Sunday, January 3, 2010

Guest Blogger - Tea Rose Home - Adorable Jean Skirt from Pants

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Hello everyone! I am Sachiko from Tea Rose Home. I am so happy to be a guest blogger on Someday Craft today and share one of my tutorials. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity Michelle!

I love designing, sewing, and crafting. My blog "Tea Rose Home" is the place I get to share my creations and thoughts with many people. I post lots of tutorials. Here are some examples of previous tutorials: Modern Square Garden Quilt, Framed Fabric, T-Shirt Makeover and Sweet Scarf for Little Girl. You may have seen three of my tutorials that have been featured on Someday Crafts. They are the mannequin, scrappy corsage and corduroy skirt.

Come visit me sometime, I'd love for you to stop by!
Here is a tutorial I have done for Someday Craft's reader.

It all started when I decided to get rid of this worn pair of jeans...

It was a much darker color when I bought it, but now, some parts are faded (knees, know how that goes). Then, the frugal side of me kicked in and stopped me form throwing the jeans in the trash. After much consideration, I decided to make a jean skirt for my little girl, since she is out growing the one she has.

Here is what I did;

1. First disassemble the jeans. I cut it around the knee, and cut off the seams, and cut along the edges. You will need the top portions too but cut out the pocket area. Basically, you need 6 panels to make this skirt, and some left over for the waistband and applique. Remember to stay on the edges when you cut, you should have enough fabric left for this project.

2. I made a simple template (quarter inch seam allowance included). It is 13 1/2" tall, 4 1/2" wide at the top and 8 1/2" wide at the bottom. I gave a very slight curve for the top and the bottom. Using the template, cut out 6 panels.

3. Sew 3 panels side by side and make two of them. Open the seam and iron.

4. I used a zigzag stitch on the edge of the seam, so it won't flay. Do the same for all the seams.

5. Sew the front and back together in the same manner.

6. For the waist band, cut two 2" X 13 1/2" strips. Sew them together side by side to make a long piece, then make a big hoop. Pin the hoop around the waist (right sides together) and sew using 1/4" seam allowance.

Fold 1/4" on the other side. Iron. Fold it in half and Iron. Leaving 3/4" opening, sew around the edge. Put elastic through. (measure your little girls tummy, plus an inch for overlap).

7. Finish the bottom edge using your favorite method.

8. Now, the skirt is ready for embelishment.

Iron fusible interfacing to the left over fabrics. This is the fun part where you can do whatever you desire! I did some on the right side, and some on the wrong side of the fabrics, so when I do that applique, I will have two colors to work with.

9. I used cookie cutters for the flower templates. The ones I used were the second and third smallest ones.

10. Trace the flowers and cut.

11. Cut out other fun shapes to go in between the flowers.

12. Sew the circle onto the dark flower, then, sew the dark flower onto the light flower, that way you don't have to sew many layers at onece.

13. Lay the flowers on the seam line between the each panel. That way you won't have to measure it, they will be evenly spread out. Go around the entire skirt.

14. Time to enjoy!

Isn't that darling? Want to know what Sachiko did with the leftover material? She made a jean corsage. How can jeans be so elegant and beautiful? Go see how she made the corsage HERE and become a follower of TEA ROSE HOME so you don't miss out on her amazing creativity!

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  1. That is a wonderful tutorial and a fabulous denim skirt. I love all your projects!

  2. She's done it again! I just can't get over your beautiful things, Sachiko! I usually despise denim, but I would totally put my daughter in this! Thanks for featuring her Michelle!

  3. Cute idea.

    Yes Michelle-I could stand to win that house too. Not my typical style but I could suffer in it-hee hee


  4. Sooo cute! Thanks for sharing! And thanks, Michelle, for stopping by my blog!

    Joanne @ Ready, Set, Craft!

  5. I am simply amazed at those who can create something beautiful out of something old or used.
    This is just cute, cute, cute.

    visiting from BNOTP

  6. This is so so cute! I love it. Love the tea rose home blog, too!

  7. Ack...this is sooo totally ca-ute!! I wish I could sew, but sadly I'm missing this gene! Maybe one day, but more than likely not! Thanks for sharing, it's super thrifty n' cute!

  8. That is darling! I love the embellishments. Thanks tons, I'll be linking.

  9. This is so cute!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. How cute and thrifty, you are so creative!

  11. Holy cow, that's adorable! I'll need LOTS of practice to pull off that kind of sewing. :)
    Thanks for linking up!

  12. I love all the ruffles and flowers. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  13. I'm just fascinated by these flowers (applique & corsage)!
    But it's so difficult to find this type of flower cookie cutters here in France. Do you think you could share a template?
    Thanks a lot for the ideas!
    Line (

  14. Oh! How I wish I could sew!!!!! Thats adorable. And the jeans coursage? I want one for me!!!
    Thanks, friend, for linking up to Thrifty Thursday on Tales from Bloggeritaville! Great thrifty treasure!

    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  15. A-DORABLE! I love the cute embellishments too! The whole this is just too cute! : )

  16. Darling, I just got my first grand-daughter and another on the way, Love it, Lezlee

  17. OMG! You have done a great job. A beautiful make over. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Outstanding!!! ....and sadly, I don't even have a granddaughter to attempt this adorable project!!!

    My Show n Tell, HERE, ---it's 32 degrees out, and I have one lone iris blooming!!! Come see the rich beautiful purple!! the dead of winter.

    Happy Friday!

  19. Such a sweet skirt! Thanks for sharing!

  20. I can sew, I just don't have a little girl to sew for sigh... This wonderful project makes me want to borrow one of my friend's little daughters!
    Thanks for sharing. Very creative.

  21. Sheesh! That is some totally cute sewing action!!

  22. This one is seriously awesome. Love the tip with the cookie cutter!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

  23. Just wanted to let you know that we've included this on today for our clothing refashion roundup... thanks for sharing this great idea!



  24. thanks so much for sharing. i was just thinking that my dd doesn't have skirts for the cooler days of the summer and started to look for some internet inspiration.
    and i even have an old pair of jeans.


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