My Top 5 Online Fabric Stores for Jersey Knits

I thought I would share a quick round up of some of my favorite places online to browse and shop for jersey knits! Jersey knits are perfect for baby and children’s clothing. They’re stretchy like a soft legging material, which make them perfect for active littles. I like to make sure I’m buying a good quality fabric, so look for a bit of weight, and designer brands. The jersey should be at least 95% cotton, and the rest spandex or lycra. Interlock knits work too but sometimes they don’t have as much bounce-back or stretch. Look for high quality brands.  Some of the things I make with jersey knits are the cuff t-shirt (free pattern) and this cute dress.

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  1. First and foremost, is fabric.com. I talk about them a lot, but really they are my go to source for fabric, including jersey knits. Shipping is quick and inexpensive. They have a large selection of jersey knits. I try to stick with the name brands as the quality is usually higher. Some of my favorite brands I find on fabric.com for knits are Cloud 9’s interlock knit, Kaufman, Cotton + Steel, Art Gallery and Michael Miller.
  2. Love Fabric Ireland Etsy shop. I chose this one because they have a good selection of one of my favorite jersey knit fabric brands, Little Darling, I used to buy in the Netherlands. Their shipping to the states is very reasonable as well. The Netherlands is, hands down, been the best place to find kids fabrics that I know of, and I miss being closer to the source!
  3. Lucky Shop 0028 Etsy Shop. Okay, so this is one I haven’t ordered from yet….but, I am really loving what they have in jersey knits. If I weren’t on a fabric buying freeze, I would be eating some of this up. I have so much of it saved in my favorites right now.  It has good reviews, and it has unique prints!

  4.  Wunderland Der Stoffe on DaWanda. Here’s another oddball! So I spent some time in Germany, and didn’t know about this website till I was in the states trying to hunt down that Dutch fabric I was talking about. That’s when I stumbled across DeWanda. It’s sort of like European Etsy. I found this fabric shop, and she has a huge assortment of some really fun kid prints jersey fabric. My customers and myself have always loved the prints and quality of the fabrics she carries. It is slightly difficult to checkout and pay with her. You’re best bet is to message her and say you’ll be ordering from the U.S and she will work it out with you through paypal. Of course there are other sellers on the platform as well, browse around! (pro tip: use google chrome to have the text automatically translated to English)
  5. Last is Spoonflower. Here you can get any print you find in their database printed on a variety of different types of fabric, including jersey knit. The type of fabric I recommend is “cotton spandex jersey”. They do have organic cotton interlock, but it doesn’t have much stretch. It is a bit pricey but there are so many good designs to choose from.

Happy fabric shopping!

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Penguin Stuffie Sewing Pattern

Winter is on it’s way! And what better way to prepare than make this adorable penguin? Okay, so I kind of actually don’t like winter. I do, and I don’t. I like the decor, actually a lot. But the miserably cold weather and slushy snow, I could definitely live without. The decor definitely cheers me up and makes it all worth it. I developed this pattern for a penguin a few years ago for a special request. I made one for myself as well, and thought it was time to share!Sew Jersey Mama | Sewing Pattern | Sewing Tutorial | Penguin Sewing Pattern

I would say this project is intermediate or advanced beginner level. It’s not hard, per say, but there are a few tricky spots when attaching the head. I have made my penguins with regular quilting cotton, but I’m pretty certain this would be adorable in minky or fleece. Working with minky will definitely make this a bit more challenging though because it tends to be slippery. I love getting my fabric at fabric.com because of all the choices and great prices.

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(By the way her adorable socks are available on amazon here.)

The great thing about this penguin is that there are no small parts so it is definitely safe for babies and kids, just make sure your seams are strong. You can also use this as decor if you are making it with fancier fabrics.

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The sewing pattern and tutorial for Penny the Penguin are available for just $2.99 in my shop right here. It’s an instant download PDF. All you need to do is print it (making sure not to scale it), and cut out the pattern pieces and get going! Click the photo to go right to the pattern!

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I hope you enjoy!

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Toddler Halloween Costume DIY : 60s Hippie Flower Child

After debating a few ideas for Riley’s Halloween costume this year, I decided on a late 60s hippie flower child Woodstock concert-goer vibe.  I don’t have a solid reason why, but it seemed like a perfectly cute concept and I love anything vintage! I had a few other ideas – Madeline (which she can still do when she’s a little older) and a funny one – dress her as a pickle, but they seemed like a bit more work. I had to rush to pull a costume together because our campground was celebrating Halloween early before they close up for the season.

