National Craft Month: How to Sew a Petal Skirt

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My sewing project this month was to sew a petal skirt, an idea I adapted from the Rose Petal Dress tutorial. I made a feathered skirt for New Year’s Eve that everyone called my “Black Swan skirt,” so this petal skirt can be my White Swan skirt!

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If you want to make the Black Swan skirt, check out …Love Maegan’s tutorial!

And if you want to make the White Swan skirt, read on!

Materials:

  • XL white T-shirt from Salvation Army
  • Rose petals from the dollar store

Total cost of this project: $2.60

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Instructions:

  1. First lay your T-shirt flat and cut off the bottom for your skirt piece. Cut a piece that’s long enough to make a skirt. It’s always a good idea to measure it against a skirt you already own that’s a length you like. Your skirt piece will be a tube that already has a hem, so you hardly have any work to do!Skirt 1 National Craft Month: How to Sew a Petal Skirt
  2. Sew the petals onto the skirt piece. I just placed one petal at a time and sewed them in a straight line, one next to the other.
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  3. Keep sewing and sewing and sewing (and sewing) until the whole tube is covered with petals. I sewed the top row upside down and ironed them down, so that the stitching wouldn’t show.
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    Here they are all ironed down

  4. Next, make a waist band. So far almost everything I’ve made has used an elastic waistband, so I wanted to branch out (a little!) and try to make a waistband out of just T-shirt material. I made this “yoga-style waistband,” as shown on Make It and Love It. First, I measured a pair of my pants that have a similar waistband.

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    Remember gauchos?!

  5. Next, cut more fabric from your thrifted T-shirt to use as your waistband. I made mine 6 inches wide (to ultimately make a 3 inch waistband). The length of your material is the length around your waist, or the length I measured from my gauchos!
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  6. Sew this fabric into a tube, then fold the tube in half over itself so that the wrong sides are facing each other.
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  7. Since my T-shirt was so large, my skirt piece was too big to fit around my waist, so I had to gather the top of it a bit. Sew a basting stitch all the way around the top of your skirt piece and pull the threads to gather it until the circumference of your skirt’s waist is the same as your waistband piece.
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  8. Position your skirt piece inside of the waistband so that the raw sides of the waistband and the gathered edge of the skirt are together, and the top of the waistband is facing down. Pin the waistband to the skirt.
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  9. Sew around the top of your skirt to attach the waistband to the skirt piece. Then flip the waistband right side up, remove the basting stitch (if it’s showing), and you’re done!
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I can’t decide if it looks ridiculous or fabulous, so I’ll let you decide. The White Swan Skirt: Do or Don’t?

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Comments

  1. Leah Brislin says:

    Cute! My daughters would love this :)

  2. I like this a lot, but only for my granddaughter. I agree not for bigger ladies.

  3. I just love this skirt. To bad I am so plump. I will make this for a little girl I know. Thanks a million

  4. Start from a skirt or dress that flatters, and use only a few rows at the hem. Do any color that suits the intended wearer. I think it could be a very nice way to add a little extra flirty fun, with also the illusion of a bit more length, to a little black dress. It mihgt also make other items fun and chic, such as a headband, a bracelet (from a wrist band), a necklace, or how about a nifty mask?!

  5. خياطة وتفصيل says:

    Cute skirt, although I couldn’t wear it.

  6. Loved this idea! Made a mini skirt for my 9 month old and everyone loved it!

  7. I like it! It’s such a great idea I’m going to use it peacock inspired skirt I’m making. Halloween in New Orleans, why not go super glam? Thanks again for posting this. Your crafty creativeness has inspired my own!

  8. janice urffer says:

    Very creative and I think I would love it for myself age 57. You are only as young as you feel.

  9. was wondering if the petalskirt can be washed? I love it.

  10. Kaye Findley says:

    I think it would make a darling apron! Good job, and so thrifty!
    Kaye

  11. Marion Hathaway says:

    1 wish they had these items reasonable when my children were little! I sewed up a storm plus worked 3 jobs. Now I have 18 great grand children ( mostly girls) and my eyes are going bad. I tried sewing but have problems. I am going to keep trying. Wonderful ideas you have.

    Marion

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  13. Kimberly Thomson says:

    Hello :) Just found this through Pinterest, and LOVE IT! I am a big gal, and I would definitely wear this, just not in white :) Black or darker colours would be nice…perhaps add some glitter or sequins to the petals before sewing on. SO many options :) Would be a great “night out on the town” skirt. Bigger girls…give this a chance! :)

  14. I love, love, love these skirts and so will my granddaughters! I have easy access to lots of t-shirts so this is a great project for me! Thanks!

  15. Susan Hunt says:

    I have 4 granddaughters. I can’t wait to try this pattern!

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