It’s time for my favorite type of sewing: BACK TO SCHOOL! Last summer I began a project called
Today I am sharing a Jelly Roll Skirt tutorial with you. It’s darling and easy to create. So…I have a minor obsession with digging through thrift store sewing patterns. Not only are they less than a dollar, but I consider it a challenge to create a modern look from an old pattern. Check out my latest thrift store find:I am not sure what year this pattern was created or used, but I am guessing late 70’s. Also, check out the original price of this pattern: $1.25!!
With this new-to-me sewing pattern in hand, I grabbed a fabric roll from Michael’s and set off to create a modern skirt from a vintage pattern. Because these rolls of fabric are often called Jelly Rolls, I decided the name of this skirt should be the “Jelly Roll Skirt”.Step #1: Connect the Fabric Strips.
I unrolled the fabric strips and began configuring them so no similar colors touched. Because the edges of the fabric are raw, they will fray like crazy if you don’t “finish” them. To finish a raw edge I use my serger. If you don’t have a serger you still have a couple of great options: (1) you can zig zag stitch the long edges of the fabric strips or (2) you can take pinking shears are get the same effect.
Step #2: Make sure the cut pattern fits your sewn strips.
To ensure I have sewn enough strips together, I continually lay the pattern on top of the sewn strips and when I think it’s just right I cut the pattern out. So I have the perfect amount of fabric strips sewn for the back of the skirt, but the front was lacking a bit. For added character (and to make the finished front piece wider), I added 2 strips going down the sides of the front piece. I then took two extra 2.5″ strips and created the waist casing per pattern instructions. Next, I created a faux drawstring look by sewing one of the fabric strips into a bow.This was such a fun skirt to make. Most the time these sewing ideas in my head are ONLY good in my head, but I am thrilled with the way this Jelly Roll Skirt turned out.
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