I love what I came up with and this is easy for anyone to put together!

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So here’s how to put this together yourself! For the main outfit I made a boho style tunic, found a pair of flare jeans at Crazy8, and added some fringe from Joann’s Fabric Store to it. I found the pattern to make the top here on Etsy: Tunic Pattern. It’s not the easiest sewing pattern but you will be super proud when you finished. I normally refer to fabric.com, but this print is no longer available there but I found some Etsy. It’s the perfect 60s ‘vintage bed sheet’ print!  (Sewing tutorial and template for the vintage camper pillow are coming soon!)

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But don’t despair, if you don’t want to make the top, Osh Kosh’s Genuine Kids line for Target has tons of boho styles available right now and will work more than perfectly for this outfit. Check out some of the cute options below.

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For the accessories I got a boho headband from Icing which was on clearance and I picked up the peace sign necklace and cute aviator sunglasses (which she refused to wear) from Claire’s. The sandals Riley is wearing are from Target this past summer, but they still have a few on sale including these with fringe!


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The look could be complete there or if you have a natural-looking mini guitar or ukulele around, it would be the perfect extra finishing touch. The ukulele Riley’s holding was super reasonably priced from Amazon, and sounds great. She loved playing with it and I’m hoping to get her into guitar lessons eventually so this will be a nice stepping stone instrument for her.

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I loved how this all came together and couldn’t resist posting a few more shots. If you’re wondering about the camera, that is my Fuji Instax Mini 90. I love it!! Riley finds it pretty cool too.

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Adorable Girls Dress Pattern with Mommy and Me Pattern

As I move into the world of handmade children’s clothes, I”m so happy I can count on Brindille & Twig’s sewing patterns for easy and adorable patterns to start with. Kids are way comfier in this stretchy jersey knit fabric, which is what her patterns are primarily made for. This t-shirt dress pattern was super quick and easy, and it’s a super versatile garment for a little girl’s wardrobe. It is a comfy dress that can be worn with tights or leggings. It can also be made with long sleeves as well. The pattern is provided from 0 months up to 6T.

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Head over to Brindille & Twig’s website here to find the pattern.  She also has a very similar matching pattern for adults called “Flare T-Shirt Dress”. Be sure to check out the women’s pattern tab to find it!

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This adorable Dino print is from Joann’s Doodles collection and can be found here. It’s a cotton interlock knit, which is very comfy, and has a little bit of mechanical stretch, but this particular brand does seem to shrink, so be careful how you wash it! Otherwise, it’s super adorable and versatile. They have lots of irresistible prints.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how stinking cute her sneakers are! Of course they come from Target’s awesome Cat & Jack line!  Check them out here!

If you’re not already a Target REDcard member, what are you waiting for? If you don’t like credit cards, that’s totally okay! They also have a card that links right to your debit card. You get 5% off EVERY purchase you make. It’s totally worth it if you shop there a lot, like me!

 

                                                                                                    

Back to the dress…this is seriously an easy sew! I may have mentioned this in my cuff T-Shirt post but you can make these without a serger using a zig zag stitch, but it will be way easier with one! I highly recommend purchasing a serger if you plan to sew with knits a lot. It just makes it so much easier, and will be more professional. You may even find one in the Amazon warehouse deals. Many times the products on sale from the warehouse deals are brand new with opened or damaged packages. It’s worth a look for a deep discount.

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I couldn’t make just one of these adorable t-shirt dresses. I had just enough of this precious winged jersey knit pattern by Art Gallery which can be purchased on fabric.com -> my favorite fabric site! They have EVERYTHING….not an exaggeration! Check them out!   

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I would love to see what you make with this pattern! Feel free to come back and post in the comments, and make sure to pin those awesome images to save for later!!

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FREE Baby and Toddler T-Shirt Sewing Pattern

Summer is by far my favorite season (sandals, beach days, iced coffee, camping are just a few of my favorite things), but I’m actually looking forward to fall! I think I feel like this every year, because at some point, the hot, humid days are just unbearable, and the tease of cool summer nights in August just make me crave that perfectly crisp ‘just cool enough’ fall air. I hate winter though, so lets not go there yet.

Okay, I’ll admit that one of my favorite parts of changing seasons is changing up the wardrobe. This year I’m excited about making Riley some fall clothes. I’ll still end up buying her some clothes (ok, ok, by some I mean way too many) because I can not resist the cute styles from Target especially with 5% offevery time when I use my Target debit REDcard but I’m looking forward to mixing in pieces I made just for her! How exciting!

