Fat Quarter Gang - Easy FQ Skirt Tutorial by Diary of a Quilter
August 20, 2012
My name is Amy Smart and I write a blog called Diary of a Quilter. Today I am going to share a quick and easy skirt tutorial made entirely from Fat Quarters.
I have been in love with Pat Bravo's Summerlove collection and used it to make the perfect summer skirt for my daughter.
1" wide elastic for waistband
10 Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarters of Summerlove by Pat Bravo (I used this many because I wanted the variety of fabric but you could get by with as few as 6 FQ's)
Set aside 1 Fat Quarter for the hem finish. Take the rest of the FQ's and cut them in half lengthwise creating two 9" x 22" pieces.
You will need 9 total of these pieces. (You can set aside the others for a different project, or use them to make a second skirt.)
Using a 3/8" seam allowance, sew the pieces together to form one long strip of panels.
Keep all the selvage edges on the same edge, lined up evenly.
Press the seam allowances to the side.
Optional: topstitch over the seam allowances for extra stability.
Square off the raw edge (opposite the selvage edges) so that the bottom edge of the skirt panel is even.
From the remaining FQ (to use for the hemming edge) cut 5 strips 3" x 22" wide. Sew the strips together end to end to create one long strip.
Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.
Pin raw edges of the folded strip to the wrong-side (back) of the bottom (not selvage) edge of the panel. Sew on using a 1/4" seam allowance. Trim off excess.
Fold the panel up to the front of the skirt panel (raw edges should now be hidden underneath the hemming strip).
Press carefully and then top-stitch at the top and bottom edge of the strip to give a nice finished hem.
Bring side edges of the skirt panel together, pin, and sew with a 3/8" seam allowance to create a skirt "tube".
Take unfinished top edge of the skirt and fold down about 2". Because the selvages have a finished edge, I did not worry about turning that edge under, but if you don't like the look of the selvages there, you could do so.
Sew folded edge down to create a casing for the elastic, leaving a 2" opening at the back to of the skirt open to insert the elastic.
Measure the amount of elastic you will need and thread it through the casing, gathering the skirt as you go.
Bring elastic edges together and securely sew them to each other.
And voila- a very quick and simple summer skirt, perfect for showing off lots of pretty prints.
This skirt perfectly fits a size 10-12 size girl. You could easily make a smaller version by cutting the panels slightly shorter. You could also add more panels for a fuller version.
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