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Challenge number three for Iron Craft at Just Crafty Enough was hearts and flowers. I’ve done plenty of things with hearts this year, but I still had a few ideas floating around, and one of them was to make a simple skirt with some sort of heart on it.
I knew I wanted to make a simple fleece skirt with a wide elastic waistband — two things I already had in the house. I thought first about needle felting a heart onto the skirt, which would be really cute but might render the finished skirt unwashable.
Then I thought about cutting a piece out of purchased felt (which is not wool and therefore washable) or using a piece of plain fabric and sewing it on the skirt.
But then I spied some purple fabric paint at Walmart and decided to give that a try. I’m not sure it was the smartest idea or if I’m going to keep it as is; perhaps you can help me decide?
What You’ll Need
- fleece fabric, probably less than half a yard but it will depend on the size you are making
- wide knit elastic (mine is 2 inch wide) in length of the waist you’re making the skirt for
- sewing supplies
- fabric paint (I used purple Puffy Paint), optional, or cut out heart or other shape from fabric
- Cut out two pieces of fleece for your skirt body. I used an old skirt (the Bit’s Rainbow Skirt, in fact) as a rough guide, though I wanted this skirt to be longer. Once I had the length and width I wanted (about 10.5 inches wide by 14 inches long per side) I actually just eyeballed the cut of the side of the skirt on one side, folded the fabric in half to cut the other side so it would match, and used that as my pattern piece for the other side of the skirt.
- Put pieces together and sew side seams. I used a quarter inch seam allowance.
- Sew the elastic into a loop.
- Pin the elastic to the outside of the top of the skirt and sew using a zigzag stitch.
- Paint on heart or other shape and allow to dry. It’s funny, but the paint is still really shiny even after drying overnight.
- Hem the skirt as desired.
My heart didn’t come out looking perfect (I should have practiced!) so I’m not completely in love with it, but it is pretty cute. If you have a kid old enough to work the paint applicator, let them draw something (use a cookie cutter as a template if you want it to look a little more refined).
Alternatively you could use fabric, a contrasting piece of fleece or felt to cut out a shape and sew it on. I’m still thinking about this cute fabric, which also happens to have flowers on it.
It’s cut to size so that I could sew it right on top of the fabric paint and no one would be the wiser. Which do you prefer? Help me out; I hope the Bit will wear it to school tomorrow!
Check out some more fun projects from this round of Iron Craft.
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This post is linked to Whip It up Wednesday at Naptime is My Time, the Lil Luna Link Party, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts and We Did it Wednesday at Sew Much Ado. Visit them for tons of great crafty ideas!