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Sewing in a Straight Line by Brett Bara – How to Sew a Skirt in One Hour. MADE: TUTORIAL: the Circle Skirt. I used to think that a gathered skirt was the easiest skirt to sew.

MADE: TUTORIAL: the Circle Skirt

But I may have changed my tune. A circle skirt is possibly even easier! ….especially if you leave the elastic exposed. If you’ve ever made a poodle skirt before, it’s the same concept. Your fabric is cut in a circle, like a donut. Once you’ve created your pattern, you can whip up 4 skirts in an hour! Okay, let’s get started. What you need (for a little girl’s skirt): * about 1 yard of fabric* appx 3/4 yard of 2-inch wide elastic FABRICS to use:* Rayon* Polyester Charmuese* Simple Cotton* Thin Corduroy* Lightweight WoolMany fabrics will work for this project.

ELASTIC:Wide elastic from fabric stores typically comes 2 inches or 3 inches wide; white or black in color. If you’d like to add a colorful twist to your skirt, check out our easy Tutorial for Dyeing Elastic HERE. Measure around your waist. PATTERN:This requires a bit of geometry but don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you. Draw another 1/4 circle: Like this: Try it on,

Renske’s minimalist tote bag. A talented seamstress with a mission, Renske Solkesz decided to create her own wardrobe after finding herself frustrated with high fashion prices.

renske’s minimalist tote bag

When we saw her chic and modern wardrobe creations, we asked if she’d be willing to create and share a fun accessory tutorial with us. I’m super excited about what she’s come up with: an amazing self-closing utilitarian tote! I’m a huge fan of the graphic contrast and the leather and rivet details. Like her fashion designs, this tote is made from inexpensive materials, yet looks totally luxe. I’m halfway out the door to the fabric store already! CLICK HERE for the full how-to after the jump! When I designed this bag, I wanted to integrate the grip/straps in a more functional way with the rest of the bag.

A friend of mine called it a “yin yang bag,” which is pretty accurate, I think. Materials Tools Hammer Sewing machine ScissorsPinsChalkMeasuring tapeIronPattern template Instructions 1. Adorable DIY Ear Warmers. Travel Accessories: Plenty of Pockets Tote. Our Travel Accessories series is sponsored by Free Spirit Fabrics , as part of our introducing Anna Maria Horner 's beautiful new Loulouthi fabric collection. Today's project is also sponsored in part by Fat Quarter Shop , who provided the featured Loulouthi print and Fabric.com , who provided the rich 100% cotton twill . Both sites have great selections in stock and ready to ship. We recommend using a twin or double needle to do the decorative stitching on this project.

Check your supplies to see if your machine came with one. If not, stop by your local sewing machine dealer to see if there's one available as an optional accessory. The finished size of the tote is approximately 12½" tall x 11½" wide. Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Memory Craft 6300 ) Twin Needle Fabric for the bag exterior, pocket exteriors and strap exterior: ¾ yard of 58-60" wide heavy cotton twill; 1 yard of 44-45" wide heavyweight fusible interfacing for tote and pockets 1 large decorative button:

10 Free Tote Bag Patterns and Tutorials. Totes make great handmade gifts.

10 Free Tote Bag Patterns and Tutorials

Here is a Tuesday Ten that shows a round-up of lovely totes. If you love to sew you might also like these free sewing tutorials right here on Skip to my Lou! Every tote needs a matching pouch. Pleated Zippered Pouch. Pleated tote (beach bag) tutorial. Before we went away, I decided that a new bag for the beach was a must – something big and roomy to hold books, magazines, sunscreen, hats, and all that other good stuff.

Pleated tote (beach bag) tutorial

So I made this big pleated tote, and it worked perfectly. This is a picture of it in action: And here’s a little tutorial in case you want to make one for yourself – doesn’t have to be for the beach either, it could come in handy for schlepping all kinds of things around town. Here’s what you need: two pieces of your main fabric cut in shape A four pieces of the top shape (B) in a contrasting fabric two pieces of a lining fabric in shape C one piece of the long rectangle for the strap in the contrasting fabric two pieces of the top shapes (B) and one of the strap in a medium weight interfacing 1) Along the longest (22″) edge of the main fabric pieces, mark along the top at the following intervals: 3″ – 4″ – 6″ – 7″ – 9″ – 10″ – 12″ – 13″ – 15″ – 16″ – 18″ – 19″ 13) And voila, this is what it should look like.

Out of Order: DIY Tutorial - Full Skirt.