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:
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.
Crazy Me says
LOVE IT! Oh and the movie quote comes from Legally Blonde ( I think that’s right, it was the over the top hair stylist lady) right?
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:)
Very cute!! And the quote is from Legally Blonde, I actually heard her voice while I read it!
It’s adorable, Melissa!
amanda persinger 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
Katy Cameron says
What a fun idea, love it!
Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [21 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria
Love love!! I linked to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:
Thank you so much for all of your tutorials! They are always so cute and the directions are easy to follow.
This is completely adorable! I love the fabrics too–always so nice (and surprising) to see beautiful things from Joann. Saw this on oneprettything…
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!
Melissa Mortenson says
I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I keep meaning to make one out of Halloween fabrics! Maybe this year!