Are you here for cuteness today?! Cause I’ve got it!
I am super excited to be part of the Sew all 26 series over at No Big Dill – Katy is sewing all 26 letters of the alphabet and every single creation is over-the-top amazing. You have GOT to get over there and check out the awesomeness. She’s one of my sewing idols and I can’t believe I get to play along today! With the letter S – –
I have been wanting to try making a circle skirt out of bandanas, and I knew I wanted to make a Skirt for “S”, so I jumped right in!
First up, I dyed 4 white bandanas Seafoam – I got the color by mixing mostly teal with a dash of yellow – it was the perfect combo!
I ended up only using 3 bandanas for the skirt. The premise of a circle skirt is that it’s one big piece of fabric, cut in a circle, and you cut the middle out to wear it. So with the bandanas, you start with rectangles instead of a circle. I layered them as shown for more texture to the skirt:
And then I folded it into 4ths and cut the middle out. I actually ended up cutting it a little bigger than shown below – it all depends how big your kiddo is – it has to be able to fit them inside the cut-out:
I measured a piece of wide elastic around her, stretching just a little. As you can see it’s slightly smaller than the hole…
So as you sew it on, along that inside hole edge, you’ll need to pull on/stretch the elastic to make it cover the edge of the whole circle. Pulling the elastic while you sew it on will then make the fabric bunch up a little when it’s not stretched – kind of a gathered look to the waistband. It will also make the skirt a little more full and fun.
The thing to remember is that the skirt will only be as long as half the circumference of the bandana – hence why I made this skirt for my niece who’s 18 months and the perfect height for it.
Of course I needed something “S” to go with the seafoam and the skirt. I thought Seahorses were perfect.
oh, STAMPED Seahorses – that’s another S!
I simply used a stamp and craft paint mixed with fabric medium to stamp on basic leggings. I searched everywhere and ended up buying the random stamp from Amazon.
The black soaks up the color a little more than I’d like, but oh well. As with stamping, some turned out better than others, but that just gives it personality.
For the seahorse on the shirt, I cut a template with my Silhouette and used it as a stencil. I used this tulip paint, but since it was glow-in-the-dark (fun!) it was a little more opaque than I’d like. I tried to make it really thick so it wasn’t so see-through.
The thickness actually made the seahorse seem to have scales, so that turned out pretty well.
That’s it! Make a circle bandana skirt to celebrate S, with a Seafoam Seahorse Skirt. Enjoy!!