7.21.2009

Ruffle Skirt... From a Dish Towel!

I have documentation (i.e. my last post) stating that I would provide a tutorial for the ruffle skirt

Promises mean nothing to me, apparently. Just words!

I did complete another skirt, but failed to take a Single. Picture. Of the process.

(The outfit pictured is for my niece's upcoming birthday. I found the top at Old Navy, and embellished it with an appliqued "3.")

However, the skirt is so simple, I can guide you through without the aid of a full tutorial:

1. Find a cute dishtowel (TJ Maxx has a great selection). Follow these instructions to fashion a skirt.
2. Cut a strip of coordinating fabric approximately 3" wide. The length of the strip should be about double the circumference of the skirts hem (this will allow for an extra fluffy ruffle).
3. Zig-zag stitch along either side of the length of the strip (this helps minimize fraying). 
4. Sew a straight line down the center of the strip using a basting stitch. 
5. Pull thread until the ruffle gathers to the desired fullness.
6. Sew the ruffle onto the hem of the skirt, allowing the ruffle to extend the hem by 1/2" or so.
7. Snip all of the fraying strings.
8. Have your child practice saying "thank you", because they will receive lots of compliments when they wear it! 

(sidenote: My girls always have the hardest time remembering to thank someone for a compliment on their dress; usually they nod in agreement. As if to say, "Yes, you are right, I AM cute!)


18 comments:

Pink Little Ladies said...

That skirt is so cute, I love the zebra print towel...

Joey and Bobbi Kenow said...

SO cute! I can't wait to see pictures of her wearing it!

~Kimberly said...

That is way cute!

michellejohnnie said...

I totally love this! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. You are brilliant with your dishtowels!!!

Jill said...

"SEW CUTE!!!!"

AJ said...

Awesome! The technique for the ruffle would work for a larger size, too. Thank you so much for the explanation!

Jennie Bender said...

Love your blog. My girls will love trying out some of your pretty thoughts=) Thanks so much!

Faith- Inspired Designs by Faith said...

this is really cute! Your very talented!

Jenny said...

Please tell me you will be adding a few of these fabulous ruffles to bags for the fall!!!!!

Ruth said...

That is so cute. I love it. I think I will make one for my niece's birthday.

Thanks for sharing.

Ruth

jan mullis said...

Love, LOve, Love! Will be trying this one! Thanks! Jan

Krista said...

Very cute! =) Btw, how's everything going this week?

Kathy said...

Cute!

I wanted to send you a link to another seashell project - I still think you should try one and here this lady has done another great one - I am thinking its on her enclosed porch...
http://georgiapeachez.typepad.com/georgiapeachez/2009/07/sea-shell-art.html

Anonymous said...

That is too darn cute, and if I knew how to sew, I'd totally make one (or 20!)

BTW- When people complimented my little sister she used to say "I know." Oh, little kids!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Super cute - what girl wouldn't love to wear that?!

kimsilver said...

wish I had little girls....all boys over here!

Linda @ My Trendy Tykes said...

Adorable idea! Thanks for sharing.

Esther said...

This is amazing! I can't wait to try it out. I wish I was a genius!