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Bernadette Wainwright’s Fat Quarter Skirt

Make a beautiful little girl’s skirt for any season of the year. I have used summer floral fabric but it would look wonderful in tartan, perfect when matched with tights for the cooler days ahead.

  • Digital Downloads
  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner

Tools and materials required

  • 2 Fat Quarter Pieces
  • 30” (75cms) x ¾” Elastic
  • Matching thread
  • Bodkin or Safety Pin
  • Sewing machine Singer Legacy C440

Before you start your project, gather all your supplies and have a quick read through the instructions just to familiarise yourself with the terminology. Press your fabric with a suitable iron temperature to ensure it is smooth and easy to work with. You would be amazed with the difference in size a few creases can make!

Instructions

Cut from each fat quarter, 21½” x 14” (54.5cms x 36cms). With the right sides together, sew the two side seams using the width of the foot as your seam allowance. Neaten with either a zig-zag stitch or the over-edge stitch on the Singer Legacy C440. This stitch stops the fabric from fraying by taking the thread slightly over the edge to encase it. Press the seam towards the back.

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Fold the top under by 2” (5cms), then press. Turn the fold under to the crease line. Press.

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The turn now measures 1” (2.cms). Top-stitch the first turn close to the edge. To top-stitch, increase the stitch length to 3.5mm. Top-stitch the second fold close to the edge, leaving a gap of 3-4” (8-10cms).

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Cut the elastic to fit the little girl comfortably at the waist and add 1” (2.5cms). I cut at 21½” (55cms). Using the bodkin (or safety pin), grasp one end of the elastic in its “teeth”.

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Insert the elastic into the waistband at the open gap. Now secure the other end of the elastic to the skirt with a pin. Feed the elastic through the waistband tube, making sure the elastic is flat and has not twisted. When all the way round the waist, release the other end and overlap the elastic. Place one end on top of the other and, using the stretch stitch, secure in place. Close the gap by top-stitching, remembering to increase the stitch length as before. On both side seams, sew through all thicknesses to keep the elastic flat during wear.

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Fold the hem under by 2” (5cms), then press. Turn the fold under to the crease line. Press. Top-stitch at the second fold remembering to increase the stitch length to 3.5mm.

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Congratulations, your skirt is now finished.

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