Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Fat quarter skirt

Thanks for all the great comments about the chicken coop. I read every one to my husband, who is very proud of himself. It was a labor of love, really. He hates to build things. In fact, he tells me all the time, "I am a plumber, not a carpenter, remember?"
I wanted it to be pretty. He wanted it to be done. In the end, we are both happy. He did build it from scratch. We got some of the materials from the local recycle barn. I still kind of think they need a front porch, but I have decided to let it go for now.

Last night I got the sewing mojo back! I have been staring at these fat quarters Alissa sent me. I love them. I was saving them for a quilt, but Anna would always pull these two out from a heaping pile of pink fabrics and hug them tight.
I thought I could make her a skirt with each one. Not quite big enough. The two of them together would be perfect.


I laid the two squares on top of each other and cut them at the same time. I didn't worry about the strips being the same size, or straight. I just cut.
I sewed them all together alternating the fabrics until I had one big strip. Then, I squared it up, put in a one inch hem, and some casing at the top for elastic.
Two fat quarters was perfect for this. The width and the length were just right. Anna's is tall and slim, so she needs a 4T for length, but is more like a 2T around her waist-I would say this would fit up 4T, or so.


P.S. I bribed her with a pop tart so she would stay still during the photo shoot. You guys do stuff like this too, right?


35 comments:

Suzanne said...

My kids will do anything for a DD Munchkin! Come to think of it, so would I! LOL! That skirt is adorable; really sweet and flattering on her!

Cottage Mommy said...

Very cute skirt and yes I bribe my kids all of the time...lollipops at the chiro's office the other day...chocolate milkshakes for being good at the vet two days ago...works for me! Oh, love those big, beautiful hostas!

jessieg said...

So cute! Did you knit that top she's wearing too?

lucky knitter said...

Anna's skirt is adorable, and I love her sweater. Pop Tarts go a long way at my house too!

Steph said...

Very cute!

Jessica said...

Isn't it great when the sewing mojo comes back? It's so great. That skirt is so cute!

cathleen said...

Very, very cute, Katie and what a sweet little model. Bribes and distractions...even Memas, like me, have to use 'em!!! Glad your sewing inspiration is back full force!

QuiltedSimple said...

Absolutely! Bribery is a way of life in our house sometimes, I think. Much less yelling, tears and upset faces:) The skirt is darling - and looks so fantastic with her cute little sweater!
Kris

MichelleB said...

Adorable skirt! And adorable little model, too.

Linda said...

Totally cute skirt!

UK lass in US said...

Very cute skirt.

No, I wouldn't dream of bribing my daughter with a pop tart for a photo shoot. It might drip on the skirt, for starters. Hmm, I'm thinking that cool hard cash would probably be a great idea for future bribes - until they learn the real value of coins, that is...

Journeying Five said...

very cute skirt! and bribes...well, i don't like to think of it quite that way! :)

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the skirts!

We bribe with M&M's here :)

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Looks so summery and fresh!! Chocolate is our usual currency:)

angela said...

Wish I had a girl to sew for! I totally bribe my boys with anything they'll take to get a picture!

lera said...

Adorable! I think my girl needs one.

Tonya said...

Cute skirt! And yes, I so bribe my daughter to stay still for photos and it only works half the time...LOL

Missy said...

Love the skirt! I so do that bribing stuff too. :)

Kate said...

Great skirt!

Aimee said...

Cute skirt! You are lucky that a bribe as healthy as a pop tart will work. My kids won't go for less that a lollipop.

Marcia said...

Ahhh, bribery....where would we be without it? Ü
Love the little skirt idea. She looks so grown up in it. Very cute!

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

oh I love it and the cute top too. what a cutie pie!

Ebeth said...

Hey Katie! This entry along with the two dresses Auntie Genevieve just made/sent Astrid in the mail.....has inspired me to sew for my cutie pie, too!!

Kathy said...

Gorgeous skirt, and I love her smile. Yes, at times I have to resort to bribery, too, to get little ones to stand still!

Julie said...

Anna is adorable in that skirt!

Hilary said...

Adorable! The whole outfit is great, really. The pop tart seems to have been worth it. The photos are great and she looks absolutely thrilled! :)

melissa s. said...

so CUTE! my kids are the same: long and skinny. you wouldn't think so with all the marshmallows I use to bribe them with, tho ;-)

Danielle said...

I often bribe with treats, but I find they are getting tougher to bribe with the "little" goodies the older they get! Love the skirt, super cute and looks easy enough to make. Thanks for sharing.

a friend to knit with said...

bribing is what it is all about, baby!!!
:)
she is super cute.
and so is her skirt!

Gretchen said...

very very cute! the poptart trick always works. I've also seen lots of folks use lollipops. :)

Meagan said...

Pop Tarts, a cookie, french fries, extra books at bedtime, an evening dip in the pool, though it is way too close to bed time and way too cold...yep, we have to do what we have to do to get cooperation. Toddlers bring out the creative parent in you!

tiennie said...

What a cutie in her pretty skirt!

Erin O. said...

Simply creative! Love it.

kim said...

What an adorable skirt. It matches the sweater perfect. And the little model is just the cutest!

amandajean said...

i LOVE the skirt, too! i love the alternating large scale prints. so fun!!!