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Today I’m part of Skirting the Issue over on Project Run and Play. Liz and Elisabeth from Simple Simon & Co organize this annual event in July. They are collecting skirts (and quilts and pillowcases) sewn by whoever wants to join to donate to foster children. It’s a super awesome project and they have asked bloggers from all over the world to share tutorials to inspire people who want to donate skirts. For my tutorial I decided to do a skirt with a huge rainbow applique. I’m a huge fan of unique and fun clothes and love doing applique. Often I just go with a fun patterned fabric, but sometimes an applique is just the best. Ok, shall we start?
I’m not going to explain in detail how to sew up the actual skirt once you’re done with your applique. Instead I want to refer you to the amazing free Lazy Days Skirt pattern by Oliver and S., which I used to sew up mine, too. It’s basically just a skirt with elastic waistband that uses the full fabric width. Plus there is some fun trim added to the skirt hem. Perfect for the current boho-trend.
- skirt fabric (full width, length according to measurement)
- fabric in rainbow colors for applique and coordinating thread
- heat n bond
- rainbow applique pattern (click to download; this applique is for a skirt for a 8 yr old. You can scale it down using the printer settings)
- trim (same length as fabric width)
Start by putting the four pages of your applique pattern together. (Note: All your pages will be numbered (1-4) and have a cutting border. I just used my first printout that didn’t include these already). You will have to cut off the right border of pages 1-3. You can then overlap these with the next pages and glue or tape them together.
Cut out your rainbow pieces.
Use the pieces as a guide to transfer the rainbow to the paper side of some heat n bond. Make sure to denote the different colors of each rainbow piece. Hint: The word “Rainbow” on the first page of your applique pattern shows the right order of the colors.
Cut the rainbow pieces from the heat n bond and iron the back side (not the one with paper) to the respective fabrics. Cut your rainbow pieces from fabric.
Peel the paper off and iron the rainbow pieces to the bottom of the skirt fabric. I like to slightly overlap the different colors to make sure that the skirt fabric isn’t showing.
Now it’s time for some good music, because the stitching will take some time. Make sure that you have thread corresponding to your rainbow colors next to your sewing machine. Use a short and not too wide zigzag-stitch. I recommend to try this out on some scraps first to find your prepared stitch length and width. And then get stitching. I decided to just stitch along the border of two colors with the thread color matching the color of the upper one. As you’re using a zigzag both sides will be stitched down. If you prefer, you can just sew along the edge of each rainbow color with the respective thread color, but this might turn out a bit messy.
It’s not so easy to see, but all borders are stitched down now (see close-up). It’s looking good already!
Now sew your skirt following the Lazy Days Pattern, give the skirt to your child or donate it to make a little girl happy.