Wednesday, June 25, 2014

4th of July Ribbon Skirt

I had a blast making this 4th of July Ribbon Skirt,
and thanks to the Ribbon Retreat I think it turned out adorable. 

It's perfect for a summer day full of parades, bbq's and soaking up the sun.
Not to mention it is soooo quick and easy. And bonus, it's self lined! Yeah!

Want to make one for your little girl? 
Here's how. 
Start with a piece of white cotton fabric, 45" wide. To determine how much you'll need take the length you want the skirt times 2. Then add 2 inches. (For example, this skirt is 11 inches long, so... 
11 X 2 = 22 + 2 = 24. I need 24 inches.)
Decide what ribbon you want, and where.
WARNING this is Seriously the Hardest Part!
(If you've ever seen the choices from the Ribbon Retreat, you know what I'm talking about.)
Using a ruler, draw lines where you want your ribbons. The lines should run from salvage to salvage.
Also, remember this piece will be folded in half, so keep all the ribbon etc. on ONE side!

Instead of pinning the ribbon in place, just lay it along the line you marked as you sew it on. 
Sew down the center of the rick-rack and along both edges of the ribbons. 
(I sewed all of one color first, so I didn't have to change my thread a million times.)

Add the next color of ribbon.

Now fold your fabric in half (so one salvage end meets the other) with wrong sides together and 
sew 1/2 inch from edge, making a big tube.
 (I used a french seam so the raw edges wouldn't show, but you don't have to.)

Hem the bottom front edge of the skirt by folding the raw edge under 1/2 inch and then 1/2 inch again. 
Iron and stitch in place. 

Now fold the other raw edge up 1/2 inch and 1/2 inch again. Iron and stitch in place.

Fold the fabric in half so the hem on the front of the skirt (the side with all the ribbon) is 
a little longer than the hem on the inside layer. Iron. 

Sew 1 inch from the folded edge, leaving a small gap in the back to thread elastic through.

Cut a piece of 3/4 inch elastic equal to your waist measurment. Lift the top layer of the skirt and thread the elastic through the gap left in the back.

Sew the ends of the elastic together. (Make sure it isn't twisted!)
Put the top layer back in place and stitch the gap closed.

Your skirt now has a cute top layer with amazing ribbon and a lining underneath for a little added modesty.
You're done! 
Now you have one adorable 4th of July Skirt...

And one extremely happy little girl!

And of course plenty of left-over ribbon to make some adorable bows!
Thanks again to The Ribbon Retreat for all the fun supplies. 
Here's a list of what I used. 

Kona Cotton (solid white)
Polka dots, 7/8" (dark royal with white)
Swiss dots, 3/8" (red with white)
Saddle stitch, 3/8" (royal blue/white, and red journal/white)
Ric-rac, 3/4" (royal)
Ric-rac, 1/2" (red)


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