Sunday, August 28, 2011

Denim Sprinkles Skirt Tutorial

If you missed it last week, here is the tutorial for the Denim Sprinkles Skirt, originally posted at Craftionary.

Let's get started!

1/4-1/2 yard Lightweight denim
4 or more colors of thread (I used pink, purple, green, blue, yellow)
1/2" elastic
All of the wonderful things needed to sew

Begin by cutting your fabric. Use a skirt that fits your little girl well, or measure around her waist. Add 8" to the waist measurement. This will give the skirt some gathering and fullness.

Measure the length that you want the skirt to be. I wanted mine knee length because I have a crawler and she hates long dresses. Add 2 1/2" to your length for seam allowances and your elastic casing.

Once you have your measurements, cut out your rectangle of denim. Fold it in half, right sides together and sew the side seam.

Now we will make the casing. Fold the top of your skirt over, making sure you have enough room for your elastic.

Fold the edge under 1/4" and pin all the way around the skirt. This will hide your raw edge and give you a nice casing. Sew all the way around, but leave a 2" opening that you don't sew so that you can thread your elastic through.

Once your casing is sewn, run a safety pin through the end of your elastic. This will make sure you don't lose the elastic in the casing.

Start threading the elastic through the opening. Make sure it doesn't get twisted.

Once it's all the way around, overlap the ends of the elastic and sew them together securely.

Using several zig-zag stitches will hold it in place. Tuck the elastic into the casing, and finish sewing the casing shut.

Now for the hem. Fold the denim under 1/4" then another 1/4" and pin.

Choose the order of thread you want to use for your rainbow "SPRINKLES"
(I ended up not using the red.)

You can leave your bobbin thread the same color, just change out your main thread on top of your machine. Begin sewing all the way around your skirt, one color at a time. At least one of these colors will catch and hold the hem in place. You can remove the pins after it does.

Continue sewing rows until you're happy with your rainbow.

Now your skirt will coordinate with lots of outfits and add a pop of color to anything!
Want further embellishment?? You could always add pockets, buttons, or an Applique .

Throw the skirt on your baby girl and enjoy!!

Perfect for crawling and exploring the outside world, and cool enough for the hot summer sun!

This would also be super cute in a lightweight linen, or bright cotton (minus the "sprinkles"...the skirt is simple to make and cute by itself!


  1. What a cute skirt!!! I love denim and the colorful stitching at the bottom is such a cute touch!

    Id love for you to come by my new diy fashion linky party called DIY Diva Thursdays :)


  2. That is so adorable! (And so is the little cutie wearing it!)

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  4. Love the rainbow topstitching! Cute cute cute! here from sew woodsy!

  5. awww, that is precious. I LOVE the idea of the sprinkles on it. Your little model is adorable but you did a great job explaining how to make this. Thanks for the inspiration! I started a link party at my blog and I'd love for you to link this up. I also have an awesome digital scrapbooking giveaway going on. If you're interested it's

  6. Love this! You did a great job!

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