So, what if I told you that you could turn all the scraps you own into actual yardage (and not only yardage, but an actual piece of clothing)? You'd be all like, "Reggie, you're nuts, these scraps are too small to wear, this isn't a beach in Cancun!" And I'll tell you, "We're not making a bikini, dude. We're makin' a skirt." And you're all like, "No way." And I'm like, "Way."
With the help of fuseable interfacing. There it is, I just gave the whole secret away.
With the bumpy (glue) side facing up, lay out your yardage of interfacing, and lay your scraps down on top however you'd like your new fabric to look. I'm going with a lazy quilted theme with mine.
This is a 2.5 yard x 20 inch piece of interface being combined with a 3.5 yard x 20 inch piece. I need the length for the skirt project.
After I laid everything out, I pinned down the edges, just so everything would stay still on the way to the ironing board.
I ironed it face up first so the fabric wouldn't wrinkle while ironing. Trying to pull the fabric off of interfacing after it's fused is a little difficult and may rip the interfacing. But also be sure not to iron the interfacing! It will melt onto your iron and make a big smokey mess.
Make sure you take out the pins as you iron (in the next picture you can see I left one in!). I also ironed it upside down, just to be sure I ironed the entire thing.
Now, I went and drew some chalk lines onto my new fabric so I could make a nice straight line when I stitched. If you're feeling gutsy, go ahead and use pen if you'd like.
It takes some time, but go ahead and stitch all that fabric down. I used two different threads, gold and blue, I felt like it was less showy compared to white (white would've stood out too much for me).
Don't forget to clip your excess threads off. After all of these stitches, you're looking at thread madness.
And there it is! Yardage!
Now, it's time to make the skirt! You don't have to use this fabric to make your skirt. If you've got some awesome flowy material, it might actually work better. Just use whatever fabric you like, these blogs are about creativity and using your imagination, so just go crazy.
Fabric needed depends on your measurements. This is based on a 40 inch waist.
1 inch elastic (length based on waist measurement)
Step 1) Some Math Junk!
Ok nerds, get out your calculators and measuring tape. The main number we're working with here is 40 for my waist, but I'm going to give you the basic equation so you can input your numbers.
Elastic Measurement = Waist Measurement
Omg, my brain hurts from all this math, it's ridiculous. But seriously, don't add anything to your elastic measurement. I did at first, thinking I would need seam allowance, and I forgot that elastic stretches!! No duh! So don't even consider seam allowance, you don't need it.
Tier One (waist band) = Waist Measurement x 1.5
Tier Two = Same as Above
Tier 3 = Waist x 2
Tier 4 = Waist x 2.5
Now, as I said earlier, these are loose guidelines. If you want a fuller skirt, make these tiers as wide as you want to. Feel free to also add more tiers too, just make the next tier x3, the next x3.5, and so on.
My skirt is also a knee length. You can make yours longer if you like, or shorter too! My equation here is:
Length of Tier (not waist tier) = (Length I want the dress / Number of Tiers) + 1
Definitely add the extra inch for the seam allowance here. For the waist tier, add 2 inches. My tiers were 6.5 inches long and the waist one was 7.75 inches.
Here's mine, yours might look similar:
Step 2) Waist/Top Tier
This is all pretty easy stuff here. I even surged everything to make it faster. Just fold the top of the fabric down 1 1/2 inches and iron. Stitch it with about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Here's a helpful tip, start in about 2 inches from the edge, and finish 2 inches early. After you lace the elastic, sew the ends of the fabric together, and then sew the elastic together (overlap the elastic about an inch).
After you sew the elastic together, close that casing up and you're good to go.
Step 3) Sewing the Tiers Together
So, your first two tiers are the same size, not too much to worry about sewing them together there. Just place your fabric faces together and stitch with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
The next tiers will be a little more rough. If you have a ruffle foot, you're ahead of the game. I'm ruffling by hand, which looks more messy.
To start, take each piece and sew the ends together to make a big ol' continuous piece. Mark each piece of fabric in 4 places: on the seam, directly across from the seam (I fold it in half to find that), and halfway between those two points (I fold it in half again to find that spot).
Pin your fabrics so that all those marked spots line up. You can add more pins if it makes it easier for you. Here's a picture of what that might look like for you:
So, the top tier will obviously be smaller than the lower tier. You have to bunch up the larger fabric to fit the smaller fabric.
Sew all the tiers together and you've got yourself a skirt! I didn't bother hemming the bottom because with this fabric, it'd be too bulky looking. Plus I already surged it. If you'd like to hem the bottom, just fold the bottom about an inch, iron down, and sew it with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
I plan on making like, 50 of these skirts since I found out how easy they are. I just recently went to a fabric sale and bought a whole bunch of flowy light summery fabrics too, finally I can do something with them! But here's this one for now (sorry about the somewhat pained look on my face, the sun is super bright today).