I may have gone a little overboard making these adorable ringer t-shirts for her, but I had some irresistibly cute fabric, and they are so easy to make once you get the hang of it. You can find the pattern for the free baby and toddler t-shirt here at Brindille & Twig’s website. She has tons of adorable, well designed patterns, but you can find this t-shirt in the free pattern section! How awesome of her to offer it for free.Sew Jersey Mama | Free Sewing Pattern | Kids T-Shirt Pattern | Sewing Pattern | Easy Sewing Pattern

This school bus print is my absolute favorite. This is perfect for preschoolers or toddlers who happen to love the ‘wheels on the bus song’. Riley loves pointing to the buses on her shirt. It’s a Cloud 9 Organics fabric which means its a lovely interlock knit, and organic! It’s only about $12 a yard which is very reasonable, but keep in mind it’s not quite as stretchy as a jersey knit. I used a jersey knit on the cuffs to make it easier to get on and off. (Click on the photo to find the fabric!)

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Another favorite of mine is this cute floral print. This was  a steal from fabric.com! It’s a double-brushed poly (think buttery soft leggings…). It’s a little bit thinner than the interlock, but very stretchy and comfy! This fabric is only $7 but it sells out fast! I have the photo linked to a similar print, because this one sold out, but there are lots available.  Can we take a moment now to talk about her hair??? It’s so flowy and wavy. I’m just a bit jealous.


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You can make these without a serger, but it will be way easier with one! I highly recommend purchasing a serger if you plan to sew with knits a lot. It just makes it so much easier, and will be more professional. You may even find one in the Amazon warehouse deals. Many times the products on sale from the warehouse deals are brand new with opened or damaged packages. It’s worth a look for a deep discount.

I made a bunch as you can see, and would keep going, but I think I will move on to the t-shirt dress pattern they have next. The other adorable prints – the mushrooms and frogs, are from the Netherlands. I wish I could refer you to the source, but alas, they are not online. I always do manage to find some cute jersey knits on fabric.com though! I would love to see what you make! Share your photos in the comments!

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Summer Headwrap Tutorial for Infants and Toddlers

Hi!

It’s almost 4th of July! My favorite time of year!! That might be because my birthday follows a few days later, but still. Summer is my favorite season! I love enjoying the fresh air and the warmth from the sun, and the fun summer activities.

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I thought I’d share how to make the headwrap style headband I show in my skirt tutorial. This is an easy project but you’ll need about at least a yard of fabric because it is quite long. It’s a little bit different than my other headbands you might see in my shop. I’m going to share how to do those soon!

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What you’ll need:

-Cotton fabric *46 inches by 7 inches* Measurements are variable which I will discuss later.

-As always…Pins, scissors, pinking shears, sewing machine and iron

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You could make this with a variety of fabrics, even a stretchy cotton knit or perhaps a gauzy fabric. I used woven cotton for mine. I love shopping for fabric at fabric.com. They carry all of my favorite designers and brands, and they have such a wide variety of type of fabric. You can even get free shipping for orders over $49. They always have great sales! Currently select summer prints are on sale! Great time to snatch some up.



First, I’d like to go over the sizing. 46 inch long fabric will give you a finished piece about 42 inches long. This fits an average-sized toddler head once around with a bow. It should wrap around a younger baby twice. If you’re considering cutting a different length, use a tape measure to wrap around their head the desired way (once or twice) and  then add about 26 inches for tying the bow and to account for the angle of the end and seam allowance.
To cut the fabric, fold it over lengthwise so you are measuring 23 inches (half of the total) long from the fold and 7 inches width. Use pins or a marking pencil to mark your measurements for cutting. Cut it out.

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Next, unfold the fabric so you have the entire length open. Fold right sides together and pin the whole length of the headwrap. Make sure to mark a gap of about two inches you will leave open to turn the headband right side out.

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Now use a ruler or straight edge to mark a line for the angle at either end. Mark and cut one end. Then flip it so the other end is the opposite angle and use the edge to guide your marking and cutting of the other end.Sew Jersey Mama | DIY Baby Headband | Sewing Tutorial | Sewing Tutorial Headband | Baby Headwrap |
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Once the angles are cut for both ends it’s time to stitch it up. Start at one end. Be sure to back stitch. Follow your angled cut at the end, make a nice sharp turn and stitch along the entire length of the headwrap except for the opening. Be sure to use your back stitch at the start and stop of the opening.

