Remember the fat quarters from this post? I was sure that they were destined for some napkins or an apron. As it turns out, nothing even vaguely kitchen-y eventuated.
I was trying to think of how I could dress up Miss Wink's standard outfit of jumpsuit/onesie in the easiest way possible and came up with the "fat quarter baby skirt".
Although simple and obvious as a project (aren't all the good ones?) it rates a mention because if you cut it the way I've outlined below there's absolutely no fabric wastage. Exactly one fat quarter makes exactly one baby skirt. And as much as we all love generating those tantalising little scraps of fabric sometimes it's nice to be all business-like and finish a sewing session scrap-free.
Cut the fat quarter (usually 18" x 22") in half so that you have 2 rectangles measuring 18" by 11".
Pin the rectangles right sides together and sew or overlock/serge seams down each short (11") side. If you don't use an overlocker, finish the seams with a zig-zag stitch.
To make an elastic casing for the waist fold the fabric down 1/4" at the top and press and then a further 1/2" and press again.
Sew around the bottom of the casing leaving a gap to thread the elastic through. Cut some elastic to a length that is a tad smaller than your bub's waist size and attach one end to a safety pin to thread it through the casing. Pin the ends of the elastic together and adjust as necessary before sewing together.
Sew the gap in the casing closed and hem skirt or trim with some ribbon. That's it!
I'll leave you with a couple of links:
How cute is my little doily clock in the top photo? It's from a very lovely etsy seller, andfurthermore.
Plus, as bloggy serendipity would have it, Sew Mama Sew is hosting a February Fat Quarter month so head over there for lots more FQ inspiration.