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 (61) – How to make recycled cd weaving art

Hi Everyone,

Wow! Isn’t this spectacular?! For sure at home you have some cd’s that are damaged or that you don’t use anymore.

Don’t throw them away! Follow the tutorial below to do this beautiful artwork.

You will just need lot of colored wool and creativity!

Let’s start!

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Assorted wool of varying width and material – cardboard (or a needle for wool) – scissors

To make the needles, cut the rim off the lid. Cut the remaining flat circle of plastic into pie shaped pieces, then round the top edge. Punch a hole in the rounded end to make the eye of the needle. Trim if needed. (You can use regular yarn needles, but I really like the flexible needle better- it’s easy for the kids to thread, and I could have lots of them available at no cost. Some weavers preferred to not use a needle at all.) Update: I  rounded the pointed end so it would be less likely to split the yarn.

To Warp the CD: A smooth yarn works best, and I used a thicker yarn for younger weavers. The warp yarn is between 4 and 6 feet long. Tie it to the CD by putting one end through the center hole and knotting it to itself on the back. Turn the CD over to the front, pulling the thread through the center and wrapping around the CD, creating the spokes. update: Make sure the warp threads are pretty tight!)

It’s IMPORTANT to have the warp threads be an UNEVEN number. It’s easy to check this by pushing the spokes together in pairs, making sure your last one is a SINGLE..

The total number of warp threads can vary, as long as it’s an uneven number. The fewer spokes, the faster it is to weave, but the looser the weaving will be, especially out near the edge. (I think it works well to have 13 or 15 for the younger kids, but some of my older students used a finer yarn or string and had as many as 25 or 27 warp threads. )

To keep the warp threads an uneven number without counting: As you put the threads on, keep them in pairs. Then add one more as a single. Knot the last thread on the back of the CD by tying it to the first thread. Then spread out the warp threads evenly on the front.
Now you’re ready to weave!

Choose your first yarn. It will be the center of your weaving. Attach it on the back of the CD by tying it to one of the warp spokes.

Knot the other end to the needle. Push the needle up through the center hole to the front side. Weave over under, over under. When you get near the end of your yarn, attach another yarn. I taught the kids how to tie a square knot. (I spent a lot of time helping kids get the knot tying thing figured out!!)

I hold the CD in my hand as I weave, weaving in a counter clock-wise direction. (I’m right-handed…) I push the needle under a warp spoke and then off the edge, repeating over/under for a few spokes before before pulling the yarn all the way through and then down and tight.

When you add a new yarn, leave the tail long enough to tuck in after you’ve done a few more stitches so you can see where the knot needs to tuck in. If the tails are too short, they are harder to tuck in.

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