Monday, October 11, 2010

Handkerchief Skirt

I was at Dollar Tree two weeks ago and spotted these darling handkerchiefs that were only 2/$1. Loved the price and colors so I picked up a few packs knowing I could could think up something cute to use them for.

So I made a cute little skirt for my daughter and she loves it! It's perfect for everyday, church, or play.

This skirt cost me only $1.00 to make! Love that! This a very easy project that anyone can make.

Here's how to do it!

Handkerchief Skirt
Best for sizes 3T and smaller

1 Handkerchief
1/4-1/2 wide elastic - enough to go around the waist
Sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors

1. Cut your handkerchief in half.

2. Put right sides together and sew the two side seams.

3. Fold the top edge down about 1 inch (depending on your elastic width) and pin. This will be your casing to put the elastic through.  Mark off a spot by crossing 2 pins to leave an opening for the elastic.

4. Sew right on top of the raw edge with a zigzag stitch. This will keep the fabric from fraying in the wash. If you'd like you could fold under the raw edge and then ssw (just be sure the casing is wide enough for your elastic).

5. Measure the elastic around the waist of your subject so it is fits, but is not snug. Cut. Then place a safety pin on one end.

6. Now push the safety end through the opening in the casing you sewed.

7. Once the elastic is through push all the fabric to one side so you can grab both ends of the elastic. Overlap the elastic 1 - 1.5 inches so it will now be snug around the wearers waist.

8. Sew the elastic ends together several times.

9. Push the elastic all the way into the casing. Pull the fabric flat and sew the opening closed being sure to backstich to secure the ends. I forgot a picture - sorry!

Now you're done!

The Finished Project:

So simple and cute for only a $1! 


  1. Awesome! I love the pattern and you can't go wrong for a $1!

  2. Great idea using handcerchiefs for a little girl skirt.

  3. Ooo, great tutorial! I need a little girl!!!

  4. This is a must make for me! Thanks for the tutorial. Super cute!!!

  5. What an adorable skirt & for $1 what could be better!
    Stopping by from Made by You Mondays to say hi & check out your fun tutorial.

  6. Oh, I'm so glad everyone is liking this tutorial! It's the perfect skirt for playing in . . . no fears when only a dollar is at stake right?!

    Thanks for stopping by everyone!

  7. Adorable! I wish I could get nice ones at our dollar store. Thanks for the tutorial!

  8. Hi Ann- Give your Dollar store a call to see if they have any. I found my hanging up by the register!

    Also check by the belts and accessories in Walmart or Target. I think I saw some cute patterned handkerchiefs there too.

  9. I bought that same bandana from the dollar tree! :) I used two and made a skirt for myself! Didn't think to cut it in half and make a smaller version! Might have to go back to the dollar tree and get more to make a matching skirt for my daughter. Thank you.

  10. kp . . . a skirt for yourself! Awesome.

  11. I saw these at our Dollar Tree too!! I was trying to think of what to use them thank you!! Your idea is easy and cute!

  12. How cute is that!! I would have never thought about making a child's skirt. Maybe because I don't have small children......LOL

  13. Cute idea ~ now I might have to go buy some handerchiefs:) Aimee



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