Scrappy Skirt how-to

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If you follow the Polkadot Chair on facebook, you may remember that I shared this photo a few weeks ago of my work table…

The story goes like this:

I was working a pinwheel quilt out of some Denyse Schmidt fabric that I picked up at Joanns and glanced down at the pile of scraps and thought to myself:

“that looks like the 4th of July!”

sidenote: can you name the movie that line “you look like the 4th of July!!”  is from? the facebook gals got it right away :)

As it turned out I had a bunch of 9″ tall scraps left over from cutting out my pinwheel quilt blocks.  The Fourth was coming up and I thought I’d make my daughter a fun skirt to wear for the day with the scraps. The project was quick and simple to sew. This is what I came up with:

Since each scrap was at least 9″ tall, I made the top tier of the skirt 9″ tall and pieced all out of scraps. Each one of those fabrics is a different width- some are 2″ some are 6″ etc… It just depended on what was left over from the quilt. If some were too wide, I cut them in half. I just kept sewing together scraps until I had the correct width.

I then added a lower tier (that is yardage not scraps) and bias strip bands to the top and bottom tier. It was a bit short so the band on the bottom tier is made from a 4″ wide strip of fabric.

If you would like to make a skirt like this just start with one of my tutorials:

either this one:  (from the first days of my blog, an oldie but a goodie!!)

Just replace the top tier of fabric with pieced scraps… all the measurement are the same.

I had so much fun making this one that I might have to dig though my scrap bin and see what else I can come up with.


  1. says

    Cute skirt! My fav thing in your post photo’s was the diet coke can and glass with ice in the background. A permanet fixture in my sewing nook too:)

  2. says

    I have been eying that fabric for a while now… just may have to actually buy some to make that adorable skirt ; ) and btw…I have not had a diet coke in months and have not wanted one…until now :0

  3. Julianne says

    Just fyi, I made a series of seasonal themed (Halloween, fall, Christmas, winter, Valentine’s Day, etc.) skirts similar to the one you made with the pink flower. I pulled up the top layer and pinned it where the flower is and it made a completely different look!


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