Toddlers love to wear a lot and all kinds of skirts. Skirts are something that are easy to put on, are comfortable while they play, and a good way to consume and fly your own imaginative kite with a small quantity of fabric.
But before you start you probably should have following supplies in hand:
½ to 1 yd of quilt weight cotton fabric that you will sew3/4″ 1 yd elasticAnd matching color threadYou will not only find this skirt super easy to sew together, but this skirt only requires roughly about a yard of cloth to sew, making it an incredibly pocket friendly. And because the measurements are rather loose and movable, it can turn out to be an extraordinary gift for all those birthdays. This 20 min sewing technique is a perfect project, for any individual of any level of sewing skill!
Procedure to Sew Skirts for Toddlers
Take a half yard of clothing fabric and lay it out. It is strongly recommended that you at least prewash the fabric once before starting. According to the height of the girl child, trim the length of the cloth material (It is always suggested to cut at least 2-3 inches of extra fabric.). You can take plus 1 ″ extra cloth for the waistband as well as additional 1 ″ for the hem.
For skirt size over 4T, it is strongly suggested that you use two “panels” of cloth, as it provides much more fullness in the skirt. If you wish to use a second panel, and then simply cut your cloth material to appropriate length, then cut an additional piece of fabric of the same size. Now, follow the below directions for sewing, but before you start – make 2 seams, i.e. one on each side, joining the two piece panels that you have with you to one another – avoid going for a single seam at the back.
Make sure you remove your selvedges! Since selvedges have the tendency to shrink at a faster pace than the rest of your clothing material, so, it is always suggested that you either take out the selvedges before sewing or simply cut the fabric around them.
Fold the right side of the fabric together; make sure the raw edges are matched along the former selvedges. Stitch a ¼ inches seam around the raw corners. Now, press the seam allowances open. You will get a tube of cloth material with a single seam.
Now, focus on waistband elastic, to create the casing for it, the first thing to do is fold down the upper edge of fabric roughly ¼ inches. But keep one thing in mind that the measurements are quite flexible, so you can easily fold over without much hassle
Again, fold over, and make the casing of the same size as of the elastic that you will be using. Let’s say if you are using ¾ inches of elastic, then you should fold over a teensy a bit more than ¾ inches, so as to give the elastic some wiggle room.
Make sure that you stitch very close to the creased edges to make the casing, but keep in mind that you leave a small opening from where the elastic can be inserted.
At this point, it is suggested that you must stitch the hem, as sewing hem here is a lot easier than to stitch it after the installation of the elastic. One thing to keep in mind while stitching hem is that the hem should be almost similar to the casing for the waistband – begin with folding over ¼ inches on the lower edging of the tube that you have made, opposite to the casing that you have made for elastic.
Now, fold over another ¾ inches to make a 1 inch of hem. Press the fold in its place, nice and hard. You can perfectly make the hem on the serger, in exactly same way you as made the waistband, i.e. serge the edgings, completely sew over the serge on your sewing machine. But many beginners think that folding and stitching edge from the inside of the hem looks a way nicer, you can choose the one you think will look nice, and simply go with that.
Make sure that you stitch quite close to the folded edges.
You will find that you are back from where you started, now simply stitch right back from where you began and backtrack. Here you go, your hem is done!
Now put in the elastic. Ensure that the elastic you are using is of the same measurement as of your toddler’s waist. Stitch all around the elastic forward and backward, about 4-5 times until you get a good anchor.
And that’s it, you are done. Easy, Huh?