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How to Sew a Girl's Skirt for Pennies

Children grow so quickly that learning how to make easy and quick clothing can be a great way to save money. You can learn how to sew a girl's skirt for pennies. You do not even need a lot of sewing experience. You also do not need to spend a fortune on fabric. With this simple sewing project you only need a couple things to make a cute skirt for your little girl.


The basis of this skirt is a pillowcase. That is right, you will be using a pillowcase. Make sure you choose a pillowcase that is not too thin. You will also need elastic, thread and a sewing machine.


How to make a girl's skirt from a pillowcase is quite simple. The following instructions are very simple to follow and you should be able to whip this skirt up rather quickly.

Step One: Start by pressing the pillowcase. This will make it easier to work with.
Step Two: Remove the stitches on the end of the pillow. Be sure not to remove the side seams. Only remove the seams on the pillowcase end opposite the open end.
Step Three: Measure the pillow case to the desired length and cut the end you just tore the stitches from to get the proper length. Make sure you leave space for the waist band. There needs to be enough space to fold down the top hem and insert the elastic. Usually two to three inches will be enough.
Step Four: Cut the elastic to fit your daughter's waist.
Step Five: Fold down the top of the pillowcase - where you just cut. You want the fold to lay on the wrong side of the fabric. Sew it around, leaving a small space open.
Step Six: Insert the elastic into the waist band. Sew the elastic ends together.
Step Seven: Sew the hem shut.

Your girl's skirt is now finished. As you can see by working only on the one end, you already have both sides and the hem completed on the skirt before you even get started. It is really a simple project that does not require a lot of sewing skill.

This is a great project that you can do in a matter of minutes. You should be able to find very cheap pillowcases to use. They come in a variety of colors and some even have laced edges and designs. You should be able to make a variety of skirts.

Tip #1

If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.

Tip #2

Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.

Tip #3

Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!

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