Mid-Length Skirt DIY

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This past weekend was a full on craft fest.  I hadn’t dedicated any time recently to sewing, projects or crafts, so it was past due.  This skirt project cost a whopping $4.50 to make!  Below are the steps to make this easy flowy mid-length skirt.  Enjoy!

Materials:

1 yard of fabric (your choice)
Elastic to match your fabric
Straight pins
Thread ripper
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Double fold one long end of your 1 yard of fabric and sew.
  2. Cut the elastic just long enough to fit around your waist, slightly stretched.
  3. Fold the elastic in half and mark the center with a pin. Then fold each half in half and mark each quarter point with a pin. Fold each segment in half again and pin for each 1/8 point.
  4. Repeat the same process along the top edge of your fabric.
  5. Match up the pins on the elastic to the fabric, gathering the excess fabric between each pin.
  6. Sew the elastic to the fabric stretching the elastic as you go.  The stretching will create a natural “gather”.
  7. Sew the two edges together.
  8. Double fold bottom of skirt and sew hem.
  9. Optional: Use thread ripper to remove pocket from a men’s button-up shirt and sew onto the front of the skirt.
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DIY Baggy Leggings

Leggings are great to wear but I always feel a bit self conscious wearing them because they reveal everything (if you know what I mean).  I thought I’d try to make some baggy leggings that were bigger at the top and in the legs but tapered down tight at the calves.  I didn’t have a pattern to go by so they didn’t come out quite as baggy as I’d hoped but all in all it was a success.  They are baggy enough and oh so comfy.  It costs $4 to make them using two clearance 4xl mens knit muscle shirts (I couldn’t find any knit fabric).  Check out the pic below and step by step instructions.  Enjoy!

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  1. Take your measurements according to the “pattern” below and cut out 4 individual pieces.
  2. Sew together 2 of letter C then sew the remaining 2 together likewise.
  3. Open the pants with the sewn seam on the outside, lay one piece on the other and sew the entire inseam.
  4. Sew each side of the pants.
  5. Tuck each bottom of the leggings under (iron to keep in place) and sew the hem.
  6. Fold the waist under(iron to keep in place) and sew all the way around (make sure there is enough width for the elastic) leaving a 2 inch gap.
  7. Feed the elastic through the waist by attaching a safety pin to one end of the elastic.
  8. Sew the elastic together.
  9. Sew the 2 inch gap closed on the waist.Baggy Leggings Pattern

DIY Kimono {Cardigan}

I’ve seen the kimono (cardigan) all over the internet and love the look coupled with the lightweight feel especially for hot summer days. So I decided to make one for myself. It came out perfectly. It took 30 minutes to make and cost only $2.  That’s pretty darn good compared to the prices online of $50 or $60. See the pics below and step by step instructions.  Make one of your own. Enjoy!

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Instructions:

  1. Fold your material in half length-wise with the hard edge/fringe of material at the bottom and folded edge at the top.
  2. Measure and cut material according to the diagram below. Obviously, you can adjust the measurements to fit your size and desire.
  3. Fold inside out and sew beneath the arms (6″ pieces) and along the sides (16-18″ pieces).
  4. Fold, iron and sew front opening all the way around the neck and back down.

Kimono Diagram

DIY $5 Maxi Skirt

DIY maxi skirt
I have seen these very cute and quite comfortable looking maxi skirts all over Pinterest.  With my love to craft and sew, I figured I would find a good tutorial online and give it a shot.  To my surprise, I found a very easy to follow tutorial and made the skirt in about an hour.  The best part is that it only cost $5 to make!  The tutorial I followed below is from Do It Yourself Divas.  Check it out.

http://www.doityourselfdivas.com/2013/10/diy-maxi-skirt-with-yoga-waist-band.html