Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtHi!  It's Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl!  Today I am sharing my tutorial for a girls polka dot skirt with matching owl applique shirt.  This skirt is a girls size 12.  The polka dots on the skirt are actually fabric circles cut from a Sizzix circle die!  How fun is that!

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt

Let's get started!

There are 2 main sections of the skirt: the waistband portion (gray dots) and the skirt portion (pink).

Begin by cutting (2) 15" x 34" pink rectangles

(2) 8" x 21" gray dot rectangles

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt

Fuse Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the circle applique fabric.  I cut pieces 5" x 5.5".  Run 5 of the circle applique fabrics through the Fabi with the circle die.  Isn't it great you can cut out so many at one time!  Once you have your desired amount, peel off the backing fabric, and position them on the right side of the (2) pink skirt rectangles.  Fuse into place.

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtPut on a good movie and sew around each rectangle with desired thread color, it takes a while.

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt5/8" seam allowance

With right sides together, sew the pink rectangles together at the sides.  Finish edge by zigzagging to prevent fraying.  Do the same thing with the (2) gray dot waistband rectangles.  Press seams to one side.  You should have (2) "loops".

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtTo form the casing, fold the top edge of the gray rectangle loop under 1/4" and then again 1".  Press.  Sew along the bottom fold, leaving a 2" opening for the elastic.

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt

Sew a gathering stitch 1/4" and 5/8" along the top of the pink rectangle loop.  I like to start and stop at each side so my gathers are distributed evenly.

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtPull up gathering threads and pin to the gray dot waistband, matching raw edges, right sides together, and matching at side seams.  Make sure the gathers are evenly distributed throughout the skirt.

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtSew along the bottom gathering stitch.  Zig zag raw edge and press.  Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtFor the hem, I needed all the length.  If your skirt needs to be shorter, make adjustments.  I zig zagged the raw edge of the hem. Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtAlign the lace and the hem right sides together and sew a generous 1/4" seam.  Fold the hem up and press the lace down to finish.  You may top stitch if you want.  Measure the child's waist and add a few inches.  Thread the elastic through the waistband and sew to secure.  Tuck elastic in the waistband opening and top stitch it closed.

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtFor the owl applique, make sure your cat is handy so he can help!  Choose 4 colors for the owl parts.  Iron Heat n Bond Lite to the wrong side of the fabric.  Position each fabric on the die so it coordinates with which shape you want cut.  Run it through the Fabi.  I used white felt for the eyes.

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl ShirtPeel off the backing paper and position the owl onto the shirt.  Press to adhere.  Top stitch around the pieces.  I used buttons for the eyes.

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt

The outfit is ready for a day at the park!  Sally was thrilled at how it turned out!

Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt  Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt

It even holds up on the monkey bars!  Sew Cute With Walmart: Polka Dot Skirt & Owl Shirt

Mufasa was integral in the sewing of this project :)  At one point he was clawing the fabric as I was appliqueing circles.  If you look closely, some of the circle seams aren't perfectly round!!  #kittyquilter

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  • Sizzix Fabi
  • Circles Die
  • Owl Die
  • 1 yard pink skirt fabric
  • 1/4 yard gray dot waistband fabric
  • Fat quarters of prints for applique
  • Heat n Bond Lite
  • Elastic
  • 2 yards of eyelet lace
  • Buttons

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