DIY (65) – Elastic Waist Skirt

Hi Everyone,

Today you will learn how to make an elastic waist skirt. This skirt is easy to sew and comfortable to wear and can be made for any size or age!

An elastic waist skirt is a great beginner sewing project and a great projects for kids to sew. You can use so many different fabrics, and it’s so comfortable to wear. My daughter has already been traipsing around the house every day!

Let’s start!

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1-3 yards (0,91-2,73 m) of light to medium weight fabric like quilting cotton, chambray, and polyester brands – 1 to 2 yards (0,91-2,73 m) of 1 inch (2,5 cm) non-roll elastic – sewing tools – sewing machine

FIRST OF ALL, CHOOSE A FABRIC: A lightweight to medium weight fabric should be used for this skirt.

If it’s too lightweight it could be transparent, so you want a fabric that is opaque. You can use quilting cotton, chambray, cotton lawn, rayon challis, tencel twill, and woven polyester blends.

GATHERING: The best gathering ratio for an elastic waist skirt is 1.5 or 2. If your fabric is on the lighter side you can do a ratio of 2:1. If your fabric is a medium weight fabric you can do a ratio of 1.5:1. Be careful to not have too much gathers and fabric in your skirt or it can become bulky.


Measure your waist.

Multiply by 1.5 or 2. Add 1.25 inch (2,5 cm) . This is the width of the fabric that you will need to cut. If it is wider than the width of your fabric, then you will need to cut two wide rectangles.

Measure the length.

Measure from your waist down to how long you want the skirt to be. Add 1 inch for the hem allowance. Add 1.5 inch (3 cm) for the casing at the top. The total will be the length you will cut.

Cut out the rectangle (or rectangles) using the measurements you found. Reuse the selvedge edges on the short ends if possible.

Match up the short ends of rectangle and pin.

Sew a straight stitch along the short end 5/8 inch (1,5 cm) from the edge. Backstitch when you start and end.

Finish the seam allowances separately.

Press the seam allowance open.

Press the hem up 0.5 inch (1cm)

Fold up the hem up another 0.5 inch (1 cm).

Fold the top down .25 inch (0,5 cm) and press. Fold it again 1.25 inch (3cm) and press.

Sew the hem in place 3/8 inch from the bottom.

Sew the casing in place 1.25 inch (2,5 cm) from the top. Backstitch when you start and stop. Leave a 4 inch (10 cm) hole to insert the elastic.

Put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and insert it into the casing. Push the fabric onto the satefy pin and push it along the elastic. Don’t let the other end of the elastic get pulled into the casing.

Slide the elastic all the way through the casing until both ends are sticking out of the hole.

Overlap the elastic by .5 inch (1 cm) and sew a rectangle to secure it together.

Pull the elastic into the casing. Pin the hole closed and sew in place.

Sew a stitch in the ditch on the casing seam to keep the elastic from twisting.

Your skirt is ready!

If you want to watche the video tutorial click below:

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DIY (62) – Origami tulip

Hi Everyone,

Today we will go for an origami project.

This one is so easy and the result is extraordinary.

Let’s start!

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you only need colored paper (the lighter it is, the better the flower will turn out)and a paper fold tool which will make your work neater (if you don’t have one, you can use a ball point pen that doesn’t work anymore – wooden sticks (if you follow the video tutorial, you will see how to do also this one with the origami tecnique)

I told you it was a super easy project!

You just need to follow the steps in the picture below to make a beautiful tulip!

If you want to see the video tutorial click here:

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DIY (59) – Notebook pencil holder

Hi Everyone,

Need a neat way to keep your pencils, markers and pens organized while on the go?

Check out this cute notebook pencil holder that doubles down as a bookmark! 

Let’s start!

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craft scissors -fabric Scraps – medium weight interfacing – scissors – elastic zipper – foot – pins – matching thread – sewing machine – quilting clips – pinking Shears – blunt tool to push the Corners out

Print out your pattern pieces and cut out with craft scissors.

Cut out the fabric pieces according to how long the zipper is leaving two extra cm per side. You should have 4 pieces for the front pouch (for a good measure I suggest a width of 4 cm), 1 piece for the back (8 cm or double of size of front pouch), 2 pieces for the front lining and 1 piece for the back lining.

Interface all pieces for the outer pouch.

Grab the front pieces for one side and place them in order right side up.

Get one piece of the front and place it right side up.

Top with the zipper, the teeth and zipper pull facing down.

Top with one of the front lining pieces, wrong side up.

Clip all three pieces using quilting clips.

Remove your regular foot and replace with a zipper foot.

Sew as close to the zipper as possible. If your zipper is longer than the fabrics, push the zipper pull up as much as it will let you, to get it out of your way while sewing.

Flip the lining to the right.

Then under and press. You can also topstitch if you like.


Place the front lining right side up.

Top with the left front pouch pieces right side up.

Add the left front outer fabric wrong side up.

Clip and sew as close to the zipper as possible.

Push the second front fabric and the second lining to the right and press well. Top stitch if you like.

Open the zipper about half way through then put the front piece on a side.


Get the elastic and measure around a book/notebook to decide on the length needed. Trim the elastic according to your needs.

Place the back outer fabric right side up and top with the elastic, right through the middle.

Pin the elastic to the sides and sew with 1/4″ (0,5 cm) allowance.


Place the back lining wrong side up.

Top with the back outer fabric right side up

Then top with the front panel sewn above, lining side up.

Clip all pieces together, making sure the zipper falls right in the middle of the elastic.

Sew all around the four edges with 1/2″ allowance, backstitching start and end.

Using your pinking shears, trim the entire seam to 1/4″ (0,50 cm).

Also clip the corners to remove some of the bulk in the area.

Turn the pouch right side out.

Push the corners out using your blunt tool and smooth out the seams with your fingers.

Give the pouch a nice press, fill with pencils and attach it to your book/notebook!

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DIY (58) – Ribbon and button no slip bookmark

Hi Everyone,

 If you’re anything like me, you’re constantly loosing regular bookmarks…if you still read old school, non-e-reader style books like this hold-out girl.  

So…Here is a solution, a great, custom way of marking your page which is pretty and won’t fall out or get lost.  

And…it’s super easy to make.  You can even make one if you don’t have a sewing machine, by hand stitching that is.

Because the quantity of fabric is so little, you can easily make them even with scraps of ribbon or fabric that you have at home.

Let’s start!

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Ribbon – Hair elastic – Button – Scissors – Tape measure – Sewing pin – thread

Measure how long you want your bookmark to be. This one is about 17 inches (43 cm) and the finished piece is 14 1/2 inches (36 cm) from sewn area to the button.  This size is good for medium to regular sized books, but for large books or small paperbacks you will want to measure for their specific size.

Fold one edge of ribbon down to prepare for sewing.  If your ribbon tends to fray, you may want to fold it twice.

 Add hair elastic, fold over and pin.

Sew a straight or zig zag stitch along the ribbon fold.  If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can sew this by hand. If you do sew it by hand, make sure to stitch the area twice to reinforce it.

Measure from the folded, sewn area to where you want your button and sew button in place.  Optional – Gather fabric behind button and hand-stitch it together for a finished look.  The solid brown one attached to a book below shows it without a gather.  Also, if your ribbon tends to fray, you will want to finish the edges of the ribbon.

And presto…pretty nifty ribbon bookmarks that won’t slip or mysteriously get lost, unless they’re not attached to a book and you miss-place them…but that’s a whole other story 

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