Banner Day Skirt





Ellen Luckett Baker is author of The Long Thread, where she writes about her adventures with sewing, crafting, and kids. Her book 1, 2, 3 Sew was recently published by Chronicle Books and her debut fabric collection for Moda, Quilt Blocks, will be available by the end of this month. Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband, two daughters, and a growing number of pets.

This skirt features my new Quilt Blocks collection with festive bunting triangles to celebrate the warmer weather! With a simple elastic waist and quick patchwork hem with a lined band, this skirt comes together in a snap. This skirt fits a size 6, but is easily adjustable by adding or subtracting an inch or two of length. I have two daughters, ages seven and nine, who wear simple handmade skirts like this almost every day. As I was making this skirt, I realized how easily this pattern could be adjusted to make a pillowcase, or curtains for a child's room. Or this design made into a quilt with rows of banners would be perfect for a new baby.

Note: For a proper fit, be sure to measure your child's waist to determine the length of the elastic.



Charm Pack or eleven 5" squares of Quilt Blocks fabric
1/2 yard Flying Geese in Spectrum color way
1/2 yard white cotton
One yard 1" elastic
Matching thread

Seam Allowance: 1/4"



Step 1: CUT FABRIC.
Cut triangles according to the template {included in the Printer Friendly Version at the bottom of this post}. 


You will need 11 patterned triangles and 12 solid white triangles. Cut the white fabric for the back of the hem to 39 1/2" x 4 1/4". Cut the Flying Geese fabric to 39 1/2" x 15". 


Step 2: MAKE PATCHWORK FRONT OF HEM BAND.
With one patterned triangle and one white triangle right sides facing, sew them together on one of the long sides, as shown in the image. 


Continue sewing triangles together, alternating patterned and white fabric to create the bunting flag design. Press all seams towards the darker fabric.

Step 3: LINE AND FINISH THE HEM BAND.
Once you have sewn all of the triangles together and pressed the joined fabric strip, you will sew the end triangles to one another, forming the band. Then, sew the white fabric right sides together along the short ends to form the lining band (with a 1/4" seam allowance). You will now have two hem band pieces as shown in the photo. 


Place the white fabric band inside the patterned triangle band with right sides facing. Pin together and sew together along the side with the tips of the patterned triangles. This will form the bottom hem. Press the seam open, then press the joined piece flat with the white fabric backing the patterned band. 

Step 4: SEW THE BAND TO THE SKIRT PIECE.
Next, take the larger skirt piece and sew the short ends with right sides facing, forming the side hem of the skirt (still using a 1/4" seam allowance). Follow with an overcasting or zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying. Place the triangle band piece inside the skirt tube, with right sides facing and raw edges aligned. Sew together, then use an overcasting or zig-zag stitch. Press the hem flat and topstitch just 1/8" above the seam as shown in the photo.


Step 6: CREATE THE WAISTBAND.
Working on the wrong side of the fabric, fold the unfinished top edge of the skirt down by 1/2" and press. Fold again by 1 1/2" and stitch in place, 1 1/4" from the top, forming the elastic casing. Be sure to leave an opening of 2" - 3", as shown in the photo, to insert the elastic.



Place a safety pin at the end of the elastic and insert the elastic into the casing. Feed it through and pull it out the other side. Lay the elastic over itself and sew it together with a zig-zag stitch. Push it into the elastic casing and close the opening in the casing with a straight stitch.





One Banner Day Skirt!

Happy Sewing! 

Ellen Luckett Baker
www.thelongthread.com

Look! My new book 1,2,3 Sew from Chronicle Books is available now. 



28 comments:

Stephanie said...

not able to print comes up error ! Is it just me or is there a problem?

Quiltjane said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful skirt pattern. I am looking forward to your new collection.

TwinMint said...

Error here, too.

traceyjay said...

(The PDFs always take a bit longer to work for some reason, and if you'll scroll through posts, you'll see these comments show up on every post)

Cute skirt!
It looks great in your new fabrics! :)

thistlewoodmanor said...

Adorable! I wonder if I'm too old for a skirt like that?

Anshu said...

Very cute skirt. Quilt blocks collection looks so fresh and colorful

Kristie said...

This is crazy cute. Thanks for sharing! I have a couple daughters who would love this!

toots2u said...

adorable... love your fabric coming out. I have been wanting to try sewing with triangles and think this is the perfect project!!

Just this... Alice said...

This is wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

love this!!

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

fabulous skirt! new here -cannot wait to discover more in your blog...

Karen

Susan said...

getting ready to make this cute skirt. Please tell me if the triangle template INCLUDES the 1/4 inch seam.
Thank you!
susan
moorefamily117@gmail.com

E Baker said...

Yes! The template does include seam allowance.

Betsy Lynn said...

Oh, how cute!!! What a great pattern! Thanks for sharing!

mjb said...

Very cute!

Martyni said...

This is amazing, but I don't see why this is just for children. I'm totally using this as inspiration for a skirt or dress for me. Why let the kids have all the fun?

Chase Clark said...

This is amazing! I'm making one in my size!

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

So cute! Bunting is so fun

Ange said...

Am I missing something? I can't seem to find the dimensions for the skirt.

leah said...

I love, love this idea! I've been starting to warm up to the triangle trend and this take is beautiful! ^_^

Jhoysi said...

OMG. I soo love this.

Krissy said...

This is adorable! Thank you!

Kristy said...

Love it! Can't wait to try it out!

Carylanne said...

love this project, ty for the simple but darling pattern

Kristin said...

I am in the process of putting this skirt together and am a bit confused by needing 12 white triangles. Shouldn't it be 11 white ones so they alternate correctly with the patterned ones?

von Hand zu Hand said...

a funny skirt.

I linked to this tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!


doro K.

Blooms And Bugs said...

Adorable - featured it here
http://bloomsandbugs.hubpages.com/hub/skirt-sewing-patterns-and-tutorials#lastcomment

Mary Grace McNamara said...

Cute skirt! I just made one using this tutorial and Lucy's Crab Shack fabric...my daughter loves it! I blogged about it here: http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2012/06/lucys-crab-shack-leftovers-made-into.html

Only 11 white triangles are needed for the hem band, but since I folded my fabric in thirds to cut the white triangles, I had to cut 12 anyway! I'll save the extra for the next skirt!

Thanks for sharing your creativity!

MGM