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Trim your edges. I prefer to trim with pinking shears so the fabric isn’t fraying inside. Use a chopstick or pencil carefully to help turn and push out the corners.

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Iron the head wrap. I do not bother to stitch the opening but you can stitch it or ladder stitch it closed if you prefer.

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There are a few ways these head wraps can be tied. My daughter does not sit still, so I quickly wrap it around her head and make the first knot to establish the size. I slip it over my leg and find a spot at that size to finish tieing the bow. Also note here that I fold the headwrap in half so it is less wide, but it can be used fully open as well. I open the fabric to its full width in the bow and position the ends so they match.

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If you are going around the head twice, the initial knot will be at the back bottom of the head.
Another way to wear it is as a flat band across the front and just two knots in the back with the ties hanging down. I have also put one knot in the center and used that as the “decoration” in the front and tied it in the back with the ties hanging down.

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These head wraps are so adorable and versatile. Check out what Target has available on sale right now in clothes to complete your little one’s look. 20% off clothing, shoes & accessories with promo code JULY4. Valid 7/2-7/4 Just click here!

Happy 4th of July!!!

 

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Elephant Stuffie Sewing Pattern

I am so excited to release my first sewing pattern and tutorial for my original Elephant stuffie. These little elephants are so adorable, and make a perfect gift for a new baby or even a growing toddler. I love this project because it can be customized a million ways with fabric combinations. If you’re advanced, you can perhaps embroider a name on the ear, or hand stitch a face on. Another way to take this project up a notch is to make the elephant with minky for an even cuddlier toy. Sewing with minky is definitely a challenge, so if you’re not ready for that, I highly recommend quilter’s cotton. Just wanted to note that I do not add a tail to these any more so they are super safe for our littles under 3 years old.

I made Riley this adorable creamy white minky elephant before she was born. It’s so cute, and she loves it.

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The minky is similar to this Shannon Minky sold on fabric.com
Shannon Minky Luxe Cuddle Hide Natural Fabric

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This super fun mermaid print elephant is going to be sent to one of my brand reps, Ciara, for her little girl, Rory. She doesn’t actually know that yet, so surprise! I think her little will just love it!! This print is all sold out, but here’s a super cute similar one!
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Also, I can’t get over Riley’s adorable watermelon top. It’s from Target’s Cat and Jack line, and it is too stinkin cute!!! I love their clothes, and have a hard time resisting checking out the toddler clothes section any time I’m in the store. Target has free shipping on orders over $35 right now!

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I have three more slated to make. Two regular size and a mini for my other brand reps 🙂 I can’t wait and will update with more pictures.

As always I recommend fabric.com to get fabrics for your project! They have everything in any style, prints or colors your could possibly need. Take a look!

    

My sewing pattern for both the regular size and the mini with instructions is available for only $2.99 in my shop: here. It’s an instant download PDF. All you need to do is print it (making sure not to scale it), and cut out the pattern pieces and get going! Click the photo to go right to the pattern!

 

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A little update! I added my second pattern for an adorable Penguin plushie. Perfect for winter time!

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Turn Her Winter Pants into Summer Shorts in 5 Minutes

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I have a super quick and easy tutorial for all my mamas out there. I did this last year and I thought I’d share with you this easy method to change your little one’s winter pants into summer shorts, and the best part is it should only take about 5 minutes. Since the kiddos grow at alarming rates, there’s a good chance her leggings from the winter or spring won’t fit by the coming fall. Instead of packing them away, why not make them into shorts that are perfect for play time or under dresses or skirts. I did this last night with these adorable lemon print pants. It’s such a cute outfit, but once it hits 90 degrees F, I know we’re not going to be wearing pants much more for the rest of the summer. I thought these would work much better as shorts.

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Let’s get started!

What you’ll need:
– Leggings you want to turn into shorts
– Pair of shorts for size reference
– The usual (scissors, ruler, thread, marking pencil, sewing machine)

First, lay out the leggings nice and flat, and then lay the shorts over them, just like this.

Use a ruler (or even eyeball it if you’re not picky) to measure about 1 inch past the shorts for the hem. Mark the line across the legs.

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Take your scissors and cut across the line.

