There are so many fabulous and simple handmade gifts for girls out there that I thought I’d ask a few of my clever & creative blogging friends to share with you some of their ideas….
The first cab off the rank is the fabulous Lioness Lady! Sonia and I have much in common and I always feel right at home when visiting. I was lucky enough to win some of her gorgeous crochet bunting and it hangs in my kitchen with honor. I have a feeling that if her little girl Matilda, got together with my little Frog – they’d have a ball! If you don’t know her, I’d highly recommend a visit! She is going to share with us a simple handmade gift for a girl. I’m off to go and make one right now – they’re gorgeous – thanks Sonia!
SIMPLE SKIRT TUTORIAL
When I bought my bargain sewing machine at the Spotty Boxing Day sales last year, all I wanted to know how to do was make a skirt for my wee girl. Luckily I had my trusty MIL by my side to show me her way which, even though it resulted in a fabulous skirt, it involved yards of material, pleats, oodles of pins, lots of measuring and most of the day!
There must be any easier way I thought, a simplier way – and lo and behold there is.
Let me be really clear right up front and say that this is not my pattern. I am only including my pictures and directions here to show you how simple these skirts really are to make and how quick they can be. I can do one in less than an hour. This tutorial comes from Dana at Made. Go there and read her instructions – they are much better than mine! And she has LOADS of other tutorials as well that you need to look at.
Basically though, imagine you have a rectangle of fabric. Join the short ends and sew. Fold down the top and insert elastic for a waistband and roll up the bottom and sew for a hem and you’re done!!!! Simple right?
This skirt was heading to a 2 year old so I cut a length of about 30cm and made the width around 110cm. In this case I just ended up using the width of the fabric but apparently if you want a nice full skirty skirt, take the waist measurement and double it.
Team your skirt with a plain t-shirt from Target (I love the puffy sleeves on these ones and that when they are on special they only cost about $4 and that they come in bunches of colours). You can see I have prettied this one up with some yo-yo’s I made from one of Emma’s earlier tutes on simple handmade gifts for girls.