stitch, just below the basted stitch, careful not to catch the elastic. Trim any extra bulk in the seam and iron flat. Hem if desired. I chose to fold the bottom edge up about 1/4″ and zig zag stitched it in place for a clean finish, but since jersey doesn’t fray, this is not a necessary step.

Enjoy your new maxi skirt!

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Pocket Diaper Tutorial

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Alright, this has been a long time coming! You may remember the diaper shower that I helped throw and the cloth diapers that I whipped up for the mama to be! I promised you guys a tutorial, and a tutorial you will have. There are many reasons to make your own diapers – cute fabrics, custom fits and we averaged our cost per diaper to be about $7 a diaper – much cheaper than what pocket diapers typically sell for!

Here are the materials you need:

  • ~25″ of 1/4″ wide swimsuit elastic cut into two 6″ pieces and two 4.5″ pieces
  • 18″ x 20″ butter suede cloth (we found this at Hancocks for $5.99 a yard), there are option options that you could use, but we found that this was the cheapest and most widely available
  • 18″ x 20″ PUL Fabric
  • 1.5″ wide Aplix Hook and Loop Tape (Velcro is not a good option – it won’t stand up to the wear and tear like aplix): 14″ Loop tape and 4″ of hook tape, if you will be making lots of diapers, you could invest in plastic snaps and a snap setter, but it is a tad pricey.
  • Coordinating Polyester Thread
  • Printable Pattern (pdf) – this pattern is approximately a small/medium size diaper so I think it would fit a 6 month old up to a thin 2 year old – Jude still fits in his!

I modified the pattern because the rise seems too long and the front tab didn’t seem wide enough to me. . . Our diaper cuts ended up being a little narrow, so I modified the tabs to be a bit shorter as well. Ideally, I would have left the width on the tabs. You could also trace a cloth diaper you already have.

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Using the modified pattern on the fold, trace and cut the pattern on the PUL and the butter suede.

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Center 7.5″ of the loop side of the Aplix (the soft side) on the front of the PUL. Edge stitch in place.

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The pattern has marks showing where to tack the elastic, I moved the elastic up just a bit on the front of the diaper. The 6″ pieces are for the legs and the 4.5″ is for the pocket opening on the back. Using a satin stitch or a tight zig zag stitch, tack the elastic onto the wrong side of the suede cloth as shown on the pattern and this photo:

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On the PUL, tack one 4.5″ piece of elastic on the back (if you are making a pocket diaper – if you are making a diaper cover, there is no need to double up the elastic or have the extra flap on the PUL).

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I used quilting clips to clip the PUL and the butter suede right sides together.

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Make sure to sew with the butter suede on top otherwise the PUL will stretch (you could use a teflon or walking foot if you want to sew with PUL side up). You want to start the stitching at the edge of the pocket opening – stitching around the whole diaper  leaving the pocket open. So, with the suede facing up, starting at the right side of the pocket, stitch as close to the edge as possible – making sure that you are going through both layers of fabric. Be careful not to catch the elastic in your stitching.

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Here’s what the diaper will look like:

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Trim any excess fabric, especially around the curves.

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Now you have to create the tubing that the elastic will sit in around the pocket. I started with the elastic around the pocket on the PUL side. Fold over the PUL using the existing stitching to guide the depth of the fold.

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With the needle in the down position, stitch down the short side to the corner and turn. Often, I would make sure to stitch over the elastic once more to secure it even further.

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Carefully stitch the long side, making sure not to catch the elastic in your stitching.

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It helps to pull the fabric tight as you stitch, allowing the fabric behind the foot to bunch.

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This is what it will look like once you have encased the elastic.

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Do the same for the butter suede!

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Turn right side out – it’s starting to look like a diaper now, isn’t it!

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Now it’s time to edge stitch the diaper and encase the elastic around the leg holes. With the butter suede on top, starting at the right side of the pocket, edge stitch.

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You should be able to see the tack you make to secure the leg elastic, so edge stitch until you get to the tack. Make sure the needle is in the down position. Turn and stitch about 3/8″  away from the edge. You want it to be far enough away for the elastic to have plenty of room in the casing.

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Turn again to stitch parallel about 3/8″ from the edge for the length of the elastic. You will stop once you get to the second elastic tack mark. Turn and stitch the 3/8″ back to the edge.

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The stitching around the elastic casing will look like this:

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Complete the edge stitching, creating another casing around the other leg hole. Here is what the completed edge stitched diaper will look like.

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Now it’s time to add the remaining aplix to the tabs. I included ‘washing’ tabs to fold the hook side down during washing to prevent snagging. These pieces around about 1.5″ wide. I rounded the corners of the pieces that will be on the ends of the tabs for aesthetics. It’s not necessary if you don’t want to create the curve.

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Edge stitch the hook portion on the interior tabs of the diaper. Follow with the loop part of the aplix. Repeat on the other side.

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I included a loop piece of the aplix on the exterior of one side of the diaper to allow for crossover securing of the diaper. This isn’t necessary, but I find it nice to have.

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Here is the completed front of the diaper:

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And here is the back!

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There is definitely a learning curve in making these diapers, but after you complete one, you’ll find a rhythm! I could make about four in two hours.

As far as what to insert in the diapers for absorbency,  you can use 4-6 layers of flannel or hemp sewn together with a zigzag stitch. Really any absorbant material will work – layers of old towels, cotton . . . Or you can just buy inserts!

Lots of Diapers!

Have fun making diapers with this tutorial! And let me know if you have any questions!

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Free Pattern:: Krista Apron

I promised you another free pattern, and I’m excited to share it with you on free pattern Friday! The Krista apron is fun and flirty with an elastic ruched top, cute little side pocket and ruffled bottom. Perfect for the feminine chef!

