When spring rolls around my fingers start to get a little twitchy. I just need to MAKE something! In the summertime the feeling gets even worse. We don’t go many places when it’s 115 degrees outside so we like to keep ourselves occupied with lots of little crafty projects. Mostly of the stuff we do is geared toward my two young boys and involves craft sticks and finger paint, but occasionally I like to browse DIY skirt tutorials on Pinterest and make something for myself.
A couple summers ago I made myself five new skirts. I was a sewing fiend! The results of my DIY skirt efforts were pretty varied but I learned a lot!
A few tips
1. Fabric can get pretty pricey! If you’re a newbie and want something cheap to learn on then you can try getting creative when sourcing fabric. One of my favorite places to get fabric is the thrift store. Yes, really! I love sewing with old sheets. Wash them thoroughly, obviously, but they’re usually broken in nicely, come in pretty patterns, and they’re pre-shrunk. Also look around and see if there are any places near you to pick up fabric remnants (if you’re in the Phoenix area, check out SAS).
2. Don’t be afraid to vary from the tutorial. One of my favorite DIY skirts came about when I followed a tutorial for the first half, lost the link, and got creative with the second half. It came together beautifully!
3. Get one of those cheap flexible measuring strips. They cost next to nothing and they are ridiculously helpful for taking measurements before you start on your DIY skirt!
What are you waiting for? Get sewing!
Read more of Kayla’s writing at Freckles in April.