Zig Zag Skirt

Hi! My name is Melissa Mortenson I'm so excited to share with you today this tutorial for a zig zag skirt! It's made with one of my favorite new fabric lines from Moda, Sherbet Pips!!  Please stop by my blog www.polkadotchair.com and say "hi" and check out the sewing patterns I offer in my shop fourteenmay!  

For this skirt you will need:

1 Bella Solids Charm pack

2 Sherbet Pips Charm pack- I recommend getting 2 charm packs. You only need 18 5" squares but you need them ALL to be in the same color family, so depending on the charm pack you pick you may not have enough of the right color in one charm pack. The good news is that you can make more skirt with the other colors too!!

1 Jelly Roll- you will need 7 strips from your Jelly Roll

1/2" wide elastic

I find it easiest to sort my fabrics into "front" and "back" piles. That way your skirt does not have all the same prints on the front or the back. Sorting ensures the skirt is evenly distributed.

You need 18 squares all of similar color, sorted into 2 piles of 9 squares. As we work, we will keep the skirt front and back separate (this will help you in construction).

Take 18 white charm pack squares and draw a diagonal line down the center.  

Place 18 white squares on top of 18 pink squares, right sides together.  Pin.

Stitch 1/4" down each side from the centerline.

The black lines represent stitching lines.

Cut the square in half along the pencil line you drew. Press open.

You will have 2 half square triangles (HST).  

Measure to make sure each HST is perfectly square, adjust as necessary.

Arrange your blocks like the diagram above.

Sew the 1st row together, press all seams to one side

Sew the 2nd row together, press seams to opposite side.

Sew row 1 and row 2 together.

Set aside and repeat for other side of the skirt.

Each side of the skirt will have 9 blocks by 2 rows.

Place 1 jelly roll strip over skirt right sides together. Stitch to bottom of skirt. Trim off excess.

Stitch one more jelly roll strip to bottom of skirt and 1 jelly roll strip to top of skirt.

Repeat for skirt back.

You should have 2 pieces that look like the above photo.

Stitch skirt front and skirt back together. Press these seams open so that you know where your side seams are.

Run 2 rows of gathering stitches across the top of the skirt, stopping and starting at side seams.

To make waistband, take one jelly roll strip and fold it in half. Stitch closed, leaving a 3/4" hole to feed your elastic through.

Fold the waistband piece in half, WRONG sides together.

Pin waistband to skirt, right sides together, matching side seams and waistband center.  Pull up on gathering stitches until skirt and waistband are the same size.

Stitch waistband in place.

Cut your elastic to the correct size (measure waist and cut elastic that length).

Using the hole you left in the waistband, feed elastic through.  Hand stitch opening closed.

To finish skirt...

On bottom of skirt, press under 1/4".

Fold over so that folded edge matches seam. Pin VERY well in place.

On right side of skirt, top stitch band in place.

Press well.

Clip strings and enjoy!

2 skirts (of different colors) from 2 charm packs.

Melissa Mortenson



Anonymous said...

The illustration following HST construction does not open.
Cute skirt! Thanks for sharing.

sheila said...

Very pretty... can't wait to get started!
Though on the webpage the diagram didn't open for me either, all is fine and dandy with the printer friendly version!

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Skirt is so, so pretty! My daughters would love it!

Kristina said...

Oh, look at that! Such a lovely skirt.

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

this is absolutely adorable! LOVE!!!

Great job!

Amy said...

That us so sweet! Makes me think of spring. Nice job.

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Super cute! I may have to make this for my daughter for this Spring.

Chris {frecklemama} said...

So cute! Looks extra spiffy in the Sherbet Pips line. Well done.

ashley♥nicole said...

Simply adorable! I will stow this one away for when I have kiddos since, currently, I have no one to make it for. :)

LeAnne said...

Darling, love it! What size skirt does the instructions make?

Melissa said...

The skirt makes about a size 8. You can adjust the length by how many jellyroll strips you sew on the bottom, just add more if you want it longer. You can also make it smaller by doing the same. If you would like a size 5-6 I would do 2 rows of 7 HST and 1 jellyroll strip on the end.
My daughter is very small and 9 years old and the skirt fits her well.

JusticeBlog said...

can't wait for Sherbet Pips to be available! cute skirt...thanks for sharing!

tarabu said...

When I see things like this I think "I wish my niece lived closer and I could measure her!"

Kristy said...

Goodness gracious this is cute!!!! Thanks for sharing...I follow your polkadotchair too!
Can't wait to try this out....and with 2 daughters, 2 skirts are ideal! ;)

aneela hoey said...

Such a cute idea!! I love how you just used the one colour, keeps it really sweet looking :)

Anita said...

I really love this skirt. What size did you make and can it easily be adjusted to different sizes?

Crafty Girls Workshop said...

How very cute! I have this in my shop as a Kit now because I just got the Sherbert Pips precuts in yesterday. Great timing.

petiteblogger said...

This skirt is so cute! I can't wait to try it.
I'm wondering: Do you have any suggestions about the best way to feed the elastic through the waistband? Every time I try to do that, it takes me forever! I can't help but think there has to be an easier way...

Jenny Garland said...

Hi petiteblogger,

The easiest way I have found is to fasten a safety pin to both ends of the elastic (two safety pins). Pin one side to the start of the skirt casing and thread the other end through. It's pretty speed to do it this way and you won't lose your other tail!

petiteblogger said...

Thanks, Jenny! I knew there had to be a "trick" to make it easier! :)

thefirstlady said...

Too sweet. Thanks for sharing. If I had a little girl I would make a batch of these.

amy smart said...

so cute, Melissa! We need to make more skirts around here.

Caca said...

kawaii pink

Tina Peterson said...

Hi - Love this skirt. I'd like to make it for my 4 year old niece who wears a size 3. She's tiny. Any tips on how to make it that little?

Tina "The Book Lady"

Amanda said...

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Michelle said...

So awesome!

badgersue said...

Melissa, what does HST stand for?

Marie-Jeanne Parmentier said...

Thanks for sharing :)

Marie-Jeanne Parmentier said...

Lovely!! Thanks for sharing