With Valentines right around the corner, I just had to share a pink and red heart filled project. The best thing about this is that, yes, it is perfect for Valentines day, but also any time of the year. I happened to use a heart shaped lace for this skirt. You could use any type of lace. In fact, you could skip the lace and use tulle or just a cute cotton print. There are endless ways to customize this adorable skirt!
1. Gather up your supplies.
You only need 4 things to get this done. Fabric for the under layer, lace(or tulle or more fabric) for the top layer, bias tape and elastic. I used 3/8 inch elastic for my skirt. You can choose a wider elastic, if you so desire.
As for what fabric to use, I would stick with light weight fabrics. Try to avoid anything too heavy or it might not have a fun bouncy quality.
The amount of fabric is going to vary depending on what size you are going to make. If you are making this for a child, you will probably need only 1 yard of fabric.
2. Figure out your measurements.
Under layer- Width: Measure the waist and then multiply that by 1.5. Length: You can determine the length. I would note that whatever you determine as the finished length of your skirt, add an extra 2-3 inches to the length when cutting so you have extra to hem your skirt and to add the elastic.
Top ruffled layers- Width: Measure the waist and then multiply by 2. Length: You can determine the length. I would note that whatever you determine as the finished length of your skirt, add an extra 1/2 inch to 1 inch for each top layer that you cut.
Bias tape- The same width as your top layers.
Elastic- The size of the waist.
3. Cut your fabric.
I cut three top layers. You can cut as few or as many as you would like. The length of my finished skirt is 10 inches. I cut each of my three top layers at four inches wide totaling 12 inches. You will need the extra length to be able to sew the top layers to the under layer.
*Not pictured, but make sure to also cut your under layer and elastic as well. Remember to cut an extra 2 inches from the desired finished length of the skirt. That way you have a 1/2 inch to hem the skirt with. And you have 1 1/2 inches for your waistband.
4. Add the bias tape to your top layers.
5. Ruffle your top layers. I have a special ruffle foot for my sewing machine. If you don’t have one, just turn up the tension to the highest and the stitch length to the longest, and you should get a nice ruffle.
6. First, hem your skirt. Second, fold over the top edge of your skirt at about 3/4 inch or longer depending on how wide your elastic is. Sew the casing for your elastic.
7. Sew the top layers to the under layer. Sew the pieces with the right sides facing and the top layer upside down. Also make sure that you sew the first top layer exactly atop the stitches that you sewed for the elastic band.
You sew the layers on upside down, but once they are sewn, flip them so they are facing the right direction and they should look like the picture below.
8. Add your elastic. Pull the elastic through the waistband.
9. Fold the skirt in half with right sides facing and sew the skirt together.
10. Flip the skirt right side out.
11. Dance like a ballerina, shout HOORAY, or jump for joy because, my friends, you are DONE!