I hope everyone had a fun holiday weekend! The husband and I went hiking. I got a mild sunburn, but it was a lot of fun. Our little section of Arizona has some great parks that were fun to explore. In addition to hiking, I also decided to do a quick little sewing project. And when I say quick, I mean quick! It only took me 10 minutes! Today I’m going to show you how to make a 1o minute skirt. You will need:
- A knit jersey pillow case
- A sewing machine and thread
Take the pillow case, and cut open the bottom so you now have a tube of fabric.
- Measure your waist. Cut the elastic 1 inch larger than your waist if you want the skirt to ride a skosh loose on the hips. Cut the elastic exactly at the measurement if you want to have the skirt be a skosh snug at the hips.
- Sew together the elastic (making sure not to twist it) so you have an elastic loop.
- Using the end of the pillowcase that you cut, sew the elastic into the waist by folding over the cut edge and sewing the elastic into a “tube.”
- You’re done! Because the pillow case already has a folded hem on the opening, there is nothing else to do!
Hints and Tips
- If your waist measures larger than the pillowcase, cut open the side seams before inserting the elastic and add a stripe of fabric down either side.
- If you want a shorter skirt, simply cut off more at the waist before sewing in the elastic.
- You could easily add pockets or a slit to the skirt if you don’t like the straight, maxi look.
- There are many ways to put elastic into a waist. If you don’t like (or don’t understand) the way I did, simply follow your favorite technique.
- I love buying clearance sheet sets as a source of fun fabric. I had pulled out this sheet set to make a skirt, took a look at the pillow case that came with it and thought to myself, “this is going to be easier than I thought!” The best time to buy clearance jersey sheet sets is when the back to school and college supplies go on sale at Target.
- I used a jersey pillowcase because otherwise my steps would be very small because there would be no stretch when I was walking. If you make the skirt shorter or add a slit, you probably could also do this with a regular cotton pillowcase. I haven’t tried, so I don’t know.