Crafterhours is hosting their annual Skirt Week this week and they asked me share a tutorial. Fun! I almost said no, because, seriously, I feel like I've made every kind of skirt I could possibly come up with. But I like a challenge, and I'm allergic to saying "no". Especially to ladies and sweet and wonderful as Susan and Adrianna! I can't tell you how much I love them. They drip with sweetness.
Instead of coming up with a complicated skirt design ('cause I really don't enjoy complicated sewing, to be real) I thought I'd decorate a simple skirt in a new way! (Please don't hate me because I paint fabric in every post now.)
So, have you ever painted with veggies? My mom used to do this with us when we were little, but I haven't done it in ages! We always used celery, but I thought I'd invite Mrs. Broccoli and Mr. Carrot to join in the fun!
Carrots for polka dots, broccoli for dandelions and celery for...roses? Dahlias? Well...flowers.
Because sometimes you should be able to play with your food!
Especially the healthy stuff!
Veggie fabric painting
Step by step instructions:
- Cut a carrot and a stalk of celery off a few inches from the bottom and a small bunch of broccoli with stem attached.
- Dip the carrot into one of three different acrylic paint colors, dab onto a plate a couple of times, and press onto fabric repeatedly to make a polka-dot pattern.
- Once the dots are dry (use a hair dryer to speed things up), dip broccoli into the next color of paint and gently dab off excess paint. Set onto fabric and roll gently to allow all sides of the broccoli to make contact with fabric. Use the edge of the stem to make short lines from the flowers as stems.
- Dry and repeat process with celery and third paint color. Dry completely before using fabric.
Step by step instructions:
- Cut fabric to 1.5-2x hip measurement by desired length.
- Fold fabric in half lengthwise with right sides facing and sew up the side seam.
- Hem the bottom by folding under twice and sewing along the edge.
- Make elastic casing: Iron or finger press the top edge over 1/4" and then fold down again, enough to fit elastic underneath + room for stitching. Sew along edge, leaving a 1" opening.
- Insert elastic into casing: Use safety pins to hold one end of elastic in place and as something to hold on to. Be careful not to let the elastic twist!
- Sew the two ends of elastic together. (You may want to try on first to ensure fit.)
- Sew the 1" opening closed.
By the way, if you're making this for a little one, let them help! Paige helped with hers and she thought it was the best thing ever. And! You could definitely try this technique on other things as well. The front of a shirt? A pillow? A tote? Your dog? Ok, no. But you get the idea! Be creative!
I hope you have fun with it!
And be sure to follow the rest of Skirt Week at Crafterhours, and even enter your own creations into the contest before June 8th for a chance to win awesome prizes!
Have a lovely start to your week!
P.S. Is there a prize for the blogger that lets her nail polish fade the longest? Check out that carrot-dipping photo. Gross. You might remember seeing that nail color in this post from April. Yeah. Same manicure. I consider it proof that my priorities are in line. :O) haha