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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

♥Feather Skirt {tutu} Tutorial♥

Okay so I don't know how good this tutorial will be because I didn't actually make it when I took the pics so let me know if you have any questions.  Here goes....

What you'll need:

Satin Blanket Binding
3-6 Feather Boas (depending on waist size and length of skirt)
underwear/pajama elastic (or any elastic 1/2" smaller than blanket binding)
2 lg safety pins

1.  Cut three pieces of satin blaket binding:
1- 1/2 of the waist measurement (a)
2- 1 1/2 times the waist measurement (b)

2.  Open up each section and with right sides together stitch the (b) pieces to either side of the (a) piece.  Then, take each piece of elastic (elastic should be 1/4 x waist measurement, the subtract 1"  ex.  waist = 22"/4 = 5 1/2" - 1" = 4 1/2"...hope that makes sense) and place it just under the fold on the inside of your blanket binding and right along your seam.  Then, stitch in the ditch (where you already stitched) to stitch it in place.  I went over mine three times to make sure it would stay in place.

  Next, you will measure from one end of your boa the length of your skirt minus the width of your binding (if you want the length to be 12" and your binding is 2"  you will measure 10" from the end). 

 Pull the feathers apart and zigzag that point to the waistband 1/2" from the edge of waistband.   Measure double the length you measured for your first loop(because you have to go down then back up again) and stitch that loop 4.5" from the first one. 

Continue this every 4.5" of waistband until you get to the front of your skirt.  At the front you will stitch the loops every 3".  Then, when you get back to the back of the waistband and go back to stitchin loops every 4.5". 

Front of skirt

Back of skirt

3.  Once all of your feathers are stiched in place, attach a large safty pin to the end of each of your pieces of elastic (the end that is not stitched down), and fold the blanket binding closed again then topstitch it closed, making sure you keep the safety pins up so you don't hit them with your needle.  Once, you topstitched the binding closed, grab one of your safety pins and gather your back waistband.  Pin the elastic about 1/2' from the edge, remove the safety pin and stitch in place, go over it a few times to make sure it doesn't come undone.  Repeat on the other side. Stitch a rectangle all the way around, on each end of the waistband to close off the the edges.  Inside one of the rectangles, make two buttonholes, and sew two buttons in the rectangle on the other side.  And you are done!

Sorry it's not the best tutorial.  Please ask any questions so I can improve it. I I am not sure when I will get to make another one because I have a lot on my plate right now but there was so much interest I wanted to at least give an idea of what I had done.  You ladies are so talented I know you'll figure it out, and once again please feel free to contact me!  I will be more than happy to explain better!


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Diane said...

Just toooo cute Ÿ I would love to do this for my little granddaughter to wear to her 1st b'day party Ü Thanks so much for the tut.

April said...

@Diane Thanks Diane! I hope you link it up if you do make one. I would love to see it!

Lauranie said...

This is a nicely done tutorial girl!! I was a tiny bit confused at first, which is normal for me, but once I started reading it through and seeing the great all made sense!! This is soooo cute...are you making a Mardi Gras FABULOUS that would be!! :)

Unknown said...

That... is... DARLING! Oh my gosh, I may have to do this one! I love it!

I'd love to have you visit my blog. I have lots of girly ideas too...

Jessie K said...

Here from Not Just A Housewife. I love this! Such a great idea!

1 Funky Woman said...

This is the most precious thing I have seen! I wonder if my 7 year old would wear one?


Anonymous said...

OMG! This is too cute! If I had a girl, I'd totally make this. I might even have to make it for my niece!! ohhhh!!!

Anonymous said...

I am just a little confused on attaching to band. Am i attaching the satin blanket binding to the elastic first, and then sew feathers zigzag every 4.5?

April said...

@Anonynous~ No you attach the feathers to the blanket binding first, then once you have attached all the feathers, you attach the are doing the feathers every 4.5" in the back and every 3" in the front because once you insert the elastic in the back, it will gather the feathers so that they are closer and look the same as the front...HTH!

Kelly said...

That is such a sweet idea! I've been making tutu's lately and this is a great change up. Looking forward to trying it out!.

Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this! What did you use as the top(the straps) of that cute black feather skirt?

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