Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tutorial: Baby Shirred Skirt Tutorial

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This skirt tutorial is finally here.  It is simple.  Cute.  A perfect baby gift. 

So, let get started.
Skirt fabric (1/4 to 1/2 depending on what size you are making)
Regular thread
Elastic thread
Sewing Machine
Rotary Cutter/mat/ruler
Pinking Shears

I am showing you how to make a skirt that is 0-3 months sized.  If you want to make a different size take the measurements of your baby.  Measure their stomach and then double it for the width of the fabric. My width for 0-3 months was 22 inches.  For the length measure from their waist to their knee.  You then want to add about an inch.  (Or less if you want the skirt shorter.)  My measurement for the length for 0-3 moths ended up being 8 inches. 
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1. Grab your fabric.  Cut out a piece of fabric that is 22" by 8".  Or as in this picture you see if folded and it is 11" by 8"...but if you unfolded the fabric it would be 22" long. 
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2. Fold the fabric in half length wise with right sides together.  Like seen in this picture.  Then pin the side together. (The 8" side.)
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3. Sew a 1/2 inch seem down the 8" side.
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4.  Take your pinking shears and trim along the edge.  This causes your fabric to not fray when the skirt is washed.  If you have a serger you could also serge the edge instead of sewing it.
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5.  Next we are going to sew the top and also hem the bottom.  With a larger skirt I would hem it at the end, but since this is such a tiny skirt I did it at the beginning before I started shirring.   You are going to double fold it over. (For the top and the Hem.)  About a 1/4 inch folds both on the top and bottom.  Iron it down good (pin if that is also easier for you).  If you have a serger you can serge the top and bottom and then just fold down once.  Or, if you have a serger you don't even have to turn down your top.  You could just leave the serged edge up.  That would be up to you and the look you want.  But, you will want to turn it down for the hem either way.
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6.  Sew down the two hems. 
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7.  Iron both hem and top so it is nice and flat.  It should look something like this. 
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8.  Now you want to get out your elastic thread so we can start shirring the top.  Before you were using regular thread.  For the shirring you will use elastic thread ONLY in your bobbin.  Take an empty bobbin and you are going to hand wined the elastic thread onto the bobbin.  You want to wined it not too tight or too loose...if that makes sense.  It actually goes pretty quickly and isn't hard.  One bobbin full will be plenty for this little skirt.
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9. Load it into your machine just like you would regular thread. 
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10.  See the thicker elastic thread coming out the bobbin and the regular thread coming out of my needle. 
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11.  Now every machine is a little different.  For me I have to change my settings a little.  I raise my tension to a 5 where normally I am between a 3 and 4.
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12.  I also move my stitches to be a little further apart.  You are going to want to play with your machine.  Take a scrap of fabric and sew a few lines to see if the back is holding the elastic thread.  When you shirr it should bunch up a little.
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13.  When you start shirring I started right on top of my stitching from double turning over the fabric for my top.  Don't forget to back stitch every time you start and stop a row.  You don't want the rows to pull out.  You are going to sew 5 rows that are all between 1/4" to 1/2" apart (depending on what look you like).  Mine were closer to 1/4" apart.
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14.  Here I am on row 4.  Do you see how the skirt starts bunching together with the elastic thread you are using.  You want to make sure as you sew you pull the fabric in front of you straight so you still sew on straight fabric.  The picture below shows you what you want to pull it to look like as you sew.
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15.  See much better sewing.  I am just pulling to stretch it out.  Your hands might get a little tired at you do it, but you need to do it so the shirring looks good.  It is okay if it is bunching up on the other side of the needle, just not where you are actually sewing.  These rows should sew pretty quickly since the fabric is so small.  You want to do 5 rows like I said before.  If you are making the skirt for an older child you are going to want to add a few more rows.  By a 12 month size I would probably do at least 8-10 rows. 
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16.  Once you have sewn your 5 rows you are going to grab your iron.  The spray a little water on the shirred area and I like to have water in my iron to make sure I have lots of steam.  Then you are going to iron right onto the shirring.  This will shrink up the shirred area and make it nice and bunched tight.  (It is actually my favorite part.  It is pretty cool!)
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17.  It should look something like this when you are done.  Super cute right?  And pretty simple too.  If you have not shirred before you might want to google some other tutorials just in case mine isn't a good enough description for you.  I am no shirring pro.  I am actually just learning...but fair warning, it is kind of addicting.
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Now, I wanted to add a little bit of color to my skirt so I chose to add a ruffle along the bottom. I sewed it on after the skirt was all done (since I didn't decide to even do it until then.)  You could sew it before or after the shirring.  I just took some fabric and bunched sewed it on.  You could also do it with fun ribbon too.  I really liked how it turned out.
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I also took a onesie that was 0-3 months and made 3 rosettes out of coordinating fabric and sewed them right onto the onesie. 
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I loved how the whole outfit turned out.  A perfect baby present.  I am so obsessed I just might even have to add a couple to my shop.