Custom Order: Krista Apron

Click here to download the Krista Apron Pattern in 8.5 x 11 pdf format. I share this pattern with you guys to make for yourselves, as gifts but I do so under one condition. Please upload a photo of any completed aprons in this flickr group so I can see what y’all are making!

Also this should go without being said but I’ll say it anyways: please do not sell items made from this free pattern and do not claim it as your own design!

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the Long Thread

I was recently featured on the Long Thread’s top 100 tutorials of 2009 for the Diana Hobo tutorial! Welcome to everyone that is stopping by from there and thanks for stopping by! And thank you to the Long Thread for featuring me! It’s gonna be a good year, I can feel it!

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Christmas Ornament 2009

So the other day, I saw this free pattern for a half eaten gingerbread man ornament and I just loved it! I knew I had to make one since it seemed simple enough and I’m pretty sure I’m not going to get around to making our personalized Christmas stockings until AFTER Christmas when the Christmas fabric I like goes on sale. And that Christmas tree skirt I want to make? It’ll have to wait until Christmas in July.

But this guy, he’s easy. I already had all of the things I needed to make him although I did substitute white buttons over the red buttons the tutorial shows and I used normal sized rick rack instead of mini, but I still think he’s cute.

So I’m thinking this ornament making should be a yearly tradition in our home. Once Jude is old enough, I think he should be the one that decides what the ornament should be and then we’ll figure out how to make it!

So here’s Jude’s ornament for 2009. Because goodness knows that this child likes to eat and if he was eating solid foods he certainly would take some chomps out of a gingerbread man.

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Felt Mr. Potato Head

I saw this post on a felt Mr. Potato Head and knew that I just had to make it. I really haven’t had a whole lot of experience with felt softies, especially sewing them by machine, so I was excited about making this a learning experience! I hand sketched out all of the pieces on paper before cutting them out of the felt so there’s no pattern for this but the shapes are pretty easy to draw.

I think he turned out pretty stinking cute. Or should I say ‘she’?

I took the advice to make the back pocket pleated and thought that it worked out pretty well.

Pretty fun little project and I definitely learned a lot about working with felt. I choose not to glue any of the pieces on (like the stripes on the hats or the eye color) since I was giving this to a one year old and I didn’t want anything to be easy to pull off! Everything was sewn on. No choking hazards please!

I think if I were to make this again I would sew the potato form right sides together and flip it so that the seams were on the inside. I think that may help remove the dimple that formed at the bottom – hand sewing it shut with an invisible stitch would probably take care of that. That’s the only part that looks a little more messy to me than I would like. I actually like the seams on all of the face pieces. A pretty great idea over all and possibly the beginning of a felt addiction for me. It’s so nice not to have to worry about fraying!

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Phoebe Bag, repeat

This free pattern may quickly be turning into the one I choose as a go-to girl gift item. It’s such a classic shape, and as I mentioned the last time I made this, it’s a good size and fits nicely under your arm. I was able to sew this up during one of Jude’s naptimes, so it’s a great quick project. Definitely went quicker the second time! I made this Phoebe bag as a birthday gift for a good friend of mine. I love this fabric… It’s been sitting in my stash waiting to be used and I love it in this application. I also love the yellow interior!

I may need to make a few more of these as holiday gifts! Holiday sewing, here we come!

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Another Nursing Cover

I know, I make a lot of these. It’s hard not too. It’s one of the baby items I use most often, it’s easy to make (perfect for the first time sewer), there’s a free tutorial and it’s a great gift. Well, check this out. Target has a nursing cover in the Amy Butler Geisha Fans fabric that my friend happened to register for. Can you believe they sell those for $40? And it looks a bit too small in my opinion. Not so with the free tutorial! I happened to have a yard of the fabric already so I whipped one of those up as a baby shower gift.

Love that fabric and love enabling moms to feel comfortable to nurse in public!

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Phoebe Bag

I don’t want you guys to think I’m not sewing! I am! And I have some great projects that I’m going to be starting soon…. I mean, Christmas sewing is starting now!

I whipped up this little beauty as a gift for my mother-in-law’s birthday. The clarity of writing in this pattern is fantastic although I think it helps to have sewn a few purses already to understand where the steps are taking you. Best of all, this pattern is free from artsycraftybabe! Click here for the free PDF pattern for the Phoebe Bag.

I really like that this bag fits perfectly under your arm when you wear it on your shoulder and I think it’s a good medium sized purse, just perfect to carry what you need, but not big enough that things get lost. The thing I would do differently if I made this again… I think it might be nice to add a zipper to the opening in addition to the flap and magnetic snap. Overall a fun little sewing project! I hope she likes it!

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Babies = More Sewing!

I got the opportunity to sew up a few more items in my new craft room for my friend’s baby shower that we hosted at my house this past weekend and I love the way the set turned out! It was pretty neat to see how far two yards of fabric went in baby items. The best thing? All the patterns I used are free!!

The first item that Frannie is modeling is the sling that you can find my tutorial on here. Every new mama needs one of these!

Second item? A nursing cover. I found out about this free tutorial on Jenn’s blog after she made one for me! I have used the cover so frequently that I know how helpful it is to have one of these handy! Since I didn’t have the width that was called for in the tutorial (the 2 yards had been cut in half for the sling), I sewed on a panel using french seams on the top to make the nursing cover the right size. I think this would also be neat to make the panel in a matching fabric but on the bottom – perhaps whatever fabric the sling interior is? The straps could be the same matching fabric too…

And of course, you have to have a bib and some burp rags! The burp rags didn’t come from a tutorial, I just sewed on a rectangle with the edges tucked under onto the middle of some cloth diaper prefolds.

Overall, a cute little baby/mama set for a baby shower!

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