What should you do when you have 9 minutes to kill …. think, think, think.
You could clean your bathroom.
You could clean out your refrigerator.
You could jog a mile.
OR —— YOU COULD MAKE A SKIRT JUST LIKE THIS!
I really really made this in less than 10 minutes!
If you got ten minutes to spare, read on for how to whip this up and have 30 seconds to spare.
Grab a skirt that comes close to the size you’re wanting and lay it on top of your fabric. Keep your fabric folded just like it comes. I knew I wanted the new skirt longer than the current one, so as you can see I left room at the bottom.
Then just cut out a rectangle-ish piece of fabric. You can see that I cut it a little longer at the top to accommodate the elastic casing, and again, I made it longer at the bottom. (yes, you can also see that I didn’t worry about making it a perfect rectangle. This is a summer skirt – it’s going to be flowy, relax a little!
Fold the fabric right sides together and align the selvedge edges. Serge or sew that edge. (the other edge is the fold so there’s no need to sew – score!)
Next, serge or narrow hem the top and bottom edges.
Your bottom edge is done, finished, bam! The top edge now needs an elastic casing, so fold over the top edge and press.
Sew all the way around the elastic casing, leave an opening at the side seam to insert your elastic.
Use the sample skirt to determine how long to make the elastic. I made the new skirt’s elastic slightly longer than the sample so Ellie can keep growing. (just squint if you’re having trouble seeing the blurry image!)
Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the casing, then sew closed. Bam, your skirt is finished ….. AFTER you press down that side seam. Look at your clock – it should say approximately TEN MINUTES has passed!
The skirt you see here technically took 14 minutes – but that’s because I was taking photos along the way. I wanted to see the “real” time so I made a second skirt for my other daughter using exactly the same process. That time was 9 minutes! I’m trying hard not to spit my Lacroix out of my nose because this is SO exciting!
This fabric makes me smile – I know they’re technically pears, but they make me think of lemonade!
Would you believe that each skirt cost me less than $2!?!? That’s cheaper than Savers people!
Now, yes, I know that this skirt is a total bare-bones skirt. BUT WHO CARES!!!!????!!!! If you pick out fabric that you love, you don’t need crazy ornate patterns, just let the fabric speak for its self!
Here’s the breakdown … and you seriously won’t believe this:
Time: have I been stuttering? In case you missed it, these skirts take 9 minutes!!! (In the effort of full disclosure, I used a serger. If you use a regular sewing machine, you might choose to do a double folded hem which will add about 2 minutes to the total. Not bad if you ask me!)
Cost: Under $2! I bought my fabric on sale for half price making it $3.50/yd. The longest skirt was cut at 18″, making it $1.75 for fabric. I had the elastic on hand, so I added just a quarter to the price since I didn’t use much.
These are awesome for a summer fun wardrobe that you don’t spend much on … you’ll be sooooo happy to let them get these all dirty and rotten because the expense and time burden are so super small. Also, these are awesome for inexpensive but powerful birthday presents!
Lastly – you really really really can do this for a grown up too. I am working on one for me as I type this – since my serger thread ran out, I thought I’d post the first two first. Either way, it’s still a 9 minute skirt!
Go grab nine minutes, half a yard of fabric – and have fun!!!
Oh, and by the way – I’m certainly NOT the first person to create a fast skirt … for more ideas on making quick skirts (and a million other things, check out my friends over at All Free Sewing … every tutorial is free and easy! I love this website!)
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