DIY: Curtains for curtain rail without curtain tape

You might have followed the transition of my new sewing room (you can read about it HERE). I moved to a room with no curtains, which makes the room feel a bit bare. With no occasion to go to a store soon to buy some curtain tape, I made my own curtains without. I used twill tape in staid. You can also follow this tutorial to make a curtain with curtain tape. Only the few last steps will be different. Continue reading “DIY: Curtains for curtain rail without curtain tape”

The bandana bib: indispensable for teething babies

My baby-girl of 6 months started teething 2 months ago. This comes together with drooling. Lots of drooling! After a week of changing her clothes 3 times a day I thought it was about time for a bandana bib. In this tutorial we will make a very absorbing one!

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Purse with magnetic closure

This pattern is for a purse that is big enough for your wallet, keys and phone, but small enough to not become a mess!

This project is a little more advanced, but still achievable with limited experience. It might take an afternoon to make.

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Gathered skirt with elastic waistband

This gathered skirt you can make in all sizes, from baby to XXL adult size. The elastic waistband makes the skirt forgivable if you gain or lose a few pounds.

This is a beginners project that takes up to 1 hour to make and only 30 minutes when you are more experienced.

Gathered skirt finished

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Supplies

For the tutorial in inches click here

For this project I used a rather thin cotton cloth with a soft feel (read more about fabric).

The choice of yarn is important for this skirt because it will be quite visible. You can go for the same color, which is always a safe choice, or you can choose a contrasting color for a nice accent.

For the waist band I used a 1 inch wide elastic (I bought mine HERE). For the length of the elastic you do it around your waist, tight enough so the skirt will stay up, but loose enough to be comfortable, add 1 inch extra to stitch the ends together.

Gathered skirt fabric, yarn and elastic

Let’s get started

  • Cut a rectangle out of your fabric. The width influences the gathered look of your skirt. When I make this gathered skirt I take double the waist measurement. The length of the rectangle is the length of your skirt + 1 inch for the lower hem and + 2 inches for the waistband.
  • Fold the rectangle in half, right sides together, and sew the edge.

Gathered skirt sew seam

  • Iron the seam, this will give your work a more professional look.

Gathered skirt iron seam

  • On the bottom site of the skirt: Fold over 1/2 inch and again fold over 1/2 inch.
  • Iron the hem and sew. Use a straight stitch.

Gathered skirt sew hem

  • Now make the waistband by folding over 1/2 inch and then 1.5 inch.
  • Iron and sew, using a straight stitch, but leave 2 inches not sewn.

Gathered skirt sew waistband

  • Guide the elastic through the opening, around the skirt. Use a safety pin to do this.

Gathered skirt guide elastic through waistband

  • Sew together the two ends of the elastic with 1 inch overlap.

Gathered skirt sew together elastic waistband

  • Close the opening.

Gathered skirt close waistband

  • Distribute the fabric evenly around the elastic. Your gathered skirt is finished!

Gathered skirt finished

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Gathered skirt finished

Gathered skirt with elastic waistband

This gathered skirt you can make in all sizes, from baby to XXL adult size. The elastic waistband makes the skirt forgivable if you gain or lose a few pounds.

This is a beginners project that takes up to 1 hour to make and only 30 minutes when you are more experienced. Continue reading “Gathered skirt with elastic waistband”