9 Dec
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Fabric Scrap Skirt Tutorial

I had a pile of Christmas-themed fabric I’ve been meaning to use or give away. My daughter loves skirts, so I used supplies I had to make her a Christmas fabric scrap skirt.

finished fabric scrap skirt

What you’ll need depends on the size of the recipient. I wanted my daughter’s to fall just below her knees so she could use it in her dress-up clothes bin for a few months. Adjust your measurements accordingly. This is, by no means, an exact science.


1/2-inch wide elastic, 22 inches long
26 strips of fabric 16 inches long, ranging in width from 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches
coordinating thread
sewing machine

one fabric strip length

I measured my daughter’s waist by placing the elastic around her waist and cutting where the ends met without pulling the elastic tight. My piece of elastic was 22 inches long. I used five different fabric patterns and began by measuring the fabric into 16-inch long pieces between 1 1/2 to 3 inches wide. The pieces could be the same in width. I thought it would be more interesting to have them vary slightly. I, by no means, measured the widths exactly.

one fabric strip width

I placed the fabric in a random pattern on the elastic by wrapping one end of the fabric around the back of the elastic and pinning in place. My pieces were overlapped slightly to make the skirt look more full.

back side of fabric scrap skirt

Once the fabric was pinned on the elastic, I used my sewing machine to stitch a zigzag line the entire length of the elastic. I overlapped the ends of elastic slightly and stitched them together. My daughter loves prancing around the house in this skirt. It was a quick project, 45 minutes from start to finish, and can be replicated for different holidays and events.

fabric scrap skirt full width

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