If you have little girls, this ruffle fabric skirt is a simple way to sew up something cute and adorable in just a few minutes!
I confess – I’m a bit of a fabric hoarder. I can’t help but peruse past the clearance fabric at Hobby Lobby every few weeks. Sometimes I poke around on facebook marketplace to see if people are getting rid of their fabric scraps.
If you follow me on Instagram, sometimes I post these cute projects I make with scraps – seat cushions, minky cuddle blankets, even cute tote bags. I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture of all of my fabric stash because… well, it’s a little too embarrassing.
There are so many fun things to make with fabric that I feel as if I need to hoard all the scraps.
You know, just in case I get motivated to sew. (Truth is, that happens quite often!)
Just last week I spotted this elastic ruffle fabric in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby. There wasn’t much left on the bolt, but I figured that for 75% off, I could work with it to make something neat for my 2 smallest girls.
I walked away with 1 1/2 yards (left on the bolt) at a total of $3.00 for all. That had me excited to make my smallest two girls each a skirt to wear. If you are looking for elastic ruffle fabric, Hobby Lobby is your best option.
If it’s full price, then take a coupon. I love the larger ruffles on this fabric and was enamored with the color.
It’s far easier to pick up ruffle fabric than to try to sew ruffle fabric yourself so finding it on clearance made me feel like I hit the lottery.
This week, on a whim, I sewed up two very easy ruffle skirts for my 2 and 5 year olds. Combined, these two skirts probably took me 5 minutes to sew.
The girls then paraded around in their skirts all day and when it came to bedtime, nobody wanted to take them off to put on PJ’s. 😉
Easy Sew Ruffle Fabric Skirt
You will need:
- 1 1/2 yards elastic waist ruffle fabric
- thread (your choice of color)
- basic sewing machine
- scissors, ruler and other basic sewing supplies
To start, hold the dress by the elastic band around the tummy of the child you wish to sew the dress for first. Don’t stretch the elastic, but just mark where it covers the diameter of the tummy. Mark that with a pencil.
Then add an additional inch of leeway to allow for them to grow.
(You don’t want the elastic to be too snug – because kids grow quickly and I’m assuming you want some leeway for the dress to grow with them).
Cut down the length of the dress from that marked point on the elastic (measured + 1 inch of leeway).
As straight as I tried to cut, I failed miserably. But.. that’s ok – because I cleaned it up before sewing the seam).
After you cut down the side, turn the dress right side in, seams together. Starting at the elastic at the top, sew down the side of the skirt, leaving a 1/2 inch inseam. Make sure your ruffles match up before you start stitching.
I would recommend doing a reverse stitch at the beginning and end – for reinforcement. If you wish, you can do a second straight stitch over the first.
Once you sew the seam on the side, trim any threads, then turn the skirt right side out.
Iron the skirt (if needed) — and try on your little girl. My 2 year old is a short little girl so the skirt was longer for her than it was for her 5 year old sister.
Have you ever worked with ruffle fabric?