Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Easy Cheesy Straight Skirt

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Twice a month another lady and I do activities with the 10 and 11 year old girls we go to church with. It's called Activity Days.  This month's activities will involve the girls sewing their own skirts.  I've been wanting to do this for a while.  Now that the time is here (four hours away, to be exact) I remember what a big production it can be.  I wanted to make it as simple as possible.  For me.  :)  Just kidding, I really wanted it to be simple so the girls can be successful and enjoy this little project.

Full on teacher mode took over and I made a worksheet.  I know.  I can't help it.  Go ahead and roll your eyes at me.  At least I didn't add lines for name, date, and class period.  Halfway into making it I thought it might be helpful to someone else and I decided to post it.  The instructions assume either a very basic sewing knowledge or someone to help.

The pattern works best for about knee length or shorter.  Too much longer than that and you need a slit or kick pleat.  I won't be doing that with the girls.  Use and make adjustments as you like, just don't call it your own and post it elsewhere.  :)  I'm just a little disappointed that Google Docs wouldn't let me include my original clipart to make it more exciting.  Some day I'll figure out how to make technology work.

Easy Cheesy Straight Skirt instruction sheet

This pattern is for any body type, so long as your elastic can stretch big enough to go over your hips.  The pattern is easy to embellish.  I made the one in the picture about 25 lbs ago (woohoo!) and added a pleated extension, ribbon, and an arrangement of ribbon flowers.

I hope it's helpful to someone!


  1. This is great! I love the bottom. Thanks for sharing.

    I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up! We also have a great giveaway for Free Patterns!

  2. That's so nice of you to share all that work you did! I bet the girls loved the activity!
    Thanks for linking up!

  3. Thanks for the great idea! I'm sharing my Fresh Strawberry Cream Torte today for my Homemaking Linkup. I hope you'll join us if you haven't already!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller