Scrapbusting… Self-drafted Skirts, a Molly top and some Gathered Pocket Shorts

This post is a quick summary of what has been made using some of my scraps in keeping with my self-imposed “use up scraps” rule. I found out recently my daughters kindergarten will accept fabric for their crafts, so small, unusable pieces for me, are now re-directed to them, away from landfill. Anyway, that’s besides the point.

Today miss 2 is benefiting from the scrapbusting exercise.

First up is this ruffled skirt using DS picadilly medallion and ditsy in pink (100% cotton) fabric left over from miss 4’s circle skirt. Cutting the ruffle layers was okay but I had to piece together a few pieces to make the waistband due to my fabric shortage. As I didn’t have enough fabric, the connectors between the ruffles were made from white top pop poplin (80%polyester/ 20% cotton), as was the middle ruffle. For documentation purposes, the 2 connector pieces were 10cm W x 42cm L and the 3 ruffles were each 10cm W x 52cm L and gathered. I would have liked more gathered ruffles but when you have minimal fabric to work with it’s a “make it work” moment. The ruffles were finished with a narrow machine rolled hem. I cut 2 waistband pieces (outside and inside) with a final measurement of 5cm W x 42cm L. I top stitched the seam allowance at each connector and at the waistband and stitched in the ditch at the waistband side seams to keep the elastic from twisting.

Triple tier picadilly skirt

Second is a two tier simple skirt using this tutorial from The Stitching Scientist. The modern tribe poplin 9312 in ink (100% cotton) and white top pop poplin (80%polyester/20% cotton) fabric is what is left from this dress for miss 4 and one of my pre-blog dresses. I followed her tutorial but made my skirt 34 inch wide as that is all the fabric I had. Sensing a trend here!!!!! Not much else to say.

tribal 2 layer

Third is a chevron top using the Molly Top Pattern from Made For Mermaids. I followed all the measurements and directions provided as there aren’t printable pattern pieces, and it went together really quickly. The fabric, spots and stripes chevron #1 in orange (100% cotton), was left over from a dress I made miss 4 last year, obviously pre-blog, but that has since also had a refashion and I cut it down to a more practical skirt for her too. This pattern is so cute and I love the ruffles on the straps and the tie back that goes through a loop. It’s not obvious but I had to cut the back in two sections because I was short on fabric, turned out pretty well though!

                                             orange molly M4M frontorange molly M4M back

Fourth are these delightful pair of shorts using the free toddler gathered pocket shorts pattern from Little Quail. The fabric is cotton sateen left over from my cape project (stay tuned for that awesome pattern, next post on Monday). The black is premium cotton sateen (96% cotton/ 4% spandex) and the check is black printed sateen pluses (97% cotton/ 3% spandex). I followed the tutorial exactly and didn’t use the optional waist tie. Great wardrobe basic for her.

Black gathered pocket shorts

Kids Self-Drafted Circle Skirt with Bird Applique T-shirt

If you have children and would like a quick, satisfying project for yourself or your child this is the way to go. A simple circle skirt takes no time at all, especially if you already have a pattern drafted. No kidding, this took be about 20 minutes from start to finish, the t-shirt applique actually took me longer, believe it or not.

Circke skirt front

                     circle skirt pose circle skirt side

As I mentioned I already have a pattern drafted for my oldest using this tutorial from MADE. As I was using a smaller piece of the multi coloured national wind series fabric (100% cotton) I couldn’t cut a circle skirt as is and had to cut out a front and back separately and then used french seams for the side seams. I cut the elastic about 1 inch smaller than my daughters waist measurement and used a 3cm wide white elastic as I wasn’t making a casing this time and instead using the elastic as the waistband. I serged each end of the elastic before joining them together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance and then sewed each seam allowance down either side of the joining seam to fan out the edges. circle skirt hanger

I neatened the inner circle of the skirt with the overlocker and then used a straight stitch to sew on the elastic around the inner circle, whilst stretching it a the same time. Rather than hemming, I applied 25mm white double fold bias tape around the hem as I like the nice contrast it gives this busy fabric. This fabric is really lovely and has so many colours however as is the regular problem, we have minimal matching tops to bottoms.

fabric close up

I thought to applique a design on a plain white store bought t-shirt. First I interfaced the fabric, then drew out my shapes/design, also using additional fabric from my scraps pile. I crudely sewed on the pieces with a straight stitch around the outside, layering the pieces first. I didn’t bother doing a proper applique stitch because I actually like the fraying of the edges. Besides, I don’t think she will be wearing this for too long because she is experiencing a mountain of growth spurts. I finished off the bird with a cute little yellow ribbon bow. An outfit done in an hour and we are good to go!

bird applique

Girls Layered Skirt from Made

I admit I am a selfish sewer but the guilt sometimes creeps in especially when it comes to kids clothing. They require smaller pieces of fabric and less time so why I put it off I’m not sure. And to be honest, I have been purchasing more fabric lately with kids clothing in mind so I thought I would bite the bullet.

I used the tutorial for “The Layered Skirt” from Made. I have used this tutorial once before and it worked flawlessly previously so I went right ahead. I had bought some fat quarters with a kids project in mind as I like the way the fabric matching has already been done for you, just grab a bundle and run. Naturally the size of each piece was 50cm x 52cm (100% cotton) and the fabrics were posy retro bloom in red, posy hibiscus in blue and some plain indigo. The hardest part was deciding the order of fabric for the skirt. I was able to get a completed skirt with hardly any scraps for my eldest.


The pieces of fabric I cut were 42cm by 4 inch wide for the connectors (sorry about the mish mash of units of measure) and 52cm by 4 inch for the ruffle pieces. So I cut 6 of each and joined 2 together to make a complete circle only because I was restricted due to fabric size otherwise they would have been 84cm and 112cm respectively. I used the corresponding colour for the connector to the ruffle below. I followed the instructions as written. For the ruffles I roll hemmed prior to gathering and sewing on to the connector pieces.

layers                                                                              hems

For the elastic I used 3cm wide elastic and cut a 50cm length, allowing for about 1 inch overlap. All my seams were neatened with the overlocker.


All in all a very satisfying project that took 1 night to complete and we got the thumbs up due to twirl factor with a request for more pink next time.