I hope you can understand it all. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at mycreationcorner{at}gmail{dot}com. I am happy to answer them.  Happy day to you all.  Have fun sewing!


Keriann said...

Super cute Tasha!! I'll have to give it a try for my niece!

Alison said...

Wow! Tasha, this is super cute!! Love the pink with the black and white. Your photography is amazing, by the way!

Anonymous said...

This is adorable! I love the red ruffle on the bottom. Come link up and show it off!

kristen said...

so fun! I tried doing a skirt for me but the thread kept breaking and I got frustrated so stopped. I should get it out and change my settings and go at it again!

It turned out SO cute!

emilyc @ Sew Super Sweet said...

This is SUCH the cutest little outfit! Great job!

Almost makes me wish I had a little girl... ;)

kasthurirajam said...

I will try this for my little 11 months cute.Thanks for sharing.C my blog at

Emily@JanDee Crafts said...

Thanks so much! I am definitely going to do this! Woot!

Mormishmom said...

Sew cute! I think that Isabella needs one!

Kaysi said...

That is super cute!!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! I'm going to have to try this!

Julie said...

Tasha this is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I'm adding it to my to-do list!

DrayaAnn said...

This skirt is darling!!!! I'd wear it if it came in adult sizes.

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

Oh now that is cute. What a perfect way to use extra fabric you have laying around the house. I love it. Thanks for the tutorial too. GREAT GIFT ;)

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

Tasha- you are so good! So cute! Thanks for linking up to my pity party. And always being supportive. And commenting too. ;) xo, Mique

Kari V. said...

This is so darling! I love it! How long did it take to make it? I just may give it a try...

Marianne said...

So cute, I love it. I actually thought about making it right now until I remembered that I don't have the elastic tread needed. I will put it on my list right now to buy.

Carly said...

So so darling. Love how stinkin tiny it is!

BigSis LilSis said...

Hopping by from Sundae Scoop! Great tutorial, I am going to have to try this! I have two little girls and lots of friends having babies!! Thanks for the great idea and hopefully you get a chance to check out my blog!

Jennifer said...

Super cute! Adding this to my project list!

Allie said...

Very Cute and Excellent tutorial!
You should come link this up at my Making It With Allie Party!

sandra said...

How adorable! I think I could do this. said...

This is soooooo cute!!

I am featuring this on my blog on Monday!


Jocelyn said...

This skirt is adorable. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to have to save it to my favorites and try it sometime.

aaron and allee said...

Love! Thanks for the tutorial!

Holm Made said...

I’ve given you a blogger award! I love your blog.

Kallie @

Jane said...

So I saw this tutorial a while ago and decided to give it a try as Christmas gifts for my daughter, my niece and one for my unborn daughter who will come sometime in January or February. I made them all matching with matching onesies. Although it started off a little rough, your tutorial was excellent and they turned out really cute! I made a slight alteration with the bottom. Thanks so much for posting this!

kimmyjo221 said...

Every time I run to the fabric store they are out of elastic thread. But I found it today and I made a skirt and it was so cute and easy! Thank you so so much for the tutorial. Loved it!


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