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60 Minute No-Fuss Apron Skirt Tutorial

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I've always loved the way those wrap apron skirts look. But I hate wrap skirts, I'm just too worried they're going to come undone. I have seen people add a zipper to the back or side but I hate committing to a size in a way that zippers require.

How to make an apron skirt without a zipper. Sewing tutorial 60 minutes with full step by step video instructions.

This skirt has the look of an apron skirt but slips on (and stays on) without a zipper and still has a flexible fit. You could say it's my new fav.

60 minute DIY gathered skirt tutorial with step by step video instructions. Great sewing project.

What You Need

This can be easily adjusted to a kids size by decreasing the width (I'd use I length of 44" for kids under 8 and over 8 I'd just do a very full skirt and do the same width) and changing the length.

  • Skirt Fabric 2 pieces 44 X length of desired skirt plus 3 (for me this was 27 inches) I used Bittersweet Main Orange
  • Band Fabric 1/2 yard I used Bittersweet Floral Green
  • Elastic enough to stretch across your back (for me this was 10 inches)
Watch the video tutorial for step by step instructions and footage of each step. Or see the written instructions below.

60 minute big bow skirt tutorial. Easy sewing project.

What to Do

  1. Make the sash. Start by cutting or tearing your fabric into 3 pieces each 6x44 inches long. Then cut one of those pieces down to the the length of the distance of the front of your waist (basically from one side to the other for me this is 17 inches).
  2. Next sew your your short edges of one of your long pieces to the short edge of your middle piece right sides together.
  3. Repeat with the other short edge of the middle piece and the other piece of fabric right sides together. Now you should have a long strip of fabric.
  4. Next fold the sash in half right sides together. Sew down an angle at the short edge and then down the length of the fabric with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave the other short edge open for easy turning.
  5. Turn your sash right side out. I like using a loop turner for this.
  6. Iron your sash making sure to tuck the open end in at an angle.
  7. Sew across the end to close the hole up. Set your sash piece aside.
  8. Sew your your skirt by sewing the side edges of the skirt pieces with right sides together.
  9. Finish the top and bottom edges of the skirt with a serger, zig zag stitch or pinking shears.
  10. Gather the top edge of the skirt. For a slower treatment of how to gather see my awesome cheater gathering trick.
  11. Pin your elastic to the back edge of your skirt gather your skirt to the elastic. Sew the elastic onto the skirt while stretching the elastic (this is easier to understand when watching the video).
  12. Attach the band to the skirt.

How to sew a sash onto a skirt for a big bow. Great sewing tutorial for 60 minute gathered skirt.

I love that this skirt looks like a dress but that you can change the top for a completely different look or change up the type of sleeves for different occasions or weather!

How to make a gathered skirt with bow sash. Sewing tutorial with full video instructions

I also think it's fun to sometimes wear the bow in the front and other times wear the bow in the back!

Reversible big bow skirt tutorial. Step by step video with sewing instructions. How to sew a skirt in 60 minute

See more great project made using Sue Daley's gorgeous Bittersweet Fabric line for Riley Blake Designs.

Super Duper Great News

Fun and silly pregnancy and baby announcements - Rae Gun Ramblings So I was wondering if you guys would be willing to help me with this little puzzle ;) So yes I've been siting on some humungous news. I'm very happy to announce that I am pregnant. Many of you know that this has been a long journey for us and you were all so so sweet when I shared our struggle with infertility I don't even think you can understand how the comments and emails touched me. Seriously they were beyond wonderful. You can probably guess with my history and my admitted worrier-ness that I've been an anxious ball of nerves. I told a few people but always with the clause of I'd love you to pray but I'm not ready to be excited or talk about it yet. I know I'm lame like that but it's all I could handle. But I'm very happy to say I am ready to be excited now! With every appointment a little ounce of my tension would ease. Every time they pulled out that freaking Doppler I'd get so anxious. And then when I finally had a second trimester appointment and that wee little heartbeat was still going strong. I totally started crying. The nurse was worried and then I told her "I just haven't let myself believe it was real yet". But even then I was nervous. We've had a couple of appointments since and I've even felt a little movement so I figure it's about time that I accept the good news AND share it! Or course things could still happen (see told you worrier) but we'll just have to deal with them if they do. Cute and creative pregnancy baby announcement - Rae Gun Ramblings We finally told the nieces yesterday and they were so so stinking cute. I had T (6 yrs) read the pregnancy announcement. And then they kinda looked at each other a little confused so we asked some leading questions until they got it. And they were so happy and excited. L looked down my shirt and I told her the baby was under my skin haha and then she wouldn't stop kissing my tummy. We haven't shared any of the hard stuff with them and I wanted to wait until we were "in the clear" to share this news but it was so so fun. I assume you might have some questions, if I left any out please ask in the comments and I'll do my best to answer if I can. Again I told you I'm kinda new to the whole talking about this and being excited so I don't really know what you'd like to know so give me some questions :)
  • Due Date: March 1st which puts me at about 19 weeks
  • Morning Sickness: Just general nausea and aversion to most foods. I feel like I've been living on juice, string cheese, and clementines. It's let up a little but most stuff still doesn't sound good.
  • Will we find out the gender: Yup, I'm a planner. We're hoping to do a little reveal in a few weeks
  • Names: No idea seriously pray for us we have completely completely different tastes in names
  • Other: I can't really drink water. Yeah it's REALLY annoying. In my first trimester just a little bit of water would make me feel like throwing up instantly. Now if it's super super cold I can have a little. But if I drink a whole glass I'll start feeling nauseous. Also BBQ sauce sounds totally disgusting to me.
So there is my happy news. Thank you for being a part of my life. For reals, I mean it. When I found out I was pregnant it was just as important for me to figure out how and when to tell you my blog family and friends as my IRL community. You really have been with me through a lot including some rough stuff so I'm glad to be sharing this happy stuff. Of course it's bittersweet since I know so many friends who are in the same boat I was in last year. Just in the time that I've been pregnant I've had three friends with pregnancy complications, two miscarriages, and many still trying to figure out what is next in their own attempts whether that be with doctors or waiting on adoption news. I hope you can be happy with me but continue to pray for happy news and peace for those who are waiting for it too. Fun baby pregnancy announcement idea - Rae Gun Ramblings Now you can go back and check out my last few posts where I showed myself (like my sew our stash) and you'll totally see my tummy. When I went to write up that post I was so annoyed since those pics that made the post were seriously the ONLY pictures where my tummy wasn't totally popping out or my face wasn't like a crazy person. But now I can happily sew for myself (and the baby!) and show the results and what's hiding underneath :)
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