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.

Melissa Mortenson is the author of the Polka Dot Chair blog which is in its 7th year of sharing fresh and creative ideas with readers. She is the author of “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love”. Her first fabric line “Derby Style” debuted in January 2015 through Riley Blake Designs. A mom of 3, she considers herself lucky to be living in Kentucky.


  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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