Here is a great easy tutorial on how to make a cute skirt from a batik fabric that would make a great beach cover or fun summer skirt. All you need for this project is:
1 1/2 yds of fabric
about 2 1/2 yds of 3/8″ elastic
An iron, scissors thread and your machine… simple enough right?
I used a Robert Kaufman Batik fabric that is actually a made from rayon because I liked the way it draped.
First I cut my fabric in half along the 44″ width of the fabric giving me two pieces of fabric that were 44″ wide and 27″ long. The 44″ side is the top and the bottom of the skirt.
First you want to sew the side seems of the skirt like so..
Then after sewing both sides we will turn up the edge on the inside 3/4″ and press, repeat again so you have a clean hem, then sew
After hemming your skirt we are now going to work on the waist band which is comfortable and cute!
First press down a 4″ flap just like you did with your hem except this time were not going to roll twice.
Now we are going to stitch as close to the fold as possible to keep everything in place and to be the top of our band.
No we are going to make 5 more stitches around but make sure to leave a 2″ gap to pull the elastic through on each stitch.
The stitches do not have to be perfectly straight (they are going to get scrunched anyway) but just make sure they are each 1/2″ apart.
Now we are going to cut our elastic into three pieces that are all the same size and about 4″ smaller then your waist.
Now feed your elastic through the casings starting at the top and hit every other one on the way down. I like to use a safety pin to push my elastic through but if you have a loop turner they work great for this too.
After you feed the elastic through sew the ends of the elastic together and then finish the stitching to the casing making it one whole seam.
Make sure you stretch the elastic to get a straight seam here, I only had on hand because I was taking a picture but this should be tight, not gathered.
Then trim all your threads and pat yourself on the back because you just made an adorable batik skirt to strut around town, or the beach!