and i am so excited to be able to share on 36th Avenue today from my little blog/label called smallbirdie.
I live in a beautiful little city called Toowoomba in Queensland, Australia with my best friend, who also happens to be my husband. I work as a nurse but lately I can’t seem to take my focus off sewing.
I love creating things, making new from old and i love the joy of sharing all the little creations that come along the way.
Today i have the pleasure of sharing a tutorial of a beautiful little ruffle skirt that i designed for one of my little nieces.
You will need (for size 2T)…
2 X Cotton fabric 18″x10″
18 strips of fabric 18″x2″
18″ elastic 1.5″ wide
waistband- 5.5″ x 21″
First, with the cotton fabric pieces, cut in from 2″ at the top to the bottom corner, and round the bottom, like you would to make an A-Line skirt. Hem the bottom.
Next, prepare your fabric strips by hemming each side of the length, so that no raw edges are showing.
once all the strips are done, sew a running stitch at the top of each strip, and pull from one end of the cotton to create a ruffle. make the ruffle to fit the width of the A line piece of fabric you have already cut. Continue this process for each strip.
next, sew on each ruffle starting from the bottom, covering the hem.
there will be some fabric at the top that is still visible, but this will be covered by the waistband.
next, place both pieces of the A-Line skirt together right sides facing out, and sew along the sides. Trim the edges. Turn inside out, and sew along the sides again, encasing the stitch you have just made…this is a french seam.
Finally, the waistband. Fold the waistband in half, meeting each 5.5″ side, and sew at the edge. Iron the waistband in half lengthways, and fold in a 1″ tuck each side and iron flat. It should now look like a waistband to sew on the top of the skirt. pin the waistband in place at the top of the skirt, ensuring that each side meets up, and covering the top of the last ruffle.
sew the waistband in place, leaving a 2 inch gap to thread the elastic through. Thread the elastic through, and sew ends together. Sew the gap closed. And you are finished!
i tried it on my little neice, and she LOVED it!
how super cute is she??
Thank you so much for having me. I hope to see you soon at smallbirdie.
Now for the giveaway!!
Bec is going to give away one of these gorgeous little ruffle skirts (Size 2T-6),using this same fabric, and matching tee…
After years of working in interior design, I fueled my passion for DIY into The 36th Avenue, my own corner dedicated to anything delicious and creative. After fours years of blogging I can honestly say that I am grateful for the many opportunities I've had to do what I love while sharing, creating, and reinventing with our readers.