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Now turn the leggings inside out, and fold up the hem, making sure it’s even all around. It really doesn’t matter how much you fold it over, but I’d say about 1/2 inch. You can pin or even iron this if you’d like, but I found that it wasn’t really worth it.
Slide the short leg over your machine (you’ll need to take the storage compartment thing off….I’m sure there’s a technical name for this). Switch your machine to the zig zag stitch.

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I like to start stitching at or near the seam. Make sure you reverse stitch, and then continue forward all the way around the leg. You will want to make sure your zig zag stitch overlaps the edge just a little bit to keep the fabric down. When you get all the way around, go past where you started and then reverse again.

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Repeat on the other leg. Check to make sure the hem matches the side you just did.

And that’s it! Turn the shorts over and iron. Trim your threads! Now, go ahead and cut through all those leggings, and you’ve got your little one plenty of shorts for summer.

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How adorable these shoes by Carter’s would look with this outfit.

 

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DIY Girls Skirt Tutorial

As Riley is starting to grow out of the things I normally make (baby bibs, hats, crib shoes), I’ve been looking for something new to make for her. I stumbled upon a few skirt tutorials, and it turned out to be just what I was looking for. These skirts are super easy! You can whip up a few in one afternoon to pair with leggings and t-shirts. To make these, I used a pattern on Etsy so I could have multiple sizes available, but if you’re making these for your own little one, it’s easy to figure out the sizing with just a few measurements (I’ll explain later). The pattern is by Brindille & Twig and is very easy to follow. If you’re interested, you can purchase the pattern here.

If your little one is soon to be a toddler, make sure to check out my post about my toddler must haves! Better to stock up sooner than later 🙂

 

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These skirts and more are currently available to purchase in my shop! Learn how to make the matching head band/headwrap here!

What you’ll need:

You can use cotton or a knit fabric. I love the variety of fabrics available at fabric.com. The skirts in the pictures used fabrics by the designers “Dear Stella” and “Timeless Treasures, Inc.” They both have some great choices that area always changing!

Dear Stella currently has this fun line of Dinosaur prints available at fabric.com! But hurry because it looks like it will sell out fast! How fun for a skirt 🙂

Dear Stella Stellasaurus Dinomania Moonlight Fabric
Dear Stella Stellasaurus Hear Me Roar Phantom Fabric

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Fabric (about 1/2 yd to 1 yd depending on the size you are making.
Thread
Scissors
Elastic – 1.25″ wide
Sewing machine or Serger
Trim (optional)

To make this with your little one’s measurements, first measure around their waist. This will be the width of each of your two skirt pieces. For example, if your child’s waist is 21 inches, cut 2 pieces, 21 x length.

For the length, measure from the waist till where you want the skirt to end, and add 2″ for the hem and waistband.

If you purchased the pattern, use the sizes provided.

To start, iron your fabric, I usually fold over my fabric and cut both pieces at once. To make it even easier, cut with the right sides in and they’ll already be in place to sew.  Cut your skirt pieces (width X length).
Pin the two pieces together right sides together, and sew up both sides. You can do this with a serger if you have one, or a straight stitch at about a 1/4 inch allowance, and then an overlock or zigzag to prevent fraying. Iron your seams.

Next you will be serging all the way around the top and bottom edges. If you do not have a serger I’d recommend using an overlock or zigzag stitch after the straight stitch. This is to prevent fraying. Just a side note about sergers. They are really great, especially if you plan to sew clothing or work with knits more. As you can see here, mine is ancient. My amazing mom found this at an estate sale and got it even though I told her “not sure what I need it for”. I was so wrong! I use it tons. However, Amazon has a highly recommended Singer serger available for under $200 that will definitely work great for our purposes! Check it out here:

Now you will iron down the waistband and hem. Fold over 1 1/2″ from the top and iron down all the way around the skirt. You will do this for the bottom hem as well at 1/2″ inch.

Sew all the way around the hem. If you’re adding trim, now is the best time to pin it and sew it on.

Now to do the waistband. Cut the elastic one inch longer than their waist measurement.

First you will sew all the way around the skirt at the edge of the fold you made earlier, and leave a 2 inch gap. Make sure to back stitch at both ends of the opening. Then you will put a safety pin on your elastic, and pull through, mindful that you do not pull the other end through. It will start to bunch up as you go.

 

Once all the way through, line up the ends of the elastic flat overlapping one inch, pin and stitch. For this, I stitched all the way around and then an X across. This will ensure it is secure.

 

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

 

Almost done!! Finish stitching around the waist where the opening for the elastic was. Turn right side out, and you are finished! You should have an adorable skirt!

 

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